Blink Whose new single Of Life is doing well at the moment sat down with E-Xtra on Nigezie TV To Discuss how Lynxxx inspired him to Write his own songs and how they set up Syndik8 Records years Ago in Kings College Lagos, Enjoy the Interview below.
Check out this Interview by Vector by McEva Temofe, he talks about his not so privileged upbringing, His relationship with Movado and the success of his Single Born leader.His love for Music, and More, it seems the guy caught Vector in his comfort Zone, Download it below.
“A” list songstress Waje is undoubtedly breaking new ground in Nigeria. From endorsement deals to increase in shows, Waje has proved she wants to be as big as her male counterparts who are going international. Her new self titled album W.a.j.e, she drops songs that have raised lots of attention towards her. Watch as Toolz get The Juice on her deals, music career, relationship, friends and future plans. Enjoy!
He is the newest sensation in town, with his hit track SHO LEE produced by the young rising talented producer Dtunes. Sean tizzle is a young Nigerian entertainer relatively new in the industry and this interview shares some insight into his life, music, love and a lot more that his listeners don’t know about. Enjoy.
Our first interview this year is with none other than the Super Lyricist himself Boogey, one of the Brightest Rap Talents out of Nigeria, and he was graceful enough to answer our questions promptly, see the interview below where he talks about his Journey to being an MC, Working with M.I, Modenine and Terry, Losing out to Blaq Bonez in the Terry Tha rapman Zombie Competition and more, Its a great interview and one I was happy to conduct.He wasn’t economical with his answers too, read below.
Nigerian Sounds:- How you doing Boogey?
Boogey:- I’m good, Man.
N.S:- For those who don’t know you, give us a brief history of how you started off as an MC
Boogey:- I grew up as quite the music fiend, and not even just for Rap music, although MCing fascinated me in a more intense manner. I would listen to rappers flow and I would rap along, trying to do it as well as they did, but only for fun. I had no idea I had begun a training process.
N.S:- What made you decide to choose Rap as a career Path
Boogey:- I need to light a camp fire for this one. Let’s go back in time.
It’s 2004 and I’ve been a scholarship student in Morocco for one year. Things are not working out the way I envisioned and I don’t get to study medicine as planned. I get angry and depressed and I start to write down what I’m feeling, daily. Gradually, I begin to infuse the rhyming and the flow I have practised all these years. It’s solely a method of therapy for me, and I show some of it to only a handful of people right before throwing the pieces of paper in the trash.
It’s 2005 and I begin to evolve. I can feel it. I always had a wild imagination, with which I even narrated entire movies that didn’t exist, so I have found a way to integrate that too and my writing is improving. I realise that my material deserves a sort of archiving, so I buy my first ever rhyme book (I still have it).
It’s 2007 and after more than a year of recording on my phone and getting a vague idea of what I might sound like, I go unannounced to the studio of Morocco’s top rap groups, “Brada” and “Fnaire”. I ask them to let me hear what I can do, with an actual microphone. They’re impressed and they put me on a song. It begins
You see? I didn’t really choose the path. It chose me.
Brada – Wach Wajdin [ remix ] Featuring Boogeyman ( 2008 )
N.S:- Which artistes inspire you in Nigeria and in Diaspora
Boogey:- In Nigeria, presently, a bunch of artistes are keeping the game alive. There are quite a number of them that inspire me, and in different ways.
Modenine exudes greatness that has always been an inspiration to me since I first listened to Malcolm IX, summer of 07.
M.I. and the Choc boys started a movement that many can learn from.
Asa. One word. Awesome.
The list could go on until Christmas. Generally, I’m inspired by anybody giving their soul to the art and putting in quality work, regardless of the genre.
As for diaspora, I always wanted that Talib Kweli knowledge and that Jay-z success. I hear their stories and believe that greatness, however defined, is reachable.
N.S:- You Partook in the Terry Tha Rapman Zombie Competition and was the runner up as you lost to Blaq Bonez, How did that feel, and what do you feel about losing to him
Boogey:- To be entirely honest, I still think I got robbed. Haha. Nah, I wouldn’t say I lost. I would say that he probably had something that appealed more/seemed more familiar to a slightly bigger portion of the panel of judges (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Lol). Seriously, I was a bit disappointed at first because I thought I was gonna win for sure, but hey 2nd place didn’t turn out so bad afterall. I still got to be on Terry’s mixtape, like Blaqbonez did. Nothing lost.
I wasn’t exactly planning on tracking down the judges who voted against me, one by one, murdering them in their sleep and dissolving their bodies in acid (might have crossed my mind). I kid. I kid. Hehe Shout out to Terry Tha Rapman and Blaqbonez. It’s all love.
N.S:- You also appeared on Three major Mixtapes Last year, Illegal Music 2, World Domination and Occupy the Throne, what was it like working with those three heavyweights, and how does it feel ?
Boogey:- Man!! From feeling like nobody gave a damn what I was capable of, to suddenly getting features and endorsements from living legends. Incredible feeling.
Being on Terry Tha Rapman’s World Domination was a result of the circumstance talked about in your last question so that’s pretty much cleared.
Late 2011, Jude Abaga heard some of my freestyles and reached out. He asked me to be on Illegal Music 2 and gave me a good chance to prove myself worthy (Did I?).( Editors Note:- according to our Review of Illegal Music 2, Yes Boogey You did ) I might have been somewhat nervous at first but once I saw that mic in front of me, I thought “David, It begins.”
Modo was already rounding up OTT when I got on. I was a last minute addition.
It was practically done when he let me get on. He even let me choose which beat I wanted to rap on. “Dead Presidents” felt perfect. I did my thing and he liked it, so he put me on.
N.S:- You have also worked with Underground MC’s like Cyrus Tha Virus, Mo Fame, Lord Vino and More, what motivates you to work with these underground cats
Boogey:- First of all, the term “Underground cats” always seems to me like a box made of kryptonite, with a bunch of Supermen locked in it. It’s a tag that sticks so I try to avoid it lately. I’m sure I speak for them too. All through last year,( Editors Note:- Underground is underground, especially in the Nigerian Context, Rappers That Dont Make “Commercial Music” ) I did a lot of features. A few with known acts and some with not-so-known acts. One thing they all have in common is the determination to get heard and take it to the next level, and the will to do what it takes.
N.S:- What do you think about the state of Hip-Hop/The Hip-Hop community in Nigeria
Boogey:- It still feels very young and immature. It isn’t taken as seriously as it should be because it is relatively new to many people, whether they admit it or not. I got into this because it was a way for me to rebel against certain curve balls life tossed at me. It is therapeutic. I would never knock anybody’s hustle but now it almost feels like every young boy and girl in Nigeria wants to rap because it’s the new cool. I could be wrong though.
I also think we need to create more awareness, in Nigeria, about how much diversity Hip-hop can engulf. Many fans (and artistes) seem to have a certain rigid ideology about what it should look and sound like. Lastly, it needs investment and endorsements from big brands. We need to be taken more seriously.
N.S:- In this era of pop dominance even in Nigerian Hip-Hop and many Rappers are going the commercial route, do you feel pressure to dilute your lyrics, or try to make it more “acceptable” to the listening populace
Boogey:- I get that all the time. This further makes my point about rigidity. It’s hard when you have this thing in your head that you wanna get out. All these images that you try to show people and express them the way you know how to, and they don’t pay as much attention as they would, because it’s neither what they’re used to nor what they expect. Good vocabulary (in any language) is an effective tool in Rap music. I could force myself to “dilute” or even get extremely corny just to please some listeners but then again, I wouldn’t be pleasing everybody. I just do me to the best of my abilities, pressure or not.
N.S:- Right now I feel you’re Nigeria’s Most prominent Rapper that makes Horrorcore Rap or infuses Horrorcore elements into His music, how do you feel being associated with that sub-genre of Hip-Hop.
Boogey:- Horrorcore? I honestly had no idea I was being associated with that. I can’t say that I agree. I paint many different pictures. I can be a tad dark sometimes, on some tracks maybe but I just love to mess around with the infinite possibilities of fiction on certain songs. If people that love horrorcore wanna call it that, I won’t argue.
N.S:- You got signed to Independent Record Label Aboriginal Records quietly, to little fanfare, tell me, how that came about, what it feels like being signed , and what other labels were jostling for your signature
Boogey:- Yes, I did and we’re working hard. I got signed to AbOriginal in November 2012, a month after I released my Art-ificial Intelligence mixtape. Contrary to what most people think, there wasn’t exactly a long queue of labels waiting to sign me. I feel like I’m part of a team now and it’s the beginning of a promising union. Now I’ve got artistes, Ese Peters, Barzini, Bonnie and Eclipse as label mates. A force to be reckoned with.
N.S:- What inspired your Mixtape Art-ificial intelligence, and how do you feel about the reception
-The struggle. With the gift i had been given, I felt like I deserved more. I felt ignored. It was like the industry created a robot (or monster), realised it was becoming smarter than its maker and tried to shut it down. Maybe it was all in my head. Haven’t you heard? I might be psychologically unstable.
N.S:- What artistes would you like to work with home and abroad
Boogey:- Another seemingly endless list but I’ll name a few. Firstly, Asa!!!! Wizkid is on fire. I hope to work with him in the near future. Phyno, Black Magic, Olamide and Burna Boy too. Waje is an awesome singer. I’d like to make music with her.
Abroad, right now, I’d love to get on an Elle Varner song. Miguel too, among many others. It goes on and on.
NS:- What should we expect next from Boogey
Boogey:- I’ve got some freestyles, covers and singles coming out this year. I’ve also got a video for my song “Sanctum” to be released in June. I’m working on my S.A.D. (Something About David) project, due later this year. A lot of personal content on that, with features from Ese Peters, Morell, Simi and a few others. They gon’ get this work.
NS:- Any last words for your fans out there ?
Boogey:- I still haven’t gotten used to the word and being told I have fans but I’m grateful to everybody listening to my work, supporting it and spreading word: Fans, friends, bloggers and the media in general. Thank you all and God bless. As for the rest of you..Y U Mad Though??
Thanks, Man. Peace
Boogey is set to drop a new Single Sanctum On Monday 13th May
Show Dem Camp sat down with Nigezie to discuss how they chose Music as a Career Path, Their influences and their Biggest Moment in the Game.Check out the Interview below.
Moet speaks to Seyi Shay on this edition of the 1 on 1 show on Soundcity TV Africa. She talks to Moet about men, her background, ‘coming back (to Nigeria) for good,’ Why she joined the band ‘From Above’ where she was a lead singer, Tour with Beyonce and she describes herself as ‘real’, ‘down-to-earth’ and a ‘happy person
We Know I-Sick on Nigeriansounds too well, But do you ? We feel the Kid has potential, so check out his Interview where he talks about how he got Signed, Artistes he wants to work with and what he wants to do next, I-Sick is a star in the Making
Check out Banky Dubs interview with Toolz at the Juice on Ndani TV, Quite Insightful, Enjoy
Multiple awards winning Nigerian super star, Dapo Oyebanjo populalrly known as D’Banj is not doubt one of Nigeria’s most resourceful entertainers. His break up with his partner, Don Jazzy generated a lot of reactions both within and outside the music idustry. Many music buffs even took a bet on him that he won’t last more than six months before he goes under. At that point, he became the most underrated music act. He heard all but pretended as if he didn’t and continued pushing his dreams.
Today, D’Banj seems to be very happy with the part he chooses as he declares he has no regret. His earnings have increased and he’s gained more international recognition. His road manager revealed that D’Banj now charges N8,000,000.00 and $100,000.00 outside Nigeria.
In his characteristic funny and lively attitude, he sat down with Seun Apara and speaks about his past and future.
First of all, how much do you worth now?
(Laughs). God has blessed me o. Ah, make I no lie (I won’t lie), Oluwa (God) is involved. I can’t start counting my blessings but I thank God.
The latest project from your stable now is the DKM album and it drops in two weeks. Give us an exclusive insight into it?
The ‘DKM’ Album, D Kings Men is a compilation of songs from the artistes on DB Records and is not a D’ Banj’s Album. It has a compilation of songs and sounds done by DB records artistes comprising myself, Kay Switch and J.Sol. DKM album has already dropped on pre-sales online. This is the first time I will be doing pre-sales of any album and I was surprised that in less than three days, the response was massive. I was in Atlanta and I flew back home immediately. I am actually excited about it and not just for me alone. I’m excited that if by God’s grace this works out, finally, it will curb piracy and provide another means of distribution other than Alaba Market.
Are you trying to set up a distribution channel?
Definitely and is not for the benefit of DB Records artiste alone, is for the benefit of all Nigerian acts. The big thing about this is that the distribution of DKM album is not going to be online alone. We have been looking for a way whereby our fans and the masses can get hold of our product other than on the street because I have heard complaints in the past that they don’t get the original copies of our albums. So now, it has been structured in a way that it will be delivered directly to your house, once you pre-buy the album. Then, it will be available in all GT Bank offices nationwide. I can tell you categorically that Fally Ipupa is on this album, Kanye West is on the album and Olamide is also on the album. Another shocker is that Durella is on the album (laughs)
Yes, I know a lot of people will be surprised. Wait till you hear the song.
We heard you are also planning an album cum birthday concert?
We are definitely working on the DKM concert and will feature our friends that featured on the album. Other colleagues of mine will also be coming for the DKM concert scheduled for June 2013. It is such a big thing because my birthday is June 9th and we will be celebrating for the whole month of June. The Lord has blessed me and I need to celebrate. We have made such a big plan that when the album drops, I will go on tour throughout the month of June. Any of my fans in any country listed on the tour that already have the album will have access to the tour. The Koko community card inside the album gives them the chance to meet me and groove with me. The grand finale is on June 24th at the Expo Hall of Eko Hotel in Lagos where we will be staging the DKM Concert and my birthday bash together. I am bringing 2Chainz from America to perform at the concert.
I’m aware that you have other businesses, how do you manage all of them?
We have a management company called DKM that handles lot of brands and endorsements. So everything is more organized now with the launch of DKM Media last year. We started with the Koko Concert and that is the first time we did a concert and we wanted to do something different. Let me quickly use this opportunity to apologise to all my wonderful fans that trekked that long distance to the Koko Concert last year. I promise them we are not trekking again this year because we have a solid arrangement.
I listened to one of the songs on the DKM album titled Nonsense but I realized the song seems to have a violence theme. How will you explain that?
When I do my music, I do it like a day to day thing. You have heard Suddenly and Mogbona Felifeli. So this new song you are referring to won’t be an exception. When I say ‘egba ojue’ (slap him), it means enough of negative talks around you.
However, how do you end negative talks around you, it’s simply by stopping the negative things. For example, if you have an Ipad that is messing up, the best way to ‘gba ojue’ (slap it) is by repairing it.
With four nominations at World Music Awards including ‘Best Song of The Year and Best World Artiste’, what is more paramount to you at this point of your career?
What is more paramount to me is the same drive from the beginning. Oliver Twist did number 9 in the U.K top chart, number 2 in U.K R &B and number one in Romania. I will be 10 years on stage next year, though am already more than ten years in the industry but I released Tongolo in March 2004. Within ten years, I have been able to take our music and our culture to everywhere in Africa, Canada, America and Europe. With my partnership with G.O.O.D music and Universal Music, sooner or later, the whole world will hear about D’banj and other artiste like MI, Olamide and many others .We will showcase ourselves to the world and they are going to buy our music. The Grammy too is very near because we have won several Channel O awards, Soundcity, MTV, NMVA and many others.
Having done stuffs with few African top acts like Fally Ipupa, Sarkodie and 2Face, is there any particular African artiste you have in mind to work with soon?
I have done a lot of songs with 2Face but I still want to do more songs with him, infact do an album together. We will call it ‘Best of Both worlds’.
Having performed at top world concerts like Wireless, Radio 1 Hackney Weekend and few others, is there any particular concert you are eyeing at the moment?
It will be The Live Nation tour and any other major tour that is top class where I can promote African language and culture. I go to some tours and I’ll tell the white people that if you see a rich Nigerian, call him Igwe (King) and they will all shout Igwe. I teach them African languages and culture because I’m an African ambassador. Sometimes they don’t know the meaning until I translate.
What is your utmost possession?
For now, I will say is my distribution. For once, we need to get music distribution right in this country and be able curb piracy. Aside, musicians will be able to make so much money from their works.
What is the true story of your former manager, Bankulli’s exit from DB Records?
The thing is that I won’t really dwell too much on this issue but I want to categorically say everything that everybody has read or heard is a big fat lie.
Infact, I don’t know where that story is coming from. There is a definitely time for everything. Bankulli was a wonderful manager and he is still my brother. He is a good guy but he can’t be flying around with me again as he now does his own things. He still called us for a show recently when we were in South Africa. When people say someone that worked with me for one year is not working with me again, I laugh. My former manager, Sunday Are still gets me shows. People keep spreading unpalatable rumors.
Are you in touch with former partner, Don Jazzy?
Don Jazzy produced four songs on the DKM album coming out soon. I remember when I was in America and they were mastering a song and I heard the one featuring Fally Ipupa which was produced by Don Jazzy and I was like wow! I called him immediately and he picked up. I said listen to what I’m hearing, this is a music you produced. So don’t get twisted like I said, love is a beautiful thing. I’m a businessman and I do what is right for my business. What I’m doing now is what I have always wanted as an artiste, professionalism and good distribution. I don’t have any regret.
Tell us about your relationship status…
I have dated a lot of women but I don’t really want to talk about them because most of them have moved on and some are married. I don’t have any regret at all because I am still young and am still a bachelor.
Do you feel bothered about it when your mum brings up the issue?
Not at all but it’s a normal thing for mothers. She is proud of me and I do let her understand that it’s not that I don’t want to marry but I have not found the right one. If she finds the right one for me; she can call me.
How do you react to rumors and critics?
It’s a normal thing for people to talk but you don’t have to be distracted. All you need is to stay focused. I want to thank everybody for staying with me genuinely even during the dreadful time. I promise not to let you guys down and you should remember that in everything I do, I’m also human.
Interview By @Seunapara