When the 234Drill finally exploded in Nigeria (with the viral “I See, I Saw”), a lot of heads turned to notice a new hip-hop sub-genre recently imported by a new generation of emcees and femcees. Before then, the 234Drill and some of its Nigerian pioneers already hit my radar in 2020, and a particular emcee who did hit my timeline regularly was (and still is) Droxx.
Olaitan Habeeb Taiwo, was a Law student at the University of Ilorin when he became part of the pioneering emcees of the 234Drill movement. He still is undeterred by his busy schedule at the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, as he continues to record or release new singles and features almost on a monthly basis. Whatever happens after his call to the bar is unknown, but he most likely will be doing what he loves most; churning out great drill music and projects
This is Droxx and here is his JJC
I was born in Abule Egba, Lagos and I grew up there. I spent the majority of my childhood in Lagos and occasionally spent some summers in London as a kid, which influenced my love for Grime/Drill later on. Always loved music as a kid, I’d always dance and try to rap along whenever a music video came up on tv.
Listened to Asa, 2face, Psquare, Tony Tetuila, Lagbaja, Dbanj, Eedris Abdulkareem, Ruggedman, Sasha P, Ikechuckwu, etc., and some fuji music my parents always played in their cars. Foreign artists that I heard their music playing around me as a kid were the likes of Jay Z, (Lil) Wayne, Kanye (West), Eminem, 50Cent, Sean Paul, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, long list…
I used to draw comics and act in stage plays as a kid. I also engaged in Cultural performances in primary school and did stage plays and whatnot.
First Encounter with Hip-Hop
I used to listen to Wayne and Eminem a lot in boarding school. My friends loved hip hop too and they’d rap Eminem and Wayne lyrics, and battle each other. We’d have social nights/Talent nights where a couple of students would go up on stage to either dance or mime perform a song. That really inspired me to want to really rap, to be honest. Just watching them strengthened my love for hip hop.
I was in SS2 and I was 14, I had a lyric book, and I’d occasionally rap to my classmates.
Hip Hop Head to Emcee
At 14 I started writing my own lyrics, obviously, they were shabby at first but over time I mastered my ting. Lil Wayne inspired my sound a lot when I first started rapping, and local artistes like Yung6ix, Sauce Kid (Sinzu), M.I (Abaga), and Jesse Jagz were inspirations too.
People were impressed, to say the least, I was hot from time.
Your Most Underrated Song/Verse
Lunar Eclipse with D.S.6
Your Worst Song/Verse
I’m pretty content with most of my music out right now. I wouldn’t wish to change a thing. Maybe a couple ones that I wished had better engineering, that’s all.
Yeah, the rollout for my Drill Mixtape already started. Releasing the first lead single on Friday (May 27th), numerous feature verses this year too, and definitely some visuals. I also got a couple (of) joint projects with some talented artists coming up later in the year too.
I always got something lined up