Adam Efiong Ephraim aka EQUATION BILLIONZ (EQB) is a multi-talented artist. The UK born and based Nigerian Artist had a knack for growing as a young boy for drama, football and his main love…music! He started playing football
since he could walk, kicking the football around the garden with his dad and friends before growing to play for various local sides in Kent and London. He played for the Under 10s of his local team Woodpeckers FC as well as for the
Under 15s Chatham FC playing left wing-back. In 2015, he attended the Liverpool Youth Academy and was awarded a certificate of merit which sits proudly amongst his other award of achievements.
Although he loves playing
football, his passion for music seemed stronger and at age 14, he released his first video called Panda. His love for music started with UK rap and listening to artist such as Skepta and Stormzy as well as Kano. As he grew
older, he became aware of and fell in love with Afrobeat! Wizkid, Burna Boy and Davido are all inspirations to him as well as DJ Spinall. “My kind of music is a mix of UK and African vibe”! “I get very creative especially at night when I
write most of my lyrics” EQB noted.
EQB regards himself as an artist willing to experiment with different genres of music and would like to collaborate with jazz, reggae and other genres of music.
“Music has no limits and I want to be part of this exciting journey”!
With his parent’s blessings he came home to Nigeria a few years ago and met great producers and music directors resulting in the release of several singles. In 2019, he was invited to Atlanta where he was able to meet with A
list artists such as Bobby Valentino and the legendary Tony Terry and then he was also able to produce some yet to be released collaborations.
EQB’s first main single Faaji was inspired by the hustling and bustling atmosphere he saw in Lagos when he came over, and he had to learn Yoruba and pidgin pretty quickly, having so much fun doing this. “No matter what, everyone seemed so happy and in a party mood! That inspired me”! he said.
‘Nowadays’ another single featuring Teni Makanaki was recorded as he was inspired by the strengths each of them could bring as a collaboration.
He brought his unique UK rap vibe to that song which was well received in UK and Africa and is streaming fast on all platforms. Another track ‘Swing My Way’ was recorded in the Manchester UK,”I wanted the fans both in UK and
Africa to listen to a blend of Afrobeat and UK vibe. This song is currently getting excellent streaming and is one to watch out for” EQ said. About his JEJE track, EQB said “this was at a time I was learning to speak Yoruba and
that word was really catchy so along with my producer we found a way of making it into a cool jam”!! Equation Billionz has other songs like Pay 4 It and Rising Star which again they both have his signature blend of UK rap and
African vibe…what he calls AfroBrit!!
Autè was his next new venture released in 2021.Autè (Authentic) had rave reviews with its fresh new vibe and got lots of radio and club play. “I wanted something that people around the world to jump to and be happy” EQB said.
It has thousands of streams online and still going strong. Currently his latest single “Benz” is out now on all digital platforms. “With this single, the plan was to go a bit mellow but still retain the Afrobeat vibe, i was also keen to
show my versatility by rapping in it with a mix of pidgin.” His fans, the Equators, have taken to it like a fish in water. More recently there was a Benz Challenge where fans produced creative videos and renditions of this new hit
on Instagram and other social media.
In a short time EQB has shot a few videos across different countries including Nigeria and the UK inspite of all the COVID restrictions that limited all artists to what they could do. However, he and his team were as creative as they
could be so as not to let his fans (The Equators) down!! Equation promises his fans an exciting 2021 and beyond to lift spirits after a terrible 2020. “2020 was the most difficult year ever with the virus worldwide along with issues
that have recently affected the life of Nigerians.”
”I aim to do my bit in 2021 and beyond by singing uplifting happy songs that will get people of all works of life happy and on their feet dancing”. My fans can also expect some
exciting collaborations too….EQUATION BILLIONZ will be at your doorsteps” (in reference to one of his lyrics in Swing My Way!!). In 2021 EQUATION evolved and relaunched into EQUATION BILLIONZ. This was in recognition of
his lofty ambitions to become a well-established artist and refreshing his brand.
By Onaolapo Olalekna Oduola