What are you currently up to?
I have a new song out there titled, ‘That kind Thing’. It’s enjoying massive rotation in radio stations and TV. The video is also available online for viewing. It was directed and shot by unlimited LA. My ex- girlfriend is the inspiration behind my latest single, ‘That Kind Thing’. She made me feel like I’m the luckiest guy in the world. We don’t talk anymore but I still feel the same way about her.
Why the name, Doggext?
‘Doggext’ is a fusion of the names of two of my favourite rappers while growing up, Snoop Dogg and DMX. ‘DoggX’ seem unserious, so I added ‘E’ before X and ‘T’ after X. But on a more serious note, Doggext is also from the world ‘Doggedness’; it describes my personality. I’m quite persistent when I want anything and I don’t relent until I get it. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon but I’m also not catered for in a poor environment either. I was raised to appreciate and love anything and everything that life offers me. I chose Doggext because it sounds African even though the spelling might suggest otherwise. Doggext defines me as an artiste.
Tell us more about yourself?
Myself as Jamiu Bolarinwa is not the best spokesperson for Doggext but if I must, I’ll say Doggext is a fun character. He’s energetic, lively and an all-round entertainer. Doggext can rap; actually he’s a versatile rapper and can sing but dancing is not one of them.
How was your growing up days?
Growing up for me was extremely exciting. I grew up in two extreme socioeconomic backgrounds. I grew up in a lot of places but Mushin is the place that puts a mark on the person that I’ve become. I went to a boarding school, so I learned a lot of things on my own or with my friends. I had a lot of adventures. I hung out with the ‘Agbole’ boys in Mushin and chilled with the ‘Ajebutters’ in school. I have lived a good life and I do say so myself.
What was your parents’ reaction when they first realised your passion for music?
There was none. Don’t forget I was raised to take my own responsibility as a human being serious. I don’t know what Pops think about it but I know my Mom knows my song, ‘That Kind Thing’ from the top to the end even if she’s just humming the sound. You know how mommies can be with their star boy.
When exactly did music start for you professionally and how has it been since then?
Music has always been professional to me but I’m still learning the game, still a work in progress. I got interested in rap from listening to Ray Power. Shout out to RayPower, Rhythm and Cool FM for giving young Nigerians of my generation a different style of music without losing our African core. The journey has been acoustically challenging and rewarding at the same time. I love music.
How would you describe your style of music?
I would say indescribable, indefinable and unstoppable. Wait till you get used to hearing me on every sound wave platform. I just want to do music and categorize myself as an Afro Hip Hop; we Africans are the best at doing it for the culture. I just want to do music that people can vibe to on an international level. What inspires your writing when it comes to writing the lyrics for your songs? Conversations with my friends and partners, Gidi Boys and things happening around me are what I write about. That’s the only way I know and that’s keeping it 100 percent to me.
What’s in the kitchen for your fans?
Well, a whole lot of different lyrical sauces. There are freestyles, major artiste collaborations, and different sounds from the universe. I have a trap beat inspired single in the works as well.
Staying over a decade in the United States, what influence did it have on your music or career?
I can’t tell how that is affecting me yet but if anything, it should put me in a corner all by myself because I talk different and my swag is different. So definitely a decade in the United States should make me a different breed of rapper and artist.
Any plans to relocate back to the country home in future?
The jury is still out on that. I love Yankee just as much as I love Nigeria so they are both home to me for now.
What’s the level of acceptance of African music on the international scene?
The level is massive! We go to clubs in the United States or United Kingdom these days jamming to Nigerian songs on the dance floor and the DJ has no clue where Nigeria is on the map but he’ll tell you that he loves Nigerian songs. A Caucasian sent me ‘Pana’ by Tekno because she thinks I’d love it not knowing that the singer is a Nigerian like me too. International market gave Ayo Jay a chance to be Ayo Jay. That’s an example of how far we have come. How about Swizz and Drake working with Wizkid or Snyder signing Nigerian artistes these days? African music is here to stay.
What are the other things you are into apart from music?
I’m into social work and advocacy for equal rights; I provide services in the health care field. I’m a Human Rights Officer and these are things away from music.
What’s your take on the baby mama trend among entertainers, especially Nigeria?
That’s funny, trend for real? That trend phased out in the United States like 2012. It’s not new to me. Nigerians are just getting more stories about their favourite artistes having kids out of wedlock lately. I don’t see it as negative or positive.
What extreme do you go with your female fans?
Say what? I appreciate my fans big time and I’m not the type that ‘shows himself’. But I go as far as saying ‘thank you’ for their comments.
Where do you see yourself, five years from now?
I see myself on top of the world, doing things that I used to dream of. Living life like the living should you know that kind thing?
What do you to say to your fans and loyalists from around the world?
Keep your headphones charged and dancing shoes available. Download, share, tweet, and post all your favourite Doggext songs and videos. Let’s show the world that Doggext has the best fans in the world.