Sarkodie has shared the full tracklist of his new album “JAMZ”, including additional details about guest artistes and producers.
After months of anticipation, the multiple-awarding Tema-based rapper revealed the final track titles in the afternoon of Monday (November 7), including “Labadi,” which features King Promise. He announced the album at the beginning of September with an official teaser video that captures his early beginnings as a musician and his current status as a mainstream artist.
“AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMEMBER, I ALWAYS WANTED TO RAP. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS ART FORM AS A YOUTH. GROWING UP IN TEMA GAVE ME A LOT TO TALK ABOUT AND I ALWAYS HAD AN IDEA ABOUT THE KIND OF CAREER I WANTED, SO I HAD TO STAY TRUE TO MYSELF. MY SECOND ALBUM IS ALREADY 10 YEARS [OLD] AND I AM ON MY 8TH ALBUM, STILL DOING IT MY WAY. IT TAKES A LOT TO STAY MOTIVATED, BUT YOU CAN’T BE IN A RUSH TO SKIP THE PROCESS, YOU STILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH IT.”
The 10-track record, executive produced by KJ Spio and himself, Michael Owusu Addo (Sarkodie), includes “Se Bad” feat Oxlade, “One Million Cedis” feat. Ink Boy, “Cougar” feat. Lojay, “Forever” feat. Kranium, “Over Me” feat. Cina Soul, “Hip Don’t Lie” feat. JoeBoy, “Country Side” feat. Black Sherif and “Better Days” feat. BNXN (formerly Buju) and more.
Set for a November 11 global premiere, “JAMZ” comes as Sarkodie’s 8th professional studio album and follows his 2021 hip-hop or rap album, No Pressure. The album spawned popular hit songs such as ‘Coachella’, featuring Tema-based rapper, Kwesi Arthur, and ‘Non-Living Thing’, featuring Nigerian Afropop artiste, Oxlade.
Sarkodie’s highly danceable tracks have made him an ambassador of hiplife, a hybrid genre that combines hip-hop with the highlife sounds native to his home country.
His third album, 2014’s 30-track behemoth Sarkology, boasts features from Burna Boy, Fuse ODG, and Davido. The LP won Album of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. In 2019, he won the first-ever Best International Flow prize at the BET Hip Hop Awards. That same year, he took home Artiste of the Decade honors at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.