Back in 2007, Sarkodie wanted to be a great rapper, but his language, Twi, was a barrier many misunderstood, especially outside Tema and Ghana. He once said, “I believed that I was able to take Twi somewhere”. “That I was able to push it and go beyond the shores of Ghana.”
Sarkodie came up through the underground, and battled with his skills and rap-fire delivery a couple of sets to an unstoppable upward motion as he rapped mostly in Twi. He earned a rabid fan base across Africa, the U.K., U.S, and the Globe as a whole. Sarkodie has featured many African rappers and American rappers, they attempted but failed to achieve and even took home Best International Flow at the BET Awards in 2019. At the same time, Sarkodie, born Michael Owusu, also became an integral part of a Ghanaian hip-hop scene.
As the years progressed, so did Sarkodie’s abilities. His bars have become more clever and considered, full of acerbic wordplay and heartfelt, true-life stories. Sarkodie’s last full-length effort, 2021’s No Pressure, showed off the rapper’s elite lyricism while also pulling in generation- and continent-spanning features from Oxlade, Giggs, Kwesi Arthur, Vic Mensa, and others.
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