Veteran sound engineer, Edward Nana Poku Osei, well known as Da’ Hammer, has said that public voting of the rapper of the year category is not needed.
Da’ Hammer’s comment comes on the back of controversies which evolved when Kwesi Arthur was crowned Rapper of the Year at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Most of the showbiz pundits were of the view that Kwesi Arthur did not deserve that particular award.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Caleb Nii Boye on ShowBiz on Starr 103.5 FM, Hammer stated that;
“It’s just what I heard about how the rapper of the year was handled. I heard it was based on votes and that is the worst thing I have ever heard for a category like the Rapper of the Year.”
“How do you expect people to be sincere about their opinion on a rapper? You can’t get fans to be sincere about their opinion of their idol. There is no way somebody who loves Sarkodie will say Sarkodie can’t rap or this year he didn’t do that good.”
“Rapper of the Year can never be in the voting category, it has to be decided by a committee inside the Academy who understands rap. They have to know what it takes to have five mics or one mic. It should never be based on one song but all the material you’ve put out.”
“You need people who understand it to be able to choose the rapper of the year neutrally and so, the VGMA failed in this category.”