Delivered Ntelabi Bukari Augustine in the Northern sector of Ghana in Saboba to both Northern parents. Ntelabi, as he is preferred to be called, best known by his stage name Drilix, moved and grew up in Sakumono with his family at an early age. His Education began at the Bethel Nursery School in Sakumono, he transferred to Corpus Christi Catholic School to complete his Nursery Education till primary 3 when he finally moved to Holy Child R/C Basic School to complete his basic and junior high school education. He then gained admission to Pope John Snr High Sch. & Minor Seminary after his B.E.C.E. Currently hes completed Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Publishing Studies.
Naturally being the centre of attention since his childhood, his love for all kinds of music genres with any influential backing to his personality and his gift of being an artist has enhanced his ability to see things from diverse perspectives, not forgetting his zodiac sign as a Gemini (twins).
Young Ntelabi started in the church as an altar boy in the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Sakumono and was involved in most church activities. At age 9 he started miming, imitating and copyrighting his favourite emcees at the time. He joined his Junior High School Choir from whence he developed a higher sense of understanding into translating his basic musical ideas.
With a few punch rhymes he started phone recording on polyphonic ringtones where he could hear and correct his mistakes and also share with colleagues for criticisms. After sometime he realized he had to start working on his own projects and later came out with a couple of demos in his early days in Senior High School in Koforidua- Effiduase.
His influential production entitled So So Sweet feat. Knuckles produced by Dery Tha Bushbeatz in late 2007, shot him to a fame bound start as this song accompanied with dozens of his demos and featured productions circulated throughout the high school body and beyond. In Pope John Snr. High he was affiliated with Strictly Street S2. a Hip Hop and RnB group with Murda, B-Snow, Boy Klench and Perez all his seniors, after some time S2 was Re-Branded to 2FLY GH a Clothing line and Entertainment Group with he, Ntelabi, as CEO recruiting his mates as staff to push this movement after his seniors completed school. The crew included J-Havoc, Stychix, Boi Mike, K-Phrey, Chopper and Babe 1 with a junior team body with Shady Les, Boi Jamin, Boi Base, Grenade and Juicy-K and has since been in existence till date.
As a group, with Drilix as C.E.O, 2FLY GH was awarded Clique of the Year on 2 consecutive occasions and Drilix himself awarded best emcee of his time. He was elected Entertainment Prefect and Entertainment Board President with a landslide victory and thus making history as the only entertainment prefect to only rap in 7 years. Assisted by Justice Amoah Anane (Babe 1).
He represented Pope John in various entertainment, sporting and educational programmes in addition being openly awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Barclays Bank (Junior Achievement Programme). A Certificate Of Participation at the Regional MILO Games in Koforidua Secondary Technical School (As a centre man for the Pope John basketball team) with which they attained victory. He again headed a dance group from Pope John by name Rough Sketches to win 2nd Place in the Coca-Cola Regional Dance Battle. He won Best Hip Hop Artiste at the National High School Entertainers Awards (HSEA) awarded by Okyeame Kwame, amidst dozens of nominations and honoured participations nationwide.
In his early hustle he came into contact with Brown Berry and Bread9fe all affiliated to the Brown Berry Show on Choice 102.3 fm and Loonee TKR a rising talent affiliated with Ghettoreps, with whom he steadily rose and developed all together including meeting and working with artists like Gidochi, Jeff Darko, Charley (Rixton), Boy Nash (Ghettoreps), Joey B, KO-JO, Blurricanne, Lousika, among others; and also working with producers like Khemist, Diaz, Dery Tha Bushbeatz, Peewee CUE, to mention a few.
He later came out with a joint mixtape entitled The Solution which featured acts like Koncept YBG, Mushroom and Killmatic (Duncwills Ent.), touring various studios he had his first deal with Nu Afrika records run by Albert Hanson better known by his stage name Ball J who found interest in his skill and from whence he started recording mastered tracks and has since been affiliated to Nu Afrika Records. He released his first freestyle with Nu Afrika Downtown a song by Nikki Grier feat. Busta Rhymes Prod. By Soul Nana and Taka, with a video shot and directed by Zeddy Benson, which attained mass appeal.
He has performed live on big stages all over Ghana and is most definitely a street favourite. He is most often heard using signatures like; Mic Check in the Building This Its Kwaku Drizzy Mic Check, Zero Degrees on The Meridian etc. It is safe to say the streets love him and he loves them a ton full. His music is currently gaining serious mass appeal and his rap style with free spirited energetic delivery and creative lyrical ability is being enjoyed by the masses. He is currently working with iLL Haven Records after leaving Urban Records affiliated to Lynx.
Yes I do play live at most of my shows. I like it and it helps me connect more with my fans. Freestyling for the audience present is a special moment for me since it connects me to them.
Sway, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, KRS-One.