Legendary music producer, Da Hammerhas revealed that he made Obrafour’s Pae Mu Ka at twenty years old.
This is significant because Pae Mu Ka (released in 1999) is widely regarded as the best hiplife project from Ghana till date, indeed, the one project which accurately defines the sound of hiplife.
Da Hammer is considered a doyen in hiplife by musicians and music lovers alike. In a recent interview with mid-morning show host Doreen Andoh, he has attributed this to his sense of originality and overall disenchantment with the need to follow the latest popular trend.
“You tend to have that problem when you follow trends. I’m not in that category at all. I survived Zapp Mallet, Jay Q, Richie, Morris BabyFace. I survived all of them because I didn’t think like them. I thought like me. The problem with the producers now is that they always jump on the next big thing. I live in a different world. When you see Picasso’s paintings, you know. It has a signature, his paintings don’t look like Rembrandt’s. So as an artiste, why don’t you show them who you are?”
Born Edward Nana Poku Osei, Da Hammer is CEO of The Last Two Music Group, which is responsible for nurturing the music careers of such significant Ghanaian rappers as Obrafour, Kwaw Kesse, Edem, and Sarkodie. Young witty Rapper, Teephlow is the latest signing to the label.
Hammer’s latest single, 4Decades, which features spoken word artist Nana Asaase, was released April 21.
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