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Bamidele “Delcity" Citizen

Delcity was born on the 20th of February 1982 to Pastor and Mrs. Citizen Ndukwe. The first child in a family of five, he attended Jelly Las Secondary School in Agege until his father, then a Central Bank Staff, was transferred to Yola in Adamawa State, situated in the Northern part of Nigeria.

His earliest musical influences were from 8 tracks his Dad used to play loud on his tape deck .His early influences were Shabba Ranks, Aswad as well as the Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff. As he grew older, a more conscious sense of music took evolved.

Living in the North was the major turning point in DelCity’s life, as he was exposed to a more conscious kind of music and rap took on a new meaning for him. He loved beats a lot and it wasn't long before he fell in love with Tupac and Nas; Tupac because of his lyrical delivery on subjects that were issues and situations people had to deal with as well as his love of varying beats and ability to sing his own hooks; NAS because of his poetic flow and scientific approach.

He returned to Lagos a few years later and joined Beatmap co-owned by Zeal and John Black...that was when he recorded some of the most conscious songs. He placed 6th at the Channel O Sprite MC competition in April 2007 held at , which saw about 160 MCs battling, including like Maximum, Teeto and Vector.

DelCity also loves Fela Anikulapo Kuti because he believes they both strive for the same purpose being the emancipation and glorification of the common man. Delcity is the common man on the streets that has been through some challenging times and is confident that he's going to get to where he belongs. According to Del, “You could catch me at La Casa drinking wine but you'd still see me at your local bar drinking stout...that’s my best brew, GUINNESS.

Rhythm and melody are things that are essential in DelCity's music: he can easily rap to strings alone. He remembers closing his eyes and freestyling to music, especially Mary J. Blige; imagining that he was in some duet with her on her songs! DelCity also sings, listing a few of his singing influences as Joe, Carl Thomas and Jaheim.

According to DelCity, “Rap and hip-hop have and will always be a voice for me. I mean music to me is a tool to convey feelings and most importantly state of mind. I mean that is how our forefathers expressed themselves; by using music. I believe that there are a lot of people out there that will connect to you if they found you on the musical plane.”

DelCity studied Theatre Arts and Radio Production at the Lagos State University, He says of the experience, 'It was really fun as I learnt how to sound right on stage, as well as my learning proper diction and speech.”

DelCity loves poetry...He is presently writing a book called MY THOUGHTS, a short collection of his poems.

His best song on his upcoming album is “Where I Dey (I am Del) because he cried in the booth when recording it. It was a real story of his life and details his determination to make it. His mom paid for his first studio session!