4x4 Biography

4x4 Biography

  • Stanley Benard
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4x4 is a popular Ghanaian hip-hop musical group that was formed in 2000 by Captain Planet, whose real name is Sylvanus Dodji Jeoffrey, and Coded, formerly known as Abortion and whose real name is Russell Edem Avornyo. The group was created with the help of Ronnie Coches and Bright Bling Sparkles, who are from Buk Bak, and their name reflects the four individuals who led to their formation.

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4x4 (Band)

The two original members of 4x4 were discovered by Buk Bak as participants in the Kiddafest TV program showcasing young musical talent. They released their debut album Siklitele under Buk Bak in 2003. Later in 2007, they released their second album, Contestant No. 1, featuring a new artist named Fresh Prince, whose real name is Prince Tamakloe. The album's single "HotGirls.com" is reputed to have introduced crunk to Ghanaian culture and earned the group a Ghana Music Award nomination in 2008. "HotGirls.com" was a huge success, and Fresh Prince later joined the band.

 

In 2009, 4x4 released their third album World Trade Center, which went platinum. The title song topped the singles chart in Ghana and is the first and only Ghanaian song to make the Urban Charts in Africa. The single "Waist and Power" has also received over 600,000 hits on YouTube.

 

Captain Planet is known for pioneering Ghanaian vernacular rap, using Akuapem Twi rap, Ga, Ewe, and Pidgin English, while Abortion contributes a ragga or dancehall style. The two styles fuse together with Captain Planet's rapping to create an innovative form of hiplife. The group continues to be mentored by Ronnie Coches and Bright Bling Sparkles (Buk Bak).

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