‘Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste’ award outdated and confusing – M.anifest

Rapper M.anifest believes the Hiplife/Hip-pop Artiste of the Year category of the Ghana Music Awards is outdated and needs a second look.

He said he finds it very difficult wrapping his head around the difference between the Best Rapper of the Year and Best Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year categories.

At this year’s awards at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) Saturday, M.anifest bagged two awards, Best Rapper of the Year and Hip-Hop Song of the Year.

He, however, lost the Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year award to his arch rival Sarkodie.

Confusing and outdated

Commenting on losing that award on the night in an interview with KMJ on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, the ‘god MC’ rapper noted that the category is confusing.

“I don’t even understand what that category means. It’s very confusing. We all grew up on Hiplife but I think the evolution has happened so much that Hiplife is dead, essentially, …it has evolved into other things. That category seems like a bit outdated and it’s very hard for me to understand what it is because what is difference between the Best Rapper and Best Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year?” M.anifest asked.

The rapper, who says he doesn’t lose sleep over such issues, noted that things that really concern him are those he has control over.

“I worry about the things I can control. That is why you have never seen me fixated on the awards but I was more fixated on my performance because it is important that I work hard on the things I can control. The things I can control are the music, the performance and stuff and those things if I do it to the highest level of excellence, hopefully, it brings with it other things,” he explained.

Two awards, no show

One major concern after the awards event was M.anifest not showing up on stage to accept any of the awards he won especially when he had performed earlier on the night.

Reacting to the disappointment expressed by many, the ‘100%’ rapper explained that his failure to appear on stage to receive the awards was not deliberate although he was still at the venue.

“At that time, I needed a bit of breather to get myself together and so I missed the moment …fortunately one of the guys on our team was there at that moment,” to receive the award, he explained.

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline


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