REALITY CHECK : LET THE TALK BEGIN

We Dance Like Ten Years Since Why? People No Get Nothing Talk Since?’ – C-Real

C-Real-Reality-CheckC-Real speaking his mind

In an era where it is safer for one to keep mute over happenings in their immediate circles (even though it may be inimical to their survival) so as not to be hated on or/ and be damned, it is such a relieve to see that one man has braced the odds to speak out. Not only did he speak about the general issues that afflict his immediate interest, he went a step to mention or call out those he deemed are the reasons impeding progress.

That brave step is what rapper C-Real has done on his new single “Reality Check”, produced by Nel Magnum (Jolly Roger), over a sampled Inner City Blues’ Makes Me Wanna Holler (take a listen at the end of article). In a typical Public Announcement style, C-Real didn’t mince words on Reality Check.

Despite the song being the kick that the stakeholders and all parties involved in Ghanaian music industry need, it is set to irk a few heads and court controversy. Truth is, C-Real knows he is in for a backlash and seems prepared.

On Reality Check the former runner up at the 2nd edition of the Channel O Sprite Africa MC competition, laid bare certain facts: he called out the MUSIGHA president, Obour, who many believed has done way below expectation in promoting the interests of the Ghanaian musician as he promised rapping ‘Obour sati pass, growing fat whiles MUSIGHA blast/ front row at awards shows watching his cash grow’. This is a reference to the sudden weight gain of Obour, which many have speculated to be due to the benefits that come with his office.

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Another person who was caught up in the Mixdown Studios CEO’s diatribe is the music producer Appietus, who in a recent interview with Abdullai Isshak of enewsgh.com slammed artistes doing hip hop in Ghana. “The only thing I don’t like about our music industry is those that try to do the Hip Hop; you can’t play or rhyme it in their accent better than producers and artistes in America. It’s their culture and they live in it”.

C-real response is to the effect that Appietus bootlegged a beat from South Africa’s Dj Syndo for ‘Mo gy3 baya’ (Move back), a track he produced for hiplife group 5Five, which subsequently won an award, adding ‘we all dey hung (hungry) but never plagiarize for dough (cash)/ it’s not about the system but the principle and I thought you should know’

Leading event production houses such as Charter House and 4Syte TV were advised to treat artistes with respect ‘since without performers on your show your brand will be useless’. This call wasn’t only for event producers but also concert promoters who usual think they are doing an artiste a favour by putting them on shows without paying them.

Interestingly, all these and other issues raised in Reality Check has been spoken about by industry watchers especially the lack of creativity in the music scene from lame lyricism, poor stage performances, how artistes hop on a new music trend in order to survive. M.anifest did raise the issue in his track Debi Debi (off APAE). M3nsa of FOKN BOIS has also had cause to spare a thought on this subject.

This is not the first time C-Real has gone ‘hard’ on this issue. Indeed, some artistes are shinning bright but there’s more room for improvement. He spoke about this same issue on ‘It’s Over’ off his Reigning Season Mixtape.

rogerNel Magnum, producer of Reality Check

For those thinking Reality Check is an attention grabbing stunt from the Em.CEO I beg to differ. What C-Real has done is to elevate the discussion from the basement to the open turf for proper discussion of problems afflicting artistes and the numerous complaints they mutter about yet are scared to speak about frankly and openly.

The artistes, I believe are the right people to speak about issues, situations and problems hindering their occupations. Time has come for them to act right and earn what are due them. As they say ‘he who feels it knows it’, the time for proper discussion to commence is now. As C-Real said, this isn’t about beef. This is the truth’! And he isn’t wrong.

Click on the link to download Reality Check http://t.co/2clvHEw9yZ

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3 comments

  1. The Writer · May 7, 2014

    You had my attention till I asked the most important question, who is c-real? And where are his hit tracks? How come we don’t know him? True he won some African award but since then what song did he make that he put up and was cheated? And after talking about it, what next? You catch my drift? The talking and singing is plenty, have they taken any actions? Shatta wale came, blasted them, brought out some songs and made it, talk and action, c real? We want something to listen to

    • swayekidd · May 8, 2014

      A very good point you’ve made here. Will look at it from two points of view:
      1. C-Real perhaps hasn’t done much to sell himself. Yes, he has some good tracks (check his reverbnation site) and good albums- Em.CEO and Reigning Season that most hiphop heads have applauded.
      2. Is the issue of how those who need to support it – ala radio djs, who will play songs from America but won’t play those made by Ghanaians. They’ve not helped the course. Again, i think the artistes must be able to survey the environment and feed into what the society wants without loosing the craft of what they are doing.
      C-real has spoken, he should back it up i guess.

  2. Hamza Moshood · May 8, 2014

    Very good and daring track. Voiced out what most of the artistes wouldn’t dare talk talk about. It shouldn’t stop with just one track, though. It should start a conversation (in which all concerned artists should partake) which would eventually lead to the industry sitting up.Otherwise, what’s the essence?

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