For people who pay close attention to up-and-coming hip-hop, it was obvious that young artiste Flavko was going to pop. He initially surfaced in mid-2016 and started to get attention from the press in early 2018.
Even after he released the hit single ‘Gbemileke’, in 2016, Flavko’s buzz seemed nominal next to many of his peers as he suddenly flushed Naija upcoming artiste music scene; there is no doubt that Flavko has the potential to be the biggest star of them all.
And then suddenly, towards the mid-year, ‘Para Until I Hammer,’ started to make waves. A broader hip-hop audience discovered this young dude and his distinctive personal flair. His single made a big splash upon release.
In an exclusive chat with City People Magazine, the Youngster revealed what inspires his brand of music and a lot more.
Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
My name Olurunkosebi Taofeek Kehinde. I grew up in the streets of Lagos. I started my primary education at An Nasir International School in Ogun State. I proceeded for my secondary education at Emmanuel Alayande College of Education at Oyo state. When I finished my junior education there, I proceeded to Command Day Secondary School Ikeja where I concluded my secondary school.
Right now I’m in Lagos State University, 400 Level student of Mechanical Engineering.
How did music start for you?
I started when I was in ss2 that’s was 2015. I used to make beats on the table with y classmates and we believed we were just having fun until I noticed it has become a part of me to always join words together to make lyrical sense. I went to the studio for the very first time in the year 2016 when I recorded my first track. And that was how it started. I have been making music ever since
What inspires your genre of music?
I am a versatile artist. I can bounce on any beat, but I am meanly into Afro track. Whatever comes and attracts my interest, gives me inspiration.
Do you look forward to working with any of the major artistes?
Yeah…Im looking forward to working with so many artists like Wizkid, Olamide and stuff… I will be very happy to work with them but I need to own my craft first so I can stand in that pedigree.
How do you create a balance as an engineering student and an artist?
Music is my passion. I love doing it and it doesn’t take away my focus on academics too. It doesn’t stop me from finishing y education at all. I will love to have my degree with me and then push my music afterwards.
How many singles have you done so far?
I have done 7; Gbemileke, Para Until I Hammer, Just the Hustle Ft Ayohymzy, High Level, High Grade, My year which is on the way not yet released but done already and many more..
What lessons have you learnt so far as an upcoming artist?
I have learnt from the top artist that the road may be rough but the end will justify the means. People like Olamide, and Wizkid didn’t make it big overnight. I have learnt to work hard and be patient.
How did your parent accept your decision to go into music?
It’s was a tough one. I am from a Muslim background with a very strong value. They want me to be successful in my chosen academic career, but I had to convince them that music is my passion and drive. Even if I am into other work. I will still choose music.
I am working on my EP very soon.
Are you signed to a record label?
Not yet, but I look forward to it, should anyone comes around.
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