2022 BET Hip Hop Award nominee and a Billboard charting artist, Black Sherif, has admitted that the noises he was exposed to as a child strongly influenced his music.
The rapper who just dropped his debut album The Villain I Never Was revealed a lot in an exclusive conversation with NY DJ on Y102.5FM in Kumasi.
He claims that he enjoys music that tells true stories.
“I don’t like to filter stories or emotions. I put everything in there. That’s how I want to see art from.”
Black Sherif revealed his musical influences by saying;
“Real sounds and conscious things influenced my sound. My mum is a big fan of highlife and when I saw my dad for the first time (age 9), the first thing he put me on was Reggae. At some point in class 4, I was singing and performing Harvest Time by Don Carlos. That song has been my favourite forever and I always sing it every morning. I tap into that place and add my message, my life…”
The Villain I Never Was, a 14-track album by Black Sherif, was made available on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
Burna Boy was the only feature on the record, which has since received over 100 million streams on several digital platforms.
Watch the exclusive conversation below to see him analyze several tracks from the album and discuss his influences.