Biography of R2Bees

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R2Bees is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife duo from Tema, comprising two cousins, Faisal Hakeem (also known as Paedae da Pralem/Omar Sterling) and Rashid Mugeez.

Early Life and Education

Both born and raised in Tema, east of the country’s capital city – Accra in Ghana, West Africa. Paedae is the CEO and leader of the group, whilst Mugeez is the lead vocalist. The two cousins, who have been together their whole life, lived in the same house and also attended the same primary, junior and senior secondary school in Tema. Beginning their career early, they started off representing their school in rap competitions as well as inter school music contests.

Career

R2Bees’s first single, “Yawa Gal”, was released in August 2008. They then went on to release “I Dey Mad”, which featured Unda melodies. The song topped most Ghanaian Radio Music Charts for weeks. In 2010, R2Bees released “Kiss Your Hand” as their third single. In 2009, R2Bees released a 17-track album Da Revolution, which has already released songs; “Yawa Girl”, “I dey Mad”, “T.E.M.A”, “Kiss Your Hand” with new songs; “Radio”, “One more Chance” and “Africa” with production from KillBeatz (Joseph Addison) as well as guest appearances from Wande Coal, Sarkodie, Samini, Kwaw Kese and a host of others.

Their second studio album, Refuse To Be Broke – Da Revolution II, was released on 29 March 2013. The album had guest appearances from Wizkid, Sherifa Gunu, Davido, Tinchy Stryder and Voicemail. The album’s production was handled by KillBeatz.

Achievements

R2Bees often sing and rap in their native language Twi and Pidgin. R2Bees is one of the top purveyors of Ghanaian hip pop subgenre hiplife, which mixes rap with sounds of highlife (African pop music) and reggae. In 2012, R2Bees was featured in the Forbes list of “African celebrities to watch in 2013”. They were nominated for the 2013 BET Awards.

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