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    by Ghana Music.com
    posted Friday, 05 August 2011 23:24| 0 Comments

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    Rumor has it that he is the deepest rapper to come out of Ghana in the last five years. Barely a young adult, this thought provoking rapper plays in his own league.

    Born to Mr Robert Okai, Quarshie and Matilda Provencal, he has a sister and a brother, studied Accounting at The Institute Of Professional Studies (IPS) and currently pursuing a Communications Certificate.

    Born Curtis Nana Benyin Quarshie, better known as Rumor, only his inner circle knew he could rap. His foremost introduction to Hip Hop came in 1999 when he bought a copy of Obrafour’s legendary debut, “Pae Mu Ka.” That coupled with a fondness for Reggie Rockstone set him on his road to becoming an active player in the rap game.

    Rumor’s defining moment came when he switched from singing to rap. He started out by miming to the Rawkus Records Project “Lyricists Lounge.” The album comprised acts like Killa Priest, Mos Def, Common and Talib Kweli.

    Overtime, his influences grew to cover acts like KRS One, Jay Z, and Lupe Fiasco. At 14, he penned his very first verse and took off from there. His writing skill is fueled by an undying predilection for literature.

    At Pope John Senior High School, he teamed up with K-Yos, Loonee and Boyd to form the group "Arms of War". They dropped their first mixtape, “The New Era,” which went on to cause a stir in the high school circuit.

    Impressed by Rumors’ consciousness, Jayso recruited him to the Skillions. Jayso has the young act so far, walking him through the game since he joined Skillions in 2007.

    The first major commercial success in Rumor’s career came in 2009 when he collaborated on the Skillions New Generation Mixtape. The effort gave him the chance to share the stage with giants like Sway, Lethal Bizzle and Donae’o.

    As a devout christian, Rumor has come from just penning lyrics for the sake of art to shedding light. Appalled by the obscenities in hiphop music, his debut album "Rumor Has It" promises to help change GH hiphop and the world at large.


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