Sarkodie Real / Full name is Michael Owusu Addo is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist. He Hail Tema, Ghana. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards. In 2015, Sarkodie was
ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana.
MTV Base ranked him 6th on its list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014. In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him 1st on its list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time”.
In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him 3rd on its list of the “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015”. In 2015, The Guardian listed him as one of its top five hip hop acts on the African continent.
Sarkodie, the fourth of five children, was born and raised in Tema to
his mother Maame Aggrey. Sarkodie started rapping at a very young age
and continued throughout his educational career. He earned a degree in
Graphic Design from IPMC. Sarkodie began his instrumental career as an
underground rapper; he appeared on Adom FM’s popular rap competition
It was through rap battles that he met his former
manager Duncan Williams of Duncwills Entertainment. He also met
musicians Edem and Castro who introduced him to Hammer of The Last Two, an established record producer. Hammer decided to feature Sarkodie on two songs off the Volta Regime album after being impressed by his rap flows. After this exposure, Sarkodie recorded his debut album Makye.
His first single “Baby”, featuring Mugeez of the duo group R2Bees,
became an instant hit and made Sarkodie a household name within the Ghanaian music industry.
Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi,
and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical
styles he possess. He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 and
2015 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes.
Sarkodie has had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as T-Pain, Miguel, Movado, Trey Songz,and Ludacris. He has a large fan base in Africa, and is considered one of the most celebrated musical icons to hail from Ghana.