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Date of Birth:
1990-01-22
Place of Birth:
Tema, Ghana

Rashid Abdul Mugeez, known under his stage name Mugeez, is an award-winning Ghanaian singer and songwriter. Born in Tema (Accra, Ghana) he became known through the influential Afrobeats/Hiplife duo R2Bees (Refuse to Be Broke), which he formed with his cousin Faisal Hakeem (aka Omar Sterling) in 2007. The last album of R2Bees titled Site 15 from 2019 made it into the top 10 on the Billboard Chart.

Mugeez continuously works with persons in the Africa entertainment industry like Wizkid, Mr Eazi and Davido. He has also worked with Grammy winner Ed Sheeran on Boa Me. In 2019 of April Mugeez founded his record label Extrial Music to promote his solo projects, as well as up-and-coming artists.

Early Life and career

Rashid Abdul Mugeez developed a love of rap while attending school which led to him and his cousin forming R2Bees in 2007, and quickly became a favorite in Ghana, releasing their debut album, Da Revolution, in 2009. A follow-up, Da Revolution II, came in 2012, before the pair were nominated for Best International Act at the 2013 BET Awards.

Various R2Bees singles appeared over the next few years while Mugeez also struck out on his own, guesting on singles by the likes of Criss Waddle, Mr. Eazi, and DJ Breezy. 2017 saw him guesting on Fuse ODG's single "Boa Me," alongside Ed Sheeran.

The two cousins lived in the same house and also attended the same primary, junior and senior secondary schools in Tema. Beginning their career early, they started off representing their school in school music contests. This led them to participating in the popular radio competition Kasahare, which they won. Continued performance gained them popularity within their community.

2007–2012: Foundation of R2Bees and "Da Revolution" – First Album R2Bees

In 2007 both cousins officially formed the music duo R2Bees and quickly became a favorite in Ghana. Mugeez is the lead vocalist of R2Bees, while Omar Sterling is the rapper, as well as CEO of R2Bees Entertainment. KillBeatz's (Joseph Addison) is R2Bees’ official producer right from the start. R2Bees’ lyrics are in Twi and Ghanaian Pidgin English and their music is a mixture of Afrobeats and Hiplife, a Ghanaian music style that fuses Ghanaian culture and Hip Hop.

2019: Foundation of Extrial Music

After the Site 15 album featuring Afrobeats legends Wizkid and Burna Boy, as well as newcomers such as King Promise and Kwesi Arthur with tracks like "Over", "Sunshine", "Yesterday" and "My Baby", Mugeez founded the record label Extrial Music, to promote his own solo projects, as well as supporting up-and-coming artists.

Kicking things off, Mugeez released the singles "Regular" with Sarkodie and "Your Number" with Juls and King Promise. Mugeez also signed Tecknikal, a young aspiring artist from Ghana, as the first artist under his record label. After the foundation of Extrial in April 2019 Mugeez teamed up with DJ Mic Smith and Kwesi Arthur to release the single "Dripping".

"Chihuahua" is Mugeez first solo single in 2020 and was released on 27 March after an exclusive pre-release on Audiomack. On 8 May that year "Six In Da Morning" came out; the single was featured in "African Heat"; Spotify's biggest Afrobeats playlist and several Apple editorial playlists.

Currently Mugeez is working towards the release of his first solo EP, while continuously working with Omar Sterling on R2Bees project.

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