Welcome to the second edition of “Meeting The Celebrity” with Crystal News, as Nigeria’s super talented rapper/song writer, Mr. Shyne speaks with Ezebunwo Omachi on the meaning of his stage name “Shyne”, as well as his love for Music and challenges facing the industry in Nigeria.
Below are excerpts from the interview.
Tell us a little about your background?
community in Obio/Akpor local government area, port Harcourt . from a family of
six, 5 boys and a girl in which I’m the last.
neatest boy in class then i was named Shine-Shine by my school father “Dio-Dio”,
friends carried the name as i became popular with it. Music discovered me as i decided
to go for a nice stage name and then i changed shine-shine to Mr Shyne
close to the radio as a child. I later started recording on cassette, as i grew
older i started listening to 2PAC, B.I.G,
NAS, JAY Z, D.M.X, JARULE and the rest. each time i listen to
their music it inspires me, They make me believe i have it in me. as For who
has been there for me; i must say it has been God all the way.
Nigerian Army, that’s because the armed forces is another thing I love so much
apart from music.
with Duncan Mighty, Bustique Da French Man, J-2wice, Austin Blaze, Six, Dandy
Boy and many others
it pays well now but on the other hand most artist don’t say anything at all,
they have an empty music content and that’s not good at all.
What is the greatest thing about working in the music industry? And what would you change if you had the opportunity?
greatest thing is working with your dream artist it gives you more knowledge,
if i have the opportunity one thing i’ll
change is the mentality of the upcoming they always believe they can’t make it
without the big names in the industry.
artist you don’t have to depend on anybody to become what you really want to be,
this has led some young musicians astray. Am dealing with the situation by all
genuine means one can engage In, I have been hustling; running as much shows as i can.
legend here in Nigeria then Mod9, Phyno
and Roggead Man.
moment was when I was honored with Esara-Best upcoming after launching my Album titled GENESIS. it was a privilege
to have received such an award, I felt so happy because the journey has not
been an easy one.