Steps Into Mohbad ‘s Light {Exclusive Interview With Audiomack}

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Of all the Music coming out of Lagos right now, none is as precise and truthful as the songs of angst and hedonism springing out of the city mainland. In these places where lives are pressed against the edges of survival and real life can turn into a nightmare in an instant, music is an escape.

Mohbad, born Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, knows this and pay homage to that knowledge in his music. ‘I think it is important to note that to be from and on the streets, it takes a lot, ; he tells me over the phone. ‘You have to be rugged with your words and aspects of your life sometimes’.

Always passionate about music, MohBad started taking his career seriously yow years ago with the viral release of ‘Ronaldo’. Since then, he’s been dropping consistenly, telling sotries of his harrowed experiences as a young man in Nigeria.

Those experiences and his unabashed embrace of his community in Ikorodu via interpolated traditional Yoruba melodies and sharp – witted hood lingo made Mohbad’s debut project, Light, released in December 2020, a fascinating experience in meshing the boisterous with the sentimental. ‘i just wanted people to know more about me and what i am about, he says. much of the project is a voyage into the mind of the 24-year old exploring the essence, and cost, of depression, sex and drugs over vibrant beats in nexus with several guest like Davido and Naira Marley.

While MohBad acknowledges this part of his origin, he is not afraid to admit he is trying to step into a new light as his artistic and personal evolution continues. ‘You can see it from the cover too: the idea was me moving away from the darkness into that light and also sharing the light with my fans too.”


When did you know music was what you wanted to do professionally 

I’ve been doing music for as long as I can remember, but I took it seriously about three years ago, and since then, I’ve been dropping music consistently.

“Ronaldo” was my first song that went viral. It just became a big deal in my hood, Ikorodu and neighbouring communities. Seeing people reacting tot he song gave me a boost to keep at music and made me realize it was something  I could do for a living, I started posting freestyles more frequently on Instagram and other platforms till Naira Marley noticed me and signed me to Marlians Music.

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You signed your deal in December 2019. How has the transition been from being an independent artist?

It’s been an entirely new experience for me because I’m learning work within a label structure. It’s not something I knew about as an independent musician. But I’m also making experiences and enjoying the ride as much as I can. On the other hand, I also try to keep working and focus on giving out the best I can.

Your debut EP is named Light. What is the significance of that title for you? 

It’s just an extension of who I am. Everyone keeps calling me Imole {Light} and I wanted my debut project to be an actual breakthrough to that light. You can see it from the cover, too: the idea was me moving away from the darkness into that light and also sharing the light with  my fans too.

Is there a song on the project that is most memorable for you

It has to be “Marlians Anthem’. I love the energy of the song. It was one of those times when I didn’t go into the studio with a a mindset of what I wanted to say; I was just in the mood and had Rexxie with me. he played a beat for me, and the first words that came out were the opener. It was so pure because that was exactly how I was feeling at the moment, and I just translated it musically.


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