Despite each releasing highly acclaimed lyrical albums in 2021, all three rappers Omar Sterling, EL and M.anifest, did not make it to the competitive nomination category for ‘Rapper of the Year’ at this years Music Awards. The Nominees Announcement on Friday revealed a list of 8 excluding the aforementioned rappers, stating corresponding rap songs for each of the nominees in the list. This implies that, the nominees were chosen based on the performance on those particular rap songs.
Last year, 3 rappers who joined the social media trends on Twitter for their performance on their rap albums were Omar Sterling (Same Earth, Different Worlds), EL (Bar 6) and M.anifest (Madina To the Universe). Fans twitted their lyrics and some specific lines from selected songs as appreciation of the intelligence and word play of the artistes demonstrated on these songs.
According to a statement put out by the organizing company, selection of nominees for ‘Rapper of the Year’ wasn’t necessarily based on whether the artiste had an album or not. “The most outstanding rapper of the year based on their lyrical power, superior word play and exciting flow on a record (song) within the year under review”, the statement read.
Responding to the the question as asked by Shine Publications whether these rappers failed to suit their work for possible nominations, the Spokesperson for 3Music Awards Vida Adutwumwaa, the scheme does not accept submissions. “We do not take submission of entries from artistes at all. Our research team does all the work”, she said.
In the case of some rappers like Omar Sterling, a debate started online as to whether he was the best Rapper in Ghana during the early release of his album ‘Same Earth, Different Worlds’. Also, fans called out some of his critics who in the past lambasted the rapper for slow and off beat rhymes patterns, to take a look again at his album. So, one may be confused how such rap giants could be left out of one of the most anticipated awards in Ghana?
The list of Nominees for the ‘Rapper of the Year’ award at this years 3Music Awards were:
1. Amerado (Best rapper)
2. Eno barony (God is a woman ft. Efya)
3. Joe kay (Hayaye)
4. Joey B (Cold)
5. Lyrical Joe (5th august)
6. Medikal (Stop it)
7. Sarkodie (Rollies & Cigars)
8. Strongman (Flawless)
By Jerry Wonder