The hottest rising music star in Africa, Omah Lay bares all in an interview with Adesope Live Podcast as he talks about his life trajectory, inspirations, music amongst others.
In anticipation of his highly anticipated album ‘What Have We Done’ (WHWD)‘, Omah Lay was spotted in a 28-minute interview with Adesope Live Podcast on Youtube on the 16th of November 2020 and he opened up about growing up in Port Harcourt and how the city influenced his music. He said;
Port Harcourt is a city where you have to grow up being a man. My mom and dad are from there and I was born there. As a matter of fact, 2020 was the first time I left Port Harcourt in my entire life. I don’t regret coming from Port Harcourt or growing up in Port Harcourt for any reason. Duncan mighty, Burna Boy, and some other guys are from P.H and I grew up listening to them. My grandfather used to be a musician and a percussionist and he played percussion for a highlife legend, Celestine Uku. I think it all started from there then to growing up listening to these guys, hip-hop, it’s a mixture of growing up in P.H and listening to these guys that shaped me and how my music sounds like.
The ‘Damn‘ crooner and producer also talked about starting as a rapper, being in a rap group when he was much younger, and taking up music production. He expressed:
I was part of a rap group, we called ourselves Big 2, it was I and my cousin at the time. Growing up, I listened to a lot of Drake, as a matter, I just wanted to be Drake and nothing else. After my cousin dissolved the group because of the difficulties at that time of getting studio time and beats from producers, I became a solo artist and went to learn beat production then I started making my beats and I became Omah Lay.