Iceberg Slim relives his early beginnings into the world of music while still in the US and tells us about his influences and journey so far.
Maybe it’s his controversial lyrics or his stage name, Iceberg Slim, which is synonymous to the popular American pimp, Robert Lee Maupin. Nonetheless, Olusegun Olowokere has more up his sleeves than he’s credited for. As an emerging rap artiste in the entertainment industry, Iceberg Slim seems ready to set the music scene ablaze with his inimitable breezy style.
Born in the United States, Iceberg Slim had no intention of delving into music. As far as he was concerned, he was just a normal church boy, playing the keyboard, drum and singing with other members in the choir. He grew up listening to Fuji music such as the likes of Obesere, Sunny Ade and others. It never crossed his mind that someday he would be holding the mic and writing his own lyrics.
Looking cool in his red polo shirt and denim jeans, he evoked strongly his stage name. He might indeed have an undying love for the fairer sex but he insists he’s not a flirt. His stage name, he owes to one of his former girlfriends. “She said to me, ‘You love girls too much just like Iceberg Slim’ and that was how I got the name,” he recalls.
With a childhood serenaded by Fuji music, he ought to have taken up the genre. Rather, he preferred rap music. “I chose rap music because I got influenced by it,” he says. “And I think rap music is all about freedom of expression. When you listen to some rap artistes, you will observe that they are in a way expressing their emotions. Take Tupac Shakur, for instance.Continue reading