Drill music artist Yaw Tog, real name Thorsten Owusu Gyimah, is a Ghanaian musician best known for his song “SORE,” which translates as “Get Up” in English.
Yaw, an aspiring singer, did not have it easy, but he got his break after releasing his debut track “SORE,” which included a couple of musicians from the Asakaa group in Kumasi, Ghana, also known as Kumericans, including O’ Kenneth, City Boy, Reggie, and Jay Bahd. Tog released a few songs before his big track, including Y33gye, Africa, Empty, Daben, Mood, and Time which was also a hit on its own.
Tog has received a couple of awards as a newbie to the entertainment industry including Breakthrough Artist of the Year at 3Music Awards Hip Pop Song of the Year at 3Music Awards and recently Best Hip Pop Song of the year at the recently completed Vodafone Ghana Music Awards with his banger “SORE” remix, in which he featured Kwesi Arthur and the UK-based Ghanaian artist Stormzy.
Yaw Tog’s problem with social media and its users started right after he won, he uttered an unneeded statement while thanking Almighty God, his parents, admirers, and followers for bringing his ambition a reality but because he was leaving the stage, he hastily said: “This prize also goes to all my hatters,” Yaw Tog said, and this statement was not taken lightly by some Ghanaians, since he was fighting with his Kumerican brothers in the Asakaa music, also known as Drill Music.
People began accusing him of not even being grateful for all that his Asakaa brothers have done for him in his music career as a result of their words instead of recognizing the others, he went along to brand them hatters on Ghana’s most-watched Awards Scheme.
All of the hatters’ controversies were dumped in the waist bean after several weeks and everyone thought it was over until recently when he made a harmless comment in an interview on TV3’s Onua Maakye Show, which audiences hoped would just be ignored by critics, but things did not go as they assumed, and things escalated before anyone could do anything about it.
It all started when the show’s host said, “His coworker offstage said he had never heard of UK rapper Stormzy before he appeared on your SORE music and that there is also a perception in the minds of most Ghanaians that Stormzy made you popular in the international scene or do you think you rather made him popular.”
Stormzy indeed made me popular on the international market, but on the other hand, we both aided each other as I also made him recognized in Ghana as I include him on the SORE version with Kwesi Arthur; Yaw Tog peacefully and ineffectually responded to her query.
With a little consideration, one may infer that Yaw Tog meant no harm, but music critics have their way of interpreting things, and this misinterpretation of what he said will get him into trouble not now, but possibly soon.
When Yaw Tog realized where this was taking him he quickly uploaded a clip of his interview on the Onua Maakye Show to his Instagram page, captioning it 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. On the remix, it’s Big Mike.
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