Ms. Chief: “Nigerians love good music and that’s what I do”
24 September 2012 MIXclusive
For our series of MixClusive interviews with the best and most talented fresh artists in Nigeria, MixRhythm caught up with Ms. Chief of Beatbuxx360 Entertainment for a one-on-one chat. Check out excerpts of the interview below as well as the lovely tracks released by Ms. Chief which caught our attention in the first place.
MixRhythm: Hi Ms. Chief thanks for taking your time to do this interview with MixRhythm. Let’s start with you giving an introduction of yourself
Ms. Chief: Hi my name is Hassan Opeyemi, known on stage as Ms. Chief; a rapper and also a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos.
MixRhythm: When and how did you sign with Beatbuxx360 Entertainment?
Ms. Chief: I’m signed to the Management outfit of Beatbuxx360 Entertainment, it also consists of other dope artists known as: J.berg, Ace ThaEmcee and XII Gage. I joined 2 years ago after performing at a show which they organized. I was approached by one of the co-owners Mr. Benjamin C. Osammor, and I Liked the offer and also what they stand for and decided to join the team, and things only got better for me after that.
MixRhythm: You are unmistakably an ambassador of good Nigerian hip hop music. At what point did you realize that hip hop was your passion?
Ms. Chief: Thanks for the compliment. I’ve always been a huge fan of music, any genre of music actually, so I would not say I chose hip-hop, rather hip-hop chose me. I started recording at an early age of 16, but I decided to go fully into it August 2011 after graduating from University.
MixRhythm: Did you feel any reservations not to go into hip hop, as the Nigerian music scene is pretty selective with hip hop artists and tracks?
Ms. Chief: No reservations at all. Plus I don’t think Nigerians are selective with the hip-hop artists and tracks, I think we only have a few Artists that have done and presented this genre of music right to the audience.
MixRhythm: How would you define your music style and why do you think it’s what Nigerians want to hear?
Ms. Chief: I’m a rapper so by default my style of music is hip-hop. Due to the fact that I’m a huge fan of any kind of music, I love to Infuse other genres into it once in a while to show diversity and that helps me to attract a wider fan base. Nigerians love good music and that’s what I do.
MixRhythm: The beats of your tracks are also madt! Who are your producers and how do you choose your production team to bring out the best of your style?
Ms. Chief: My major producer is Tintin but have also worked with Ex-O who produced my 1st single “WANTING”, have also worked with E-kelly, I also work with underground producers who send me beats randomly. I don’t like to restrict my producers, I like them to do whatever comes to them, and I also like producers that are not scared to be experimental. The name doesn’t decide the Producer I use, if the beat is good I pick.
MixRhythm: Obviously you have been successful doing your music, with great features in Wizkid, the late Da Grin, Beez, Kels, etc. How did you get so connected in the industry at just 22 years of age? Ex-O who produced my 1st single “WANTING”, have also worked with E-kelly, I also work with underground producers who send me beats randomly. I don’t like to restrict my producers, I like them to do whatever comes to them, and I also like producers that are not scared to be experimental. The name doesn’t decide the Producer I use, if the beat is good I pick.
Ms. Chief: Lol, I work hard and have a good managerial team and we do our best to work with the right people to get the best results from the songs I make.
MixRhythm: Tell us about how you featured the Late Dagrin on your track “Like Friday”
Ms. Chief: I and Dagrin (RIP) were very good friends, we recorded the song “O tie le” about 4 years ago. We agreed to remake the song before he passed away. So early this year, as my own way of celebrating him during his memorial, I took his verse from “O tie le” and made it into a new song titled “Like Friday” and I’m glad the reception was good. He was a wonderful person.MixRhythm: Are you working on any new projects now? Like an album release, a music tour, new tracks..?
Ms. Chief: Lol, almost all of the above. We just presently rounded off the Beatbuxx360 Entertainment compliation mixtape titled “RECOGNIZE VOL.1” which includes all the artist under its wings displaying what we know how to do best! A couple of songs released from it are the “BEEZ IN THA TRAP” freestyle which I did, dropped a lil while back, “WANTING (male remix)” which had myself and 2 of my label mates Ace Tha Emcee & J. Berg and it also featuerd Ex-O who supported with R&B and he also produced the joint, “WHY YOU DEY VEX” by J.Berg & “I’M GONE(freestyle)” by Ace Tha Emcee. The mixtape should be out in October according to management. Viral videos from the mixtape would also be available as we have shot and still shooting at the moment .
But on my personal project; I just finished my 2nd official single titled “SLOW” which would also be released in October . I’m also working on my compilation which is to be out next year Insha Allah.
MixRhythm: For last words, If you could change one thing in the Nigerian music industry, what would it be?
Ms. Chief: I’d reduce the politics and create an opportunity for upcoming artists to be judged based on their talents and not the money they have or the people with whom they affiliate.
Catch some of Ms. Chief’s earlier releases below, isn’t she an amazing act to watch out for..?
Ms. Chief ft. DaGrin – Like Friday
Ms. Chief ft. DaGrin – Like Friday (Remix)
Ms. Chief ft. Wizkid – That Girl
Ms. Chief ft. Ace Tha Emcee, J’Berg, & Ex-O – Wantin’ (Male Remix)
Ms. Chief – Beez In Tha Trap