If you have been following our sessions,you would know we have been talking with artistes who truly know and understand their crafts and their places in the industry…
Xtrmbasepro: Welcome to Artiste and the art with Xtrmbasepro
Please tell us about you and what you do
DeGeneral: My name is Prince Emmanuel C. Umahi. I am a writer, poet, instrumentalist (drums are my major), rapper, OAP and an undergraduate at the University of Jos (department of Mass Communication)
Xtrmbasepro: You are truly a bunch of so many. How do you fuse all of these arts? Is there a place of convergence for all of these arts together?
DeGeneral: Well, Sage Hassan once said, “Find a vehicle to drive this home” and my point of fusion is technically the radio space! That way, I get to listen, be heard and learn.
Xtrmbasepro: Great. Welcome on board.
Xtrmbasepro: How do you draw your inspiration?
DeGeneral: Basically from three sources;
Happenings around me
Conversations with various elements (books, songs and other pieces of art)
Xtrmbasepro: General, how much time do you give to your art in a day? Are there days you don’t write? How do you feel on days you don’t write?
DeGeneral: As much time as possible. I try my best to create an hour or two for my art and on the days I feel like not writing, I write. It’s quite stressful but my pen must have something to say, even if it is “rubbish”.
Xtrmbasepro: Yes,about the “rubbish”, what do you do with it? Do you trash or you save it for another project?
DeGeneral: I save it. No piece for (or of) art is obsolete. I go back to editing it and remove all errors when necessary and add the corrections needed
Xtrmbasepro: And the “rubbish” becomes a beautiful beginning….😊😊
DeGeneral: Yes sir.
DeGeneral: You know most times, all we need for that one “perfect” work is to go back to the work that wasn’t working
Xtrmbasepro: Okay,this is huge! Thank you!
DeGeneral: You’re most welcome
Xtrmbasepro: We want to discuss your music. So what first got you into music?
DeGeneral: Well, that’s a long walk down to my history books.
My family technically is a music loving family. I grew up around various genres of music. From African to Reggae, Country, RnB and you name it. But my particular interest into the rap genre of music began when I got a birthday present from my mum at age 7(or was it 8?). It was a CD by former musical duo Resonance. I scored their track, Holy Ghost Fire and even performed it during a school week and ever since, it’s been a pleasurable experience.
Xtrmbasepro: So you have been into music since 8?
DeGeneral: Unprofessionally, yes but professionally, I took up the courage in 2015 and fully began in 2016
Xtrmbasepro: Four years professionally. How has it been so far?
DeGeneral: All blessed. Ups and downs, sometimes the sun doesn’t shine as perfectly as I wished it did to my skies but God has been faithful, always.
Xtrmbasepro: So how many songs have you had so far?
DeGeneral: A lot. Personal songs are 3 but features are over 10
Xtrmbasepro: To our major question, how would you describe your music making process?
DeGeneral: A very creative one. I love to flow and rhythmically align myself with my producer. I have certain beats in my head(judging to the drumming faction of my life) and so, when I beat box to him, we know how we want to go.
Xtrmbasepro: Oshey! Baddest
Xtrmbasepro: So what would you call your kinda music?
DeGeneral: New school with a touch of the oldies
Xtrmbasepro: Ehmmmm… is there a name for that genre?
DeGeneral: I’d have said Urban School Music
DeGeneral: But there are lots of definitions I’m still doing about my music, peculiarity of my sound and what I want to project.
Xtrmbasepro: Can you share a bit on this? What is it all about
DeGeneral: Every artist has his or her niche. I’ve discovered mine but I really want to dig deeper into the treasure hunt I’ve found
Xtrmbasepro: How has the experience of digging deeper been? How rosy is it?
DeGeneral: No quite funny
DeGeneral: Made me halt my project S.I.C.K and I’ve been understudying a whole lot
Xtrmbasepro: I pray your eyes be opened to what you want to see
DeGeneral: Amen my brother.
Xtrmbasepro: In the music industry, who has been your biggest inspiration
Xtrmbasepro: And why?
DeGeneral: But it is a very beautiful thing. I’ve learnt to stretch me through these years
DeGeneral: Who has been my biggest inspiration? why? Now, that’s a very tough question but I’d stick with Oluwa Drumma. He’s been a father, friend and producer. I recall my battles with self-worth and he said, “Critics criticize what they never created. God created you and he hasn’t criticized you yet”.
Xtrmbasepro: that’s huge.
DeGeneral: Yes sir
Xtrmbasepro: DeGeneral, looking at the music industry now; entertainment generally, on a scale on 1 to 10 – 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest, how is good contents spreading?
I’d give that as a clear cut rating because there are still those with good contents and are spreading it. I love CHH (Christian Hip Hop) but I can attest to the fact that there are good contents out there outside my field
Xtrmbasepro: If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
DeGeneral: The perception about a whole lot (especially concerning Christian rappers) and issue of plagiarism.
Xtrmbasepro: Can you say more on that please?
DeGeneral: Christian rappers are seen as “never do well” by certain church cliques and then as mediocre by other rappers
Xtrmbasepro: I also think some are just bearing the names “Christian rappers”, but don’t even know what it entails. How about that?
DeGeneral: Well, that’s just the truth about stuffs about that. Many take stands, not knowing where they stand.
Propaganda once said, “There’s nothing as Christian rappers but rappers who believe” and that’s where I’d want to draw my line of conclusion from. Your faith in a particular thing would determine your belief system in it
Xtrmbasepro: Simply said
DeGeneral: Yes sir
Xtrmbasepro: In your little years into the industry, how have you been able to cope with the challenges that come with it?
DeGeneral: I don’t think I’ve faced that muchs challenges, so I’d save the reply for when it comes
DeGeneral: Yes sir. All these are crump’s from the table. The main loaf is what we’re praying for
Xtrmbasepro: So how do you feel the internet has affected the music industry?
DeGeneral: The internet has become a crazy hub. Remember the “Valentine is coming” video that sparked a whole lot?
Well, the internet is a major influencer and destroyer of lots of art. It breeds the unnecessary competition and rivalry
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DeGeneral: Ample grace bro
Xtrmbasepro: Thanks man
Xtrmbasepro: Thank you for your responses so far
DeGeneral: Thanks for having me
Xtrmbasepro: have you ever faced any rejection? When you go on stage and the countenance of the audience was just not receptive at all. If yes, how were you able to handle it? If no, how are you prepared for such if ever it comes?
DeGeneral: I’ve faced that countless times especially when I’m not a “member”. The basic thing an artist needs to learn is spontaneity and how to carry the crowd along. Check on the psychological state of those waiting to listen to you before you work and then DON’T FORGET TO PRAY. The crowd maybe tensed but maybe your one fan is there, so deal with the rejection
Xtrmbasepro: DeGeneral, what is your next project all about? And how soon should we expect it
DeGeneral: The next project is tagged S.I.C.K and it stands for Saved in Christ’ Knowledge.
I live in a world of woke-ness and a lot of us are mentally sound yet sick. So this is a good kind of sick (ness) and I wish that my generation ought to be saved by it.
Xtrmbasepro: So is there a date already for the event?
DeGeneral: Not yet. Still working and growing but hopefully, a song or two would be out this year by God’s grace
Xtrmbasepro: Baba… evening man
Xtrmbasepro: So we should keep our fingers crossed and anticipate right?
DeGeneral: Yes sir.
DeGeneral: And also, remember me in prayers
Xtrmbasepro: We will bro.
DeGeneral: Thank you very much sir
Xtrmbasepro: So any final word?
DeGeneral: There’s so much to say but in all your consistencies, stay relevant
DeGeneral: Don’t let go of your wonder and become an illusion of what is meant to be magic O Little One.
Xtrmbasepro: Thank you for your time, De General
Xtrmbasepro: How do people get your songs?
DeGeneral: I’ve got two on the blog space kr8radio.com
DeGeneral: Just Google search Degeneral, you’d get them
Xtrmbasepro: Your social media handles
DeGeneral: FB: Nuel Degeneral Umahi
Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat: @degeneraljatw
Host: Kingsley Xtrm (xtrmbasepro)