Nigerian based rapper On staying focused, what inspires him, the legacy he hopes to leave as an Artist. Tarry Tha Rapman has a lot to tell us. Things he had probably not revealed before in the past. So without wasting much of our time, here’s an exclusive interview with Terry.
N E: First of all tell us about Tarry Tha Rapman as a person not as an artist.
Terry: Terry tha Rapman is a tiv boy from Nasarawa state. I’m naturally a creative person. Asides music, I do sketches and illustrations, i read a lot. I’m into anything that challenges my mind so I’m always acquiring knowledge.
N E: You are a native of nassarawa, born in kano and raised in kaduna, where do you think you have the highest fan base? and why?
Terry: I can’t say because, I have fan base all over the country. I have spent time in Jos, Abuja and Lagos as well. But I’ll go with Kaduna because that’s where I first made my name and reputation as Terry Tha Rapman.
N E: What can you tell us about your early childhood experience in your early neighborhood “Angwan Dosa” in kaduna
Terry: Agwan-Dosa is one of the most notorious neighborhoods in Kaduna state. Growing up back then was rough, but then, I had great memories back then. It is a Muslim dominated area and even though we were from a Christian background, we learnt to live with Muslims. Every now and then, there were fights and all but I choose to remember the good times when I would play street football with my Hausa friends and share food during festive seasons. It’s a shame the crisis in 2000 changed everything.
N E: The February 2000 sharia riot made you relocated to Jos, how was the experience then, how were you able to cope with the challenges you faced during that period?.
Terry: We narrowly escaped with our lives during that crisis, we relocated to Jos, my father already had a land there. We had visited Jos several times so it wasn’t like a new place, I had friends and relatives already so we settled there easily.
N E: How were you able to cope when your crew(disbanded) just before you went for your Diploma in kaduna polytechnic?
Terry: In life, change is always constant so I was already prepared to be a solo artiste, my crew were my close friends and everybody had their own plans outside the rap group (Croc city clique) at the time. I’d always been recording solo’s asides being a group. Croc city clique became a household name within a year and it got us more recognition.
N E: Records show that you started your music carrier back in 1991, is that when you officially started music professionally?
Terry: Back in 1991, I actually wasn’t doing music professionally, it was just a hobby I was great at. I started my music carrier in the Early 2000 after I relocated to Jos.
N E: What really inspired you to go into music?
Terry: My great love for hip hop music and motivation from friends was my inspiration then.
N E: Can you please tell us the name of your first studio track?
Terry: I’m not really sure, but I think a track titled “The bottom line” back in 1994. Although, I had a lot of demo tapes in various radio stations for buzz.
N E: Apart from music, what else are you good at,? Do you produce?
Tarry: I’m good at a lot of things, I believe a lot is yet to be discovered by me, I’m creative, so anything that requires innovative ideas and imaginations, you surely will find me there. Music happens to be one.
N E: How many studio Albums do you have?.
Terry: I currently have 3 studio albums and 4 mix tape’s, one joint album in between. I’m working on my fourth studio album at the moment.
N E: What are some of the nightmares of being an Artist?
Terry: For me, it would be creative block because, that happens time to time especially when you have a deadline to deliver a body of work.
N E: what was the inspiration behind your recent album titled ‘ for the culture ‘ ?.
Terry: For the culture is a joint album by myself and Pherowshuz.
10 years after the release of our award-winning classic single, ‘ Sample ‘ featuring Stereo Man, we decided to drop our first body of work as a creative unit. We also used the album to promote some gifted Northern based acts as well as collaborate with hip-hop OG’s like Jesse Jago and Overdose.
N E: What should your fans expect next?.
Terry: I am currently in the studio working on my fourth studio album, it is yet to be titled. I just dropped a teaser off the album called “Joe Spazm SZN”.
N E: How those it feel to be part of the first project of Arewa Experience. ‘FARA’
Tarry : It was cool, Ziv Marshall reached out to me and invited me to get on the song. I heard Ozee and B.O.C Madaki had already voiced so i jumped on it.
N E: If you will have your fans remember you for one thing, what will it be?.
Tarry: I wanna be known as an ordinary person that did extra ordinary things.
N E: Do you have any artist or producer you dream of collaborating with, if yes who?
Tarry: I think if i would ask for a dream collaboration it would be with a great icon like Jay Z or Eminem. Producer would be a Dr. Dre or Scott Storch.
N E: What advice can you give generally or specifically to up coming musicians, who might be heading to the studio to record some material?
Tarry: Be original. You can be influenced by another artiste but eventually, learn to be yourself, create your own style. Also work on your stage craft and learn the business.
N E: How can anybody reading this interview reach you sir,?
Tarry: My handles on Instagram and Twitter are, @TerryTharapman.
Facebook fanpage is ‘Terry tha Rapman’.
N E: One word for your fans out there.!