Wapseddy talks about his upcoming album, career and challenges
Nigerian rapper Edward Oghale Oghenerobor popularly known as Wapseddy was born in Okokomaiko, Lagos. He hails from Delta State and had his degree in Computer Science from Ambrose Ali University.
Wapseddy, the 4th and last boy of a family of seven, gained popularity in 2016 after he dropped his street anthem titled “Fagbana”, in which he featured Trey Tinny.
In this interview, Wapseddy speaks to Soltesh Iyere on his career, challenges, and current project.
You have been in the entertainment industry for a while, how would you describe your struggle over the years?
You became popular after you dropped ‘Use Your Mind,’ what inspired the song?
I was inspired by the then in-house producer St. Larie, whose biological name is Olarenwaju. He made me realise I got the craft of versatility and can infuse any style into music to make it unique and outstanding.
Who are some of the artists you’ve been able to collaborate on over the years?
I have worked with Adaz (Zarokome master) St. Larie, Nuzak, Scoobynero, Payseen. I have also worked with producers and sound engineers such as Sheyman, Teepiano, Swapsonthemix, Veltornonthebeat in South Africa.
You just released your EP, what’s the project all about?
The title of his EP is Lagos to Capetown expresses my passion for music. It also talks about my journey so far from being an underground artist from a rural part of Lagos to the continent of Africa and the world at large.
What project do you want to embark on now?
I am is set to release an 8-songs mixtape titled Letter To The Universe, which showcases my versatility and me giving my fans various genre of good music.
When did you decide to become a musician?
I never thought of being a musician. But I have loved music since childhood. I used to be a dancer and later joined the church choir in 2008. I represented the church choir in musical competitions.
I later became a backup artist in the year 2009. I got my first record deal in the year 2013 under the label LMB ENTERTAINMENT. I signed for just one 1year.
The same year, I released my first-ever official music video title BABYMAMA but due to lack of promo, the song couldn’t penetrate into the Nigerian music industry.
I also got an Affiliation deal with Flyingbeat ENTERTAINMENT and ABEGMUSIC between 2015 and 016. I released two singles and videos titled ‘Use your Mind’ and ‘Fagbana’ ft Treytinny which became a street anthem and was paving the way for me. But due to inconsistency, it became more difficult despite dropping very few singles over time.
Fortunately, under my new label NOT ALONE ENTERTAINMENT based in South Africa based I released my first compiled project Lagos to Capetown, an EP, in December 2020.
Wapseddy is a student of Cityvarsity, Cape town but due to his debut EP and the COVID-19 he had to put a pause on his study of Sound Engineering.
Who influences you in the music industry?
Olamide, M.I, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Kanye West, Jay-Z.
As an abroad-based artist, what do you think the future holds for the Nigerian music industry?
I feel Nigeria is always Nigeria and our artists always push their craft to attain greater height. The Nigerian music industry is on the world map with the help of Artiste like Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid. Soon my sound would be embraced, accepted, and recognized worldwide as one of Africa’s greatest artists.
What was your parents’ reaction to your decision to go into music?
Initially, my dad never liked the idea of me being a musician because he wanted me to be a lawyer or doctor, but unfortunately, I didn’t study either of his choices. I had to finish my University degree before my father was able to accept the fact that I’m into music. But today he supports me one way or the other.
If you’re not doing music, what will you be doing?
I wouldn’t be born or be alive if I’m not doing music because I believe I was born to make music. My love and passion for music have been my strength through the stages of life to the point I am today.
COVID-19 has affected the industry, how have you been coping?
The year 2020 is a year this generation wouldn’t forget in a rush because it stopped and caused so many barriers around the world. But I used the privilege to record numerous songs yet to be released.
You have been linked with at least two record labels, do you think the contributions of labels cannot be overemphasized in the industry?
Record labels and record deals are what I am not going to emphasize because its takes so much to be recognized due to standard, wave, and trend. That we all need help in this life one way or the other is what I have grown to understand.
Who are the top artistes you want to collaborate with?
I would like to work with Davido, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Adekunle Gold, Damien Malley, Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Kanye West, and Meek Mill; the list is long.
As an artist, you must have had your fair share of police brutality in Nigeria?
I have never been a victim. But I pray Nigeria to be peaceful. That is all I think I can do for now; let the voice of the youth be heard and make Nigeria a better place for people to live peaceful and happy.
What’s your opinion on the #EndSARS protest? What do you think the youths achieved with that one voice?
The good thing about the protest was yes it was peaceful but ended up bad due to a shootout at the Lekki Toll Gate. It’s a date to always remember 20th October 2020.
Your advice to upcoming artists like you
My advice to up and coming artists is that consistency is key; never settle for less. Keep pushing no matter the struggle or huddle; it’s all about time and never stop putting in effort and keep working.