TAKE 5: Hotyce

Possibly the most articulate and energetic emerging rapper of his generation – introducing Nigerian Hip hop /rap supremo HOTYCE. Rap artist HOTYCE was born in Lagos but spent his formative years in Abuja before moving back to Lagos in 2016 after bagging a degree in Economics from the University of Abuja. Brains AND musical talent. Not bad! We asked him 5 questions to find out more….

When did you realise that you wanted to be a Hip Hop artist?

I fell in love with hiphop as a lil kid because it was all I knew as music and after seeing “nothing but a G thang” video by “Dr Dre” and “Snoop Dogg” I knew I wasn’t gonna let go easily,fast forward to many years later my love for music had translated into creating music but I knew I was convinced that I was going to be an artist while in school 

What or who inspired you in that scene (or from outside of it?)?

From getting accolades for the records I dropped on campus, I easily became well known in the capital city and that really inspired me.

Tell us about your latest single ‘Red Light’ – what does it mean? Who came up with the idea for the video?

“Red light”features “Jesse Jagz”and  it was produced by “Emmeno”and the song basically talks about taking caution – and my team as a whole decided to use “Mex” in directing the video alongside us

You are from Nigeria. Tell us five things you love about Nigeria  and why….

  • One of the things I like with being a Nigerian is the fact that we are very diverse in culture and as a people 
  • As a Nigerian I’m built tough by default which I think is a very good thing because it is easier for you to survive harsh conditions lol 
  • I’m African and being a Nigerian makes me black…I love my skin
  • I love Nigerian food and the weather 
  • I love the diversity in the music as well and how much it’s cutting through 

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

I can’t wait for my music to reach out to more people and I’m looking forward to dishing out new content