NazB is taking the world by storm with his brand of new-school hip-hop with an international message. Hailing from Zurich Switzerland, born in Nigeria.
NazB has travel round the world and turning the volume up everywhere he goes. As a young boy being raised by the streets of Nigeria, Michael gained a reputation of having incredible talent in the art of rap. He soon began to demonstrate his skills anywhere there was a listening ear. His persistence and perseverance eventually gained him the nickname Nazodobas,which eventually evolved into NazB and became his rapper alias, a name of a respected old-time Nigerian hustler. The name stuck.
In his early teens, he began performing at local clubs and slowly building a loyal audience. He soon sadly realized that he was unable to gain the support of his beloved parents, so at the age of 18, he made the difficult decision to leave home and pursue his dream on his own.
The first couple of years were rather difficult for this young artist. NazB found himself in situations that occasionally led him to petty crimes in order to pay for bare necessities.
The constant struggle and strife was able to build the tower of resilience that eventually helped him complete his debut album. He proudly named it, âMoney in the Gameâ and released it independently.
Excited by his new project and level of potential, he quickly took his message on the road. He performed his brand of international new-school hip-hop at venues in various countries such as Brazil, South Africa, Ivory Coast, The Netherlands, UK,Germany,Nigeria and local Switzerland clubs. In turn, the audiences devoured it as if it were a delicious meal that can also fill up the soul. In 2006, NazBâs debut album had been carefully crafted using top-notch beats that were intricately fused with American and European ingredients alike.
Recorded entirely in Switzerland, his album combined these refreshing selections of instrumentation with his expressive lyrical content. It was the clever combination of the two (music and lyrics) that then enabled him to openly illustrate his personal story of pain and progress. His first single was entitled âSuperflyâ. It quickly gained him major Radio/TV exposure and was recognized as number one on Robo Clip SF2 Television in Switzerland as well as on the very popular, Canadian Music Television. "This album tells the story of my life and my pain," NazB explains. That it does.
Themes explore various topics such as love, poverty, racism, and religious discrimination. Stylistically, he drew influences from some of the most respected hip-hop legends of his time including 2Pac, Nas, Dr. Dre, and the Notorious BIG. Yet and still, his style is one very unique to himself. NazB has developed a distinctive sound that blends funky rhythms, heavy-bass grooves, and even elements of his African roots. "I play music because I love it,â he clarifies. âI feel like it's something I can offer to the world! I want the world to know that I believe in peace and having faith in something bigger than ourselves." NazB recently released two new singles, "Around the World" and âBiko Bikoâ and has also signed a deal with Iris Distribution to ensure that his future projects will be delivered more globally. While having a well-received album and experiencing the world is definitely a dream come true for this humble rapper, with his heart being set on finding something deeper, we can rest assured that we have not yet heard the last of him. Stay tuned!