Lord Paper cries out over media houses blacklisting him despite apology

Ghanaian Afrobeats artist Lord Paper has candidly discussed the lasting repercussions of a controversial music video released nine years ago.

Lord Paper and Enam thrill patrons at Jack Daniels Nightlife Awards 2018

Despite issuing apologies and making efforts to progress, the Ghanaian singer admits that he continues to encounter obstacles in the industry. These challenges include being ostracised by certain media outlets and denied opportunities to promote his music.

The music video for his song ‘Awurama’ stirred controversy upon its release in 2016 due to its explicit content, leading to widespread condemnation and backlash directed at Lord Paper, a newcomer to the industry at the time.

During a recent interview with Accra-based Metro TV, Lord Paper emphasised that the industry has not fully embraced his redemption journey. Despite producing what he believes to be quality music as a sign of remorse, he feels hindered by ongoing blacklisting and criticism.


In his own words, “The industry doesn’t love and show me love. I feel like if the project is very good, I don’t have to be in your faces. The industry as a whole. I won’t say everybody because some people are showing me love."

He goes on to express his frustration at being judged for his actions in 2016, despite his subsequent efforts to evolve as an artist. Lord Paper questions the fairness of continuing to be penalized for past mistakes, especially when he has since released meaningful music that resonates with audiences.

In his view, it's unjust to use a single incident from his past to define his entire career trajectory. He asserts that he has learned from his past and has grown as an artist, and he hopes for a more open-minded approach from the industry moving forward.


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