R2Bees is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife duo from Tema made up of Faisal Hakeem (Paedae da Pralem/Omar Sterling) and Rashid Mugeez (Mugeez). They were nominated at the 2013 BET Awards, BEST GROUP OF THE YEAR at Ghana music awards UK 2016. R2BEES HISTORY/PROFILE
Sean Awuku Maxbornd aka Paedae (Payday) and Mugeez Abdul Rashid aka
Mugeez, are a hip-life rapping duo who go by the name R2BEES. R2BEES
(Refuse 2 be Broke) is a movement, record label and group of talented
young musicians who hail from Ghana and are making a huge impact not
only in their country, but throughout the whole of Africa. Infusing
Afrobeats and Hip Hop together, Paedae and Mugeez were first introduced
to the world back in 2008 with their raw musical talent and embracing
their Ghanaian culture in their work.
Both born and raised in a
small city called 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 secondary school in Tema. Beginning their career
early, they started off representing their school in rap competitions as
well as inter school music contests. This led them to participating in
radio contests in Tema, which they won most of and also performed at
most shows; gaining them more buzz under their stage name at that time –
R2BEES released their first single in August 2008
titled ‘Yawa Gal’, and became an instant hit. They then went onto
releasing ‘I Dey Mad’, a chart topper across Ghana. Two years later –
they went onto featuring one of Nigeria’s biggest stars Wande Coal on
their track ‘Kiss Your Hand’, as their third single..
100,000 followers on their twitter account and just under 200,000 fans
on their Facebook page, R2BEES have become a huge hit on social media –
where they interact with their fans, and even sometimes take to their
pages to premiere music videos and new singles. Their hit videos such as
‘Kiss Your Hand’, ‘I Dey Mad’, ‘Ajeii’ and their latest singles ‘Life’,
‘Odo’ and ‘Bayla Trip’ have over ten million hits on YouTube combined.
The internet has helped them trade their brand worldwide, and get their
voice heard on such big platforms.
‘Refuse 2 be Broke’ is the
acronym for R2BEES and is an inspirational message that the duo have
conveyed around since they came together as a dedicated group.
award winning group have taken Africa by storm within the short amount
of time their career has been in the limelight, with their singles and
albums ‘Da Revolution’, ‘Refuse to Be Broke (Da Revolution II)’ of which
they featured UK’s very own Tinchy Stryder and two of Nigeria’s biggest
stars – Davido and Wizkid and having worked closely with their in house
producer Killbeatz (Joseph Addison) – who has produced most of their
songs and hit singles; R2BEES have proven through their music that
they’re more than just the average rapper and singer duo.
have an insatiable thirst for music and creativity that keeps them on
top of their game as they master their craft. It goes to show that
R2BEES are not ones to be shaken and proving that they refuse to be
have an independent label called R2Bees Entertainment and some of the
artistes signed on the label are Under, Humble and Waddle.
was formerly known as Gogome. He featured on a number of Samini tracks,
including Igwe, Lambori (both on the Dankwansere album) and Repatriation
Some of their songs include Up Inna De Klub, Yawa Girl & Afrika.
But their biggest hit to date is “I Dey Mad”.