- Real name: Emmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior
- Birthday: 18 December 1994
- Nationality: Ghanaian
- Star sign: Sagittarius
- Occupation: rapper, musician
- Height: 5’9’’ or 175 cm
Who is Kwesi Arthur?
Kwesi Arthur is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter who hails from Tema in the Greater Accra region of Ghana. He rose to fame in 2017 with his hit single "Grind Day", which earned him a nomination for Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards. He is also the founder of Ground Up Chale, a social media movement for emerging artists in West Africa.
Kwesi Arthur started writing raps after listening to Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later, in 2010. After graduation from high school, he worked as a security guard and learned music production at a local studio in Tema.
In 2016, he met the management of Ground Up Chale and recorded his first EP, Live from Nkrumah Krom, which featured the song "Grind Day". It quickly became a hit and garnered widespread recognition.
In 2018, he gained further prominence with the release of his EP titled "Live from Nkrumah Krom," which received critical acclaim and solidified his position as a rising star in Ghanaian music.
In 2019, he became the second Ghanaian rapper to be nominated for BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher after Sarkodie. He also won the Best Collaboration of the Year at the 3 Music Awards for his song "Nobody" with Mr Eazi.
In 2020, he released his third EP, This Is Not The Tape, Sorry For The Wait II, which featured songs such as "Live From The 233", "Turn On The Lights", and "Jehovah". He also collaborated with artists like Joeboy, Vic Mensa, and Kidi.
In 2021, he released his fourth EP, Son Of Jacob, which featured songs such as "Winning", "Baajo", and "Warming Up". He also collaborated with artists like Yaw Tog, Sarkodie, and Davido.
Top Kwesi Arthur Songs
- Grind Day (2017)
- Anthem (2018)
- Nobody feat Mr Eazi (2018)
- Woara (2018)
- African Girl feat Shatta Wale (2018)
- Don't Keep Me Waiting feat KiDi (2018)
- Thoughts from King Arthur (2018)
- Zombie (2019)
- Turn on the Lights (2019)
- Elevate (2019)
Kwesi Arthur has performed at various notable events and music festivals across Africa. Some of the notable ones are:
- Ghana Meets Naija, Accra (2018)
- Ghana Party in the Park, London (2018)
- One Africa Music Fest, Dubai (2018)
- Afro Nation Festival, Portugal (2019)
- Detty Rave, Accra (2019)
- Afro Nation Festival, Puerto Rico (2020)
Kwesi Arthur has collaborated with numerous artists, including Sarkodie, KiDi, Mr Eazi, and Nasty C. Some of the notable ones are:
- Kwesi Arthur x Kidi - Don’t Keep Me Waiting (2018)
- “Nobody” feat Mr Eazi (2019)
- “Baajo” feat Joeboy (2020)
- “Jehovah” feat Sarkodie (2020)
- “Coachella” feat Sarkodie (2021)
- Sore feat Yaw Tog, Stormzy (2021)
- “Alhamdulillah” feat Black Sherif & Bigg Homie Flee (2023)
- “GOD ABEG” feat. Medikal, Joey B & Kay T (2023)
Kwesi Arthur has won several awards and nominations for his music.
- Rapper of the year and Hip Hop Song of the year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in 2018 and 2020 respectively.
- Viewer's Choice Best International Act nomination at the 2018 BET Awards.
- Best Hip Hop nomination at the 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards.
- BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher nomination in 2019, becoming the second Ghanaian rapper to do so after Sarkodie.
Kwesi Arthur has been linked to Efia Odo, an actress and media personality; Sista Afia, a singer; and Coco Trey, a model and singer.