However, when this unfortunate incident happened, he threw away everything he had in music production.
“I ended up being ranked 11th in the country (USA) for the triple jump. Then the following year, I was going to compete for Ghana if I had my marks and I tore my meniscus in 2014, during the national athletics event. I was like, I might as well focus on the music now. And so, I stayed focused on the music and kept working until I got to where I am now.
Although he dreamed of being a professional athlete, he was fascinated by music before his teenage years. This fascination began when he was “just messing around on the drum machine my brother KGee bought,” around 11 years old.
This interest led him to admire and study the works of some underground hip-hop record producers when he was in high school.
Once he started listening to them, he longed to know how he could produce similar beats. From then on, he started learning how to create beats by sampling old records and turning them into beats. He did this for seven years.
“But I didn’t see myself progressing as a producer until I learned to play the keyboard. And literally, when I started playing keys, everything started to move.
Even after deciding to pull out all the stops to become a successful music producer, Edgar’s journey to get to where he is now has been riddled with “self-doubt” frustration, and “dry periods” without creative momentum because of the challenges he encountered, challenges that made him think about quitting “sometimes.” He tells me that “As a producer, if you haven’t thought about quitting about 3 or 4 times, then you’re probably not doing it right.”
Like a “firm believer” in the idea that “Work ethic trumps everyday talent,” Edgar continued to go through these difficult times after completing his postgraduate studies in 2016.
“For example, there’s this label called TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment). They had a camp for a month and I think I had a job at that time. So, I’ll be in this camp working until 5 or 6 in the morning, then I’ll drive for an hour and 45 minutes to get ready for work. Go to work from 10 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. Go home. Sleep an hour. Return to camp. It was a one month camp. So I was doing that constantly.
“I’m driving on the highway half asleep. By the grace of God, I have never had an accident. I was doing this hour and 45 minute drive. So no one will ever be able to tell me that I didn’t work for it.
Less than a year after Edgar finished his graduate studies in music and began making those perilous journeys, “Things started to happen.”
It is rare that a young producer has the opportunity to work with established artists in the American music industry. However, Edgar landed his first major placement with Drake in 2017.
“Most people don’t get that as their first major label placement. It propelled me and changed my status as a producer because it’s your first placement and you’re working with the biggest artist in the world. he says.
Although he thinks working with Drake came a little early in his career, he continued to produce for several hip hop heavyweights; Nas, Dave East, The Game, Wale, Travis Baker and many more, all while wishing he would finally land Busta Rhymes and Xzibit, the two legacy acts he “Needs” since he has already worked with Nas.
His production credits on Kanye Ye West heaven and hell won him his first Grammy at the 64th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Edgar expressed his admiration for his victory even though he had been waiting for it for a while. Although he describes the feat as “surrealist” and the fact that it made him feel “great,” he believes “It was just a matter of time.” His confidence stems from working on albums that got Grammy nominations but couldn’t win. However, he “I didn’t know when” it would happen.
“Honestly, it’s just important just for the fact that as Africans, our parents don’t want us to be in entertainment or music. They want us to be doctors, lawyers, nurses; things like that. So for me, I’m just showing the next generation that it’s possible to be successful in this generation and still be named as a Ghanaian. You don’t have to go the route of being a nurse, an engineer or a doctor. You can literally change your dreams. As long as you work harder, you can make it happen.