E-40 & Sarkodie

by: michael eli dokosi/blakkpepper.com/Ghana

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A hit tune had eluded Texas native E-40 in a bit but when his ‘Choices’ song and video landed in 2015, he had the last laugh. ‘Choices’ also known as Yup followed a yup or no response to statements format which the rapper used to ask his questions or make statements.

Although its simple format might have you fooled, it enabled on E-40 a.k.a. Mr. Flamboyant to touch on various subjects in one go.

Life’s hustles and sticky situations, taking advantage of others, personal vulnerabilities all got discussed. In the sometimes humour moments E-40 asked //got a d**k that will drive a hoe crazy// for which yup was ticked.

He adds haters will hate so he will just make his money and not give a f**k. It’s been a while since peers wanted to jump on a track for a remix or refix. Jamaican Gyptian achieved something similar with his monstrous hit ‘Hold Yuh’ where global artistes did their own versions.

If the track was superb, the video directed by Ben Griffin was expansive as it was delightful. To assemble The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, TI, Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, Nelly, French Montana, Cedric the Entertainer, Snoop Lion, 2 Chains, Bow Wow, T-Pain, Jidenna, Sean Kingston, Mike Epps, David Banner and others in one video is work and to tastefully execute it deserves applause.

The ‘Choices’ tune a.k.a. ‘Yup’ was damn good and refreshing and rap soldiers couldn’t resist spitting on the beat in remixes.

Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent jumped on it and offered their version. Slim Thug, Z-Ro and Kirko Bang did theirs as did French Montana and Kid Ink. But that didn’t bar Migos and Rick Ross from spitting some bars of their own on the beat.

That must have ended the story there till a certain Sarkodie from Ghana caught the ‘Yup’ bug and did his own thing, this time totally removing E-40’s verses from the beat and then proceeded to murder the beat in Twi, and English.

Sarkodie is brilliant in that he makes his raps sound so effortless yet it takes thorough work and digging deep to offer words in such relevant way to prick, heal and inspire.

On the ‘Choices’ a.k.a. ‘Yup’ refix, the ‘Sarkcess’ boss touches on casual sex, marriage, side chics, bleaching, heartbreaks, scams, wasteful expenditure and beefs while asserting he is the undisputed champ.

Having offered his ‘Inflation’ song castigating the poor state of affairs in the country to rancorous response in part, Obidi now guarded asked if president Mahama should be retained to a ‘No’ response but asked yet again: //do you really want somebody else//

To another ‘No’ response adding: //then lets live with the situation//.

Clearly this time around the Sark Nation leader was in no mood to entertain bias claims from the ruling party’s sympathizers.

But having offered his version, E-40 after consuming it applauded Sark’s effort adding “Yup he did his thing.”

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Perhaps encouraged by the response, other cats such as Ponobiom offered his Ga, Twi, Ewe and Hausa version as did Stonebwoy on his ragga version but not to be outdone AMG Business boss Criss Waddle churned his own version to impressive result.

It seems the Ghana ‘Choices’ versions shall keep coming for some time all because of a certain Sarkodie obidipondi. Okodie Wu Ye Guy Wati.


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Michael Eli Dokosi is a journalist and a formidable writer with a decade's experience. He is a blogger as well who currently owns and manages the news portal www.blakkpepper.com. The site is a wholesome news platform with entertainment, political, general, sports, negroid and foreign news offerings with the tagline 'More than Straight News' because of its alternate take on issues. The blakkpepper name emerged because the site is Afrocentric and hot. The Managing Editor can be reached via cell line (+233) 0249907425 & (+233) 0262907425 and via email blakkpeppergh@gmail.com for adverts, enquiries and news coverage invites.