Black Sherif Basic Information
|Black Sherif/ Blacko
|Mohammed Ismail Sharrif
|Singer and Rapper
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|9 January 2002
|Place of Birth:
Black Sherif Biography
Mohammed Ismail Sherif Kwaku Frimpong, aka Black Sherif, was born on 9 January 2002 and grew up in Konongo-Zongo in Ghana’s Ashanti Region. Black Sherif moved around with his family when he was ten years old and lived with his aunt and other extended family members because his parents continued to work abroad. He was exposed to many different ideas and cultures at a young age due to his nomadic life, and he occasionally considered becoming a professional dancer.
He received his elementary education at Konongo Zongo Islamic Basic School and completed junior high school (J.H.S.) at Pinamang Educational Complex. Later, he finished his secondary education at Kumasi Academy, where he developed a love for dancing and music. He is currently enrolled at the University of Ghana and was previously a student at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA).
Mr. Frimpong and Mrs. Ante Marie Sherrif, who are from Ghana’s Ashanti Region, are Black Sherif’s parents. They are a Muslim Household, and although they live abroad, Black Sherif’s parents frequently visit Ghana to see him and his siblings.
Blacko has siblings but hasn’t revealed anything about them to the public since he likes to keep their identities hidden so that the media will respect his privacy. So all that is known about them is that occasionally pictures of some go online.
Highlife, reggae, hip-hop, and UK drill are all included in Black Sherif’s afrobeats sound. Rappers Kanye West, Travis Scott, Saint Jhn, Dave, Stormzy, J Hus, and Ghanaian musicians Mugeez and Sarkodie have all been his musical influences. His Afrobeats music blend has always been storytelling as he sings or raps about his society, life, and other popular issues. He is frequently considered one of Ghana’s most prominent Grime and Trap music performers.
Following in the footsteps of Ghanaian music legends like Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale, Black Sherif began performing as a dancehall performer while still a secondary school student. He developed a liking for Afrobeat and began singing due to the inspiration he found in listening to Afrobeat music on the radio. The quickly emerging rapper first gained notoriety for his freestyle on “Road To The Tape- 1st Sermon.” Following the freestyle’s viral success, Sarkodie, Hammer, and other prominent Ghanaian musicians and artists took notice of the post. Black Sherif was spotted hanging out with Sarkodie, the head of Sarkcess Music, days after the freestyle went viral.
He started his career in 2019 by releasing his song “Cry For Me,” which underperformed after his popular freestyle. His first song, “Money,” was available in May 2020. Following the release of the song “First Sermon” in May 2021, Sherif then entered the spotlight in its proper sense. The song’s follow-up, “Second Sermon,” was released in July and featured Burna Boy, another African musician. This made him more popular with the Nigerian music scene and the rest of the world.
Burna Boy had first heard Black Sherif’s songs through Poco Lee. Dancer Poco Lee is well acquainted with Black Sherif. He attributes his ability to work with Burna Boy to the former’s creativity.
His track “Kwaku The Traveller,” released in March 2022, gave him his most significant break. On the Apple Music charts for Ghana and Nigeria, the song peaked at number 1. His first album, “The Villain I Never Was,” was released in October 2022. He then went on to create further music. As a result of the album’s positive reviews, he won multiple accolades, including Best New Artist and Best Hip Hop Song at the 2022 Ghana Music Awards.
The rapper entertained an enthusiastic crowd in Ghana in March 2022 while attending the 3Music Awards Ceremony. In his native Ghana, he also provided entertainment for the 2021 MTN FA Cup championship game. Black Sherif also performed at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards’ 25th-anniversary ceremony, which was held at the OVO Arena in Wembley, United Kingdom. In addition, black Sherif presented his first “Mozama Disco Concert” event in Accra in December 2022.
At the Entertainment Achievement Awards in 2022, talented rapper Black Sherif won Entertainment Personality Of The Year. Furthermore, black Sherif won the Best Hip Hop prize at the Soundcity MVP Awards at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos on 20 February 2023. In addition, black Sherif took home three prizes at the 2022 3Music Awards: the Hip Song of the Year, Breakthrough Act of the Year, and Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.
His social media handle @blacksherif_ currently has over 800k followers on Instagram and 400k on Twitter, and he is also an ambassador for many brands.
The young rapper from Ghana is thought to be worth about $800,000. However, his musical career is his primary source of income.
According to information provided to the media, he is single. Instead, he places a greater emphasis on his music and how his sound may change the world.
House & Cars
Sources claim that Black Sherif lives in a three or more-bedroom home with a built-in studio and a home gym in Oyarifa. In addition, he owns multiple vehicles, including a Mercedes Benz C300 and a Toyota Tundra, gifts from his management.
He is signed under Empire Music, an American record label and distributor. But before that, Shadrach Agyei Owusu was rumored to have been in charge of him.
He hasn’t been without controversy, either. On 11 April 2022, Black Sherif was sued for allegedly breaching his contract with Empire after signing a deal. Shadrach Agyei Owusu, the CEO of Waynes Chavis Consult, asked the court to prevent Black Sherif from performing at events without his permission. Fortunately for Black Sherif, the injunction against him, which aimed to restrict the singer from performing music he released under his previous management, was dismissed by the Accra High Court (Commercial Division).
The young Ghanaian musician has released some songs, including Money, Ankonam, Ade Akye, and the hits Soja, First and Second Sermons, and Kwakwu The Traveller, among others.