Finding its way within African shores during the 1980’s, Hip-hop music has been a viable medium for self expression amongst youths in the society; considering how over a period of decades the Nigerian music scene has welcomed and experienced this genre synthesize into one of the most influential and catchy genre of music in the country. It evolving into what is called Afro Hip-hop set the pathway for Nigerian youths to best express themselves, as well as enabling indigenes to be able to vibe to and be moved by its sound. The socio economical and socio political factors which was battling the countries economy and Lifestyle as at the era of the military regime birth a generation that creatively took to this genre of music, thereby making it an entertaining and influential medium of expression.
As at the 21st century the Nigerian Afro Hip-hop scene has seen the likes of Olarewaju Ogunmefun, 35 ( Vector), Jesse Garba Abaga,35( Jesse jagz ), Jude Abaga, 38 ( MI Abaga ) ,Micheal Ugochukwu , 44 ( Ruggedman ), Tobechukwu Melvin Ejiofor, 40 ( iLLBliss ),
Folarin Falana, 29 ( Falz ) Babatunde Olusegun Adewale, 44 ( Modenine ), Elohor Eva Alordiah, 31 ( Eva ), Olamide Adedeji, 31 ( Olamide ), Wale Davies & Olumide Ayeni, 36 ( Show Dem Camp ), Terry Terhemba, 44 ( Terry Tha Rapman ) emerge with their own sensational unique sound.
Also, these past couple of years has seen a younger generation of Afro Hip-hop artists like, Emeka Eyechi, 26 (Hotyce), Aboriomo Feminist Raymond, 26 (Dremo), Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, 22 (Mayorkun), Nicholas ihua Maduenyi, 21 (Psycho-Yp), Olumilade Martin Alejo, 27 (Ycee) not just emerging unto the mix. But, also going as far as disrupting it.
Thus; taking a peak at the hip-hop project, RedHotyceCold from Nigerian label, K2O entertainment’s signee, Hotyce, it is definitely a breath of fresh air into the Nigerian hip-hop scene as it features hip-hop industry heavyweights like M.I, Jesse Jagz and Waje.
On the album, he delivers classical hip-hop, no mumble jumble rap, giving it refreshing, lyrical, bouncy flows, honest content and little or no vulnerability.
“My eldest brother introduced me to Hiphop and the one experience that stuck with me was seeing the “nuttin but a G thang” video by Dr Dre and snoop Dogg. It was life changing, Hotyce explains, during an interview with Theparakeetshow.com. Seun Osho presents the excerpts:
How is life going?
Not bad at all…taking it a day at a time
How does it feel getting nominated for the headies off your first project?
I feel fantastic. I mean it’s never been about the awards for me but getting the nomination was really Dope.
Redhotycecold made a splash on the hiphop scene, but were you pleased with the numbers?
I feel like we would have done more numbers but i see “RedHOTYCEcold vol1” as my “illmatic” in terms of raising the stakes for lyrical techniques and overall artistic ambition.
Who are your top 5 rappers of all time?
For me it’s really tough answering this type of question but 5 in no particular order Nas Dre/snoop Game, Black thought, Fabolous
Can you share your best moments so far in your career?
One that will always stand out for me is getting a call from Seun Kuti about my music.
How does it feel rapping on the songs with Artists you watched growing up?
In one word, it is “Inspiring”.
By how much do you feel the hiphop industry has grown using streaming numbers and show turnouts as parameters?
It’s easier to put out music these days while watching the back end of everything.
Do you think there’s an international market for African Hip-hop music?
Why not if not. We are as good as it gets.
What infrastructure would facilitate the growth of hiphop in Africa in your opinion?
In my opinion, I would say simply speaking your truth.
How profitable is rap music in Nigeria and what’s your advice for young rappers seeking financial sustainability through music?
Rap in Nigeria could be profitable especially with consistency, banging content and overall proper presentation. But my advice to the younger rappers tryna make a living through their music will be if you’re sure you got it go for it. I mean you have to know that you’re doing the right thing and be all hands on and it’s easier when you have something Lil on the side
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Five years from now i see myself performing in front of larger audiences with everyone chanting the lyrics, and I have built a crazy discography already solidified as one of the greatest to ever do it out of Africa.
When’s your next project set to drop and what are we to expect this year?
Sometime this month we should get an EP…God willing we should get an album this year.
What’s your dream collaboration?
My dream collaboration would be with Dr Dre.
What would be your crowning achievement as a man and as a rapper?
I’ll say the ultimate achievement will be to keep affecting lives positively with my music.