4x4 (Ghanaian band)

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4x4
Origin Ghana
Genres Hiplife
Years active 2000 (2000)–present
Labels X4 Records
Associated acts Ronnie Coches, Buk Bak
Members Sylvanus Dodji Jeoffrey
Raphael Edem Avornyo
Prince Tamakloe

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).[1] They are reputed to have brought crunk to Ghana.[citation needed]

Background[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jeoffry and Avornyo were discovered by Buk Bak as participants in the Kiddafest TV programme showcasing young musical talent.[2] 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.

Contestant #1[edit]

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,[3] and earned the group an Ghana Music Award nomination in 2008. "HotGirls.com" was a success,[citation needed] and Fresh Prince eventually joined the band.

World Trade Centre[edit]

In 2009, 4x4 released another album World Trade Center.[4] which went platinum.[citation needed] The title song went to number one on the singles chart in Ghana[citation needed] and is the first and currently only Ghanaian song to make the Urban Charts in Africa.[citation needed] The single "Waist and Power" has also received over 600,000 hits on YouTube.[5]

Musical style and influences[edit]

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).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Siklitele, 4x4, 2003 
  • Contestant No. 1, 4x4, 2007 
  • World Trade Center, Paradise Entertainment, 2009 

Singles[edit]

  • "HotGirls.com" (2007)
  • "World Trade Center" (2008)
  • "Waist and Power"

Awards[edit]

Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs)
Year Award Details Result
2008[6][7] Pop Song of the Year "Hot Girls dot com" Nominated
2010[8] Afro Pop Song of the Year "World Trade Center" Won
2011[9][10] Afro Pop Song Of The Year "Miss Doctor" Nominated
2012[11] 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4x4". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  2. ^ "4x4". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "4X4". Ghanapromo.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  4. ^ "4X4 - World Trade Center | GhanaMusic.com Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  5. ^ "4X4 - Waist And Power (Official Video)". YouTube. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  6. ^ "2008 VGMA nominees". Ghana Base. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "2008 VGMAs: Winners". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "2010 Ghana Music Awards Winners". Ghana Music. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "2011 VGMA Nominees". GhanaCelebrities.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "2011 VGMAs: Winners". GhanaCelebrities.com. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "2012 Ghana Music Awards Nominees". Ghana Music Awards. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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