The Rise Of Africa’s Best Young Generation Lyricist

Martyn (Martin Chika Emmanuel) is a multitalented rapper, singer, songwriter, author and inventor from Eastern Nigeria but born and raised in Lagos. The young rapper (born 26th July 1994) began to build his professional career in music after bagging a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science in 2015 and interning at Chocolate City Entertainment afterwards, driven by the nurtured passion that turned him into a songwriter at the age of nine, going on to release singles such as City Lights and Wizkid’s Ojuelegba Refix.
Having musical influences such as Kanye West, MI Abaga, Drake, Wale, his music tilts heavily towards witty lyricism but retains melodic softness and it is easy to see why he has been dubbed Africa’s best lyricist even at such an early stages in his career.


Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
My parents are from Eastern Nigeria but I was born and brought up in Lagos Nigeria, which is Western. I come from a simple and average family and my parents weren't super rich but they could afford to provide our necessities and we've been happy together. I've been drawn to music since I was a kid, learning to play the piano since I was nine and that kind of required lots of singing and practice. I had to sing to myself to be able to practice and eventually I started to write my own songs, and sing in church and in school and so on. When I went to college, I just knew in my heart that I had to follow my passion, nothing else would have made me happy.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Well I would say the best way to start would be to create an awareness about your brand in your locality. That's where you're more likely to have friends and neighbors who would readily support your career whichever way they can, so a gig happening on your street will most likely involve you, local stations will be more receptive to you, and I guess every locality has its workings and its different for others but start locally where people are more willing to listen because they know you or you're friends, and you'll grow.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
The music is already a part of me and so performance just comes, and I'm creative in different ways about it. Being in the studio, recording, listening over and over, the music becomes a part of you, and I'm not the type to get high before I go on stage, I don't think I have problems remembering lyrics or whatnot. But we're all human and sometimes things might happen and its just best to go with the flow, it's creative energy. You can turn a mistake into something cool. Just go with the flow.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
I haven't begun touring yet, I had to be done with college so I could focus on music and now that I'm done with that I've started to make music. But I'll definitely be touring this year. A lot.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
Well I work with a lot of people and the arrangement is always different but you know I'm a bit of a studio freak so I plan on setting up a personal studio where I can just live..haha
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
For me I think personal communication has worked so much, talking to people about the music personally and making them a part of the process. Social media helps a lot too because a majority of my audience are young generation.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Um, there's a host of them. But I would love to perform with Kanye, Drake, Big Sean, Rihanna, Jhene Aiko. I've got superbowl goals. Would love to perform at Coachella, OVOFest, the Grammy Awards, I want one of those too. Haha
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I've got a lot of stuff coming out this year. I'm also big on bodies of work so there'll be a lot of those too but I'm super excited about the album and I can't wait to share it with the world. It's a complete work of art. That's all I can say for now
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Um, I think I'm still doing the things I would be doing if I wasn't doing music, because I like to pursue all of my passions. I write books and I'm doing that. I also would have been majorly into I.T if it wasn't music, I'm into computers. Couple of other things too that you'll find out as time passes.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
This year is pretty young right now and there's a lot to do and even though I like to plan I also like to live in the now so let's do what we can now and when the next year gets here we can worry about that.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Most definitely. Big shoutout to my parents, I put them in a tight corner with my decision to go with music all the way but they have supported me all the way and it has been a blessing. Shoutout to my amazing fans and friends who help make my dreams reality everyday. God bless you all.