B.E.T award-winning rapper, Sarkodie’s collaboration with the legendary Bob Marley and The Wailers on “Stir it Up” is finally out.
The ‘landlord’ of Ghana music has called the feature the “biggest highlight of his music journey” .
In a new interview on the +44 Podcast, Sarkodie has shared more insight on how he landed the collaboration.
According to Sarkodie, when he and his management received the email about working with the legend Bob Marley on “Stir it Up,” he felt he was not the right person for the feature.
When we had the email, I almost passed it on, just out of respect. I felt that I was not worthy to lay my vocals next to the legend. I was really hard on myself and my manager was like this is a big opportunity but because the artiste side of me is thinking more about the art and not the opportunity so I didn’t even listen to anything. I just felt I’m not right person to lay my vocals next to the legend,” he disclosed.
Sarkodie states that he however, had a change of mind he listened to the original vocals of Bob Marley in the studio, a moment he calls “spiritual.”
“Then, they sent the record and we opened his vocals and this is his real vocals when he recorded it and I was listening to that in the studio, I captured it on camera because it was very spiritual at that moment,” he added.
The “Country Side” hitmaker reveals he did 4 different verses before finally picking the right one because he felt the message in his lyrics had to be worthy of the legend.
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“I think I did like 4 verses snd I had to choose the right one. Everything I say, I’m like, I’m saying next to Bob Marley, it feels like me and him in the booth. Like you can’t…there are few people that get me like that when I work with them, the man that inspired me to rap, Obrafuor, he’s a rapper, he’s never cursed, he’s never used profanity, and he was catering to the youth, I didn’t know how he was able to do that. I tried it but the new generation its hard to like keep it too censored, you wanna say stuff that you feel,” he concluded.