Derrick Frimpong Manso better known by his stage name Phrimpong is a Ghanaian hip-hop/Afro-pop artiste from Kumasi, Ashanti Region. He is currently unsigned but known for his lyrical prowess and his ability to make impact with words behind the microphone.
Frimpong was born in Kenyasi in Asutifi District of Brong Ahafo to Anthony K. Darkwa and Madam Grace Badu. He grew up in a family of four siblings and is the last born to three guys and one girl. His musical exploits started with listening to Obrafour, Akyeame and Lord Kenya, and learning their lyrics whiles in Junior High school until he later developed the act of writing his own lines.
He continued his secondary education at Tweneboah Kodua Senior High School, and didn’t leave his passion unturned, taking part in several rap battles both inter and intra schools with the nickname ‘Lil Stone’ and these battles led to his discovery and finally unearthing the brand name Phrimpong, coined from his surname.
In 2009 he joined the Freestyle Saturday Rap Show that was organised by Solid FM in Kumasi and placed 3rd out of over 400 rappers.
Phrimpong contested for Best Ashanti Rapper hosted by Okyeame Kwame’s 1Mic Entertainment in 2010 and was adjudged the overall champion out of the eighty two (82) contested rappers.
The year 2013 saw him jump on different radio rap shows in Accra and Kumasi as well as some stations in the Brong Ahafo Region to keep his name soaring and showcase his talent. Phrimpong caught the attention of Xxtra Music, a Ghanaian owned Japan based record label and got signed as the first born of the virgin record label and recorded his first official single – Think
In preparation to his debut album, he recorded fews singles ‘Fooso’, ‘Dumsor’ – a freestyle addressing the woes of the citizenry concerning eratic power supply in Ghana in 2014 which was met with great audience.
Video for his promotional single “Religion” off his debut album ‘The School’ was met with mixed feelings at UTV, alluding the content of the song wasn’t friendly to their viewership – ministers of the gospel, hence their inability to broadcast on their channel. The controversy got Ghana talking and kept Phrimpong’s name soaring in the hearts of those who loved his quest to free people out of their plights, in addressing the shortcoming of the Christian religion, bringing him to limelight in Ghana’s music industry.
In 2016 Phrimpong finally released his debut 18 track album “The School” which featured lots of artistes in Ghana including Flowking Stone, Kontihene, Kojo Cue, Shatta Rako, Cabum, Ryan Korsah (Vodafone Iconz 2013 Winner) and more.
Phrimpong’s insatiable quest to project his pan-Africanism earned him a shot on TEDx Accra 2016 ReThink summit, “Africa Dialogues 2017” sharing a stage withAnas Aremeyaw Anas, actor and talk show host KSM, Chief Moomen, and Sarkodie, McKingtorch respectively.
With his willingness to uplift people from their plight Phrimpong collaborated with Cassava Boys Network on a philanthropic deed which earned him and ambassadorial deal.
Organisers of UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards in 2017 nominated Phrimpong in the “Most Influential Student in Music” category, after his advocacy against skin bleaching with the pulsating single “Diamonds” with actress Ama K Abebrese.
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