In the last part of the 1990s into the 2000s, TicTac who is currently known as Tic was incredibly fabulous on the mic. Tic pulled in huge number of fans across Africa because of his radiant style of doing his rap at a faster speed, which was then extremely remarkable in Ghana.
Tic, who was the first Ghanaian entertainer to enter into the Nigerian music market at the time, made a tremendous brand name for himself. He was arguably the biggest artist, who understood what he was doing. Born Nana Kwaku Okyere Duah, Tic has a solid legacy in Ghana as well as on the African continent.
The multiple award winning entertainer has been exceptionally predictable since 1997 when he joined the Ghanaian music industry. Regardless of the fact that, Tic sounded like American rapper Busta Rhymes, he demonstrated to all why he was novel by trying to be unprecedented.
Tic has been phenomenal, and has featured on the tunes of top artists across the continent including the legendary Freddie Meiway, Tony Tetula, Daasebre Dwamena, Slim buster, Obrafour, Azigiza Jnr. and numerous others.
Additionally, because of his significant quality as a rapper, Tic was selected among top performers in Ghana for an AIDS crusade project. And as usual, he was stupendous on his part during the All-stars music project.
Tic’s debut which launched him to more fame was his hit single ‘Philomena’ in 1999. The tune was an instant hit, that traveled all over Africa and even beyond. That’s not all, Tic’s melodies like: ‘KKBK‘ and ‘Mmaa 4mula‘ beat out all competitors in Ghana for half a month at that point. Tic then, released his subsequent album, ‘Masom’, to convey another hit album.
He released his third album, ‘Masem‘ with the huge hit, Menkabio (affectionately called Shoddies). This gave him 6 nominations at the Ghana Music Awards of that year, and won him best collaboration. He again released his fourth album ‘Wope‘, which was dedicated to Africans within and in the Diaspora.
All through his career, he has managed to win no less than 11 Ghana Music Awards, performed at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, also alongside artists such as 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Kanda Bongoman, Judy Boucher, Mark Morrison, Buju Banton, and Joe.
Brand Ambassadorial Deal:
Tic became the first-ever Hip-Life artist to become the Face of KASA a mainstream telephone card in the UK to call Africa.
In late 2005, he participated in the MTV Base Africa launch in Ghana and events like the Shoreditch celebration as a feature of Africa 05, as the greatest festival of African culture at any point coordinated in Britain, and seeing him getting over into the business market.
In July 2005, BBC Newsround was in Ghana to film a story on Tic as a component of their African Lives season, which was separated the UK in July 2005. In another feature in 2005, Tic featured at the Black history month show in Southwark, by performing alongside Ras Kwame (Radio 1), Richard Blackwood, Kelly le Roc and Shola Ama.
Tic was engaged with a mission with the United Nations in Sierra Leone and Ghana with Nigerian top actor Ramsey Noah and Fashion expert Oswald Boateng, as part of the WFP raising funds for children. He performed at the RISE Festival which had over 80,000 people gathered to part-take in the annual celebration.
The one of a kind rapper was ludicrous, when when Puma Africa released a compilation album featuring the biggest artists in the world in aid of the 2006 FIFA World cup. And Tic’s name was in there which also featured artists such as Tic, Akon, John legend, Baaba Maal and The Roots.
In August 2006 MTV Base, Akon and Gil Green visited Ghana, to leave on a project to film a video for Akon and Tic. They shot the video to his hit melody – ‘Kangaroo‘ which was taken from his ‘Accra Connection’ album. A year later (In May 2007), Tic became the first African to have his tune on the MTV BASE chart.
Tic is a great performer who has paid his dues in the Ghana’s music industry, and has every privilege to be celebrated. He has been a phenomenal and extraordinary rapper, who has cut an excellent specialty for himself all these years.
Although not as dynamic as he seemed to be in those years, Tic actually once in a while releases some tunes, of which he features the new group of vocalists doing very well in the industry. Regardless of everything, Tic is still relevant!