Rapper Nezi Momodu has been making a splash in the music game with her deep lyrics and insightful commentary.
Born in Nigeria (currently residing in Texas), she came to America as a child and grew up listening to legends like 2pac and A Tribe Called Quest, and began exploring her potential as a musician in recent. She is quickly earning her respect in the community and only continues to evolve.
After setting the underground hip-hop scene on fire with her verse in a Texas Tech Cypher, Nezi has been on an absolute tear, dropping new music projects and honing her skills as a painter. She has done quite a few collaborations with Ypsilanti-based producer (and one of my realest homies) Ace AP.
With the release of her new project Seasons on the horizon, I got the chance to speak with her about her art, heritage, and contributions to hip-hop.
Prox: I read that you had a hard time settling into the American lifestyle as a kid because of your cultural differences. Do you think overcoming bullying and the transition you had to make improved your resiliency as an emcee?
Nezi: Yes and No. I think resiliency as an emcee came from far more different experiences as well as already having a background in art. But bullying and the transition I faced helped with content as well as opening an avenue for an escape.
Prox: Each song is different, but what is the overall message of your music? Has your purpose for creating music changed since you’ve began putting stuff out?
Nezi: No. I started wanting to create music for people who necessarily didn't fit, whether it be in life, in their family, careers, friendships, etc. From that, it branched into the how's and whys that we don't fit. I think my message is that we go through things but we survive. Whether it's our memory or us physically, we survive.
Prox: You’ve done quite a bit of work with my homie AP. How does his beats help to bring out the best in you lyrically?
Nezi: I think he enjoys melody the way I do, and his beats are so flexible. There is room to do a lot in a song and add a lot. I can experiment with different flows.
Prox: Could you discuss your interest in visual art mediums? How would you describe your style and color schemes?
Nezi: Well I started off as a surrealist then moved on to hyper-realism. I worked predominantly with dry media like charcoal, graphite and prisma.
It wasn't until I got to college that I started painting and it's as if it changed my entire style.
I started using color and I work mostly live drawing, so people. I like to think I'm an Afro-pop artist.
Prox: Please tell us something that influences your work that we may not know.
Nezi: The people I paint inspire me to be honest. I can see colors underneath people's skin that make me want to paint them. It sounds crazy but it's true.
Prox: Could you give us some tips for aspiring artists?
Nezi: Practice and consistency will always outweigh talent. I wasn't born with a skill, I learned it.
Prox: Could you give us some information on other upcoming projects?
Nezi: Seasons is dropping September 19, 2017, along with some videos as well.
I'm already working on my second project called Dreams. I have a 16 album concept that I've already worked in my mind. I'm also writing a sci-fi/fantasy novel so hopefully I'm done with that sometime before I die lol.
Prox: Final Thoughts?
Nezi: Thanks! Lol and these questions were great!
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