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Uyi

Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States
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"Uyi refuses to be denied in his quest for success"

Uyi is a local hip-hop artist, event promoter, businessman, and student. Originally from Nigeria, he learned how to freestyle (rap) from his older brother. Uyi practiced and perfected his lyrical skills - then went to school and battled his classmates for their lunch money. According to Uyi: he was undefeated in the schoolyard. Uyi isn't rapping for lunch money any more, he's too busy making moves in the DMV music scene. He is currently promoting his first full-length album Undeniable, and he just dropped a new single entitled "Put 'Em Out". In this interview with the Examiner, Uyi reveals what life is like as a up-and-coming young music mogul.

ST: I notice that a lot of DC rappers have roots in Africa (Wale, Tabi Bonney). Were you exposed to music at an early age?

Uyi: Back in Nigeria, my father was a known traditional musical artist. He wrote a lot of plays, and composed cultural songs; so music was a big part of my family growing up. In Africa, we had all kinds of music from around the world including reggae, soca, calypso, blues, rock and roll, jazz, high-life, afro-beat, all kinds of sounds.

ST: How long have you been rapping?

Uyi: I started rapping at the age of 8. I used to watch my older brother battle other dudes in the neighborhood and I would copy his techniques. I got inspired to start rapping because it is the art of expressing yourself. Whatever it was you had to say, you could freely do it. The expression could vary from feelings of pain or happiness, to pretty much whatever. Plus, I needed money and I didn't want to steal, so I battled other kids for it.

ST: What was the inspiration behind your album?

Uyi: The idea came about when my producer (Ellis) and I were trying to determine what the theme of the album should be. We wanted to make an album filled with songs that everyone will love and vibe to, regardless of who they are and where they were from - and we did. The album talks about everything from politics, to partying, to personal issues. But the key was to keep the audience thinking, dancing, and feeling my lyrics. I wanted everyone to understand where I was coming from.

ST: In additon to performing, you also host hip-hop shows around the city.

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Uyi: The open-mic showcase is what me and Bishop Twan (368 Music Group), put together as a way for artists, promoters, bloggers, etc. to come together, showcase their talent, and network with each other. We just moved to a spot called Bella (900 Florida Ave., NW), right across the street from the 9:30 Club. I perform and co-host it every Tuesday night. Most of our performers are rappers. I don't have anything against any of the other open mics out there because I'm not trying to compete with them. But our show is different because we don't discriminate against any artist - regardless of their level of talent. I try to play fair by the rules and the door is open for everyone to come in.

ST: What other projects do you have planned for 2011?

Uyi: I'm working with DJ Jo'Iyce from 93.9 WKYS on two different parties (Wednesday nights we're at Jam World in Oxon Hill, MD; and on Friday night we're at Club 31-11 in Arlington VA); I have another party every Thursday with my boy Luther Tutu and DJ Trini at Pure Lounge. I have a tour coming up starting July 7th (I'm still looking for more sponsorships). And my record label, Studizzy Productions, just signed a management deal with one of the biggest management companies in the industry. After a lot of hard work 2011 is going to be the year that I break out, and I'm definitely ready.

ST: Finally, where can people find your music?

Uyi: My website is: www.uyionline.com. You can find me on facebook.com/uyiundeniable; twitter.com/uyistud; myspace.com/uyiwizard; My music is available on itunes, cdbaby, or pretty much any digital download site available. Just type in Uyi - Undeniable, or google Uyi Undeniable, and all this information will come up. One more thing: I'll be graduating from college this year. I will be the first person in my family to graduate, on either my mother or my father's side. Tell the world to 'watch out' for me because I'm going to be around for a while, lol!
- The Examiner News Paper


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Still working on that hot first release.

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