The artist manager Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, popularly known as Bullgod, has voiced his criticism of Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, accusing the Highlife legend of consistently attempting to undermine the efforts and achievements of contemporary musicians.
During his appearance on UTV’s United Showbiz, hosted by MzGee, Bullgod, who has successfully managed the careers of multiple artists such as 5Five, VIP, Iwan, and currently Vanilla, argued that Ambolley lacks the moral authority to claim that modern musicians produce hastily made and low-quality songs.
While expressing his respect for Ambolley, Bullgod pointed out that even the Highlife veteran himself can be seen as a participant in this category, as one of his most popular songs aligns with the notion of being hastily produced.
“Ambolley is like a father to me, and I hold him in high esteem,” Bullgod said during the show. “But when it comes to ‘sharp sharp’ songs, there is simply no one quite like him.”
He continued, “Throughout his music career, he has a standout track that epitomizes this hurried style. When discussing songs in this category, what song can truly rival the content of his ‘Simi Rap’?”
In addition to Bullgod’s criticism, Ola Michael, a movie director and broadcaster, also expressed his disappointment with Ambolley, stating that he often speaks condescendingly about young artists without offering them support or encouragement.
“He is one of those people who doesn’t take the time to listen to and appreciate the young ones for their efforts,” Ola Michael argued. “Most of the time when he talks about the young artists, he is always criticizing them. He speaks as if they don’t do anything worthy, or that they lack creativity or talent.”
Ola Michael challenged Gyedu-Blay Ambolley to name any young artist whom he has groomed to succeed him, should he decide to step down from making music. He suggested that Ambolley would be considered a failure if he cannot point to someone he has mentored.
“Good leaders have always groomed individuals who are better than them to take their place. So if Mr. Ambolley stops making music and he cannot identify anyone whom he has trained or influenced to follow in his footsteps, then he has failed. He should not blame the young people,” Ola Michael asserted.
Furthermore, Ola Michael stated that Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has lost touch with the new generation. He pointed out that many young individuals only remember Ambolley for his song “Simi Rap,” and are unfamiliar with his other works.
“This young generation, most of them can’t even relate to his songs. If you ask any young person about Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, they will only know him for ‘Simi Rap,’ but he has a lot of other songs,” Ola Michael remarked.