Their business is known among most Ghanaians as 'Sakawa.' The suspicion among many is that these young men and to some small extent, women, indulge in internet fraud with backing from spiritual processes.
Recently, police caught a ring of fraudsters who planned to remit about GHC 326 million to themselves.
Despite their shady business, 'sakawa' or fraud boys, are not know to be quiet in communities. They are often showy, loud and quite expensive in their tastes.
YEN.com.gh brings you a list of 10 songs that is definitely in the playlists of these fraud boys as they drive around with booming music in their speakers.
1. Taking Over - Shatta Wale featuring Joint 77, Addi Self and Captan
Shatta Wale is popular among fraud boys. This is no secret and he features handsomely in this list.
The song 'Taking Over' is probably the artiste's biggest hit in the last two years although he has been very prolific. Shatta Wale expresses the idea in the song that he and his crew are about to preside over affairs and that is probably why the fraud boys like it.
2. Confirm - Medikal featuring Sarkodie
Medikal's point on this song is that he is always waiting for confirmation on deals. The rapper raps on how he is constantly on the go looking for money.
This is perhaps why sakawa boys love 'Confirm.' It speaks to what agenda is constantly on their minds.
3. Grind Day - Kwesi Arthur featuring Sarkodie and Medikal
The current darling boy on the Ghanaian music scene is perhaps Kwesi Arthur. He is popular because of his identification with street culture.
The song 'Grind Day' talks of how a poor young man from the "ghetto" cannot tire or laze around. Everyday is a day to hustle and make money.
4. Mahama Paper - Shatta Wale
We told you he would feature prominently on this list. Shatta Wale's 'Mahama Paper' is a dedication to living an expensive lifestyle.
That is exactly why the fraud boys love it. It is like Shatta Wale sang their lives with his words.
5. Wetin We Gain -Victor Adere
This is a relatively new song. It is the only Nigerian feature on this list.
Artiste Victor Adere speaks of how he needs God help in anything he does. Interestingly, these sakawa boys and girls believe that there is heavingly help even for them in their work.
6. Walaahi - R2Bees
This is a classic. A song that is over five years old but still quite popular among self-styled hustlers.
This may be as a result of R2Bees themselves branding themselves as coming from the streets.
7. Enemies (Don't Come My Way) - Jupitar featuring Sarkodie
There are popular thoughts of most self-styled hustlers. Jupitar's song speaks on how he protects himself against the plans of his "enemies."
This is exactly why the boys like it. The culture forces them to insure themselves against opponents hence the occasional violence we see.
8. If I Collect - Shatta Wale
The third Shatta Wale song on this list is a banger. Here, the artiste speaks of how he is looking to make money from his international partners.
Obviously, the allusion to internatinal partners denotes the "clients" from who the fraud boys make money. Shatta Wale at a point a song even calls for people to make money however they can.
9. Obiaa Woni Master - Yaa Pono featuring Stonebwoy
Many have said this song was aimed at Shatta Wale. This is because the two artistes on the track have very open grudges with Shatta.
However, it does not seem like fraud boys would care very much about beefs. The feeling of making more money than their peers and becoming masters over them is what this song allows them to think about.
10. Hero - Stonebwoy
The last song the list is the track 'Hero' from Stonebwoy. The artiste speaks of his life as coming from "zero to hero" and that is where the fraud boys feel they understand him.
They obviously also believe they have come from nothing yet on their way to their dreams.
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