Hiplife duo, Ruff N Smooth has signed a new record deal with Canada-based label, Hype Records. The deal follows the expiration of a one year management contract with the group’s former label, Empire Entertainment. The signing ceremony was organized before a selected number of pressmen to formerly sign on the duo, made up of Clement Baah Foh (Akhan) and Ricky Osei Agyeman (Bullet) to Hype Records for the next three years.
Canada based Hype Records was established by Mr. Opoku Asafo Adjei Agyemang in 2009 with the simple mission of getting the best talents from West Africa and equipping them musically onto the international market.
The label hopes to set the proper structures in the Ghanaian music industry with the aim that within the next five years, at least one Hype artiste will be a household name nationwide. Speaking at the signing, Mr. Opoku Agyeman said the signing “is a story of boldness, innovation and creativity that is going to capture the imagination of Ghanaians and the entire world. It is larger than life story that is going to take Ruff N Smooth as a known Afro-Pop group to the international arena.”He further added that Ruff N Smooth “are hungry and share the fundamental vision of Hype records which is to make quality music that could be consumed anywhere in the world. Hype Records and Ruff N Smooth come together today to take Ghanaian music to the next level.” Bullet speaking on behalf of the group, acknowledged the support Empire Entertainment has given the group over the years saying, “Empire Entertainment as we know has been a strong formidable force behind us for the past year; especially when we needed it most but today, we turn a new leaf.” He said it is their inner most believe that the new label will carry their dream of becoming a worldwide house hold name as far as it can go adding, “this we know for sure that Hype Records will be able to climb with us the ladder of hard work with effective management.” The signing was also attended by representatives of Hype Records and Empire Entertainment. Ruff N Smooth is getting ready to release their second album under the record label followed by an international tour that will begin in Ghana.
Source: Ameyaw Debrah