How many young people do you know that have gotten standing ovations from the likes of M.I,Kel and Modenine?I need not say more.We at GidiNoize were priviledged to have an Interview with the young and talented ‘HYM’.
GidiNoize Interviews HYM
1. WE AT GIDINOIZE COULDN’T HELP BUT NOTICE YOUR NAME. HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?
lol.hmmm…lets see,ok when I started rappin,i wanted to use the name ‘nas’ but alotta ppl said it would be just a copy of the other nas so I thought to my self, instead of using nas,why not hym….referring to nas but as him. And then the name also goes a long way to show how even people that don’t know my name know me as “him’ the guy that raps….so I decided to stick to ‘hym’
2.WHO IS ‘HYM’?
HYM is Abubakar Muhammed Abidemi Nasir an ordinary guy with a very funny sense of humour and weird lifestyle u can say…loll
3.CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND(EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY)?
Well graduated from Whitesands school last year July and enrolled into the New York university but after facing some problems(personal) have withdrawn and is due to go to Ukraine instead.i come from an extended family and am the 2nd born from my mama’s side. My mother is Ghanaian and my father is from Kano, though my grand mum is half Ghanaian and half Yoruba.
3. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE MUSIC WAS YOUR CALLING?
I realized music was or is my calling when I wrote my first 16brs and gave them to my friends to read…even though I wasn’t serious about music knew I had something in me. But now am ready to face and make the best out of it.
4. WHAT GENRE ARE YOU INTO AND WHY?
Am majorly into hip hip(rap) and a very little of r&b and techno(its a new combination of techno beats and hardcore rap lyrics) because I am trying to connect with listeners of these different genres as they seem to be the highest in population and are very wide scoped.
5. HOW DO YOU MANAGE YOUR STUDIES & MUSICAL CAREER TOGETHER?
Ah!…that’s 1 of the major challenges faced by young artistes today as many of us are still in school…this is part of the reasons why I withdrew from NYU,due to the fact that I was inclined more towards rap than my education that it alarmed a number of people in my family try my best now though to make sure I find a very balanced timetable for everything…I dedicate 3 hours of everyday to writing and some 7 to studying and so far so good… being 1 of the most highly anticipated and respected rappers of my time face a lot of criticism and haterocism and it makes me feel like a success as I must be unique and special to draw such attention…u feel me?…so am cool with all the things that come my way.
6. WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN PART IN SHOWS CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THEM?
Yeah I have taken part in a number of shows…not very major but good shows…last year summer I performed with a group of friends at the concrete rose concert and we tore up the stage, december last year too were a couple of about 3 shows I did around Lagos and a lot of other performances at parties and schools around urban Lagos…looking forward to some other shows in December too so I feel great. Yes I do.haha
7.WHAT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST MOMENT OF YOUR MUSICAL CAREER?
Well I remember this 1 time when I had to perform in front of artistes like modenine, alibi, kel and m.i and after my performance got a standing ovation from all of them including the crowd…when one of them was asked why they stood, he said “because he owned us”…so yeah, that was a great moment for me as a young artiste.
8. OUTSIDE THE MUSIC SCENE WHO IS HYM?
Outside the music scene,…..ummmmm…am almost always 24hours HYM so its almost very impossible to differentiate but my close friend that know both nas and HYM know am a very cool, loud and stubborn boy that likes a laugh…..ha-ha.
9. ARE YOU SINGLE?
I am single yes…but there are a couple of ladies I am interested in at the moment…no names for now…lol.
10. APART FROM MUSIC YOU HAVE ANY OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST?
Yes I do….I love watching sitcoms, swimming and writing poems….oh yeah I play basketball too.
11. DO YOU INTEND GOING INTO MUSIC FULL TIME?
I intend to by Gods graces remain in the music scene till I am about 35…then I’ll practice law. So I pray to reign for about 17 years. God willing.
12. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
Begging for competition….probably tired of being the best…haha
13.THERE IS A COUPLE OF RAPPERS IN THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY, WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
Ah, u know now…am the most commercial lyricist so far, my versatility I must say…I can rap about basically anything.
14. GROWING UP, WHO WERE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
That most definitely got to be Biggie,em,lil wayne,juelz,talib kweli,common,immortal technik and rakim…that sorta explains my lyrical inclination.listening to biggie gave me the edge I needed to be aggressive and juelz,lyrics
15. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NIGERIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY IS LACKING AND CAN FILL THE VOID?
What the Nigerian music industry is lacking is unity.everybody wants to be unique and they do that in the most awkward ways ever no one succeeds without help from somewhere….artistes need to work together more often to give the industry its stir…and the youth should have a voice too…
16. DO YOU WRITE YOUR OWN RAP?
17.WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR RAPS?
Umm, I inspire me mostly but sumtymz the beats help…I rap according to my mood mostly though
18. IS THERE AN ALBUM OR MIX TAPE IN THE WORKS AND WHEN CAN WE EXPECT IT TO DROP?
Yes I have a mix tape called the hymbook coming out in December…gonna be up for download…free. And am also working with a friend on another 1 called pen and pad…I also am going to be working next year with my nigga midnight on some crazy shit…yes baby…we are live!
19. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER UPCOMING ARTISTES?
Stays true to your talent…push it to the limit and always rap it up….ha-ha
20.ANY LAST WORDS FOR YOUR FANS?
It’s not me, it’s not u …u know the rest…love y’all
Big ups to ISIMEME UGHELE for hooking GidiNoize up with this interview.