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Music Review: Black Sherif’s ‘The Villian I Never Was’ For A Debut Album, Is A Masterpiece

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Ghanaian singer Black Sherif has finally dropped his long anticipated debut album titled The Villian I Never Was and it a musical journey worth embarking sherif

Black Sherif’s soulful way of singing constantly reminds you of the African that he is as he has a peculiar way of dropping his lyrics that stands out. The 14-track album has just one feature with Burna Boy and as it stands, only Black Sherif on this body of work is more than enough for us. So let’s dive in; The Homeless Song reveals some of the struggles that he has encountered over time. The singer dedicates his debut album to his late girlfriend and he makes use of allusions to sing about his relationship and where he is, in his healing process. On this track, he speaks of how he had to be a fool for his boo. Oil In My Head is a song that will be an anthem to many who work hard and have the hope of making it soonest. Its amazing how he speaks about his life and how he has pushed himself back to his feet during the times he fell.READ ALSO: Music Review: CKay’s ‘Sad Romance’ Is A Nice Album That Solidifies His Musical Growth
So far, one thing that is worth applauding on this body of work is his beautiful instrumentation and lyrical arrangement and the track 45 proves this fact once again. 45 reveals how far he has come and the role haters played but he pulled through. You cannot listen to Black Sherif’s album and not think of the word Africa because he just adds that soulful spice to his music. Soja speaks about the things inside of him that seems to be killing him, like inferiority and anxiety, even as he feels his breakthrough is close by. Just like a soldier, he encourages every one who feels this way to stand strong and concentrate. The Villian I Never Was gives us a walk into the dark path Black Sherif has walked on and how he was able to navigate through. Prey Da Youngsta, Sad Boys Don’t Fold and Wasteman  aligns to the narrative he maintains from the beginning of how a lot of young people try to push in order to make it.
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He speaks about how he went through a lot of dark times to get to where he is. Black Sherif hails from Konongo in Ghana and he speaks about his treasured state on the track Konongo Zongo. We Up is another motivational piece of how dogged he has gotten over time and is not going down, no matter. So far, most of the tracks has been centered on his struggles and the dark path that he has being on but Toxic Love City, Don’t Forget Me, and Oh Paradise sheds light on his relationship with his late girlfriend. Kwaku The Traveller needs no comment because it has and still a hit single. The song that ends this musical journey is Second Sermon featuring Burna Boy and we say yessss!!!
Final Thoughts
Black Sherif’s The Villian I Never Was gets a 7/10 because whatttt! for a debut album, Black Sherif is bound to go far and not just far but very far. Well done. Listen to the album here;

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