'Bardman' Tinny thinks the media and DJs are 'killing' Ghanaian musicians and claims he has never paid payola
Hiplife artiste, Tinny in an exclusive interview with yfmghana.com registered his dissatisfaction with Ghana’s media on how they are treating Ghanaian acts.
The "Makola Kwakwe" hit maker on beefing with other artistes revealed it’s only music duo Buk Bak that he ever took shots at.
“Every soldier song should go for somebody when you listen to it. It has to pierce somebody, I listen to many songs on the radio and listening critically you can easily assume the shots are being fired at you.
“It’s music. I don’t have anyone in mind when I do these songs – It’s only Aletse that I directed towards Buk Bak. Apart from that the rest are just records I made for music sake. Looking back at the beginning of his career and 2015 music scene, the rapper believes producers are holding down the music industry at the moment.
“Now the music is more about business than creativity. Now its beats – People want to dance. I don’t think we believe in good music anymore. These days, people do songs, they don’t do music. A song passes after a few rotations but music stands the test of time.
“When you do music, you have to double every other thing you are offering so it hits home on every level.
“My problem now is the DJs. They are killing real music. They believe in mixing for people to dance and if you have a great record which is below the tempo they are mixing in, they won’t give your record rotation. Tinny also believes the media in Ghana are not supporting Ghanaian artistes enough;
“Ghanaians don’t believe in Made in Ghana stuff. Like Ghanaian artistes wouldn’t see Nigerian acts like American artistes. Even if an artiste is coming from Congo or Togo, they get better treatment like Jay-Z would.
“I dropped Tiokor video a few days ago. It should have been on all the TV stations but it’s only a few who have featured the video on their channels. But you tune into these same stations and Chris Brown, R Kelly and other American artistes videos are playing.
“I don’t pay Payola. I have never paid Payola in my life. I remember one DJ whom my manager and I bumped into at Busy Internet some time back. My manager gave him my latest then and he demanded for some money to give the record some rotation on his slots.
My manager told me and I rushed back to the DJ’s car and snatched the CD from him. Because we don’t get Royalties and many other things but DJ’s want us to pay for rotation.”