His unique style and original lyrics and had Ruggedman undoubtedly the hottest rapper in Nigeria, In an exclusive interview with Nigerian Entertainment, he talks about being a controversial rapper, his music and big plans for the future. His website is very impressive so check it out.
RM: I am currently working on my Video Cd, which will include all my music videos, exclusive interviews and my live performances. I am also on my Albums promotional tour tagged PROJECT AREA.
NE: In the rap industry would you say you are the best rapper Nigeria has?
RM: I can rightfully say I am one of the best but not "the" best cos there's no best. We have a lot of wonderful rappers in Nigeria and I am glad to be one of them. What makes me happy is that right now if rappers are mentioned in Nigeria my name is in the first two.
NE: Your song " Big Bros" directed at Kennis music, what has the response been like?
RM: He and his people didn't like it but the whole nation heard, understood and agreed with me on it cos just like Ehen, everything I said in it was true. U dont try to stop a brothers music from being played on air just cos you got more money than him.
NE: Rumor has it Kennis tried to stop your music from being played on the radio, can you tell us what went down with that?
RM: Yeah he did. I know this cos some of the people he called in radio stations to stop playing my music are close friends and they let me know what was going on. It even came out in the papers (Fame weekly to be exact). The caption read Kennis Battles Star Fm Over Ruggedman. This was cos G.M.L who presents on the Nigerian radio station 101.5 Star Fm plays my music a lot.G.M.L got calls from Kennis but refused to stop, then the Boss at Star Fm started getting the calls too and it caused a bit of trouble at the station.
NE: Tell us about Ruggedman, what is a normal day like for you?
RM: Right now a normal day is work work and more work. I am currently working on promoting my just released album titled THY ALBUM COME. Especially since I am doing everything on my own. I also released my album under my own label RUGGED RECORDS.
NE: Which do you prefer, studio or stage?
and stage, you know why? In the studio I get to pour out and capture my
concepts and while on stage I get to perform them live and see and feel
NE: When you go on stage can you explain to us the feeling you get?
feeling I get before I go on stage is mixed, I feel a bit nervous especially
if it's at a place where I haven't performed before. But it all vanishes
as soon as I step on stage and start doing ma thang. Then I feel great
if the crowd is a good responsive one.
have dreams of being a record label mogul and also cos I tried one label
and they could not do anything for me. I just wanted it that way and that's
how God has helped me do it.
RM: That will definitely be it at the end of the day.
NE: What kind of artists are you looking to sign?
RM: Right now I am looking to sign an r n b artiste, so that way we can do collabos and go into two different fields, Rap and R n B.
NE: How can an up coming artist get their demo to you for review?
RM: I am not ready for that yet, though I do get a lot of calls from up coming acts that want me to either listen to their stuff or sign them on my label. It's not yet time for that, right now I am all about promotional work on Ruggedman and his Thy Album Come Lp.
NE: The music industry can be rough, how do you cope?
RM: Yes the industry is tough so I make sure my music and my videos are tight to stand any test. I make music people will love to have and dance to. Then the fact that I am in control of all I do (I make all the decisions that have to do with Ruggedman) is an added plus.
NE: How have you guys been dealing with piracy?
RM: Piracy is something that can not be totally wiped out so we new breed artistes have gone into legal marketing deals with music marketers who might be pirates cos you never can tell. We have them paying us for the marketing and distributing rights of our albums.
RM: My favorite Nigerian artistes are Paul Play Dairo, Bongos Ikwe, Lexzy Doo, Jaffar, Black Face, Faze, Styl Plus .....
NE: A lot of foreign artist have been performing in Nigeria lately, which of their shows have you performed at?
RM: I performed at the Sean Paul and Wyclef concerts.
NE: What was the experience like?
RM: The experience was great, being billed to perform alongside music greats. I especially loved my Wyclef performance cos I got there late and had to perform after Wyclef. Normally people leave after the International act has performed, but that day was different. That was one of the days I got to know that I have people who love my music and me. People stayed behind for my performance and boy did I give them one. A few people had doubts about my doing anything to move the crowd since Clef just finished performing but I brought the house down. It was a performance to remember.
RM: For Inspiration I look up to God and everything around me.
NE: Eedris and 50cent. What is your opinion on what went down considering how you feel about Eedris?
RM: How I feel about Eedris doesn't come into it. First things first, no matter what you treat your guests with utmost respect. Their welfare comes first. On that I say Eedris messed up. Then I solidly put the blame on the people who were supposed to introduce the artistes to each other. If 50s body guard knew that Eedris was a performing artist he wouldn't have dragged him out of a seat weather 50s or not. That where I stand.
NE: Would you consider yourself a controversial rapper?
RM: I dont consider myself a controversial rapper. I see myself as a rapper that decided to speak his mind and call a spade a spade, even if it looked like I was dissing other artistes. Everything I have done so far has been for positive reasons.
NE: How do your fans respond to you when they see you on the road?
RM: My fans show me mad love when they see me. Some want to touch me; others want a souvenir while some ask for ma autograph. It feels great to know that you and your music are loved by so many.
NE: I'm sure the ladies would like to know if you are single?
RM: Yes right now Ruggedman is single.
NE: Any plans to settle down ay time soon?
RM: Everybody has plans to settle down, its only when that you never know. I will as soon as its time.
NE: Do you think being in a relationship can affect ones career in a negative or positive way? Explain
RM: Being in a relationship can affect your career negatively if your partner doesn't understand and is not patient enough. Then positively if your partner understands and supports your every move.
NE: Where do you see your career 5 years down the line?
RM: In 5 years time I pray to be the best rap thing out of Nigeria and Africa and also be the ceo of one of the hottest record labels in Africa.
NE: Any final words of wisdom to all your fans?
RM: God bless all my fans and I wish you the best of everything. Thanks for the mad love for my music and me and I won't let you down. Visit my website www.ruggedmanonline.com
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