Different peope do different things. Ogunbowale Emmanuel is a student who makes a living out of entertainment. While many college students in Ibadan will know him by his stage name Eminence RapMachine, we at InterviewStories knows him as an artist that prescribes and cure illness with his form of entertainment, music.
Can we know you?
My name is Ogunbowale Emmanuel Gbolade popularly known by the stage name Eminence RapMachine. I am based in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. I am an Artiste, Actor, an Entertainer generally
I always wanted to become a medical doctor back then in secondary school all because I want to save life’s and help cure people with problems but I fell deeply in love with music and I told myself *”Why try to save people with obvious illness? why not save people with depression issues, sadness and all. Things they can’t take to the hospital”. Eminence RapMachine just love making people happy. I’ll say I’m still a doctor but music and entertainment is what I prescribe and cure you with
How did you venture into entertainment?
It all started in secondary school when I was about to write my WAEC in early 2016. A friend of mine “Banji” downloaded an application that you can make beats with and we started playing with it and rapping on the beats using lyrics of other rappers like Dagrin, Olamide, Lil Wayne until one day we tried to write our own lyrics and do some freestyles and it was not that bad so…we continued and turned it into a daily routine (writing more lyrics, challenging one another)
Until one day my best friend Ay_Lyon said to me,Emmy let’s go to the studio and record a song at first the idea sounded funny and crazy because I never saw my self becoming an artist but we recorded a song together titled Roll it. and since then I just couldn’t stop doing music and making people happy because I love the seeing joy on people’s faces whenever I entertain them or encourage them in my way
Tell us your first experience in the studio?
Wow…My first time in studio felt strange (I couldn’t believe I was recording a song). It was my first time in that kind of environment but at the same time, it felt like home in a cool way. I enjoyed every part of the session; from making the beat to recording to the producer complaining about the way we are recording like armatures. Very funny but I knew making good music and making people happy is what I wanted do for the rest of my life.
How did you acquire the name Eminence RapMachine?
Hmm… I actually gave my self the name Eminence. Initially my stage name was Emmyboy Wizzy then EmmyRocky but I sat down one day and remembered the Yoruba adage
Oruko maa n ro yan meaning you live up to your name or behave according to your name then I started searching for a name that will at least capture what I want to become in life. That was how I came up with the name Eminence which means someone successful and well.
I went for a show where I performed and after my performance, people were like
how come you are never tired on stage with that kind of crazy mind-blowing performance? then a fan answered and said that I was a machine. That was how I got the name RapMachine from my fans
Tell us about your latest work?
I dropped my first official singles this year January 2019 titled Fine Girls and BOTM(Beast on the microphone). Two songs at the same time. Crazy? I know. I just dropped another love jam titled MINE this month.
What inspires you to produce these songs?
BOTM(Beast on the microphone) was basically about how lyrically insane I am on the microphone portraying me as the beast on the microphone. So… It is self-exalting.
Same as Fine Girls.I’m a very cute and attractive guy so ladies come after me all the time. That is what Inspired the song. So I called myself husband of all fine girls and made people realize that I don’t chase babes instead they rush me
For MINE … The inspiration behind it is an imaginary babe in my head I’m about to know. She’s the exact picture of the babe I’ll love to be with forever .So.. I’m basically letting her know I want to make her MINE and MINE alone
Is MINE your biggest hit so far?
Well… MINE is different from my normal kinda songs. It’s very calm and emotional. Plus it just dropped so it is still fresh and I still have a lot of better Sounds I’m yet to unveil. But no doubt MINE issa banger.
Do people appreciate music in Nigeria?
Recently, YES. Nigerians are starting to appreciate music but not as much as foreign countries, for now. That is why you see Nigerians trying to go international and their fans abroad are really crazy about them.
Tell us about your first experience on stage?
It’s really a funny one. It was a live performance with my friend sQ under a group named THUG. I was very very nervous facing hundreds of people mostly females ,I held the microphone like a church choir while I was rapping, I didn’t move that much on stage and the painful part was that I forgot my second verse out of fear for about 30 seconds. Thank God sQ covered up for me before I was able to remember but it was so much fun and experience.
Do you make a lot from music?
Well… I make a whole lot from music. I make a living out of music but if what you mean is cash the answer is NO. You know how the upcoming artiste’s life goes. People see you’re good even better than some Star so they call you to shut down their show and still don’t want to pay the way they know they should.
Lack of investors and Sponsors is really slowing things down but we keep pushing and hoping for the best.
What then makes you continue?
Passion. There are a lot of people out there that my song will heal their soul. If I stop now what do I gain. So I just keep going because I know it’s not all about the money it’s about healing souls and making people happy and giving then joy
Will you still be doing music for long?
Yes. For a very long time. I have a lot to do and I’ve not done 1% I’m just starting. Not just music alone but Entertainment generally.
Have you ever regretted doing entertainment or been disappointed before?
Hmm… No. Sure we have down times where you’re like
God will this hustle pay? but all these things are expected. So whenever somethings happen, I just laugh because it is expected and not strange. I am not the first person it will ever happen to . I just focus on where I’m going and why I’m doing what I’m doing.
What advice do you have for upcoming artists?
Just keep it 100%. Know why you’re doing what you’re doing and focus. Don’t just follow the crowd. Be determined and prepared for anything that comes your way both challenges and opportunities because both will always come your way.
What mistakes should newcomers avoid in the entertainment industry?
Walking in the shadow of another artist and not having your own brand that is really YOU. You have to be unique in your own special way. Also, newcomers should not just take music as an escape route thinking it’s easy that’s why we have a lot of artists singing all sort of empty songs (the producers are the ones doing the job because we dance to their beat). New comers need to be sure Entertainment is what they’re really born for.
What makes your kind of entertainment unique?
Eminence RapMachine fuse different sounds together and I just do it my way and own it. So, if you listen to my songs you can hardly say I’m following one particular artiste or pattern of music. I’m flexible. I don’t do a one-way thing where all my songs sound the same
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
10 years time I see my self impacting lives with my music and entertaining people worldwide. Maybe even on a World Tour. Having millions of fans all over the world. Breaking records and winning awards and becoming a legend.
How can people contact you?
You can connect with me on IG @ Eminence_RapMachine_ , Twitter @ EminenceRM .You can also type my name Eminence RapMachine on Google to download my songs.And also watch my videos on YouTube and subscribe. Information about booking is on my Instagram bio