Michael Owusu Addo professionally known as Sarkodie is arguably one of Africa’s biggest names in rap music and his latest track, Black Excellence proves just that.
The heavyweight musician says he has been thinking about the issues he raised in his new “woke” track which by all accounts is laced with advice for the youth to live within their means, save and invest in the future instead of living to please people and show off and that he doesn’t know it all. He even admits that he makes mistakes.
The song is interluded with President Akufo-Addo’s voice note. The note is of the viral speech he gave when the French president, Emmanuel Macron, visited Ghana. In the speech, Nana Addo argued that Africa cannot continue to depend on aid and expect to develop into a first world continent.
Nana Addo’s voice note was a prelude to the part of the song that talked about the entire African continent. On Africa’s woes as a poor continent and why that was the case, the “rap king” said it was because black people were lazy and instead of working will rather spend the time in Church. According to that line in the song “we have replaced laziness with religion” and depriving future generations of prosperity.
Members of the Sarknation on Twitter were very impressed with the song and has been praising Sarkodie for being “the realest in the game”.
Real talk! Thank you, @sarkodie. Hard truth. Hate him or love him, that nigga Sarkodie is one of the realest in the game! Sarkodie ft. Prez Nana Akufo Addo😎 – Black Excellence. Get your pens and take notes… the King has spoken! Piaaaaaawwwwwhttps://t.co/W8fN5pvVTz
— Lawyer Ntikateche Bombay Isaiah (@ntimination) August 27, 2018
All these tracks are full of advices to the youth..#sarkcess music always on top🙌🙌🙌
— SARKODIE NEBA SARK (@NebaSark) August 28, 2018
The real motive for doing the Black Excellence track however, may not necessarily be to advice because according to Sark, he wants to “spark the conversation”.
Note: I’ve not figured it out , I don’t know it all I’m making mistakes and we all trapped … my music is my therapy but we have to spark the conversation #BlackExcellence
— HIGHES➕ (@sarkodie) August 28, 2018