Exclusive Interview With Talented Rapper, Egbezi
The highly talented Boundless Dri:mz and Warri rapper, Egbezi has been making a few buzz recently and we are loving it!
We had a conversation with the rapper about his music, what to expect from him and life in general. Check out the interview below.
Q: How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
Egbezi: Professionally, it’s been about eight years now. For the second part of the question, I started off doing freestyles (mostly alcohol influenced) with a few friends back in school. Then I’d already written down a couple of bars. I created a song and then I went to the studio. Paid for a half session, got a beat, and boom! That was how I recorded my first song. Most of my guys liked it. I then put it on my social network pages. A few people enjoyed the track so I decided to continue to write. A few years later, I want to make a career off making rap music.
Q: Who were the early influences on your music and style?
Egbezi: I would have to say Tupac Shakur, Fugees, Echo Toikumo (you prolly haven’t heard of him), Ras Kimono, Nas and Fat Joe.
Q: How would you describe the type of music you create?
Egbezi: For the purpose of not wanting to be “boxed” into a specific genre, permit me to quote Pusha T on this one: I make “music for your soul, inspiration for your life” (laugh)
Q: Which emotion is expressed the most in your music? Happiness, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
Egbezi: All of the above. As a human, I experience all of these emotions. And as an artist, I express my life through music. So when people listen to my music they can feel all my emotions.
Q: Do You think Your Music Is enjoyed mostly for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Egbezi: As much as I hate to say it, these are the times of beats over content, but all I can do is be original. When people hear my music I want it to be more about the lyrics than a dope beat. Anybody can talk about making money, popping bottles, or getting a lap dance at some strip club, but how many people are actually doing all of this. If I talk about my struggles or that of my community, my relationships, and real life events that people go through on a daily, then people can relate to the song. Hopefully they will think about the beat later and the lyrical content first.
Q: Which component do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?
Egbezi: It has to be the originality
Q: In your music making process, what phase excites you most, and what part is the hardest?
Egbezi: The part where I get to pour my heart out and talk my talk on the mic. That’s the most exciting part for me. And being an independent artist with limited promo budget, the hardest part is getting the music heard by a wider audience.
Q: Who would you most likely to collaborate with to take your career to the next level?
Egbezi: I don’t know about collaborating to “take my career to the next level”. But as far as collabs go I’ve worked with a few artistes – GT Str8 Money (US), Adol, A-Q, Boogey, Good Girl LA, and more recently with Payper Corleone, Paybac, Asikey… So yeah, for the time being, I think I’ve already collaborated with the artists that I’m “most likely to collaborate with”
Q: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Egbezi: At present it has to be Burna Boy. But wait first o! I almost skipped the part that says “for any artist” (lol). Although I love Burna, but it has to be J. Cole.
Q: Which famous musician(s) do you admire?
Egbezi: Once again I’d have to go with J. Cole
Q: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Egbezi: Honestly I can’t even imagine what life outside doing music would be like. But I’m a licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist. So yeah, if I wasn’t doing music I’d most likely be in the health sector helping to save lives in my own little way
Q: In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Egbezi: A wise man once said “love yours”. So while I’m working to get to where I want, I try as much as possible to stay motivated and focused. Not allowing myself get distracted by what everyone else got going on. Las las everywhere go good
Q: What’s next for you?
Egbezi: So, I got an album, Afrocentric I intend dropping any time soon. I’ve already dropped a couple singles off it: “It’s Okay to be Different” and the more recent Payper Corleone featured track “BlAst”. So yeah, there’s a lot to expect.
Q: How can people and potential fans out there stay in touch with you for new music, videos or any other egbezi related news?
Egbezi: Okay, I go by the handle @egbezi on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and even Audiomack. So you can connect with me on either of these social platforms to keep tabs on Egbezi.
Q: One last thing, if you are in a position to give advice to a fan or an independent artist like you, what will that be?
Egbezi: If I ever be in such a position then it’ll be: Love what you do. Be your number one supporter. Work towards your dreams and keep them from unbelievers. People too weak to chase their dreams or get in the right course will always look for ways to deter you from pursuing yours… That’s an egbezi quote by the way (laugh)