Exclusive Interview / 01/29/2017 by Berenice Mulubah
Upcoming artist, Nyae Slanger fearlessly opened up to our readers. Check out what she had to say.
Start off by telling us who you are.My name is Nyae Slanger. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. My parents are originally from Grand Gebeh, Liberia, West Africa. I have been rapping, singing and writing since 8yrs old. I have a BA in political science, but music is my passion.
When did you first discover your passion for hip-hop?I grew up listening to hip-hop, my friends grew up listening to hip hop. I got hooked on Lauren Hill, Jay Z, Biggie Small and the rest of them. I had no choice but to fall in love with hip hop.
Why did you choose hip hop to express yourself?I grew up in a neighborhood full of drug addicts and drug dealers. When I write, I write about what's happening around me. I just felt like hip hop was right for me and what I easily connected to. Although hip hop is my primary sound, I still like and respect every genre.
Do you have any musical Liberian idols?I love Sundaygar Dearboy music. My father played his music all the time and I definitely rock to it.
With little to no knowledge of Liberia, What motivates you to target Liberians as an audience?I may not have been born in Liberia or grew up in Liberia, Liberia is still my roots. I grew up eating Liberian food, listening to my parents talked daily of Liberia and I have embraced that side of me.
The streets are talking and is currently calling you "the girl who cuss a lot in her music," is that what you want fans to take from your music?I want them to take reality from my music. Those moments when I do cuss in my music, it is just me being as real as I can be. But, I also make music that appeals to my fans who are uncomfortable with profanity. Using profanity in my music is not all of who I am, just a small percentage of who I am. I have songs without cuss words and more to come.
One minute you are rapping, the next minute you are singing, the next minute you are doing something else, it seems like you are allover the place. What do you hope to accomplish?I Just want to go as far as my mind will let me and ride the wave of my support. I am at the beginning stage of my career. I am still introducing myself to the world. I want to show the world my capabilities, let them know what I can do. Eventually, I will settle into a specific genre of music, for now, hip hop is my primary.
Did you have the opportunity to research the Liberian market before entering into it?
I have a strong management team that handles that and I fully trust their expertise.
While you are still starting out and still growing your fan base, what knowledge can you impart to other artists on the come-up? Do you have anything to say to your fans?Just really put in the work. You go as far as you push yourself. Work, work, work. For the fans, thanks for your support. I have so much in store for you guys.
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