Despite his current status, Black Sherif has revealed that he was bullied like every normal teenager during his younger years.
Sherif says he was bullied due to his name, the one he has made popular in most of his tracks – Kwaku Frimpong.
The rapper was born Kwaku Frimpong and has the Muslim name Sherif Muhamed Ismail.
According to him, during his younger years, he was bullied for being Muslim yet having a generic name like Kwaku Frimpong.
He said that relentless bullying led him to use that name a lot in his music as a way of honouring it.
“You see now I use Kwaku, KK (Kwaku Killa), a lot. I used to get bullied for it,” he said in during an interview with Spotify RADAR Africa.
According to him, bullies would descend on him saying: “How are you, a Muslim, calling yourself Frimpong?
“[Because of that] I didn’t like the Frimpong name, even though that’s my father’s name.”
“Due to that history, I have always felt I have to do something, I have a debt to pay, pay my dues, so that name would be mentioned and honoured. This is why I never front Sherif Muhammed Ismail a lot. I [rather] front Kwaku Frimpong,”
“That [name] is my actual identity,” he added.
It’s fitting, considering he came to the limelight in Second Sermon, a song that heavily featured the Kwaku Frimpong story.