Published on May 2nd, 2020 | by Brittany Burton0
King Uche Talks Journey To Music As He Proclaims Himself As The “African King Of Rap”
Born in Imo, Nigeria, King Uche is a village boy turned rap star. The self-coined “African King of Rap” made his way into the music industry in the circa of 2017. Now, in 2020, he is doing relatively well in the streaming world with his recent single, “Danny Phantom.”
With a mix of Nigerian culture and the Southern Flava from Miami, King Uche says that his music will tell a story of his struggle and successes. He hopes to use his music as a way to connect to all Africans worldwide, abroad, and at home; and aims to motivate his fellow youth and mates to change their lives by the strength of their own wills.
In a recent sit-down, I chatted with King Uche about his creativity, recording process, and a slew of singles from his catalog. Check out the full conversation below.
King Uche Interview
Hype: As an artist, where does your inspiration and creativity stem from?
Uche: My inspiration stems from my childhood experiences, like those I described above, and also from the success and financial freedom a lot of mainstream artists get. I loved Lil Boosie a lot he made me cry sometimes and I don’t know why because I wasn’t a thug or a street dude, I just had some pain in me.
From then its Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Big Gucci, Rick Ross. I saw how these artists changed their life and the lives of their loved ones through music and since I still have family in Africa depending on me, I’ll like to do the same.
As I grew up in Miami I noticed the lack of or reverse of the principles and ideals I was raised off. So, it’s my goal to mix the two experiences and share my own unique message of faith, love, strength but in a way that a young thug might understand and vice versa.
In order to do this, I started my record label Sufferings and Offerings 2 years ago and started doing my research into the creative process and business of things. I moved to Los Angeles from Miami and met a different class of writers, producers, and overall businessmen. These experiences have shaped me to this point and now it’s time to start the engines.
Hype: If you could work with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
Uche: I would like to work with Boosie, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Jay Z, Young Dolph, Future, and lastly, Akon.
Hype: How would you describe your sound sonically?
Uche: My sound may vary depending on the genre. Most of my hip-hop music will resemble the sounds of Young Dolph, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane. My afrobeat, or afro trap sound will be closest to Burnaboy and Naira Marley.
Hype: When someone hears your name, what do you want the first thing to pop in their head be?
Uche: “He’s a real one!”
Hype: Outside of music, what are some of your passions?
Uche: Outside of music, I am passionate about literature, education, wellness, and mental health. With God’s grace I’ll be using any success I gain to further my involvement in these passions. Right now, I’m a frontline worker helping the Los Angeles area tackle the surge in COVID-19 outbreaks. I’ve always been in the service of helping others and I want to greatly expand on that with the success music can get me.
Hype: For someone looking to become a fan, what are some tracks you would introduce them to, and why?
Uche: My only two released singles right now are “Danny Phantom” and “Owu Gini.” Honestly, I’m not the most ecstatic with my singles because I’m still working on my process to get better. At this point, I’m just happy if someone actually gives any of my songs a chance and gives me feedback.
I want to interact with my supporters and form an open relationship where we can feed off each other. For my supporters that don’t like my first two songs, don’t worry those are just practice tracks the real game hasn’t even started yet.
Hype: What’s your recording process like in the studio?
Uche: In my sessions, I like good energy around me. It’s all about the vibe! I don’t like overcrowded spaces, maybe just 2-4 people. Since I just started rapping two years ago I’m still shaping my sound with each new single, so I have to write out my work, but the goal is to freestyle everything eventually.
Anyone that’s in my sessions has to give feedback or leave. The overall vibe is to enjoy the process and keep improving. I tell my team that we are there to work and not socialize. I try to encourage brotherhood and respect because it’s not just me, I want everyone on my team to eat!Tweet