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Rap is not for hustlers as most rappers in Ghana think, rapper and song writer M.anifest has said.
“You don’t have to be a hustler before you can do rap music because most rappers think you have to be a hustler first. If that is what they are saying, here is a piece of advice to them; most of the musicians I know in Ghana have even been to the university, it proves that we should all strive for excellence no matter where you come from…,” he said on Entertainment Capital on Accra100.5FM with Bismark Boachie (DJ Premier) on Saturday, 12 May 2018.
He maintained that musicians should expand their horizon through education and research, citing Becca, Okyeame Kwame and C-Real as few artistes who have acquired knowledge beyond music.
Using his grandfather, J.H. Kwabena Nketia, one of Africa’s foremost ethnomusicologists and composers as an example, M.anifest said, his grandfather had to travel to his village to consult older people as part of research efforts to enrich his music.
The “Me Ne Woa" hit-maker, therefore, challenged musicians, especially rappers to acquire an education to make them better at what they do.
M.anifest, whose real name is Kwame Ametepee Tsikata, attended the Macalester College, in Minneapolis-St Paul, USA, where he graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.
He has given lectures at St Lawrence University (NY), University of Ghana, and spoken to several classes in Hamline University, Macalester College (his Alma Mater), Penumbra Theatre’s Summer Arts institute, Ashesi University in Ghana and more.
In 2017, he was crowned King of Hip-Hop in Ghana when he won Best Rapper and Hip-Hop song of the year at the Ghana Music Awards.