Rapper, Osei Kwaku Vincent, better known as Strongman Burner, has recanted his earlier claim that colleague Medikal is living on money made from fraud.
In a song released on Sunday, the hip-hop artiste had claimed that Samuel Adu Frimpong, known in showbiz as Medikal cannot afford bicycle without resorting to earnings made illegally.
“Subtract your fraud money from the real money; what will be left is your music money. It cannot buy you a bicycle, “portions of Strongman’s ‘Dont Try Me’ lyrics alleged.
But in a subsequent interview on Monday, Strongman distanced himself from the allegation. He told Mamavi Owusu-Aboagye, sit-in host of Joy FM’s Cosmopolitan Show; it was an attempt to get at his colleague, who had attacked him and his girlfriend in his song ‘The Last Burial.’
“Honestly, I have not seen him doing fraud. He is not my friend so I don’t know. I cannot say he is a fraud boy because I have not seen him doing fraud,” Strongman revealed.
The rivalry between the two rappers was unexpected as little was known of it prior to the weekend open display of antagonism, which birthed three songs.
It dominated social media trends and got Ghanaians divided on who won.
It was Medikal who first ‘drew blood’ when he claimed to have saved the music industry four years ago. Several artists felt targeted by the lyrics of ‘To Whom It May Concern’ but it was Strongman who stepped forward.
Read more here: Rap battle: Medikal vs Strongman, who won?
Ghana music has a rich history of rivalry. It came to a head at the 2019 VGMA when Dancehall Artist of the Year, Stonebwoy pulled a gun on Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. (Shatta Wale). This follows a protracted beef which has recently been settled.
The beef between Lord Kenya and Obrafour, Kwaw Kese and D-Black, M.anifest and Sarkodie have been reported by multiple outlets.
Strongman is calling for a truce, urging artistes to focus on their career.
“We don’t need to keep this beef going on… I am not tired but we need to focus on the music,” he said.
According to him, he has received calls from colleagues in the industry who advised him to calm down and lie low: advice he is taking seriously.