Sarkodie’s Rapperholic Concert is in its 7th episode and it’s not an easy task hosting a show consistently for 7 editions in 8 years. It requires maximum commitment and extra work to remain this consistent in an industry where there are so many Kingpins and Minos all fighting over the same air space. This means that Sarkodie is definitely doing something right.
Christmas Day in 2018 will mark another milestone in the life of the award winning rapper as the SarkCess Music/A-TEAM Productions hosted show comes off. But let’s take a look at how Rapperholic all started, some of the successes the SarkCess Music brand has chopped since its inception, how it went last year and what to expect this year.
The first edition marked the launching of Sarkodie’s 2nd studio album, Rapperholic, which he released in 2012 and that’s how come the name Rapperholic came to stay. It was held on Christmas Day of 2011 at the Accra International Conference Center and a host of stars including Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari and wife Menaye, John Pentsil, Nana Ama McBrown, Ama K. Abebrese, Kwesi Kyei Darkwah (KKD) and other top celebs joined to support Sarkodie. There were also performances from FBS, Eduwoji, FOI, Yaw Siki, Ruff N Smooth, Trigmatic, Guru, Kwaw Kese, Gasmilla, Keche, VIP, Tinny and Edem. And since it’s inception, each year has had its own share of headlines and bar raising moments.
Since Rapperholic in 2012, Sarkodie has won several awards including the Best International Act (Africa Accolade) at the 2012 BET Awards, accolade and received nominations for the same award in 2014 and 2015. Rapperholic also won 3 awards at the Ghana Music Awards. The “Illuminati” hitmaker also snatched the Best Collaboration at the Sound City MVP Awards 2018 and won “Best Collaboration” category for his song “PainKiller” with Runtown at the SoundCity MVP Awards.
And now, let’s look into last year’s Rapperholic Concert. There were so many headlines from the show including Shatta Wale performing as well as showing the other side of himself by co-emceeing the show alongside Jay Foli, Sarkodie bowing to hiplife Sofo Obrafour (his godfather) and the latter blessing him by laying his hands on his head on stage after the two men decided to let go of a beef they got involved in, and a surprise performance from Ghanaian born UK comedian Big Shaq whose song “Man’s Not Hot” which was released towards the end of 2017 became an instant banger.
Wow, aren’t these enough reasons to want to look forward to this year’s edition? SarkCess Music’s PRO, Nana Aba Anamoah has been announced as the host of the 7th edition and some A-listed artistes are also expected to pass by.