4x4 (Ghanaian band)
||This article includes a list of references, but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. (October 2012)|
|Associated acts||Ronnie Coches, Buk Bak|
|Members||Sylvanus Dodji Jeoffrey
Raphael Edem Avornyo
4x4 is a Ghanaian hip hop musical group formed in 2000 by Sylvanus Dodji Jeoffrey (Captain Planet) and Raphael Edem Avornyo (Abortion) with the help of Ronnie Coches and Bright Bling Sparkles (Buk Bak). They are reputed to have brought crunk to Ghana.
Jeoffry and Avornyo were discovered by Buk Bak as participants in the Kiddafest TV programme showcasing young musical talent. The name 4x4 reflects the four people who led to the creation of the group (Ronnie, Bright, Abortion, and Captain Planet). The duo released their debut album Siklitele under Buk Bak in 2003.
4x4 released their second album Contestant No. 1 in 2007, with the single 'HotGirls.com' featuring a new artist, Fresh Prince (Prince Tamakloe). The song is reputed to have introduced crunk to Ghanaian culture, and earned the group an Ghana Music Award nomination in 2008. "HotGirls.com" was a success, and Fresh Prince eventually joined the band.
World Trade Centre
In 2009, 4x4 released another album World Trade Center. which went platinum. The title song went to number one on the singles chart in Ghana and is the first and currently only Ghanaian song to make the Urban Charts in Africa. The single "Waist and Power" has also received over 600,000 hits on YouTube.
Musical style and influences
Captain Planet claims to have pioneered Ghanaian vernacular rap, using Akuapem Twi rap, Ga, Ewe, and Pidgin English. Abortion contributes a ragga or dancehall style, which fuses singjaying and deejaying with Captain Planet's rapping to create an innovative form of hip life. The group was and continues to be mentored by Ronnie Coches and Bright Bling Sparkles (Buk Bak).
- Siklitele, 4x4, 2003
- Contestant No. 1, 4x4, 2007
- World Trade Center, Paradise Entertainment, 2009
- "HotGirls.com" (2007)
- "World Trade Center" (2008)
- "Waist and Power"
|2008||Pop Song of the Year||"Hot Girls dot com"||Nominated|
|2010||Afro Pop Song of the Year||"World Trade Center"||Won|
|2011||Afro Pop Song Of The Year||"Miss Doctor"||Nominated|
|2012||Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|Hiplife Song of the Year||"Yesi Yesii"||Nominated|
|Best Group of the Year||Won|
|Album of the Year||Waist and Power||Won|
|Hiplife Song of the Year||"Yesi Yesii" (Director: Phamous People)||Nominated|
- "4x4". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "4x4". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "4X4". Ghanapromo.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "4X4 - World Trade Center | GhanaMusic.com Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "4X4 - Waist And Power (Official Video)". YouTube. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
- "2008 VGMA nominees". Ghana Base. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "2008 VGMAs: Winners". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "2010 Ghana Music Awards Winners". Ghana Music. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "2011 VGMA Nominees". GhanaCelebrities.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "2011 VGMAs: Winners". GhanaCelebrities.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "2012 Ghana Music Awards Nominees". Ghana Music Awards. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
|This article on a hip hop music group or collective is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|