His stage name is CDQ born with the name Sodiq Abubakar. He is an indigenous rapper who has been in the music industry for a while. Since then he has kept his game strong. CDQ came to limelight after he dropped his single “indomie” produced by popular Music Producer Masterkraft. In this interview with City People Music Reporter, PRECIOUS POMAA, he talked about his career, his upcoming concert and how Masterkraft helped him.
What have you been up to lately?
Well we have just been working and working, I just dropped my album titled” Ibile Mugaba” I am also working on my concert which is coming up on the 30th of December, which happens to be the last Concert if I am not mistaken.
How far do you think the album you just dropped has gone?
Absolutely trending well, compared to the previous albums I have dropped, this one has actually put me on a different kind of map I had so many featured of artiste outside Nigeria on it and I also have the popular. DJ Maprozie on it. I tried to tap some fan base from there and the album is doing very well.
Tell us what your growing up was like?
I was a very quiet person. It was not fun, I merely keep friends but thank God I am a changed man now.
What inspired your into musical career?
I really can say what inspired me into music but good music I hear and that is why I listen to a wide variety of music no matter the genre and most time everything I’ve listened to tends to rearrange in my subconscious to give birth to a new tune/sound. I went into music far back as 2002. On 7th May 2009 I organise my first concert while in school with the late Dagrin in attendance, so also MI, Jesse Jagz, DJ Jimmy Jatt and Wizkid, I am currently on another one, which is going to be the concert that will close all the concert on the 30th of December.
What is your relationship with Masterkraft?
Masterkraft is my brother from another mother, my father and his
Tell us one of the best thing that has over happened to you in your career?
One of the best has when I was hosted by Akon years back at his house.
How did you come up with the name CDQ?
The CDQ actually came when I was in secondary school, I was one of the socialites. I had so many friends because I was doing music and I need to have a stage name then, so they carved out CDQ from Sodiq when I got back to Lagos and I met Banky through Masterkraft he gave me a very cool meaning to the name. He said it sounded like CD Pot and a CD Port always has good music in it, you know back in the days when you get a CD and it has good music in it they call it quality so that means CDQ is a Quality.
How did you come up with the popular slang “ Woos”?
Well that was when I did my single. The video was shot in Johannesburg. In the song I was rapping it just came to my mind like “ O sha mo, wos wobi” so Masterkraft was now like now I love this, that should be your own signature because every rapper have their own sounds and signature that people use to identify them.
You lost your dad some years back, did he support your career when he was alive?
Well! most parents don’t want
From that day I knew that passion comes first. Do what gives you happiness, you will eat big and get paid for it.
What are the challenges you faced competitors indigenous rapper?
A lot of people said I have competitions out there but deep inside me I don’t see anybody as competitors. I just know I have my own sound which people look up to. I see myself as a standard person, music on it own is a universal language, you don’t have to understand what the person is singing before you listen to the person.
Do you write your own songs?
Yes I do and I get inspired by nature and good music.
How do you spend your free time?
I just chill at time with friends while I play my PS4, cook all the meal by myself and we just having fun.
Where do you see yourself in years from now?
More music, more collaboration and putting new artiste on the platform. Expanding the coast!