Nigeria’s fast growing rapper, Raheem Adeyemi, popularly known as Zayo, says rapping in Yoruba is the only unique talent that has given him the chance to do his own music without copying others’ style.
Zayo won Koga Open House Music Competition and signed under Koga Entertainment record label.
In this interview with NEWSVERGE, he recalls that everybody has a starting point, noting that rapping in Yoruba language offers him a lot of opportunity.
“I will say that I started long time ago but when I got signed, that is when I started in the industry professionally, and that was three years ago,” he said, adding that “music has been in me for a long time.”
Zayo further said he becomes more emotional when he listens to music. “I react to lyrics, so I may start something on my own that is, when I reason that I should start putting one or two things together that make sense. That was how I started and I thank God for where I am. Said he.
“I dropped Eru Omo, Ororo, Malo Soke white, and my latest song is Obi where I featured Puffy Tee.
“I am a rapper, and I rap in Yoruba. I have the local song; it is my heritage, so we need to keep that legacy by teaching the whole world our language.
“For me rapping in Yoruba gives me higher chance to do my music.”
According to him, his first song titled “Mercy of the Lord” was dropped just to let people know what Zayo is all about. “My number mentor is Fela and I have other people I looked up too, like 2Baba, D’banj , Olamide and others.”