The current state of the music business or better still the rap game in Ghana and the whole of Africa is about to get better because the good news reaching Flex newspaper from the camp of Budukusu has it that the Ginger and Hallelujah hit maker is officially signed on to VP Records. This good news is obviously not for Quata’s fans only but to that Ghanaian music lover who anticipates the betterment of our music industry.
After years of musical break, Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, known as Quata Budukusu in the music industry has bounced back fully prepared with his latest signing on to VP Records.
According to Quata’s management, the deal is a three-year distribution deal for his yet to be released album dubbed Quantum Riddim album, and it is a 13-track album recorded with one riddim by one artiste, Quata Budukusu. The riddim was produced right here in Ghana by the finest KV Bangerz. Songs on the Quantum riddim album include ‘Jah Give I strength,’ ‘Be free,’ ‘Motivate yourself,’ ‘I don’t need a hero,’ ‘Sweetest melody,' ‘Stars, Amazing,’ “Do mi - love me,” among others. VP records will also distribute “Grateful” a song by Quata Budukusu featuring Gully Bop from Jamaica. Release date is set for 18 August, 2017.
VP Records is an independent record label located in Queens New York. The label is known for releasing music by notable artists around the globe. The label was founded in 1979; VP Records has become a successful reggae and Caribbean music label and distributor. VP Records has been awarded Billboard's "Best Independent Label" for two consecutive years 2002 and 2003 and has received the award for "Best Reggae Imprint Label" for three consecutive years. VP was also nominated for Best Independent Reggae Label at the 2003 Billboard Hip-Hop and R&B awards and has been mentioned and featured in publications such as Vibe Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, etc. Additionally, the label has established a presence in Toronto, Australia, and New Zealand. The label was founded by the late Vincent Randy Chin and his wife Patricia Chin, who owned the Randy's Records store in Kingston, Jamaica as well as the Studio 17 recording studios.
In the mid-1970s, the Chins moved to New York City, setting up a record store in Brooklyn called VP Records in 1975, from which they sold and distributed records. In 1979, they relocated the store to Jamaica, Queens.In 1993, the record label was formed after the success of the retail store. The name of the label is a product of the first letters in the founders' names. The label established itself as one of the first and largest independent record labels for reggae and dancehall, and with the popularity of the riddim sound of the early 2000s, the label achieved worldwide success for artists such as Sean Paul through the label's deals with Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records and Virgin Music Canada.VP Records has acquired the slogan "Miles Ahead in Reggae Music" to signify that they could be considered to be the future of music that derives from the Caribbean. In addition to reggae, VP is also known for dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats or afro-reggae music.
Undoubtedly, VP has been the success behind most of the world class musicians including Alborosie, Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Bunji Garlin, Busy Signal, Byron Lee, Carlene Davis, Christopher Martin, Dennis Brown, Dizzy Dee, Duane Stephenson, Elephant Man, Etana, Fay-Ann Lyons, Freddie McGregor, Gyptian, Jah Cure, Marcia Griffiths, among others and from Ghana, we have Stonebwoy and Quata Budukusu.
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Story by: David Offei Lartey for Flex Newspaper
Ghanaian Rapper, Quata Budukusu, just set a world record with a 13-track track album featured on a single riddim he’s named “Quantum Riddim”. The Reggae project embarked by the Rapper is already listed on international music stores and is distributed by VPAL Music, a sub-wing of VP Records.
Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, musically known as Quata Budukusu was born on 4th June 1981 to Mr. and Mrs, Robert Etroo, he attended Airport Police primary and JHS and proceeded to Aggrey Memorial Zion secondary school in Cape Coast. After his senior high school, Quata Budukusu took a professional course in sound engineering. He started his musical career by combining Root African vibes and native Twi and inventing a unique style of rap genre called TONGUE TWISTING – a rhythmic chain of words in the fastest way one could run a tongue with words musically with a perfected style and skill on a beat.
He is regarded as the fastest rapper in Ghana, the inventor of tongue twisting in Twi, super accomplished songwriter and the most versatile artist who does every genre of music perfectly. Quata Budukusu can rap, sing, do dancehall, pop music and much more. QuataBudukusu is very fluent in English and Twi composition that brands him as an international artist. In 2004, Quata Budukusu released his debut album, WONIE that took over Ghana with a traditional video that went viral on Channel O. He immediately became a compound name with all the hit songs he featured onwards: K.K. Fosu’s OGA, Tinny’s ALETSE and composed MAKOMA MU TOFFEE for Tinny. He also composed MzBel’s TURN ME ON, featured on Becca’s YOU LIED TO ME high life mix, as well as featuring on J.A. Adofo’s MENKOM’NIGYE.
Quata Budukusu ft Gully Bop another song being distributed by VPAL music
Quata Budukusu took a break and return with the INDEPENDENCE Album which featured hit songs like BABY, the first English and Twi pop song, and PRETTY FACE featuring VIP which became the biggest launch in the history of Hiplife music in Ghana. QuataBudukusu is the first rap artist KojoAntwi, the maestro, featured on ESUNKETSENKETSE from his SEBO album. QuataBudukusu is like a phantom presence felt to the fullest yet invisible. Quata Budukusu is currently signed to Bakus Records and Entertainment after six years break from active music.
In Twi, English and Jamaican Patois, Quata Budukusu brings words to life with his rhymes, rhythms, melodies and tongue-twisting rap skill and broad composition, the one word for Quata Budukusu is MUSIC. Quata Budukusu’s ability to combine both English and Twi Language makes him a brand name that will stand and represent any company and his flawless looks and swag can sell any product.
After the successful release of Quantum Riddim album, Ghanaian rapper, Quata Budukusu has released two music videos for his singles, Hallelujah (produced by Ephraim Beats) and Ano Dey See you Seff (produced by KV Bangerz). Coby Melody Twum of Scoby Philms directed both videos.
Per Quata Budukusu, God has been good for him, his family, friends, fans, and even the enemies and there is the need to glorify His name. Quata Budukusu showed his versatility in music once again with the release of the gospel-like tune, Hallelujah. In Hallelujah, Quata Budukusu is calling on all the living souls to give praise to the creator of the universe. Quata Budukusu maintained that all living souls who made it to this time of the year should “Join me make we sing and give Him praise” because we don’t deserve better than those that have lost their lives. Quata Budukusu gave his testimony in the song because he believes he does not deserve to be alive, but, just by the grace of the Almighty.
Quata Budukusu was at his usual best in Ano Dey See You Seff, and there is a clear indication from that he is not “dead” as speculated. Quata Budukusu is still a power to reckon with in the hip-hop/hip-life genre as he showed his lyrical prowess in this classic hip-hop song “Ano Dey See You Seff.” Ghanaians and the hip-hop lovers around the globe should be ready for more tunes from Quata Budukusu.
Watch the videos below:
Ano Dey See You Seff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSlBEHfsDDY
Source: Bakus Radio, USA (www.bakusradio.com)
Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, b.k.a Quata Budukusu, started his musical career by combining Root African vibes and native Twi and inventing a unique style of rap genre called TONGUE TWISTING – a rhythmic chain of words in the fastest way one could run a tongue with words musically with a perfected style and skill on a beat. He is regarded, in Ghana, as the inventor of tongue-twisting in Twi. An accomplished songwriter, the versatile artist can both rap, sing in a variety of styles that goes from dancehall to pop music, and everything in-between.
In 2004, Quata Budukusu released his debut album, WONIE that took the Ghana music scene by storm. He has since gone on to feature in a long list of hit songs and viral videos in his home country. After taking a break, Budukusu returned with the INDEPENDENCE Album which featured the first English and Twi pop song, entitled BABY. The surprise came on the 18th of August 2017, when Quata Budukusureleased QUANTUM RIDDEM, distributed by VPAL music, which happens to be the first full-length album – in this case 13 tracks – delivered on just one single beat!
Recently we listened to Quata Budukusu’s latest smash single, “Ano Dey See You Seff”, bathed in a sizzling trap decoration. If tongue-twisting in Twi is Budukusu’s forte, you wouldn’t expect him to leap from the foundation that his music career on built on. Switching up at the height of his popularity would be bold, insane, and trying to fix something that isn’t broken.
But Budukusu is both bold and insane – anybody who could record 13 different songs on one single beat, certainly has no fear of pushing boundaries or breaking down the walls of conservatism. And trap lends itself perfectly to all sorts of progressive interpretations.
What Quata Budukusu will say and how he will deliver the message is what fans are most intrigued by. From high-speed flow patterns to trap-drenched crooning, he has a distinguished voice, and I’m impressed by his energy. Budukusu is rapping like a man possessed.
Yet at the same time he sounds totally focused and never loses the melodic slant in his voice – essential when you need to stay musical and not just sound like you’re speed-reading the phone directory. This is probably where Budukusu’s tongue-twisting technique excels in giving him the edge over his trap contemporaries.
Quata Budukusu literary pulls off an Olympic performance on head-banging track. The keys and hi-hats combine to turn the track into a trap monster with an African twist. Budukusu is making a compelling argument right now with “Ano Dey See You Seff”. And my question is: “Is there any trap, or other kind of rapper of his versatility, out there right now that sounds this convincing?” There’s an electricity in this record – an indication that this is an artist whose sails have caught a full wind!
Watch Ano Dey See You Seff Video here: https://youtu.be/BSlBEHfsDDY
Versatile artiste, Quata Budukusu has expressed excitement that his latest album Quantum Riddim has been selected for consideration in the Reggae Album category for the 2018 Grammy Awards. He joins Blakk Rasta bringing to two the number of Ghanaian musicians being considered in the Reggae Album category for the 2018 Grammy Awards.
Consideration is the first step in the process of attaining a Grammy. The second step is for the Academy to vote and nominate entries with the final step being for the Academy members to vote on who wins what.
Quantum Riddim, a 13-track album has songs like Jah Give I strength, Be Free, Motivate Yourself, I Don’t Need a Hero, Amazing, Stars, Sweetest Melody, Party All Night, Heaven in Your Eyes, and Big Spliff. The album is distributed internationally by the reputable VPAL Music and available on all the online distribution platforms.
In an interview with Showbiz, Quata Budukusu, real name Jacob Nana Kwame Etroo, said he was happy his hard work was being recognized. “Not many artistes get their works considered for Grammy Awards, so I’m very honored to have my Quantum Riddim album be considered on a big platform such as that,” he stated.
He thanked his team, Bakus Records and Entertainment and VPAL music, based in New York for believing in him. According to him, VPAL music they have gone to a great length to promote his music.
Grab your copy of the historic album here: http://smarturl.it/QuantumRiddimQB