“Since Kwame Nkrumah we are proud of nothing else//daa pull me down cus negativity sells//they don’t f**k with me cus me I know them pretty well,” Sarkodie insults the Ghanaian media on “Illuminati”, so join Pulse.com.gh music editor David Mawuli as he delves into Sarkodie’s frequent clashes with the media and reveals five times he has insulted the press through his songs.
Since hitting the limelight, the “New Guy” rapper seems to get confused with how the media works or the role the media plays in artistes’ career. He has never enjoyed anything called ‘bad publicity’, instead, he enjoys the flip side.
Being a celebrity comes with a huge package. It’s either you get the paparazzi chasing you all around or you are forced to speak or grant interviews on topics related to your career, or clean a mess you have created.
But it seems Sarkodie is not conversant with the implications of being tagged as a celebrity. Anytime he sees something wrong with the media, he will immediately enter the booth to cook a ‘delicious’ diss track to reply to critics. I used the word ‘delicious’ here because almost all his diss tracks are hits or good for the ears. Interestingly, they are made hit by the same media.
On this note, I bring you five diss tracks the 30-year-old rapper targeted at the media.
When Illuminati rumours started circulating, Sarkodie’s successful career was just a ‘zygote’, the rapper fumed and he recorded a track called “Illuminati” to dispel the rumours.
In 2012, Sarkodie was accused of being a member of the world’s famous secret occult. This didn’t go down well with him so he decided to respond as usual. “Yo, tia First na monka masɛm//fisɛ na meni bi//ɛnnɛ cash aba nti mobɛ frɛ me illuminate//sorry, moanyɛ lucky on my way to grammy//mako join group wae anka men push bugatti//me I think its funny, cuz I keep on making money//twɛdiampon no blessing reflect tisɛ tsunami,” angry Sarkodie spits on the “Illuminati” track.
Sark continued “the Lord is still my shepherd, aponkye biara nni crossing//mo feel sɛ mɛ speed up, still mehu no sɛ trotting//Sammy Forson, you better do the talking//ma moo nti aseɛ cash ahe a me spendi just on shopping//meyɛ mason koraa aka menyɛ free, I swear walaahi//meyɛ illuminati anka mentu nkotina Hawaii//Nyankopon ni makokyɛm, me mefrɛ no daddy//nti daa me praisi Yesu still aa mose meyɛ illuminate.”
Other musicians who were listed alongside the rapper included Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Dr Dre, Cypress Hill, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, David Bowie, Madonna, Paris Hilton, Aretha Franklin, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga, Nas, Rihanna and T-Pain.
When news emerged in 2014 that Sarkodie performed for cleaners at that year’s BET Awards, he didn’t take it for granted. So, he dropped a song called “Free Press” where he demonstrated his own “freedom of the press” to launch a multi-pronged scathing attack on the Ghanaian media whom he accused of being mediocre and not doing enough to support artistes. He also lamented how the media tends to focus solely on the negative side of artistes’ careers instead of promoting their positives.
“I seem to be untouchable,” Sarkodie brags and continues “The moves that I’m making from the meetings//to the link ups and the eye brows I’m raising//I’m working so hard to put my nation on the map//apreciati na you can’t afford for me to take a nap//me ni na 3y3 din cause they try to pull me back//but I put my life on pause just to focus on the rap.”
He didn’t end it there. He even told the media never to f**k with him because he achieved the success on his own. “Since Kwame Nkrumah we are proud of nothing else//daa pull me down cus negativity sells//they don’t f**k with me cus me i know them pretty well//only give you interviews to show you how I really felt//I went on BBC cause Komla Dumor put me on//it’s all about connects men forgeti wo songs//so my fellow journalists don’t get me wrong//mo nsu mo gyae s3 monti Ghana na mo k) wishi more//mo mma y3 hunt) y3n im really doing my best//no resources no help so I’m just//feeding off the vibe from my fans and the rest//daa me tu kwan k) BET it’s only me//no media men but they have the time to tweet//listen I’m a poor boy coming from the street//all I have is my fans and the flows on the beat//obi fri ne krom b3y3 biibia y3 hu nu huge//we looking for super stars but we are still sleeping on Fuse (how)//that’s international but 3mu bia ny3 news//nea y3 nim ni tv sua y3 tina kika silly views,” Sarkodie dragged the media in the mud on “Free Press”.
“Edwom Te Sen” is a track which comes off his latest album “Mary”. The track cuts across and targeted at those making innuendo and gossip about him. He jabs anyone in that category including the media.
“Eny3 moa, dumsor no aboa mo//Agye se mo anhu sum na mo k) toa so//Obi yere afa yefunu w) Tulaku//Enti ebaa no sen na ek) pue w) Aboabo//)be to ne boa se na w’aboa ano//Nsem a ehye kokoamu koraa okura safoa no//Konkonsa mu degree, mese akoa no//Hmm, me se weie nk) ma mo a mo nni mo fie asem,” Sarkodie jabs gossips.
During Sarkodie’s “Mary” album radio tour, he found himself at Accra based Peace FM on the Entertainment Review show hosted by Kwasi Aboagye. Unfortunately, Kwasi knew about all the insults Sarkodie has been throwing at the media so he decided to revenge by disallowing him on his show.
As usual, Sarkodie entered the booth to record another diss track called “A Man’s World”.
“Godammit, Ghana mediafo) no adane judges” Sarkodie fires shots at the media before launching into an attack.
“Peace fm Akwasi Aboagye ee//Nana me kyea wo//anka nsra k3k3 na anka me b3sra wo//na 3ny3 s3 ebia me hia wo//Na mennim s3 me ne wo w) nt)kwa bi//metees3 wokeka m//Medwen s3 wo mpaboa mpo na mia wo//Ghanafo) a motie me,” Sark explains why he paid Akwasi Aboagye a visit and mocks him at the same time.
And oh, Sarkodie’s critic, Mark Okraku Mantey also got his share on “A Man’s World”.
Sarkodie went hard at the media again on his “Original” track. He re-emphasised the Illuminati allegations saying “Omo se me servi the devil//Illuminati with no fact//Cut across//Afei de3 me nwom no Togofo) ma me feedback”.
So with five clear tracks which he released every, I think this isn’t the end. I believe there are more to come if the media or any media personnel tries to criticise him.