In a recent BBC interview, Ghanaian musician Eno Barony praised her senior colleague Mzbel and gave her the highest praise.
Eno Baron, whose lyrical prowess is regarded as a tour de force, gave a 27-minute interview to the BBC for the Hiplife Rewind Documentary.
“My name “Eno” means Mother in my native language Twi. That’s the name my dad gave to me and somehow, someway divine intervention, I’m like the mother of rap in Ghana,” she said
Several pioneers of the Ghanaian Hip-life scene are also featured in the documentary, including Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Abraham Ohene-Djan, and Reggie Rockstone, who created the sound.
M.anifest, Kidi, Kuami Eugene, and Eno Barony, among others, make important cameo cameos in the documentary.
The vocalist of “16 Years,” who has had a brilliant career spanning 20 years, was one of Eno’s initial musical influences, she claimed.
“If I’m the mother of rap the Mzbel is like the grandmother,” she pointed out.
Mzbel’s bad-girl vibe in the mid-2000s had a strong impact on the youth culture of that era.
“Every girl I knew at that time was dressing like Mzbel. It was a pleated short skirt with a crop and a little jungle bag. Mzbel’s songs were the number-one songs played on the streets because all the girls were dancing to: ‘I be 16 Years’” she said nostalgically.
The 31-year-old, born Ruth Eno Adjoa Amankwah Nyame Adom revealed that she had encountered fat shaming in the industry and had grown insecure.
“When I came into the music industry, I never saw girls my size. Most of the girls I was seeing were skinnier and people were always talking about my image so it was bothering me,” she revealed.
She would later let go of societal expectations and stereotypes and pursue her craft.
“I accepted myself for who I am, I did a song called ‘Heavy Load’,” Eno Barony said. She noted the track opened her eyes to fans of hers who looked up to her and appreciated her,” she said.
Sarkodie, Joey B, Amerado, and Medikal were all defeated by Eno Barony, who became the first female recipient of the Rapper of the Year title at both the VGMA and 3 Music Awards.