Brand new video from Finesse Entertainment which is made up of T-Rex, Blaq, Classiq, Ene’gma & Femi Knight. The single is a cover of the popular TV series “The Unit” theme song.
“FIRED UP” is a feature track off the sample efforts of the team “FINESSED – THE MIXTAPE” and parades Blaqshyne, Classiq, Femi Knight and Ene’gma. The storyline is a mixture of thrill and intrigue as Ene’gma plays the role of a seductress who swindles a businessman over a top-secret device that needs to be retrieved by her fellow comrades, creating a loop in the enemy’s camp; porous enough for her team to penetrate.
Word play is the technique employed by the artistes in this track, a single laced off the original track – a US Marine Cadence titled “Fired up/ Ready to move” amongst other brilliant deliveries that make up the “FINESSED – The Mixtape” project
“FIRED UP” is Finesse Entertainment’s second visual release. The video was directed by cinematographer KOREX, the man behind videos for names such as Chykay, General Pype and Addiction; he also played a major role as a Senior Editor on BBC’s internationally acclaimed drama series “wetin dey”.
Was born Jubril Olawale Buraimoh on July 20th 1983; a native of Lagos state, he started singing at the age of 12 growing up under the influence of a singing mother who owned a studio. Blaqshyne describes his life as being all about music and describes music as his spiritual and physical source of communication from him to the world; spending spare time listening to music, watching musical videos and singing.
The second child in a family with six children, Blaqshyne started his early life in Kano and is currently a student of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic Kaduna where he is rounding up his Higher National Diploma programme. He credits his biggest influences in music to Tuface and Faze, both members of defunct Plantashun boiz.
Blaqshyne has done several collaborations; and most significantly worked with Mekoyo (the producer of style plus) in 2007 at Abuja and Kelly handsome in 2010 at Kano. With a musical path that led him to meet with major influences of today’s Nigerian music industry performing several free shows in Kano, Zaria, Kaduna, Abuja, Lagos, Ilorin, and Katsina; he came across label owner “Habeeb Funsho and developed a relationship with artistes who would later become fellow label mates at FINESSE ENTERTAINMENT.
Buba Barnabas Luka Fitto hails from Bauchi State, was born on September 21, 1987 and started singing at the age of 16. His first single ever “New Day” was released in 2007 with an inspiration of the Love and Passion for the Art. On the track, his intention was to give Hip hop the standard it deserved and most importantly convince anyone who listened that the brand of Good Music they yearned for could only be heard from him; most likely his major influence growing up to dominate Nigeria musically as he claims “Music chose me, I didn’t choose it”
The first of three children from a Lecturer Father and a mother who is a Nurse, Classiq’s early education started at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Staff Secondary School Bauchi State in 1992 while he bagged a B.Sc in Computer Science from the Bayero University Kano in 2008.
Ene’gma (pronounced ENIGMA)…
Ananu Ene Adobunu is the Finesse Femcee from Benue state with a wholesome talent to help her shine alongside fellow label mates. Born on August 12, 1985, she started singing at the age of 15 and professes her love for music as her life, claiming she would do nothing else.
The product of the STAR QUEST 2010, her first single – a song titled “AGAIN” was inspired by the loss of a friend – with heart touching lyrics that expressed the future and life after death, where they would meet again someday; It was released in May 2010 under “Sapphire Blue” music group of Star Quest. Ene’gma who hails from a family of ten (with dad, mum and eight children) attended Wilson nursery/primary school Kaduna in 1997, Ochaja girls secondary school Kogi between 1997 and 2002, Federal College of Education Minna between 2003 and 2006; and the Asian Academy of film and Television India in 2010 to further establish her career in Television.
She derives her music influences from Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Asa and aspires to become a professional singer/musician playing on stage alongside orchestras. She spends her leisure singing, writing (songs/movie scripts), dancing and cooking.
Abdulrazaq Olorunfemi Asani A.K.A Femi knight was born on February 9, 1984 and started singing in the early 90s. Growing up in a polygamous family, the sixth of eleven children – five boys and six girls – the Kogi state born singer’s early influences into music came from his older brothers’ love for music and parties, he grew up singing himself out of bad mood swings.
He started his education in Kano at Air Force Primary School then moved to Lagos state for his secondary education in 2000 at St’ John College by Palm groove estate. He left to the UK for his foundation in Bellerby’s college in Cambridge UK and later got admission into Anglia Polytechnic University Cambridge UK, where his major was Business Marketing and Management. Right after, he enrolled into London Music School and took a vocal technology course which lasted for about nine months before he returned back to Nigeria.
His music career kicked off while he was in the UK where he released his first single in Cambridge, in the first year of his study time. A course mate who had a studio in his university room worked with him to produce a mixtape over samples from Brian McKnight singles and supported in promoting the music at two major nightclubs in Cambridge – Club 5th Avenue and Coco Bar – where he worked as a DJ. Femi Knight will further try his hands at the turn tables and eventually work as the official DJ at Club 5th avenue for its HIP HOP and R N B feature nights.
He expresses his love for Tuface stating “it’s not even just about his work and music but his struggles”; with love for Asa and Naeto- C for their amazing styles, personalities and music styles. Other influences include R-Kelly, Maxwell, Michael Jackson, and The Temptations. He aspires to become a Legend or world acclaimed musical Icon. He swims and hangs out with friends for leisure.
Onyewadume Anthony Chukwuemeka was born on January 14, 1982 and started singing at the age of six (1988). He had 3 songs written at that age titled “Dictionary”, “Doctor 9 star” and “Dodo”; he described the lyrics as weak and a bit embarrassing but a good reference for his starting point.
A native of Onitcha-Olona of Aniocha local Government in Delta State; the third of four children, he claims to have a younger brother who is equally immersed in music, an attribute he believes was passed over a generation – his dad was a singer while his mum acted as a back-up vocalist in the band his dad played in – he also recounts notable Nigerian acts who hail from his native home land including Ras Kimono, Candy C, Chi-Chi of Africa, Late St. Augustine etc.
T-Rex currently practices as an electrical engineer in the Telecoms sector after graduating from the University of Lagos in 2004. He is also an artist and loves to draw with an intention to pursue a career as a painter alongside music in the future; “Multi tasking is a skill I possess” says the lyricist, “I reckon since an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, then I should take up much of my time so the devil will have little or nothing to work with”
T-Rex had several failed attempts to release songs recorded from as far back as year 2000 with “they flow they go” which was supposed to be released under Da Trybe Records back in Unilag; through several freestyles and battles on the streets and corridors of University of Lagos; to the more recent single in 2005 with the track “where is the Hip Hop” shortly before dropping the MIC and quitting on Music for a second time. His impressive list of collaboration efforts include “Get on out of here” with MR. Minus in 2004; “Jeka Jo”, “Naija Boys” and “Set it off” with Sergio and Seven (an American based rapper) in 2005; “For the love” in 2005 with Emtee, Dayja and Dark poet in 2005; “Pass the Joint” with Makiller, Phenom and Black jez in 2010; “Dudes wanna battle” with Mc Tigz and Sergio in 2006, “Government money” with Intersection’s very own Solar and Ziriums in 2009; “Da Air” with intersection’s Solar in 2009; “Bring it on” with MC Quake in 2009; EKO FM radio jingle for Music mix show by Kenny Joseph and Feyi with MC Cypha and Dayja in 2006; “Spit 16s” with Kingsley and Dayja in 2009; “Identify yourself” with Knighthouse Big T and Techzilla in 2009; “An African joint” with OBjazz and kingslay in 2008 etc.
His music influences include Fela, Majek Fashek , Austin Power (My dad), Ras-Kimono, and the underrated Junior & Pretty. Big Daddy Kane, Kool G rap, Big Pun, Big L, Biggie, Run da Mc, Rakim, Nas, Eminem, Will smith, Slick rick, Das EFX, Krayzie bone, Busta Rhymes, Cannibus and DMX. He aspires to work on collaborations with all of them and to use words to change the wrong psyche of his fellow Nigerians; as he is convinced that every single action; be it positive or otherwise, starts in the mind.