Hiplife and hip-hop artiste, Sarkodie, who has succinctly captured some of Ghana’s biggest topics like the economy, corruption, among others, has downplayed suggestions that he “meddles” in politics through his songs.
Sarkodie, who started off with songs that generally centered on love, life and its hassles, has recently recorded a few songs which mirrored the economic challenges of Ghanaians, bad leadership and corruption.
Some of the issues that have been highlighted in his rap lately include economic mismanagement, poverty, unemployment, the depreciation of the cedi, greed, amongst others.
There have been mixed reactions to his new style with many of his fans lauding him for advocating change through music. But those who disagree with him say he is doing the bidding of the opposition party by making the incumbent government unpopular.
The one-time BET award winner in an exclusive interview on the Citi Breakfast Show on Friday, said he merely composes such songs when he is hit by the happenings around.
“I think it’s been part of me ever since I started. If you listen to my mix tapes it’s about where I am at that point.
This is not political if you really listen to the songs and that’s why people can relate. It’s really bad and I don’t even know whether I should be ashamed of it; if you ask me about certain ministers I don’t know them.
All I know is that when something happens and it hits me I will be moved to talk about it so it’s actually not political; it’s just me” the rapper emphasized.
In response to a question posed by the Host of the Citi Breakfast Show, Bernard Koku Avle, on how he easily pieces together such words that talks about critical issues, the rapper retorted;
“Its creativity; when you are in the mood it comes. When I think about the first line then I just say it and think about the next one. Most of my songs especially the real rap ones I do it bit by bit.
If I think about it; it comes and I will say it and then I will wait for the next funny line. It takes maximum 30 minutes to compose such songs in the studio before the mastering.
Mostly I am touched by what happens around and as an artiste I pay attention to details.”
Sarkodie is launching his new album titled ‘Mary’ this September. This will be his fourth solo effort, following Makye in 2009, Rapperholic in 2012 and Sarkology in 2014.