Over the years, the Ghanaian music industry has witnessed a good number of “beef” Shatta Wale vs Samini, Shatta vs Stonebwoy, Medikal vs Strongman Burner, and joining the ring very recently, Sista Afia vs Freda Rhymes and Eno Barony.
Although words used by musicians or rappers during beef drive the fun of beef especially for listeners, one could only wonder if words said in such songs come from a place of pain or gathering information for that period of beefing. Better still could it be said that personal things said to shame one’s opponent during the making of a diss song are thoughts already running through their minds prior to the inception of the beef or they are thought that are formed during the short time of beefing.
Helping with some answers, was Yaw Grey, of former mobile boiz who recently sent a diss song to Kwaw Kesse. Speaking on the matter, Yaw Grey revealed that in most cases words used during “beef rap are words we have at heart but needed someone to trigger” he stated.
This reply gave a whole new perspective to the appreciation and understanding of some diss songs that have been released over the years. He added that in some situations, some defamatory things said to their opponent are actually information leaked to them from the camp of their opponents, which is why they are able to punch them very hard for it to get personal.
With Sista Afia, Freda Rhymz, and Eno’s beef as a case study, could it be said that words used or issues addressed in all the diss records released are a true reflection of what the artists felt about each other? And if so should the world expect a reunion after such defamatory statements about each other?
Story by Matilda Mensah Marfo