Monday, 16 October 2017

“I Was Blown Away By Juliet Ibrahim’s Intelligence”- Iceberg Slim

Nigerian rapper Olusegun Olowokere, popularly known as Iceberg Slim In a new interview with Punch, spoked about his career and his love life.

Considering that you were born in New York, how much of Nigeria did you know while growing up?

 Growing up, I didn’t know much about Nigeria. Prior to me moving to Nigeria in 2012, I had only traveled to Nigeria twice; when I was three and when I was six. The only thing that resonated with me over the years was the music. My dad played a lot of Nigerian music in the house, and we also attended a Nigerian church.

Since you started as a chorister, why didn’t you become a gospel artiste?

I was a chorister and an instrumentalist in the choir, I don’t think that classifies me as a gospel artiste. Once I developed a liking for hip hop, I was automatically drawn to it, and that’s when I started creating my own.

Your name, Iceberg Slim, is gotten from an American pimp; why did you choose that particular name?

The name was given to me when I was 16, by my cousin, Bleu. He said I had so many girls around me that I should be called a pimp. At that time, I had no idea who the original Iceberg Slim was, but the name sounded cool, so I stuck with it.

Why didn’t you decide to pursue your music career in the United States?

I didn’t want to pursue a career in the United States because I wanted to stand for something bigger. I was seen as a typical African-American aka Black guy; however I am a Nigerian. I want to be known as a Nigerian musician, not a Black or African-American musician. But in order to do that, I would have to connect with my people; my fellow Nigerians. That was what influenced my decision to move to Nigeria.

You once had a collaboration with Jarule; how did that come about and what was the experience like?
The collaboration wasn’t planned. I was in the studio with Buck 3000, recording a remix to Plies’ Plenty Money. When we were done,  we sat there playing it back, Ja Rule walked in. He was singing along with us while the song was on playback for about five minutes, then he looked over at me, and in his deep husky voice, he said, ‘Yo Ice, can I jump on this joint with you?” And the rest is history. It was a humbling experience, and I’m forever grateful.

You have a wonderful relationship with Juliet Ibrahim; what was the point of attraction for you?

Juliet is an amazing woman. When we first met, I was intrigued by her peculiar choice in music. After we spoke for a little bit, I was blown away by her intelligence, ambition and kind heart.

How would you describe your relationship?

I don’t think there are words to describe the relationship. To say it’s incredible would be an understatement.

Do you consider yourself a romantic man?

Yes, I’d consider myself a romantic man.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?

The most romantic thing that I’ve ever done was to get matching tattoos with the woman that I love.

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