There’s more to this rising artist than a viral TikTok hit.
This Crofton-born singer, songwriter, and hip hop rapper is an artist to watch. His mother knew he was gifted with a beautiful singing voice when Paapa-Berchie Berko sang on stage for the first time at the age of 4. Berchie knew he was meant for something greater than he could ever imagine. So he sang in church and school choirs and, in acapella groups. All of which encouraged him to develop his talent.
Only 16 years old at that time, he was one out of 500 finalists from over 10,000 nominations to be part of The Honors Performance Series. It was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
It didn’t just stop there. Berchie received a scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill shortly after. The more he sang in college, the more he realized he wanted to make his own music. Today, as a senior double majoring in exercise and sports science and music, he pursued releasing his own music while also performing in local artists showcase nights.
He started last year with a bang by releasing his first single Dreams and followed with The Throne and So Bad ft. Naim from his EP Be Blessed, two short months later. He has currently dropped his sophomore mixtape, O.P.E.R.A., which features hit singles such as TiDal Wave, Hi Lo, and Hometown.
The 21-year-old singer made waves on Tiktok and Instagram when his song Hometown featuring his cousin, Tate, has a social media challenge called #hometownchallenge that is currently going viral on Tiktok and Instagram. But video fame isn’t Berchie’s end goal; releasing his own music and getting the recognition he deserves is.
Berchie’s sound is authentic yet intriguing. With a mixture of afro and Cali beats, classical/hip-hop merges, rock, and opera, he creates musical masterpieces you’ve never heard before. His musical influences include Tupac, Travis Scott, Notorious B.I.G., Kendrick Lamar, H.E.R., Meek Mill, Lucky Day, Rhianna, Masego, S.I.R., Ty Dolla Sign, Kehlani, and J. Cole. Berchie is always open to hearing new music from different artists to stay inspired and to ensure his sound is unlike any other. Berchie prides himself in studying his craft and has set a goal of perfecting every genre of music.
“I’m trying to take classical music and combine it into hip-hop and rap,” Berko said. “I know that my music, it would speak volumes to everybody. I make music for everybody.”
His music is definitely worth a try. Imagine listening to his actual classical voice, not sampled, then bring it into the hip hop and rap game. It’s life-changing and definitely something that you shouldn’t miss out on. Whatever that is, Berchie is making waves, and it’s time that he get that recognition he deserves.