The rap industry in Nigeria has come alive in the last few months. There has been a resurgence, a couple of significant events that have regenerated and rekindled interest in the art form. At the turn of the millennium, rap music could pride itself as the most followed form of music in Nigeria. Rewind time to the days of Ruggedman, Idris Abdulkareem, and Eldee, rap in Nigeria at one time had a very honest and fanatical following.

Blaqbonez albums,  E.P’s and battles, Chocolate city’s Martell Cypher, Mi vs Vector Beef, Blaqbonez vs Khaligraph Jones, Timi Kei’s soul soup Album, and Dr. Barz record detailing the killing of a Mechanic in Port Harcourt are some events that have lifted the face of rap music in recent times.

Today, we had a chance to sit down with Dr. Barz who is emerging as one of the best rap acts in Nigeria and this is how it went.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Born Victor Akpomon, Dr. Barz is a uniquely versatile Afro-hip-hop music artiste. Born in the early ’90s in Benin, Nigeria and raised in the southern city of Port Harcourt, his love for music began from his early years as he started writing music at a tender age of thirteen in high school.

Dr. Barz’s music is an expression of his vast life experiences, societal struggles, and deep knowledge. With a voice texture and rhyme scheme likened to that of Kendrick Lamar, the soul of J. Cole and the spirit of a Port Harcourt hustler, Dr. Barz produces all shades of dope any day.

Why did you choose the name, Dr. Barz?

I chose the name Dr. Barz because I doctor bars. At first, it was just Barz, because I needed something simple and self-explanatory but it needed some distinction. I switched to 16 Barz for a short time because most of my verses were 16s, but in the end, I finally decided to be a Dr.

Can Tell us who your creative Influences are?

My major influences currently are J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Burna-Boy. Although at different times during the span of my music career, I have had several other influences

Who do you consider the best rapper in Nigeria?

I consider myself The Creative God and one of the best rappers in Nigeria. I personally hold the opinion that the best is a set of people and not just one person, contrary to many people’s beliefs.

What is your opinion about mumble rap?

I think mumble rap is largely overrated and glorified – sad. I personally think real hip-hop/music should be comprehensible, possess clearly defined messages and inspire people to a positive end

What do we expect from you in the future?

In the future, expect way better songs, videos, bigger collaborations, award-winning projects and definitely real poo-poo

I’m working on my debut album, can’t specifically say when it will be out but it promises to feature a number of amazing artists worldwide.

What are your thoughts on selling digitally?

I think digital platforms are an amazing inclusion in the music industry business, one today’s generation of artistes should feel privileged to have Traditional hard copy sales should not be overlooked too as different regions have their preferences and this is also a good source of revenue during tours.

Are making enough money from streams?

Not enough But I am making some considerable amount of money

Would you say you have all the support you need?

I would say I am grateful for all the considerable amount of support I am getting, but I wouldn’t say that getting way more is a bad idea. It is required for growth

Are you signed to a label?

No, I am independent but I am currently managed by an independent outfit, Kporwell Inc. There are big advantages of being on big labels, but for the integrity of my sound and creative freedom, I would prefer to be independent

But you sure need some type of investment, right?

Music is a business Businesses need investors The more the merrier.

Thank you so much for joining us today.  we honestly think your video is pretty solid, gritty and dope. You are one of the best rap act out now.

Jeremiah Hartman best known by his stage name “Dierre” is an artist and songwriter originally from Detroit, MI but raised in Indianapolis, IN. With over 1.3k followers on Instagram and over 6.1k Apple Music streams since May 23, 2019, Dierre has had an excessive rise in his fan base. He’s collaborated with artists and producers such as Aura, Rock Tc, Fredo and many more. He currently has one EP out titled “Chosen Few” and 2 Singles titled Heart N Soul and Marvelous all with respectable numbers on all platforms.

“Learned to channel the resentment I had towards my father into my writing and the rest became history” __ Dierre.

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Legendary Boombap producer IIIgod teams up with Disciple of Hip-hop music Timi Kei to deliver one of the most insightful L.P’s of all time. The album circles around elevating above hardship, addiction, and depression. Both collaborators are originally from Port Harcourt, PH for short.

Port Harcourt is known for breeding some of the best Artists Nigeria has ever seen, as the political and social climate of the city is a haven to breed conscious minds. Listen to Soul Soup as TImi Kei takes us through his struggles with drug addiction which resulted in a strong connection with God.

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ReDkAd, a super lyricist rose to prominence in 2011 with d release of his critically acclaimed Mixtape Hip-hop dead and alive Mixtape on social media and top internet blogs. This month marks its 9th year anniversary.

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I was reached out via Instagram by a very cool battle rapper by the name Dead Silence. I requested for his content and right from the moment i hit the play button i began saying to myself ” this is exactly how hip hop should sound ” .

Dead Silence starting exploring his talent at the age of 9 and began writing at 15. He knew that he had some potential behind the mic after completing his first performance by being the opener for Zapp & roger by the age 15. Currently he’s a dominant battle rapper, film scorer, and still remains as an unique lyricist.

The sacrifice is a song that narrates what goes on in the mind of a young hustler in Naptown.

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I am happy that some artists are still lyrical in their approach and have substance in their music. I can not wait to see Dead silence blossom into something big in Indianapolis.

” At the moment i am focusing on battle till next year ” _  Dead silence