SPOTLIGHT: Meet Hemjay Real, the indigenous rapper rising against the odds

 SPOTLIGHT: Meet Hemjay Real, the indigenous rapper rising against the odds

For Hemjay Real, the fast-rising Nigerian singer, where there is a will, there is a way.

Like most budding artistes, the rapper and singer, whose real name is Abdulmajeed Taofeek, has been faced with many challenges.

From lack of financial muscle to release songs frequently to low reception of his projects due to insufficient publicity and being swindled by promoters; the Kwara-born rapper has a lot of stories to tell.

“Getting money to release tracks every time has not been easy. For now, I do freestyles and share on my Instagram page,” he told CRISPNG.

“I went into music because it is something I am inspired to do and I don’t want to waste that talent. I also want to make impact with my talent.

“I have faced several challenges since I went into music. Sometimes, I’ll go to show and perform but will not be paid. On several occasions too, I will make a post about my work and nobody will like or even appreciate it.

“Then, there is financial issue. That is my major problem. I really need help and I’ll be glad if anyone can help me to push my music career.”

In spite of the mounting challenges, Hemjay Real is bracing the odds and daily, he is getting within touching distance of his goal of being a decorated indigenous Nigerian rapper like Olamide, MI, Vector, Phyno among others.

Hemjay Real is in a league of his own. His creativity, deep lyrics, and creative prowess are symptomatic of an artiste determined to take the global music landscape by storm.

Beyond entertainment, Hemjay Real addresses topical issues such as bad governance, corruption, poverty among other challenges facing Nigeria.

In 2021, for instance, the rapper came through with ‘Bad Government‘, his hit track, which spoke truth to power.

In the less than four-minute project, the rapper joined several other concerned Nigerians to demand good governance.

“Nigeria go better our government dey shout. Na government be this my people or tout…only the children of the rich are getting educated nowadays. Look at our roads looking like a dam, nobody can tell which year we’re going to overcome this,” he raps in Pidgin and Yoruba.

“Our police officers now rely on bribes, our electricity supply is nothing but erratic…we have money yet we are still borrowing. If I knew I was coming to Nigeria, I would have stayed back in heaven.

“Everybody knows our government is like 419. The cost of living is rising, our government should repent because everyone will die. No salary, no work…”

The rapper has released several songs since then and collaborated with other fast-rising singers. Some of his works can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

No doubt, Hemjay Real is on course to become a great musician. It is only a matter of time.

Those willing to support can reach out to him via his Instagram page.

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