Sarkodie has dominated Ghana music space for over a decade, treating fans and music lovers to the very best of rap music and winning every award while at it. But what makes Sarkodie such a domineering force in Ghana rap music?
Born Michael Owusu Addo on June 10, 1988. Sarkodie is the fourth of five children. He was raised in Koforidua before his family relocated to Tema where he began schooling. The one to sits atop the pinnacle of rap music was not always high and mighty, as he like many started from humble beginnings as an underground rapper, participating in local rap competitions such as Adom FM’s Kasahare level. It was through his participation in the aforementioned competition that he met Duncan Williams, of Duncwills Entertainment, who is now his former manager. The exposure ensured he struck an acquaintance with musicians Edem and Castro, who for their part also hooked him up with legendary music producer, Hammer. Hammer immediately took a liking for Sarkodie and his undoubted talent and allowed for him to record two tracks on Edem’s first ever album, the ‘Volta Regime’.
That was the breakthrough Sarkodie had been looking for as his collaboration with Hammer gave birth to his debut album, ‘Makye’. Its production was handled by Killbeatz and Jato and featured guest artistes such as Kwaw Kese, J-Town, Sway and Omar Sterling of R2bees. Makye did very well for a debut album and received positive reviews from critics and fans alike.
Sarkodie did not rest on his laurels but quickly followed Makye with his second studio album, ‘Rapperholic’, released in 2012. This album guest artistes like Chidynma, Efya, Mugeez of R2bees, Obrafour, Jayso and EL. That is not all, the rapperholic boast of five sure fire singles, ‘Good Bye’, ‘One Time For Your Mind’, ‘You Go Kill’, ‘Living Legend’ and ‘Onyame Nhyira’. Rapperholic like its senior rother brother Makye was well received on the market, enjoying positive reviews from both critics and fans.
Since then it has been no looking back for Sarkodie as he went on to achieve bigger and better things, breaking the local barrier and going into Africa and beyond.
His most recent album, the ‘No Pressure’ album, which features the likes of Wale, Vic Mensa, Giggs, Cassper Nyovest, Harmonize, Oxlade, Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes, Medikal, and MOGmusic, is the cherry on the cake on what can be best described as a legendary career.
One does not enjoy so much success in music without seeing the ripple effects of his or her success. Sarkodie went on to launch his own clothing line, ‘Sark Collections’ by Yas Clothing line in 2013. He has also been the go to guy for huge brands looking for a brand ambassador, having been unveiled as the brand ambassador of Samsung Electronics in 2012, including FanMilk Ghana and currently in partnership with Tigo telecommunication.
His contribution to music in Ghana has not gone unnoticed as he has been at the receiving end of numerous awards, including the Vodafone Music Awards for ‘Artiste Of The Decade’, and was also announced the first winner of BET’s International Flow at the 2019 BET HIP HOP Awards.
Sarkodie’s music career is one that is exemplary and worth emulating and he should be celebrated to the fullest while he lives.