Ghana’s undisputed “Rap President”, now Evangelist Lord Kenya has laid claim to the lyrical style and stage craft of veteran Hiplife artiste, Nana Appiah, known in showbiz circles as Kontihene and has called him a copycat, MyNewsGh.com reports.
Lord Kenya, who dominated Ghana’s Hiplife rap scene at the
turn of the 21st century, though the likes of Obrafour, Akyeame, Tictac and
Okomfo Kwaadee were doing well, before Nana Kontihene emerged years after and
shot into fame with his “Aketesia” album with tracks like “Asesa” that mimicked
the “Lord’s” craft.
“Don’t forget that at the time I was a hardcore rapper and I realized that Kontihene was taking the style; he was copying me and he was just like Lord Kenya; he simply used to change the words in my tracks and ran with them; but I ignored him not because I couldn’t match him, but I wanted them to know I was a maestro and a professor so I changed the scheme”, the rapper turned preacher told Hammer Nti in an exclusive interview on PURE FM’S Hammer Time monitored by MyNewsGh.com.
Lord Abraham Philip Akpor Kojo Kenya who is now the founder
of the Face of Grace Covenant Temple was speaking about his exploits in Ghana’s
music industry that saw him become the first Hiplife artiste to become “Artiste
Of The Year” at the prestigious Ghana Music Awards, before a “divine encounter
with God on October 28, 2010” got him converted from a life of illicit drug
abuse to a soul winner.
He also revealed how Reggie Rockstone, the ‘Hiplife Grand
Papa, who is credited for originating the Hiplife genre, feared him even before
he released an album, though at the time, Reggie was the person every up and
coming rapper looked up to.
“Even before I would bring out an album, Reggie feared me,
because that was just about the time that he had come out and there was
‘Mahoney Pee’ already’ we knew Mahoney pee was not tight, he was not a rapper
but Reginald was the target”; he said, revealing that one of his strengths at
the time was how he laced his songs with street terms, one thing Reggie did not
have the flare for.
But Lord Kenya maintains all of those belong to history since “by the Grace of God” he is now “born again” and would be celebrating the 10th anniversary of his salvation in October this year.
Asked by the host whether he had any intention of releasing
new songs in the Gospel genre, he said his calling is to win souls and until he
feels led by the Holy Spirit to release a song, he would not.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/Teddy Brown Onimbede/2020