KELECHI is a music artist and producer from London, U.K. Grew up in Port harcourt southern Nigeria but returned to the U.K. at the age of 18 years old. Growing up in Port harcourt also known as P/H city in the 90s. There weren’t any teenage music artists to aspire to, so he grew up listening to Hiphop music coming out of the United States in the 90s, Artists like 2pac, Nas, Queen Latifah, Biggie, Mc Lyte, Hove, Naughty by nature, Ice cube, Snoop, Dr Dre, etc.
After a brain injury that left him paralysed on his left side, which led to a fatal pulmonary cardiac arrest. KELECHI was dead for 206 seconds before he was successfully shocked back to life with the defibrillator after a few failed attempts and slipped into a coma for 3 months from December 21st 2005 to March 2006. KELECHI’s back with his upcoming album titled: Conscious conversational rap, a nod to his unique flow/style.
For Conscious conversational rap album KELECHI is in collaboration with Grammy award winning producer and songwriter Madukwu Chinwah. For those that don’t know this humble giant allowed him to enlighten you. This is the producer of Baduizm, Eryka Badu’s amazing debut album. He’s also produced for a lot of other massive artists like Common, Raven Symone, N’dambi and loads more.
KELECHI enlisted quite a number of amazing talent on the featured list for this album to mention a few; Travis Shyn, Vessy Mink, Radio Na-IM, Tommy Toms, Big T and loads more. The official release date for this album is the 29th of January 2023. They are apologies he had to move the release date back before. But he is doing all he has to do to make sure when the album drops they leave no stones unturned and give the awesome fans nothing short of a masterpiece.
So unfortunately if a producer requires more time he will grant it to them. So they deliver nothing short of their best work. Production wise on the album he has Tommy Toms. He produced In da Club, his first single from the album & made one other beat. He has his brother from another mother Mookassa the great from Oklahoma. He made a couple beats. KELECHI also purchased two very specific beats from Tarris the producer and then he has the big guns obviously MADUKWU and him. He believes that covers the full production on the album.
I’m really looking forward to sharing the album with the world, I think it’s a really good album & not just because it’s mine.
Interview With Kelechi
What is your real name & stage name?
Where are you from?
Port harcourt(p/h city), southern Nigeria. So I’m a Nigerian but I have lived in London, U.K. for about 25 years, was also born so I believe the PC term would be im Nigerian British or British Nigerian, works either way.
What do you do?
I’m a music artist, producer, songwriter, poet, voice, actor, and more.
How long have you been in your industry?
I’ve always written & made music all my life from the age of 11 but never professionally recorded and released my music. It was & still is my therapy, I didn’t wanna share it.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I wanna say coming back from the dead but I really enjoyed making my album and listening to it together now makes me proud the release date is 2 December at the moment but possibly pushed back to January 29 as I’m still waiting on bits from featured artists. So be on the lookout.
How has COVID affected you on your journey?
I’d say positively because when covid struck & out the world on pause, it gave me a minute to think & get back to making music, also helped with my decision to share my art because there’s a lot of people hurting in the world and Covid pretty amplified peoples struggles.
What’s your next move?
Make more music, I’m especially excited with what I’ve got coming looking forward to sharing my versatility as an artist and show people sides of me musically that they didn’t even know existed I.e I’ve got afrobeats songs,country songs I’ll be cutting across genres in a manner that hasn’t been seen or done in music before.
Are you working on any projects?
Yes yes yes I am simultaneously working on a few projects at the moment.
First I’m working on EPs with my partner in rhyme BIG T. Most people know me as a solo artist and I am, but I’m also one half of a group known as Deadly Combination (DC) for short . We’ve recorded 2 eps already, the first is titled D.C as it’ll be our debut & the second is Wreckin cru, although Wreckin Cru might be released before D C I’m told due to logistical issues. Also I wrote a song called webitics, recorded a rough draft and sent to my friend & favorite rockstar from Chicago Vessy Mink, I had briefly told her about the song in passing on CH, because she really involved in the web3 space with NFTs, crypto currencies, blockchains, etc. To cut the long story short she sent the track back to me with some dope vocals, So I decided it’ll be a great idea to make it part of an ep. I know Vessy stretched thin with her web3 commitments but if I make the tracks & send her I she’ll do her bit & we already know we work well together because she’s featured on a song called sacrifices.
Where do you see yourself in 1 year?
With a huge catalog selling my music directly to the fans and no longer putting my music on streaming platforms like Spotify that rob artists of our blood sweat and tears.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
I appreciate all the fans that f*ck with my music big up Phoenix, Arizona, my analytics show I got more monthly listeners there that anywhere else in the world, Big Phoenix Arizona I LOVE YOU.
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