SPOTLIGHT: Philip Job, the clergyman’s son making waves in music industry

 SPOTLIGHT: Philip Job, the clergyman’s son making waves in music industry

Amidst the echoes of church bells and the chatter of students, Philip Job’s journey into music began. 

Born the second of three children to a Christian clergyman and a public school teacher, Philip’s upbringing was steeped in faith and education. 

In this interview with Job shares his remarkable journey from being the son of a Christian clergy and public school teacher to becoming a gospel rap pioneer.

“Music is something I’m so passionate about and I’m able to create with ease thus; I get inspired by every little thing around me and I can draw creativity from even the weirdest of things you can imagine.”

Hailing from the Bajju tribe in Zankou, Zangon Kataf LGA of Kaduna State, Philip’s roots ran deep in Northern Nigeria’s cultural tapestry.

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A graduate of Mass Communications from the prestigious IBB University Lapai, Philip’s academic pursuits paved the way for his artistic endeavors. Yet, it was not textbooks or lectures that ignited his passion; it was the rhythm and melody of music that stirred his soul.

“I can’t tentatively tell you what inspired me to pursue a career in music aside from passion,” Philip shares. “Music is something I’m so passionate about, and I’m able to create with ease. I draw inspiration from every little thing around me.”

Philip’s creativity knows no bounds. Whether strolling through the streets of Zaria, engaged in conversation, or even during an interview, the spark of inspiration can ignite at any moment, propelling him toward the studio to give birth to his lyrical creations.

“Originality is key,” Philip emphasizes. “My audience loves me for who I am, just the way I am. I blend Hausa and English efficiently in my lyrics, making my music accessible to people of all backgrounds.”

However, Philip’s journey hasn’t been without its challenges. In a region where rap music is often associated with clubs and waywardness, introducing gospel rap initially faced resistance.

“At first, it was very difficult to find an audience,” Philip recalls. “Some would stare in disbelief, unable to reconcile worship with rap music. But through consistency, passion, dedication, and resilience, we’ve broken barriers, ministering in churches of all denominations.”

Today, Philip’s music has sparked a revolution. Elderly and well-respected Christians now find themselves vibing to his songs, defying stereotypes and embracing a new form of worship.

“I believe music has the power to bless and to curse,” Philip reflects. “It’s not the sound or genre that makes music ‘godly,’ but its content.”

With an EP on the horizon and a fervent desire to impact and inspire, Philip Job’s melody of change continues to resonate, transforming perceptions and touching hearts across Northern Nigeria.

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