Popular Ghanaian rapper Michael Osei Owusu, known as Sarkodie, has hit back at critics for calling him stingy. The Rapper broke his silence about public perception of him being stingy with money whenever he meets his fans. Sarkodie explained that he was not happy sharing money on camera as it made him feel bad. He spoke in an interview with the South African Podcast, Chill with MACG.
“When I come out, and I see cameras, and I have fans saying ‘hey, we need money,’ I am not going to do it – I am not going to be forced because you have cameras on me. I will sit in my car and go,” Sarkodie explained. He further stated that when he gives money to people in front of cameras, he felt he had disrespected them. “I hate when they have a camera on me and I have to give money to people. To me, it means I do not respect you… That’s how I see it,” Sarkodie stated.
The BET award winner noted that giving money to fans was a personal decision and should not be influenced by others. He said he would not be pressured into giving fans money on cameras as there are better ways of doing it. “If I have money for you and I want to give you money, there is a way that I have to do it. But funny enough, that [doing it for the camera] is what our people love —and I am not ready to change because of that. It doesn’t feel right to me. So it comes across that I am a stingy person.”
When asked about Shatta Wale, Sarkodie revealed that the controversial dancehall artiste had mood swings. He described Shatta Wale’s as somebody who would flare up for nothing. He, however, explained that Shatta Wale had brought the needed energy into the Ghanaian music industry. He stated that Shatta Wale’s talent was unique and important to the industry.