This busy dude was really hard for me to track down. Jumping from one studio to the other to finally complete his much-anticipated album. He is also on many collaborations at the moment. Seriki Ibiyemi, the Alapomeji soulja is indeed a rap monster. A peep into his playlist gave me a tip of what we should expect soonest. This young man is indeed dope. Almost every line had two words rhyming together. He is indeed a monster. Here is an excerpt of our discussion.
WHY AND HOW DID YOU VENTURE INTO MUSIC?
Well, it all began when I was very young, this boy just sings to himself, then, I never knew I would ever sing professionally, I did it then, because I felt good when I sing. Until when I got into secondary school, that was when I discovered I could not do without singing. I won a couple of competitions back then that gave me the confidence to move ahead. I was called by my surname which I am stocked till date.
WHY THE NAME SERIKI?
Like I said, Oruko eni ni Oruko eni, (your name is your name).
Seriki is my surname and i have always been called since my secondary school days.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING MUSIC PROFESSIONALLY?
Professionally, I am about 3years old in the industry
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ALAPOMEJI?
Ehen! Taule! Alapomeji, Alapo-plenty, Alapo_many, that is the family bro. One love!
WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC DO YOU DO?
E sound like Apala for your ears abi? I dey rap men. I rap with Yoruba, my language, the number one language in the world. Ki lode!
EVER SINCE YOU STARTED, WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED SONG AND YOUR BEST COLLABORATION?
Ha, o gara o! I love all my songs, because I don’t see anyone as a joke. Edi ise eni ni ai ti mo ni ole. I give my 100percent to every song. I love all my collaborations. But my best song, wait and see! It is in my coming album.
DO YOU ALSO BELIEVE THAT BEEF IS SYNONYMOUS TO RAP?
E tun ti de o! (You are back again.). OK, not necessarily but most times rap is beef, check the history of rap now.
CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF INTO YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW GROWING UP WAS FOR YOU?
My real name is Seriki Ibiyemi. I am from Lagos state, Ikosi/Ejirin local Govt. I am the second son of my parent. I attended Ayetoro Grammar School, Ebute metta. I also attended Petroleum Training School, Delta state. Growing up was Fun, I had no worries, all I did was eat, play and sleep.
YOUR AGBALUMO SINGLE IS MAKING ROUNDS AT THE MOMENT, WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE SONG?
Na God o. and the fans we dey support me.
SHOULD WE EXPECT A VIDEO SOON?
Sure now. Very soon in fact
WHAT DO WE LOOK FORWARD TO FROM SERIKI?
Lots of new songs, more collaborations, and new videos and of course my album (ABD).
IT WAS INDEED A GREAT MOMENT WITH YOU.
You dey whine me abi. Ok o. Respect bro. To all my fans out there thank you for your support.
E ma la agbalumo mi o.
Interviewed By Wale Applause