Dancehall King, Shatta Wale, has spoken out against the image that the music industry has projected of him as a violent person and a drug user.
According to him, he was a “Dada Bee” who didn’t engage in insults until he started doing music.
During a conversation on a Twitter space with Serwaa Amihere, Shatta Wale explained that he started exhibiting aggressive behavior to counter the false narratives being spread about him.
“Ghanaians have made me a monster, because this is a Dada Bee boy that left his daddy’s house and did not know anything about insults but when I came on the streets and started hustling, I met people that were teaching me respect, but when my music popped up well I had people saying things that they did not know about me. Serwaa , if someone calls you a drug addict, will you behave normal? I am not a drug addict.”
When asked why it bothers him when people call him a drug addict if he is not a drug addict, he said ; “If you are building a house and someone comes to break the house, will you behave normal?.”
Shatta Wale claimed that his perception as a drug user and a disrespectful person generated a “monster” within him.
The ‘Gringo’ hitmaker has often denied any involvement with drugs or alcohol, insisting that he does not consume beer or smoke marijuana, contrary to popular belief.
Wale clarified his views on drug use. He highlighted that he had stopped consuming pot to demonstrate that his motivation came from a higher source – his trust in God and his love of dancehall music. He did, however, admit to smoking cigarettes on occasion.