The almighty Streetbeatz is behind several Ghanaian pop staples. When he went against Tonga man, DJ Breezy on Day 3 of the #BehindDaHitz series, he chose to promote new songs instead. That has made all the difference.
On multiple occasions during their Instagram exchange, his opponent (and many from their audience) felt obliged to remind him that this was a battle of club anthems.
The message sank in, but only by the fourth quarter of their hour-long clash, by which time, Breezy had emerged unanimous winner, having stuck primarily to well-known groove opuses.
The match-up that followed, between Mix Master Garzy and MOG Beatz, was more worthwhile; the evening’s redemption. Thick with humility and brotherly admiration, this pair actually got the memo; commencing on high notes with a song apiece from Patoranking and Sarkodie. It is also how the tone was set.
A pattern also emerged. MOG has been influential in Wendy Shay’s ascent. Master Garzy leads the league table in regards to Patoranking’s preferred Ghanaian producers. This motif is not unique to their match-up. The previous editions have proven, if not anything, creative matrimony between specific pairs of artists and producers: Buk Bak and JQ, Ofori Amponsah and Appietus, Stonebwoy and Streetbeatz, and so on.
The more seasoned of the two, many expected Garzy to win his match-up by landslide — and they may have a point. But MOG, a student of Possigee, is no underdog. He’s nothing if not a silent killer, and his growing portfolio, which includes items from KiDi to Shatta Wale, means that he’s capable of going toe-to-toe with pretty much anyone in modern Ghanaian pop.
If you haven’t noticed by now, the series is really “The Sarkodie Show.” Not only is he key in setting up these fixtures, but his music is also turning out to be pivotal in tipping the scales this way or that. Likely the most sought-after music man in recent years, his consistent tendering in of the monsters has made him peerless. What’s more, he’s made stars of a deluge of producers from these parts.
KayWa and JMJ are up next. They go at it tonight. Both prized fighters with shimmering records, the contest is too close to call, and will come down to strategy.