When Ghanaian music group R2bees dropped the remix version of ‘ I Dey Mad’, they took the country by storm and instantly became a popular household name. The group consists of Omar Sterling, the CEO, and leader, whilst Mugeez is the lead voice. R2BEES released their first single titled ‘Yawa Gal’, which was a big hit, and when they teamed up with Nigeria’s Wande Coal for ‘Kiss Your Hand’, they became the real deal and set course on glory road. ‘Da Revolution’ released in 2009, was their first album.
R2Bees often sing and rap in English, native lingo Akan and Pidgin; they are “one of the top purveyors of Ghanaian hip pop subgenre hip life, which mixes rap with sounds of high life and reggae.” They were nominated at the 2013 BET Awards. The same year, they released their second studio album, 'Refuse To Be Broke – Da Revolution II'. They were the masters of the game with tracks like ‘Odo’, ‘Bayla’, ‘Ajeii’ and the monster hit, ‘Life’ (Walaahi), one of the dopiest rousing and influential songs from Ghana.
In 2016 there were speculations that r2bees had signed to Wiz Kid’s Star Boy record label, but later, Wiz Kid dismissed the claim saying his record label doesn’t have what it takes to sign the legendary r2bees. At a point, the heat they brought began to cool and It was reported they had lost control of the wheel. Later, Omar Sterling dropped his solo album, ‘Victory Through Harmony’. Even though they released a couple of singles, which include ‘Tonight’ ft Wiz Kid, and ‘Plantain Chips’ amongst others, it looked as if their castles stood upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand. And many wondered: was it game over for the money-makers? Well, the lot that thought r2bees would sweep the streets they once ruled had to eat up their words when the duo dropped their third studio album, ‘Site 15’.
The 15-track musical project pays homage to the community of Tema, ‘Site 15’, probably the place that holds intriguing tales about their hustle to stardom. The album was a distinctive blend of hip-hop, afro beats, hip-life, and high-life. Features included Kwesi Arthur, Medikal, Darko Vibes, King Promise, and Wizkid. From, ‘Straight from Mars’ to ‘Never Again’, r2bees took listeners on a journey back to the roots of their musical discovery, different emotions of love and hustle. Site 15 was a great comeback for r2bees and a testament that their musical career was far from over.
Last year was tough for everyone as the entertainment industry came to halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. But they came through with ‘Yawa’ and Mugeez dropped ‘Chihuahua’. We are still not in normal times yet, but keep your fingers crossed and expect another ground-breaking project from r2bees. If you are familiar with who they are…you know they simply refuse to be broke.
By Garvin Atee