Mz J4zzie whose real name is Jasmine Remi-Ilori is a law graduate turned afro rapper. The UK-born Nigerian has an award of excellence for rap. She has supported and shared the stage with major acts including Ms Banks, Not3s, Tiwa Savage and Naira Marley. In this interview, she talks about her foray into music and her drive to dominate rap music in Nigeria with her afro rap genre.
Tell us about your foray into music. How did a law graduate become a rapper?
I had a passion for law and I had a passion for music so I set myself the challenge to accomplish both. So I went to university and graduated with a LLB (Hons) law degree and once I graduated I began my music career. I am happy that I graduated before I started my music career as I’ve been able to use the skills and knowledge gained through studying law to navigate within my music career when it comes to contracts.
How long have you been into music professionally?
I have been into music professionally for three years now.
Do you see any challenges being a female in the industry?
I believe that women can be just as successful as the men in the industry or even more successful if we as women continue to push and work together. There are many challenges that I have faced in the industry as a female rapper in the industry. One of the main challenges is not being taken as seriously as the men. Another main challenge is men wanting to date you before giving you an opportunity in the industry.
What’s afro rap? Is it anyway like afro beat?
Afro rap is a genre to which you rap on an afro beat.
How many albums do you have?
I don’t have any albums as of yet as I’m still new in the game and I’m waiting for the right time before dropping an album.
What kind of collaborations should we expect from you, and what plans do you have for the future?
I have major collaborations coming with known African artists which will all be revealed in due time. I’m planning to take over the Nigerian rap scene all the way from the UK. The market is open as I don’t see any female dominating the rap scene in Nigeria as of now and it’s mine for the taking.Tell us who your role models in music are
I don’t believe in role models but I am inspired by the path that Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido and Tiwa Savage has paved.