|Uzi ...the action hero!!|
|Uzi the boss .|
Meet UZIKWENDU!! The fastest rapper in AFRICA! In this world of diminishing returns we need more celeb role models like him. I am still in awe of his humility, intelligence and positive mind set despite his celeb status. He has been able to carve out a niche for himself in the ‘cut throat’ music industry. He is a younger brother to Ikechukwu otherwise known as kilz!....HIS NAME IS UZIKWENDU!!
NGOZI: Who is Uzikwendu?
UZI : Uzi is a collected, fun loving , business minded & goal oriented type of guy. I am from Imo state,I was born in London, but I was raised in Nigeria till I was 18 then I moved to New York to attend college.
NGOZI: At what point did u develop interest in rap music and what or who influenced that interest?
UZI: When I was about ten or eleven i used to travel a lot with my dad whom at that time had a lot to do with traditional type of music & dancing, so from listening, watching and participating I guess it influenced me a lot.
NGOZI: Did your family support you when you started? How about now?
UZI: I have a wonderful family, God rest my father’s soul but I thank GOD cause I get all the support & encouragement I need from them.
NGOZI: You are the fastest Rapper in Africa! I stand to be corrected!!Ur Rap style is different! What or who is ur inspiration and how do u rap so fast without biting your tongue?
UZI: *Hahaha!! Biting my tongue? Thats funny, that's never happened to me when i am rapping but funny enough its happened when I am eating. Me rapping fast is just one side of who I am, I also rap slow & sing.
NGOZI: Which artistes will u like to work wit internationally and locally? And why
UZI: Busta rhymes ,Eminem , Akon, Tuface, Tiwa Savage, Sound Sultan, Eldee & any other very good & fantastic artiste.
NGOZI: Hmmmm! What has been your highest and lowest points in music so far and what lessons did u get from those experiences
UZI: My highest point was when I got on stage & the crowd was singing my songs and the moral of the story was "keep doing good music " and as for my lowest hmmmmmn"!! well I did something I shouldn’t have done, I performed a song that I just recorded and I hadn't practiced it, wow!! when I got on stage I didn’t remember all the words! Even though many did not notice ,It was still my lowest point and I learnt my lesson! Lol
NGOZI: The track 'Osiso' meaning faster in Ibo is very addictive!! Do u think impatience is a virtue ? Are u impatient like the title suggests?
UZI: Not at all o!! lol. I am a very patience guy . I play chess & you got to have a lot of patience to win a chess game. I also do a lot of meditating. Good things come to you when you wait patiently but “OSISO” speaks a lot for itself if you know what i mean ..lol!
NGOZI: Do u speak ibo fluently? Because you have 'Oyibo accent'!
UZI: Hmmm I speak Ibo, honestly, not as good as I want to but It’s getting better & better so watch out!! As for the Oyibo accent ..lol .It is not intentional
NGOZI: The video 'Osiso' is pleasing to the eyes! Great quality and different! I think the industry is tired of unentertaining music videos that have nothing to offer apart from semi naked girls shaking everything they were born with! Who came up with the concept and what difficulties did u encounter while shooting the video
UZI : The video OSISO was directed by Walter banger & Gambit , BANGER SOUP & he came up with the concept & I choreographed the action fight scenes. I have a background in mixed martial arts so I put it to use!
NGOZI : Apart from music what other interests do you have? And are you currently pursuing any?
UZI : Going to the gym & changing peoples lives by helping people achieve their fitness goals. Don’t get me wrong , I am also interested in making money ,lol
NGOZI : If you were not in the music industry what will u be doing?
UZI : I would be learning more in martial arts and teaching ‘mix matial arts’ for self defence and also opening up some gyms.
NGOZI: You are a woman's eye candy!! (you’ re blushing! lol) ! Handsome and you have a great body! How do you maintain it?
|Uzi.."Mr commot for road'..the dedicated fitness instructor|
|Uzi..fine boy! No pimples joor!|
UZI : Well, I wouldnt know if I am a woman's eye candy ,hahaha !! but working out is like a tradition for me ,I love testing and pushing myself.
NGOZI : How many tattoos do you have and do they have any significance or story?
UZI : 25 tattoos and every detail on my skin tells a story ,for example, I have one that says “LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE”!! That’s my motto and that’s how I live my life.!
NGOZI : Do you think someday soon a Nigerian artiste will bring home a Grammy!
UZI : YES and that person would be ME ,say AMEN with me! Lol
NGOZI: How do you think Piracy in the entertainment industry can curbed! We even heard from the grape vine that artistes now pirate their own work
UZI : Honestly the only thing I can say is PIRACY is a sin! lol .Funny yea? But it’s not right cheating and ripping people off after their hard work and I am sure Nigerians would definitely come together to put a stop to this wickedness.
NGOZI : The insecuirity in the country has gotten to an alarming rate! How do u think it will affect the growth of the entertainment industry in Nigeria and do you have any advise for our President ?
UZI : If the country is not secured and people die every day, properties are stolen and everyone is unhappy ,how can we sell our music? I think the President has to make some decisions for the good of Nigerians.
NGOZI : What advise do u have for upcoming rappers in Africa?
UZI: Make good music, be true to yourself, try to be at the right places at the right time and work extra hard and with prayers that great opportunity will come your way, because I know the music business ain’t easy at all. But keep your heads up & you will surely get there..
NGOZI : Finally! where do you see yourself in the next 5yrs?
UZI : I see me still making great music and having my own record label, maybe a gym and having a great team and helping the many upcoming talented artists ,now let's get another AMEN to that!
NGOZI : AMEN & AMEN!! Thanks so much for your time!!
...Enjoy his new single 'OSISO'..