Tinny is a Ghanaian Rapper and a Businessman. His full name is Nii Addo Quaynor and best known for his hit song ‘Makola Kwakwe’ which was released in 2003.
He was born on January 19, 1982 in Osu, Accra-Ghana to Mr. Ricky Tetteh Quaynor and Naa Badu Quaynor. He is the last-born of six children.
Tinny had his elementary education at the Osu Home School and then went to Hepter International School at Akim Oda. He then went on to Osu Salem JSS and then proceeded to Okuapeman Secondary School for his secondary education.
Having being active with entertainment in his youthful age, he was made the entertainment prefect, while he was at Okuapeman Secondary School and he organised shows for the students, as well as performed for them.
Tinny started his music career at a tender age in 1994 where he used to perform(rap) at kids’ (children) funfair and programs. He performed at shows such as Kiddafest and Fun-world.
While he was in Osu Salem JSS, he joined forces with two of his friends, Salam and Buke, who called themselves "Black Agony" as a duo, and formed a whole new a group called "Nature and Agony". This group was managed by Tinny's father, Mr. Ricky Tetteh Quaynor.
Agony, however did not like the idea of Tinny's father managing them thus, they left the group. Tinny then went solo to perform at ‘Ecstasy Promotions’ where he chalked the 1st position.
Even though Tinny had challenges in reaching the top as an artiste because he was rapping in the Ga language, and not everybody was familiar with it, his dream of making it to the top of the highlife ladder came true when Hammer of The Last Two secured a deal for him with Abraham Ohene Djan (CEO of OM Studios).
Mr. Abraham Ohene Djan was carried away by his impressive lyrical flow after listening to his album, hence agreed to produce him. With a beat maker like Hammer at the helm of things, Nii Addo decided to use the name Tinny as his stage name because it was his real name and blasted onto the Ghanaian music scene in 2003 with ‘Makola Kwakwe’. He quickly became a sensation, gracing events and dominating on radio and TV in his category.
Tinny has featured top artistes like Dogo, Obrafuor, Samini, Ayigbe Edem, K.K. Fosu, Etuoaboba, Bandana, FBS, Okra and many others. He has as well been featured on several collaborations.
The ‘Al3ts3’ as his fans call him has albums like, Makola Kwakwe (2003), Aletse (2005), Kaa Bu Ame (2007), Attention (2008) and Regular Champion : Vol 1 (2013).
In 2007, Tinny was picked by MTV to have his video for 'Incomplete' shot by world-renowned director Rachel Watanabe-Batton.
Tinny was featured in the BET Hip Hop Awards Ghana Cypher 2010, which was created exclusively for BET International, as well as D-Black, Sarkodie, Kwaku-T, Ayigbe Edem, BabyG, Tinny and Reggie Rockstone. It’s beat was produced by Green Gafacci from Black Avenue Muzik, and Produced & Directed by Lilian N. Blankson for Princess Productions.
Tinny won several awards following his debut like the New Artiste of the year at both Ghana Music Awards 2004 and Ghana Music Awards UK 2004 and a Youth Excellence award for being the ‘Youth Musician of the year 2003’. He was also awarded for being the Best Guest Entertainment Musical Artiste by Great Lamptey Mills.
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