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UP CLOSE WITH PSYCHOYP

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Pioneer Nigerian Trap Artiste,  PsychoYP releases his second body of work, YPSZN2.

With the success of his 2018 debut mixtape, “YPSZN” and the birth of his Apex village collective, the rapper has navigated his sound into the mainstream, making him one of the more prominent names in informed conversations about Nigerian rap in the past 18 months. With SZN 2, YP proves he can go bar for bar with anyone as he seeks to create music of a relatable variation for his generation. We had a chance to get up close and personal with the man of the moment.

 

SK: How has growing up in Nigerian music culture shaped you?

YP: It’s played a big role in my creative process but I don’t think it has shaped me at all. If you listen to my music you should know where I’m coming from with that. 

 

SK: What are some of the main influences or artists you look up to?

YP: From big names like Travis, Drake, Tyga, Wizkid etc, to people I have a lot of respect for like Ycee, Dremo, Blaqbonez, AV, Skales, Ladipoe, Starboy Terri etc. 

SK: So how did you first get started?

YP: Me and Kuddi hit the Stu in about 2014 and it started popping off from there. 

 

SK: What is your creative process like when making new music?

YP: I genuinely let the music lead. From the first note on the beat I let the music tell me what to do. 

 

SK: How would you describe the music scene in Nigeria? How does it compare to the other parts of the world?

YP: I personally think it’s a whole lot of creatives making the most of it and enjoying themselves while they do what they do. It’s not packed with billions like the music industry in other places so it’s not saturated by a lot of business, which is a good and bad thing lol. 

 

SK: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

YP: The standards. 

 

SK: In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?

YP: I know I’ve found my voice now so I’m just getting started with you guys  

 

SK: What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?

YP: Personal experiences. Whether it be something I’ve witnessed, lived, seen on tv or heard from someone, It’s been processed by “Psycho” and is being told the only way he knows. 

 

SK: What is one experience in life that, without it, Psycho YP would not be the artist you are today?

YP: An early eye opener to how cruel the industry can be and that it waits for no one. Won’t elaborate on that though 😂 

 

SK: Do you have anyone that you consider your mentor? How has their help or advice shaped you?

YP: I made up my mind that if anyone’s putting anything but my career first then there’s no way they can be of greater help to me than myself. Haven’t really been in a position where there’s constantly someone to look up to and learn from when it comes to the music I make right now. 

Most helpful people are the ones at home so all that advice from family is a given. Music or not I’d get it so it’s all love there. 

 

SK: Please recommend two artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.

YP: Y’all need to listen to Marv OTM & Zilla Oaks a lot more and if you don’t already then you need to get with it !

 

SK: What is next for Psycho YP? What do you want your supporters to know about you?

YP: SZN2!!!!!  I want my supporters to know and believe me when I say I made the best trap project out of Nigeria in 2019. 

 

SK: What do you feel is the best song you have released and why?

YP: i&u 

This song is a huge step for me musically and I am so proud of it. The beat just spoke to me and I did the best I could to lay out what was playing in my head. As a rapper and singer in hip-hop, I normally don’t even get to that vocal range but for some reason I just did.  

The Fresh Prince of Nigerian Rap is here to stay and SZN 2 proves it.
Buy/Stream SZN 2 Now –  https://geni.us/9rsqLh
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/psychoyp/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PsychoYP
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HOT SEAT : TMXO

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In today’s Hot Seat we are joined by Timi Aladeloba, popularly known as TMXO a Nigerian artist, Grammy nominated music producer and executive.

 

Q: How did you start making music?

A: Curiosity. someone handed me a CD with FL studio, never looked back and here we are.

Q: How would you describe your individual sound?

A: Lots of soul and heavy groove someone recently called it Afro-Butter, apt if you ask me.

Q: Who are your main inspirations?

A: Environment, art and everyone who did it before me

Q: How does Nigeria inspire your creativity?

A: Being Nigerian is an added advantage creatively we get to consume art from all over the world and still have the Nigerian advantage when interpreting, I think the best music producers in the world are from Nigeria.

Q: What was your first studio like? How and for what reasons has your set-up evolved over the years and what are currently some of the most important pieces of gear for you?

A: Funny how my set up has shrinked over the years from the first set of equipments my parents got me  to just my laptop, headphones and my hard drives I think the more you know the less you do or need(?) Loool. And technology has changed over time so I don’t really need much I guess.

Q: Collaborations can take on many forms. What role do they play in your approach and what are your preferred ways of engaging with other creatives through, for example, file sharing, jamming or just talking about ideas?

A: If we can spend time together being random then that’s the first step, it can take any form really

Q: Could you describe your creative process on the basis of a piece or album that’s particularly dear to you, please? Where did the ideas come from, how were they transformed in your mind, what did you start with and how do you refine these beginnings into the finished work of art?

A: I usually start by gathering my references and forming a Pallete, like a mood board sort of and the spirit leads from there and the things that fascinate me the most at the time are very relevant and affect the outcome of whatever I’m working on but the technicality remains the same, I just find new ways to do the same things.

Q: Do you have a vision of music, an idea of what music could be beyond its current form?

A: There’s nothing new in music it’s a cycle and every thing resurfaces and takes a new form every other complete cycle, but it’s all about the feeling, finding different ways to make people feel different things.

Q: Please recommend two artists to our readers which you feel deserve their attention

A: Alpha P and Omahlay

Q: What is next for TMXO? What do you want your supporters to know about you?

A: This is just the beginning, more Fayah!! Lool brap!

 

Connect with TMXO – Instagram @tmx0

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60 SECONDS WITH GRACIOUS K

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Meet Gracious K British artist popularly known for his hit single ‘Migraine Skank’, which is still a solid banger after 10 years. He talks Ghanaian Heritage, first dates and what the music scene is like now.

SK: How would you describe and rate the music scene in London right now?
GK: Very exciting. There’s a lot of opportunity right now and I feel as though we have many genres within genres. It’s a great time

SK: How does your Ghanian heritage influenced your work?
GK: Initially I didn’t really tap into it, I grew up listening to Hip life and Hi life music, but being a Grime baby I never thought to infuse my Ghanaian roots into music. After travelling back home a few times it gave me perspective and added a different melody to my style.

SK: In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
GK: You can tell that I’ve grown up. It has the same feel but an updated version if that makes sense.

SK: Your style is so unique. What or who inspires your looks in your videos and when you are performing?
GK: I really look at people like Pharell and Kanye. I’ve always liked trying to stand out and in a time where soo many people look the same it’s imperative.

SK: What are you bringing to this space that you feel is missing?
GK: Hmm, energy, good vibes. I’ve realised that I have a natural ability to make music that makes you dance so I am trying to bring more joy to people through song.

SK: How do you deal with female attention in the industry?
GK: I just smile and face front lol

SK: If you were trying to seduce a potential lover, what music would you play?
GK: Probably some Jodeci, H Town or some Silk in the background. Chilled RnB music always does the job

SK: What would be your idea of a perfect first date?
GK: I don’t know if there is a perfect first day, but I do know that I would like to do something that allows me to get to you know. Cinema you’re silent and food she’s tryna look cute. Maybe an intimate drinks settings and then hit a game type settings to lighten the mood

SK: Who’s your favourite person to follow on Instagram?
GK: Erm Lil Boosie 😂

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UP CLOSE WITH TEMZ

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Following her new release ‘Try Me’ we had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Nigeria’s fast rising singer, songwriter, and upcoming producer Tems.

SK: For our readers who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

TM: Powerful, Soulful, Eclectic, Electric, Captivating 

SK: When did you start writing music?

TM: Started writing about 10 years ago

 

SK: What or who were your early passions and influences? 

TM: I loved drawing and painting as a child, recycling things into Art. My influences are Asa and Lauryn Hill.

 

SK: How would you describe your own development as an artist and the transition towards your own voice? 

TM: I go through many phases, I keep self analyzing and self reflecting and for a time I had to mute everything to discover what my actual sound was however in the process I became too reserved so when I started my career officially I had to learn how to come out of myself and I had to learn how to be discerning about other people. Now I’m getting the hang of things and I am adapting much easier than I would have if I hadn’t learnt all these things.

 

SK: How do music and other aspects of your life feed back into each other – do you separate them or instead try to make them blend seamlessly?

TM: I handle other aspects separately but I integrate anything that has to do with who I am. 

 

SK: Do you think there is a double standard in the industry?

TM:  Yes I do!

There’s an expectation of women to be absolutely perfect, but it’s alright for guys to have flaws and be aggressive and do anything they want without being judged. Example: difference in married male artists and married female artists.

Women are subjected to answer questions like this in most interviews including questions about feminism and equality, how many times do you see guys being asked to describe the double standard in the industry or elaborate on equal rights in interviews, I hardly see it. Not saying it doesn’t happen but it’s not a lot.

Women are viewed as dumb and clueless and are always fighting off sexual harassment, which is not seen as a serious thing because it is mostly done by men, men who think it’s okay because they enjoy it and feel good when they do it and attempt to dismiss every and any type of movement or stance against sexual assault and violence. If it feels good it can’t possibly be wrong right? Good night. 

Say – In actual fact, there’s double standards in any industry. However, the more we can come together to fight against this, the better situations can become. 

SK: If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be?

TM: The Selfish orientation 

 

SK: Please explain your creative process:

  1. Think- Thinking /medication 
  2. Process thought: just vibing I guess to my thoughts 
  3. Experiment on Logic: just experimenting with sounds based off how feel 
  4. Find something you’re feeling: finally find something that feels good
  5. Develop the beat as much as you can: adding other instruments 
  6. Freestyle: recording freestyle 
  7. Write: writing the lyrics to what I did
  8. Record.

 

SK: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

TM: Yeah, Burna Boy, J Cole – I relate to them the most and they inspire me 

 

SK: What’s an average day like for you?

TM: Sending emails, interviews, strategising working with producers all night.

 

SK: What are the five things you can’t live without?

Water, Music, Tea, Laptop, Chicken 

 

SK: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

TM: Currently: Think Unselfishly, Give Anonymously.

Listen to her new track ‘Try Me’ Out Now https://fanlink.to/temstryme

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