Chukie Edozien, Nigerian hip hop artiste whose stage name is Lynxxx, says he sang shallow songs in the past to please fans and satisfy a demanding music industry.
In an interview with BBC Africa, Lynxxx said that he was not fulfilled with the music he was previously doing.
“I was unfulfilled with what I was doing content wise, the market wanted the same pool of subject matter which was money, alcohol and women. It gets boring especially for somebody like me that has a background of knowledge.
“It was as if I was limiting myself like I was giving only five percent of what I know to my audience. I decided to take a break to make sure I know why I am doing music and work on music that I personally believe in because music is art and nobody should tell me what to paint”, he said.
When asked if his fans or the industry was responsible for not getting the creative space he wanted, Lynxxx said: “It’s a bit of both because I experimented with songs that were out of the norm and those songs were not as received as the shallow records.
“I think that at that point, that was what the listeners were looking to hear and right now, the industry is ready for real music because they have played that for so long that it has worn itself out.”
“I still make hip hop, the difference is that the shallowness and immorality has been taken out. So you are not going to see a music video from me where you have women shaking whatever. It’s not that there won’t be women but it’s going to be classier.”
The University of Hull graduate began sharing spiritual from his newly adopted faith on Instagram in December 2015 making fans tag him ‘born-again’.
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