Yes, he is considered one of the most prolific and fastest rappers in Africa and Ghana but he’s got his match. I am not trying to indict him but to create the awareness that, he’s got a replacement in the industry should he retire at any moment.
Before Sarkodie, there was Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Obrafour, Okomfour Kwadee, Ex-Doe, Reggie Rockstone, Kontihene, etc but his resilience, focus and strive to break through gave him a success.
In fact, at some point in his career, Sarkodie feared setbacks – when Secure (Pabene) took the fast pace rap to the next level. Sark might not publicly testify to this but he knew Secure was a threat to his career until nobody knew Secure’s sudden disappearance from the game.
Another big threat to his career was Bradez one half Flowking Stone. After several attempts to stage the two by the Ghanaian media, Sarkodie wisely ignored the battle by not uttering a word anytime the argument is raised.
It would we disrespectful to stage Sarkodie and any upcoming rapper for a rap battle – it’s just like setting the stage for Sarkodie and Eminem or Jay Z to battle. But in other sense, it’s the best way to know whether his legacy would be carried on after his retirement and to judge which upcoming act has really mastered the arts of rap.
Thinkghmusic.com has compiled a list of 8 upcoming Ghanaian rappers who can battle one of Ghana and Africa’s most adorable rappers, Sarkodie.
Sarkodie’s protégé has been known for ‘murdering’ him at the maiden edition of TV3’s reality contest Talented Kidz. Awal’s future is very clear to music analysts and critics. The most dangerous thing about this young rapper is the fact that he’s got flawless flow on every beat given to him.
The Mic Burner record label signee doesn’t need introduction anymore. His dexterity has won him fathomless love from Ghanaian and world rap music lovers. Known for his wild freestyles, Strongman has proven to music lovers that he’s Ghana’s ‘strongest young man’. His recent back-to-back collaborations with Sarkodie has also given him the edge to succeed or supersede the SarkCess music owner.
The MTN Hitmaker contestant who is also Hammer’s product is in fact the next Ewe biggest rap star – a big threat to rapper Edem. His lyrical skills and ability to use the Ewe dialect proficiently on contemporary Hip-hop beats has granted him automatic entry into the mainstream terrain – but must work extra hard to secure it. Let Sarkodie bring his Asante Twi and meet the youngest Ewe fireman!
When we talk of the future of pure African Hip-hop, I will vouch for HotSource. The young prolific rapper who was recently nominated for Africa Youth Choice Award has gradually captured the first step of his career ladder. From nowhere, the Scarface label frontman made good impact last year with some great Hip-hop tracks. The “Amen” rapper is currently working on his debut project titled “The New Beginning”.
The 2013 TGM Awards’ “Underground Artiste of the Year” nominee has all it takes to exchange punches with Sarkodie. Known for his fierce freetyles, 1Cedi is arguable the toast of modern rap music. He can go fast and slow at the same time – a sign of a real rap gangster who can spit bars where necessary.
6. Willy Maame
He is a household name in Oseikurom (Kumasi). Willy Maame has built himself an empire with his pure Ashante dialect rap. Until Sarkodie master the Ashante dialect, I trust that Willy can outclass him anytime they enter the booth or on any stage.
7. Natural P
The former GH Brothers rap act who has been missing for a while due to some never-ending issues with his record label is another dangerous gangster Sarkodie should fear. And one quite interesting thing about this rapper is that, he always gets annoy when rapping – a golden secrete of successful rappers that you can hardly find in many top rap artistes today. Having worked with Jay Ghartey on two tracks, the rapper’s ego and attitude makes his talent unique.
8. Koo Ntakra
The first gangster from Kof’town, Eastern Region. Koo Ntakra has finally matured his arts. His typical Akuapem dialect puts him ahead of others. His ability to do diss records proves his prowess – a positive sign of brighter future of such a promising rising star.