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Ikes - young, gifted and ON THE RISE. Finest straight from London.
The United Kingdoms very own IKES, The Prince of Pop Culture, has arrived and is ready to accentuate his lyrical content and the performance aspect of his music. Born Kevin Ogbodo, this artist has accepted his task of bringing forth truth through music and stirring the hearts of the masses. Ikes musical microcosm was crafted by his Father, who immersed the entertainer at a young age. Ikes began composing his lyrical technique at the tender age of fourteen. Although, Ikes possessed an innate musical ability, his musical aspirations came second to his first love which was soccer. He played the right-footed striker/winger at a semi-professional level and had trials for professional clubs; until he endured severe lower back pain that inevitably forced Ikes to relinquish this path. Emerging during a time, on the periphery of Londons borough of Hackney, where it is difficult to stay off of the streets, but easy to befall victim to the traps of society, Ikes persevered through adversities and temptations. The versatile rapper/songwriter has something for everyone and he brings his own distinguished style into the mix. I am real! What you hear in my rhymes is a reflection of my heart and imagination, my diary, states Ikes. Acknowledging the dearth of UK hip hop / rap artists in the industry, Ikes is an artistic and relentless artist who believes in his craft. The Prince of Pop Culture walks boldly into his upward ascension embracing his destiny, and he will not stop...
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Yes i love playing live.. The best thing when performing for me is when you're in total control and the crowd are interactive when they start rapping your lyrics along with you.. I feed off their vibe which gives me more energy on stage..
Your musical influences
My influences come from late inspirational icons such as Biggie, Tupac, KRS- One, LL Cool J, Big L, Nas, Jay-Z, Run DMC, Gang Starr, Talib Kweli, Common, Eminem. Oh yeah not forgetting my fam and god, inspiring me not give up and stay focused....I'll never forget y'all
What equipment do you use?
All I need is one mic..
Anything else?