Rapper Kel: â€˜Being a female rapper in Nigeria puts you under so much pressureâ€™
Rapper Kelechi Ohia aka Kel in a new interview with Punch explains why she has been off the music scene for a while and denied claims that she was brokeâ€¦â€¦..The rapper was popular with her singles like, Wa Wa Alright and You too fine, and Give it to me featuring W4.
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â€œI am working on other projects which are all entertainment related. Although I havenâ€™t recorded any new song lately, I am working to release a come-back album before the year runs out. I have only stepped aside to take care of my education and to sort out pending issues with my former records label. I want to work on my music and myself, physically and mentally. But I am still in touch with the Nigerian music scene. Also, I am a brand ambassador for SOULMATE Industries.â€
â€œRap will always be a looked down upon as a music genre in Nigeria. The truth is that only two percent of the countryâ€™s population really appreciates rap music for what it is. Being a female rapper in Nigeria puts you under so much pressure, but I wonâ€™t be switching genres when I return. I just want to release my new album as a surprise. I am not signed on to any records label because I run my own label and wonâ€™t be signing on any artiste for now,â€ she said.
For now the artiste who made her last public outing as the co-host of â€˜One Mic Naijaâ€™ in February, confessed that she was in love with the music style of fellow rapper c*m producer whom she describes as the â€˜newâ€™ Jesse Jagz. She seemed to have grown wiser when she spoke about learning some lessons during her absence from the music scene.
â€œI used to read what was written about me, become saddened and sometimes cry. But I have moved on. Now I read and laugh a lot, shake my head, and sometimes share jokes with friends. I have grown wiser and stronger and more comfortable and honest with who I am. Experience has taught me a lot and I have learnt that nobody will look out for you like you can.
â€œRight now, I will make music that is raw and real.. I miss performing on stage. Some people said I left because I was broke and started a family somewhere. But they are all wrong. I am dedicated to my work and music for now. I wonâ€™t be releasing a double album because that will be too much music at once. Nigerian artistes are doing well especially on the international level.â€
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