My statement about Stormzy was misconstrued – Yaw Tog. Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog seems to have had a sober reflection after his statement about Stormzy. The “Hip-hop/Hiplife Song of the Year” winner at the just ended Vodafone Ghana Music Awards ruffled feathers on Thursday (July 8) when he stated on TV3 that he made the U.K-born Ghanaian rapper more popular in Ghana. He also acknowledged that Stormzy made him more popular as well.
“I made him more popular here too because people didn’t know Stormzy in Ghana here,” he told MzGee on TV3.
His statement caused fury on social media (especially Twitter), where several music enthusiasts and industry people called him out and labeled his statement as ‘disrespectful.’
Radio presenter Sammy Forson said Yaw Tog’s statement is ‘the kind that unfortunately encourages selfish behavior in the industry,’ adding that he should focus on his music. “Yaw Tog’s comments about making Stomzy popular in GH are the kind that unfortunately encourages selfish behavior in the industry… If u know what it takes to be a mainstream artist in the UK and playlisted into other parts of Europe, u won’t lose talk… Smh… Focus on your music,” Sammy Forson tweeted.
Even though Joey B, KOJO-Cue, and other musicians defended him, the majority of Twitter users have lambasted Yaw Tog. Reacting to the backlash, Yaw Tog explained in a tweet and Instagram post that his statement was misconstrued but life must go on.
“It’s quite unfortunate a very harmless comment I made during a recent interview has been misconstrued by a few for whatever reason but regardless, we move. It’s Big Mike on the Remix,” he wrote.
His response to the backlash attracted positive comments from some celebrities.
“Bro this where we come from…move on super,” Fameye commented on his post.
Stonebwoy’s former manager Blakk Cedi commented: “It’s all in your favor young bull. You are blessed and that’s how it goes. Journey on champ.”
Reggie Rockstone encouraged him: “Yaw why dem say what??? Yo fada is here tell me.”