Michael Kwabena Okyere Darko popularly known as Obrafour that means ‘Executioner’ in the Akan language is no stranger in the Ghanaian entertainment scene. The rapper who hails from the Kwawu region of Ghana is a rap legend if not icon to behold, prompting his followers to dub him the name ‘rap sofour (priest)’.Obrafour who has been in the game from as early as 1999 when he released his first album, has a lot of success tied to this, owing that the rapper has a record label tie to his name, the Executioner’s record label. Being a master in his own game, the hiplife music in Ghana, Obrafour has number of trending songs in the scene, some old, some new, all good.
Looking at when the musical giant began his career and how long his journey has been, credit to where he is now will but just flow from you. Obrafour, whose childhood dreams were that of being a lawyer, was influenced into the hiplife songs genre by one of the pioneers of the genre, Reggie Rockstone. After attending various performances by the artiste, he struck an alliance with Edward Nana Poku aka Hammer of the Last Two, together with Yaw Anoff aka Deep and began serious music production.
In late 1999, Obrafour produced his first album which did very well in the music scene was considered to be one of the best hiplife Ghana music albums ever. The songs which still get an impressive amount of airplay on radios and televisions countrywide show just how great this tracks were. The Album titled Pae Mu Ka contains a number of songs, including one Kwame Nkrumah that advises the Ghanaians to unify their country for their prosperity.
In 2001, Obrafour produced his second album which like its predecessor was a great hit. Asem Sebe another very successful album contained hits that to date make the album heard. Here, he did his first gospel song in rap, EnyE Nyame a that he did seeking help from other beat makers other than his partner Hammer. A song ‘Maame’ that he did too as a maxi single album is still a trend among the Ghanaians as dedication to his mother, whom he praised o much. Among the songs, he did a song with Tic Tac, Ashfoam, was very successful in the musical scene.
Time Out For Adhesion (TOFA), his third album was released in 2003. Obrsafour’s love for his singing career is noticeable, with many songs done in the album, each successful and passionate too. A release of his fourth album also came in late the same year 2003, with a majority of the songs in it being remixes of tracks in the third album. The lead single however, Nya NteteE Pa, coincided with The Ghanaian government's efforts to fight indiscipline among the country’s youth and was voted song of the year 2003 by his listener at Joy FM. This further solidified his legendary status in the industry. His help was divided into two, the Lecture and Counseling Workshop and the Hiplife Education and Literacy Policy (HELP) Ghana initiative.
In 2004,he released a joint album Execution Diaries, a compilation of new hiplife music artistes and their tracks that he believed would enhance their careers further and surely it did. All tracks that were released in this album were some of the best in Ghana at point, proving the point Obrafour tried to pass.
A fifth album Heavy, was released in 2006 and featured Kanda Bongo Man and legend Akosua Ba. It gained an intensive amount of airplay, owing to the fact that it was a good album. As we can see, most if not all of Obrafour’s albums have good hit tracks and go a long way in cementing the kind of a musicians he is.
Trending Obrafour songs
Some of the top trending Obrafour songs are included below, of all times, some that have even made albums, and the most reviews.
1. Obrafour - Aseda
This great track that was produced by Oteng in 2017 was and still is a great hit. The songs that is a praise to his maker, is according to reviews one of the best things to happen to the hiplife industry. It is a pretty good tack to flow with and totally worth your time.
2. Obrafour – Pae mu ka
This is yet another hit song that doubles up as an album for this hit maker. Released back in 2015, the song which he did with another great artist Cy Lover is a great combination of tempos that easily flows giving the song an edgy feel. One can easily then deduce why so the song was chosen to be the cover for the album, that contains a total of ten other songs.
3. Obrafour – Monfa mano
Another gospel hit banger released by the icon himself in 2017.The song that took the gospel genre was not a lesser hit in the music industry. It did well and was produced by Nature and directed by Gyamfi Steve, a frequent collaborator with the artiste. It is another song to praise God and congratulate him for the far he has come in his career.
4. Obrafour – No vote
This ace beat was a silencer to the haters and all the low rate rappers in the industry. Released in 2017,it was to confirm his re-emergence in the industry, telling all his fellow artistes that he was back for good and nothing would be able to change that. Pretty good jam if you ask me, and it is worth checking it out.
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5. Obrafour – Maame
The Ghanaian rap Sofo released this track back in 2015.He did this to acknowledge the presence of his late mum, whom he termed as a key factor turning him into the person he currently is. It is also a good track that celebrates the potential of women and their additions to the society.
6. Obrafour – No size
Another top trending jam released by the legendary award winner himself, produced by JMJ. Being of the Hiplife genre, it totally rocks, another confirmation of the big kings prowess in the game of music.
7. Obrafour – Too much
After dropping his jam No Size, rap Sofo comes on again to confirm his presence really, hitting this new jam, of which all production credit goes to JMJ. And again as you might predict me saying, yes, it is a good track.
8. Obrafour ft Sarkodie – Hope
The very long awaited collabo between the two legendary rappers was the mother of this great track that was a mega hit in the entertainment industry. The track which was majorly driven on inspiration and motivation, is not the first of the two, and is certainly an award winner in this year’s entertainment awards. Hope. first performed by Sarkodie in the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards on the 14 of April, employs a sense of one’s belief in yourself, urging you to be your best each and every day. What better than this?
Those are some of the top trendy songs that the legendary rapper Obrafour has been working to release. However Obrafour’s new song is that which can literally take you up from your seat and a get you singing along in the mi9rrors,showers,everyrthing. The Execution Entertainment leader Obrafour, merging with rap king Africa Sarkodie of Sarkcess Entertainment release another banger dubbed Moesha. Released on May 18 2018, the reviews of the songs continue to prove its presence in the scene, emphasizing just how great the tune will be. So far I personally have read positive comments, none negative forth coming. Great indeed. However, every milestone completed has single steps at the beginning, and the rapper is not new to this either.
Some of Obrafour’s old songs also include, Agoro no oso, Ma Mendwen me ho, Asem sebe, Kokonsa, Who born you by mistake, Odo, Enye Nyame a, Okukuseku, Oye Ohene,Adefoode,Nyamekye, Ebehyhyew, Sete, Akonini, Obaa bi, Odo Amaa, Oyonkour, Mensesa, Monfa nsa, Kae me, Odo nsuo, Aunti Akosua ba, Wote puupuu, Fakye me, African boy among many more others.
None can actually compete with Obrafour’s music let alone Obrafour himself the master legend of the hiplife music. Being a master in his own style, Obrafour has even his own clothing line OB4, an side investment pulled from his main music hustle. If you have not gotten the chance to listen to the music by this legend Obrafour, you can get to hear it and judge for yourself whether it is good or perfect, bad not included.
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