Some of Hiplife’s top artistes have case varying verdicts on the raging feud between rap music heavy hitters, Sarkodie and M.anifest, who are churning out inuendo-laced songs in a who-is-who battle that has dominated the airwaves and social media platforms with uncertain consequences.
On the other hand, rapper, songwriter and record producer D-Black took a rather bring-it-on approach as he viewed it as an avenue which generates good music but was quick to caution both artistes not to go overboard in their rants.
“This is HipHop culture. HipHop is about braggadocio and claiming king. This is what the basics of HipHop really is, to be honest, besides making great music for the people.
“This is healthy competition. As long as no one steps out of line, it’s great for the culture. Both Sarkodie and M.anifest are great MCs,” noted D-Black who featured alongside Sarkodie and M.anifest on The Chosen, a 2013 music video by reigning VGMA Artiste of the Year, EL.
“I feel like as a unit though, we should be closer knit as Ghanaian acts to take on the continent. That’s what’s missing,” he added.
Dancehall King, Shatta Wale, however, kept his fans guessing which side of the feud he belonged to, and appears to be enjoying the banter but giving little away.
His tweets suggested he was having fun watching the two artistes taking a dig at each other but promising to make his verdict known at the end of the month.
“On 30th of July I’ll give Ghana my final judgement on who won the rap disuse please im waiting for the other contestants,” Shatta posted on his Twitter handle last Monday.
“i just love hip hop big up @manifestive and @sarkodie ..this looks very healthy… cant stop listening to you guys.”
In another tweet three days earlier, the controversial artiste posted “wow ghana is getting sweet…i love beef especially the one’s with no spices… hahahaha i run enter @manifestive ntrotro inside .. hahahaa”.
For Okyeame Kwame, the earlier the Musicians Association of Ghana (MUSIGA) called the feuding artistes to order, the better it would be for their careers and the industry.
MUSIGA Academy Co-ordinator, Ahuma Bosco Ocansey, explained to Showbizthat the culture of HipHop from which Hiplife was derived supported feuds among artistes and as long as both artistes conducted themselves in a mature and healthy manner, it could have positive spinoffs for the industry.
“The emphasis should be about wordplay rather than stirring up ill-feeling among artistes. As an institution, we have provisions for settling conflicts between artistes but as long as there is nothing detrimental going on, we do not want to be seen as stifling creativity of artistes,” he said.