As a trend setting and inventive rapper, Sarkodie began his instrumental career as an underdog rapper‐ who through years of maturity has earned a novelty in the rap game in Ghana and beyond. Born as Michael Kwesi Owusu Addo and raised in the infamous Tema neighborhood, Sarkodie is a Ghanaian top notch and award‐winning rapper with just two (2) albums to his credit, yet has entrenched his impervious personality in the annals of the music industry as the most sought after.
Sarkodie started rap at the age of 4 with a profound dream of changing the music game and making his presence felt worldwide in the coming years. He finally rose to mainstream fame in 2008 after turning down a job offer from an advertising company to fully take up music as a professional career. In 2010, he had several collaborations and earned numerous accolades and nominations including 5 major awards at the 2010 Ghana Music Awards with his debut album, Makye and other epochal international awards. He was also part of the historic Ghana cypher that appeared on the international airing of the 2010 BET Hip‐Hop Awards. Breaking the jinx, Sarkodie’s latest, hot‐selling Rapperholic album bagged 12 glorious nominations in the 2012 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Sarkodie’s iconic and breath‐taking stage presence has enabled him to perform with notable acts including Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Narstie, Miguel, Chipmunk, T‐Pain, Trey Songz, Mavado amongst others. Having toured the U.S.A, Canada and U.K, Sarkodie’s hallmark is performance satisfaction and a perfect delivery of thought-provoking lyrics in his kind of music. As he develops into a million‐selling rapper with a distinctive musical signature, Sarkodie was listed the 8th Most Bankable Celebrity in Africa by Forbes Africa & Channel O. Winning the 2012 BET Best International Act: Africa and also being featured on the 2012 BET HIPHOP Awards Cypher further solidifies Sarkodie as one of the best rappers in Africa to ever come out of Ghana.
Sarkodie has just been nominated for Best African Act at the 2017 MOBO Awards.
As you see yourself, who is Sarkodie?
Sarkodie born (Michael Owusu Addo) is a young man from the streets of Tema (Ghana) filled with loads of emotions due to dark times in his early stage in Life … Now using music as a tool and therapy to express his emotions and outlook on Life …
Tell us about your current project?
The Highest Album is my 5th studio Album … through the years my Albums has been a reflection of my state of mind and highest is Same … As far as Africa is concerned I really have nothing to prove and it’s only right I crown my current state as the highest !! The Album represents my achievements over the years. My daughter (Adwoa Owusu Addo) inspired this album by putting me in a comfortable and a happy place to be Able to pause, relax and reflect on my achievements.
What’s on your bucket list to accomplish as an entertainer?
Want to be able to change the negative perception about the creative art industry where am from (Ghana) Africa … people look down on creative people and find it difficult to take it as a serious or even a necessary profession… And sometimes I can’t blame them since some of our creative acts look down on themselves… Art is needed in all aspects of life and that makes us one of the most important and powerful people in the world … so I would definitely want to make that change.
Will you be finishing out 2017 on the road or what’s on your horizon for 2018?
2017 is all about the new album “Highest” … so wrapping up the year with the highest tour …. 25th dec is my annual Sarkodie Concert “Rapperholic” and this year will surely be epic since we will be crowing the whole highest Buzz that day … 2018 will be more of the behind the scenes work to give back to the industry that made me … push acts on my label “SarkcessMusic” and creating opportunities for the young ones to be able to monetize their works … so 2018 is more of me giving back
The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?
Nothing comes to mind on the WTF moment