Take a break from whatever you are doing, save up and and pay attention to this cat. He goes by the name Willz. His full names are precious Chukwuemeka Darlington, he was born on the 13th of October in 1997. I have actually heard him freestyle and I can tell you as a hip hop head that he is the real deal.
Now unlike many new generation upcoming rappers, Willz can actually flow and make real sense with coordinated non-gibberish sentences. The 20 year old is a devoted hip hop artiste and a staunch believer in the culture of rap. I asked him a few questions and you would love to find out more about him in his replies below;
How did you come about your stage name?
My stage name came like a flash after discovering my will to rap and how effective I could drive my rhyme.
What inspired you to venture into music
I see rap music as a veritable tool, a medium of expression. An avenue I could use to reach out to many people.
Tell us about your childhood and family background
I was raised in a humble family of four. My dad introduced me to the music of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Mum taught me how to read and write. As a child I was adventurous although not wild, I was observant, quite stubborn and respectful.
The family lived at federal housing Karu Abuja, before moving to Jikwoyi in the federal capital territory where I spent most of my developing stages.
So how do you combine music and academics
Fortunately my genre of music and my academics tag along. My subjects of interest have elements of my genres in them. For instance rap is literal, so it contains elements of literature. Thus as an arts student, I find it so interesting combining both music and academics although it can get stressful at times. However, I deal with them one at a time.
Willz what has been your greatest challenge and success as a Nigerian hip hop artiste
My greatest challenge so far is communication, language, cultural diversity and musical taste. The latter majorly, in Nigeria the majority wants to dance. The culture of rap to its depth has not been established as much as Afro pop and dance hall in Nigeria.
My biggest success? I became Love 104.5 FM rap champion in 2016. Recently I bagged the logical super talent hunt and crowned as 2017 champion. I have also graced a couple of shows in the city and gotten recognition and good reception from the underground observers. People also get attracted when my friends and I rap in open centers.
Which top artiste would you like to feature and why
I would like to work with the likes of Tuface Idibia, Simi, Bez, Adekunle Gold, Banky W, Cobhams, Waje, M.I. Abaga, Boogey and Falz because of their unique styles, content and message they put out.
Do you have any upcoming projects we need to watch out for?
Yeah, I’ve been working on a conceptual debut project. It is titled “the herald mixtape” and it will contain around 10 to 12 songs. Right now I’m doing covers of prominent hit songs both international and local.
Who is your role model and why do you respect him
I have a list of role models but for this list I’ll pick Tuface Idibia. I love his music, message, personality and consistency. He’s an icon and a musical legend.
Where do you see yourself 2 years from now?
Two years from now? I can’t tell precisely but I’ll be frequently heard on radio and be seen on TV doing what I do best.
Download his track titled “Take It Easy” and catch a glimpse of the genius.