( ENSPIRE Music ) Ghanaian entrepreneur and Artist 1UCID Released “Greatest (feat. Nikk)” to His Daughter
ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran
On February 24, 1UCID released “Greatest (feat. Nikk)” dedicated to his daughter. This US-based Ghanaian entrepreneur and artist, has been juggling between creating an empire for his daughter through the three companies he co-founded and starting a career as a musician out of his passion for music. Kwadwo Bedihene (stylized as 1UCID, pronounced “lucid”) is known best for his single “Miss You,” which reached the top of the iTunes charts in the United States, the Netherlands, Ghana, Nigeria, and France.
Born in Accra, Ghana, 1UCID was relocated to the U.S. at nine years old and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Akron, Ohio. Bedihene made his production debut in 2021 with the documentary inspired by Ghanaian theologian Mensa Otabil’s sermon, “A Generational Thinker.” The next year, he made his debut as a musician with the single “Miss You” and followed up with “It’s Giving.” The singer made a name for himself with his distinct Afrobeats and hip-hop fusion and is on a mission to create a new sound he calls “Afroblues.” His experience as an immigrant in the United States motivated him to create an easy path for his daughter, which led him to create “Greatest.”
ENSPIRE spoke with 1UCID about his life and his song “Greatest.” Read about the interview below.
What message do you want your listeners to gain from your song “Greatest”?
In my latest song, ‘Greatest’, I aimed to inspire and encourage my listeners to take action toward achieving their goals and overcoming any obstacles they may face. I wanted my audience to feel motivated to pursue their dreams, have the strength to overcome challenges, and believe in themselves and their abilities.
What is your daughter’s reaction to the song when you play it for her?
Whenever I play ‘Greatest’, my daughter Naila smiles, rocks back and forth, and sings along with the song.
Was the process of assimilation difficult for you?
No, the process of assimilation was not difficult for me at all because I can easily adapt, and since I was around the craft of music, it was an easy transition.
Do you have any advice for anyone trying to assimilate into a culture/country?
I would tell them that assimilation can be a challenging process, but it’s important to remember that it takes time and patience. Be open to new experiences, ask questions, and seek opportunities to learn about and embrace different cultures. Connect with others who have gone through similar experiences, and don’t be afraid to seek support when needed.
In regard to your song “Greatest,” how long did it take to release it after you had the inspiration for it?
It took me roughly about 4 weeks to release my “Greatest” single after getting the inspiration to write, record, mix, master, and release it on DSP.
Do you have any regrets when it comes to your career? Any things that you wish you may not have done and wish to warn others about?
No, I don’t regret the career that I am currently in, as I always have a backup plan for everything I do. I am very calculated in every risk I take, and even if something does not go as planned, it is not as damaging because I have a backup plan or a reset button. I truly believe it’s important to take ownership of your dreams and make choices that align with your values and goals. Don’t be afraid to take risks and pursue your passions, but also remember to prioritize your time properly.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, the Afroblues artist said, “As the new year 2023 approached, I reflected on my childhood memories and how far I had progressed. The song occurred in a dream where I was cleaning my shoes and clothes in Ghana when I was eight and getting ready for the day.”
By drawing on even mundane experiences like these, 1UCID continues to serve as motivation and inspiration to people who need an extra push. While the song is dedicated to his daughter, 1UCID’s song “Greatest” is a reassuring reminder to continue to push through the perils of life. Through his music, 1UCID hopes to energize, inspire, and motivate his fans and the people around him to be the best versions of themselves. ENSPIRE will continue to feature people such as Bedihene as a reminder to push past whatever hardships may be stopping you from reaching the best version of yourself.
To listen to 1UCID’s song “Greatest,” check out the video below!
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