IT’S becoming the norm in recent times for flourishing young artistes to be compared to their ‘seniors” in the game but Hiplife artiste, Yaw Dhope finds it disrespectful to pit young acts against older ones in the industry.
He states his displeasure in the wake of some opinions that Black Sherif’s feature on Sarkodie’s Countryside hugely gave the latter’s latest Jamz album a boost.
Speaking with Graphic Showbiz, the old student of Abuakwa State College pointed out that it was very disrespectful to make such comparisons.
“I’ve always said that Ghanaians easily retire musicians. If not, why would anyone assume that Black Sherif made Sarkodie’s Jamz album a success? I mean, where is this analysis coming from?
“It doesn’t even hold water and I’m very happy about the responses I’ve heard from Black Sherif during interviews. I’m very happy that he recognises the contributions of the likes of Sarkodie and knows he is too young in age and achievements to be compared to him.
“I don’t want to mince words but it is very disrespectful to compare Blacko to Sarkodie. Pitting young artistes against older ones is unhealthy and must not be entertained,” he stated.
In his few years as a professional artiste, Yaw Dhope has a list of songs to his credit. They include Light and Darkness, Make Money, Ladance, Riches and Envy, Flow Unlocked, Devil Knock, Sorry For Left, Close To The Ground, One way Or The Other, Differences, Vis-a-Vis, Bad Mind Gee and Kwashieman to Labadi.
He told Graphic Showbiz it is usually a tradition for up and coming artistes to look up to older colleagues as mentors or for inspiration.
However, in his recently released Warn Dem song, the artiste whose real name is Stanley Asiedu is warning his colleagues to be wary of artistes they select as mentors.
“As there is light and darkness, good and bad, there is also fake and genuine. So when I say there are some fake mentors, it is not because I want attention or I want to trend but it is a situation that is keeping many super talents away from the spotlight.
“So while we want people to be our mentors, we should also watch out for the fake ones who will rather use us, our works and continue to push us into the background. Those are the traits of fake mentors who should not be avoided,” he stated.