Legendary Ghanaian Producer, Hammer of the Last Two Music has criticized the organizers of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) for giving fans the authority to vote for the Best Rapper award category.
According to the veteran producer, the ‘Best Rapper‘ award category is one that will have to be awarded by a committee made up of members who are well versed in rap music.
He further revealed that giving music fans the opportunity to vote for their best rapper will always produce bias results.
In an interview with Caleb Nii Boye on ShowBiz on Starr 103.5 FM, he said
“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.”
Hammer who has left music behind and now into business, continued that
“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.”
Sharing his thought on the way forward, he said
“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.”
In conclusion he said,
“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.”