Over the past 20 months, I haven't had an interview in Accra. It's not because I haven't wanted to visit the city, but rather due to a combination of limited time and other commitments. Sometimes, I find myself rushing back home after shooting videos or performing in Kumasi. Despite this absence from the interview scene, I have been keeping myself busy and maintaining my music career. In this article, I will delve into my experiences, the recognition I have received, and my perspective on awards and their impact on my music.
The Consistency of Recognition:
Being a musician based in Kumasi hasn't hindered my progress. In fact, I have been thriving both in Accra and Kumasi. It hasn't been an easy task, but I'm doing well in both cities. Interestingly, I am the only Ghanaian rapper to have received four consecutive best rapper nominations over the past four years. This consistent recognition speaks volumes about my dedication and talent. While I haven't won the award yet, the mere fact that I have maintained this level of consistency is an achievement in itself.
The Significance of Awards:
Although I haven't clinched the best rapper award, it hasn't affected my music or my perspective on it. Winning awards provides artists with a range of benefits. Firstly, it serves as a source of motivation. Secondly, it offers a competitive advantage over fellow artists in the industry. Lastly, receiving an award makes an artist feel validated for their hard work and efforts. While these factors hold value, I believe that the true essence of my music lies beyond awards.
The Role of Fans and Geography:
Some may question whether the lack of an award is due to a fan-based or promotional problem or perhaps an issue with the rap scene in Ghana. However, it is crucial to note that every rapper in Ghana has missed out on nominations at some point. My consistent presence on the best rapper nomination list suggests that I have been making an impact and garnering acceptance within the industry. Moreover, the award is now determined by a board of judges, making it less dependent on fan support. As a result, whether I win the award or not, it doesn't sway my dedication to my craft.
Music's Impact and Recognition:
Despite the absence of an award, my music continues to resonate with audiences. The response and results I witness speak volumes about the impact I am making through my artistry. The connection I have with my listeners, as well as the support and positive feedback I receive, outweigh the need for external validation. Awards may hold significance for some artists, but for me, the fulfillment lies in the emotional connection I forge with my audience.
While it has been 20 months since my last interview in Accra, it hasn't deterred my determination and commitment to my music. The consistent recognition I have received as the best rapper nominee over the past four years reflects my unwavering dedication to my craft. While winning awards can offer certain advantages, the true measure of success for me lies in the impact I make on my listeners and the connection I forge through my music. Awards or not, I will continue to create and share my art, knowing that it resonates with those who appreciate and support my journey.
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