Entertainment of Sunday, 12 March 2017
Richard Kwasi Siaw Akrofi, known in showbiz as Ex Doe, has warned his close pal Chicago to stop claiming ownership of DAAVI MEDE KUKU, a song that brought lots of controversies and began what is termed the first “beef” between two Ghanaian musicians.
DAAVI MEDE KUKU was the most popular Ewe hiplife song in 1996. It was one of the tracks on Ex Doe’s debut album which featured Chicago. Chicago, who was a close pal of Ex Doe, started claiming ownership of the song. According to Chicago, he wrote and composed the song for Ex Doe. That did not go down well with Ex Doe, who recorded a “diss” song titled “MABA”. Chicago also replied with another “diss” track titled “Wo be Ko”.
Decades after the lyrical battle, which brought tension in the Ghanaian hiplife industry, Chicago appeared on the best entertainment talk show in the capital, Anigye Mmre on Accra based Onua 95.1FM and narrated the real issue to Christian Agyei Frimpong the host. “I met Ex Doe at a programme and he that time had finished his album so he needed a song in Ewe dialect for his album to be extraordinary from hiplife songs that was on the market because most of them were rap in Twi. “So he needed to do one in Ewe [and] since I was an indigenous Ewe and he is not, I could do it better for him.” Chicago continued: “The agreement between us was that, anytime he gets interview on radio/TV or to any event, he will acknowledge and give me credit.
But later it turned the opposite way and he was claiming ownership of the song alone.” Ex Doe, who was listening to the show, called in to issue a strong warning to Chicago to stop claiming ownership of the song. Ex Doe alleged that Chicago went behind him to destroy him to his producer then. “Did you write the song for me? Did you write my rap for me?” an obviously furious Ex Doe queried. “From today, I don’t want to hear you claim ownership of the song again,” he warned Chicago.