When I feel the right feelings, I will settle down-Vector
King Kong crooner Olanrewaju David Ogunmefun, better known by his stage name Vector Tha Viper is one of Nigeria’s most talented young rapper, a good lyricist and show killer with his electrifying performances and perfect act on every track he features; making him a force reckon with the industry. He is the voice behind the Sprite commercial that has aired on most radio stations across Nigeria since 2009. Signed on self-own label G.R.A.P, Vector has withered the storm and remained consistent in the industry doing what he knows best. In this chat with MUTIAT ALLI, Vector talks his talk on rap music in Nigeria,
There is this thing about you and Lafiaji mention in most of your music?
Yes!!Lafiaji is where I grew up from and is equally the mixture of who I am, I have experienced a lot of culture in Lafiaji; mentioning Lafiaji in most of my work is just my own way of appreciating where I came from. Lafiaji breed successful and influential personalities in the society.
What’s your take on rap music in Nigeria?
Rap music is really growing in Nigeria, I could remember back then people did not accept rap music as it is now because then you get to see Plantation boiz, ruff rugged & raw. But right now you can arguably mention top five artiste doing great in Nigeria and they are pretty mostly rappers. It means Nigerian music is becoming more intelligent and accepting more intelligent lyrics. God Bless Nigeria, it can only get better.
Having followed most of your performances, you tend to drop a bomb shell of word at the end of your performances?
Yes and the reason is we need to think more than we dance; lets always remember that the Chibok girls that were kidnapped are probably woman now, we need to be remembered at all times and not be self-centred.
Recently you set a record with your freestyle. What motivated that?
I just wanted to activate something for hip-hop. I got tired of all these rappers saying “yo mhen, yo mhen” and stuff like that even though many rappers can actually sing and make commercial music; by commercial music in Naija I mean dance music, it was just needed at that point according to my thoughts to do something to activate for Naija rap music so they’ll be like “what’s happening?”. Last I heard, the whole traffic like back home that night tuned in to witness history to see if really this guy rap for hours. Even bloggers that didn’t want to carry it because they were forming, when we did like 1hour, 30minutes they were like “he is about to do it”. So it was just pretty much to create awareness for hip-hop in Nigeria.
I mean, how did you do it for Hours?
I actually stopped because my back was starting to ache because I was standing in one position, I didn’t eat, I didn’t drink because I didn’t want it to be a break. It was more of sending what you want me to rap about via social media. The moment I see it, I rap about it there and it was fun. The adrenaline was beyond the hunger and the thirst.
Few years back, your music set back due to dispute with your record label. What are some of the lessons you picked from that?
The ultimate lesson I’ve learnt to is let go and let God. Nobody is perfect! You can never learn not to make the same again because you are the one learning at the expense you know what bits like at the other side of the fence. On the surface, I’ve learnt that when its business, its business and when its friendship, its friendship but both of them are not the same.
When is vector going to settle down?
Vector will settle down when he feels the right feeling to settle down but it’s not just now as we speak. Marriage is a big thing o.
But you have the money and the name, women jump on you practically, what then is the delay?
Yes! Girls are crazy but then again, my heart is my heart. Am a human being. It must be beyond the success financially, fame and I dare say I’ve seen. Nigeria has good women.
Speaking of good women, how do you define a good woman?
It is not our position to judge. Have a pure and clean heart and that’s all you need. A loving heart. And as Naija is right now, we should want to have a woman who is prayerful… For you. Am just saying. It’s nice to have someone who can partner with you spiritually, sexually, mentally and everything but the spiritual part is essential because that is the only one that doesn’t need investment materially