Emmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur (born 18 December 1998), known professionally as Kwesi Arthur, is a Ghanaian rapper, singer and songwriter from Tema. He rose to fame in 2017 with the hit single "Grind day" which received widespread acclaim and a co-sign from rap heavyweights Sarkodie and Medikal.[1][2] In 2019, his second EP Live from Nkrumah Krom Vol II garnered more than 2 million streams in the first week of its release.[3]

Kwesi Arthur
Kwesi Arthur performing at Alliance Francais.
Background information
Birth nameEmmanuel Kwesi Danso Arthur Junior
Also known asKing Arthur, Diidaday, Heavy Hitta, Young Arthur
Born (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 25)
Tema, Ghana
OriginGhana
GenresHip hop, Afrobeats
Occupation(s)Rapper
Years active2017–present
LabelsIndependent

Arthur has won several accolades, including Rapper of the year and Hip Hop Song of the year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards as well as a Viewer's Choice Best International Act nomination at the 2018 BET Awards. He became the second Ghanaian rapper to be nominated for BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher after Sarkodie's nomination in 2019.[4]

Early life and education edit

Kwesi Arthur was born on 18th December 1998 in Tema. He was raised in Tema Community 9 and is the second of four children with a brother named Benjamin Danso Arthur who is popularly known as Dayonthetrack and is also a musician. After completing his high school education at Temasco[5] in 2013, Kwesi's plans of furthering his education to study Psychology and Law at the University of Ghana came to a standstill due to a lack of funds. This led the rapper to consider a job offer as a security guard in Tema.[6] Kwesi Arthur got the security job and worked for a day(He knew it wasn’t his call) then Kwesi Arthur decided to pursue his music career at a local recording studio instead. Here, he made a deal with the owner of the recording studio to learn music production and record for free; in exchange, Arthur had to perform menial tasks around the studio like sweeping and general maintenance. In 2016, he met management from Ground Up Chale, a social media movement for young artists in West Africa, where he recorded his hit record Grind day at their studios a year later.[7]

Music career edit

Kwesi Arthur was discovered by Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur Sarkodie, who he featured on one of his hit songs called "Grind Day", alongside Medikal. [8]

Kwesi Arthur started writing raps after listening to Drake's debut album, Thank Me Later.[9]

In 2017, he released the lead single "Grind Day" from his debut EP, Live from Nkrumah Krom (2017). The record was released under his independent outfit and supported by a social movement called GroundUp Chale. He later released the remix for "Grind Day", featuring Sarkodie and Medikal.[10]

Kwesi Arthur has collaborated with numerous Ghanaian musicians, including Sarkodie, Medikal, KiDi, Jason E LA, R2Bees, B4bonah, M3dal, M.anifest, EL, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and South African rapper Nasty C . He was nominated for Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards.[1][2]

Kwesi Arthur is one of the most successful artists in Ghana, with his music being internationally recognized and awarded. In 2020 his song "Live From The 233" was one of the most streamed African songs on the streaming service Apple Music.

Discography edit

EPs edit

  • Live from Nkrumah Krom (2017)
  • This Is Not The Tape, Sorry 4 The Wait (2019)
  • Live from Nkrumah Krom Vol II Home Run (2019)[11]
  • This Is Not The Tape, Sorry 4 The Wait II (2020)

Studio albums edit

  • Son Of Jacob (2022)[12]

Singles edit

Year Title Production credit Ref
2017 Grind Day Kayso [13]
Grind Day Remix feat Medikal and Sarkodie (rapper) [14]
2018 Anthem Barking by Ramz
2018 Woara (meaning - It Is You) Shotto Blinkz [15]
2018 Don't Keep Me Waiting feat Kidi NytWulf [16]
2019 Zombie TwoBars [17]
2020 Turn On The Lights Yung D3mz
2020 Live from 233 Juiczxx
2020 Baajo feat Joeboy Yung D3mz
2021 Winning feat Vic Mensa Juiczxx
2022 Nirvana fet Kofi Mole Juiczxx [18]

Awards and nominations edit

Ghana Music Awards edit

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref
2018 Himself Hip Hop Song of the Year Won[19] [20]
Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year Nominated
New Artiste of the Year Nominated
2021 Himself Hiplife/HipHop Artist of the Year Nominated [21]
Himself International Collaboration of the Year Won [21]

BET Awards edit

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref
2018 Himself Viewers Choice Best International Act Nominated [22]

3 Music Awards edit

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref
2019 Himself Hip Hop Song of the Year Nominated [23]
Hiplife/Hip Hop Artiste of the Year Nominated
Hiplife/Hip Hop Act of the Year Nominated
Song of The Year Nominated
Music Man of The Year Nominated
Breakthrough Act Nominated
Digital Act of the Year Nominated
Hiplife Song of the year Nominated
Best Collaboration Won

Videography edit

Year Title Director Ref
2017 Grind Day[24] Mickey Johnson [25]
2017 Grind Day Remix[26] Lex Maccarthy [27]
2018 Anthem Akwaada Nyame [28]
2018 Woara Yaw Skyface [29]
2018 Don't Keep Me Waiting feat Kidi Andy Madjitey [30]
2018 Fever feat Rayf RocxNoir [31]
2019 Nobody feat Mr Eazi Yaw Skyface [32]

References edit

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  6. ^ "Kwesi Arthur reveals how he almost ended up as a security guard". GhanaWeb. 11 August 2018.
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