Zlatan Ibile, the rapper, says he was terrified and fidgety the first he recorded music in a studio.

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The music star was speaking about his career outset during an interview with Joey Akan, a music journalist.

Zlatan recalled how a church friend, who was a choir member, introduced him to secular music and a Lagos studio.

“I loved music because my dad is a pastor. I served in church and played drums. At home, a friend who was doing music asked me to listen to his song. I said I could do the same if he could make music,” the rapper narrated.

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“I asked him to let me know anytime he was going to the studio. From Ikorodu, we went to Ketu and I was asked to record. My heartbeat was so loud, that it was getting to the mic. I was scared. I didn’t know what recording was like.

“I was fidgeting ad couldn’t bounce on the beat well. I was asked to go outside and relax for 30 minutes, and come back. I recorded the song, they gave me 8 bars. It was rap. I went back to the hood and played it.”

Zlatan, while recalling his humble beginning, spoke of how a lack of exposure nearly imperiled his career outlook.

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“Growing up in an environment where you don’t get to see the Benz [and luxury], your dream is limited. You finish school and your parents can’t afford your university education. You work on borehole [drilling],” he added.

“My parents didn’t have so much. We never had cable TV until 16, 17. We never had a generator until a year before I left home. We didn’t have a flat-screen [TV]. My parents just made sure we attended a private school.

“There was nothing to inspire me. It was crazy. Entertainment for me was street football, playing catch-me-I -catch-you, arguing football. I wanted to play football. I wrote WAEC in 2011, failed, and retook the exam.

“I had to get the papers right and it took me three years. Olamide’s story was a ghetto story that motivated me.”

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