Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Current city: Abuja, Nigeria.
Origin: Kaduna, Nigeria.
Better known by his stage name REX RAZOR Is a Nigerian rapper, singer, writer and poet.
4FAME.COM BLOG: ARTIST INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
1. 4FAME : When did you first start creating music and how did you come up with your artist name, Rex Razor?
REX RAZOR: I grew up as a choir boy from the early age of 10, beign the only one standing on the tenor section back then in the church during the Sunday mass gave me a sense of pride. But somehow, I quit church around 1996 and automatically the choir as well over some personal issues. I then bumped on a tape around 1997 with songs by the rap legend Tupac Amaru Shakur. That was the first time I listened to rap music, even though I didn’t quite liked the art of spoken word alongside beats; somehow I was curious towards rap music. After lending my ears to Tupac, I began to mimic, mime and make attempts on jotting down some of his lyrics back then in order to study his pattern and why he (2pac) chose that kind of musical genre to express his innermost thoughts. I then realized that rap music is the best form of expression of anger, pain and mostly more of a better weapon in warfare of words that penetrates not only the brain but the mind, heart and soul of the listener (friend or foe) and can also be used in a more positive way. So, since I’ve got the background of music as a choir boy, I used that part for the choruses in my songs and lay rap on the verses.
HOW I CAME UP WITH THE NAME “REX RAZOR”
Well, to be frank with you, the alphabets “R” and “X” happened to be my favourite letters among the 26 characters and it took me about a decade to come up with a comfortable stage name. I did go by the name “Roby” until late 90’s when I realised it wasn’t cozy enough, and then switched to “Rex” in 1998-1999. But still felt it wasn’t unique enough. By 2006-2008 I added “Razor” to it, and ever since then everybody just either wasn’t happy with it or curious to know why I chose such as a stage name. (Laughs)
2. 4FAME : Where are you originally from? Do you come from a musical (family) background?
REX RAZOR: Both my parents are from West Africa (Nigeria). Though my parents got separated when I was only seven months old in the womb, I was born Richard Shekari, 11th April 1981 to Gladys B. Shekari and Luke O. Shekari in the north-eastern state of Bauchi, Nigeria. My uncle Yusuf Barwa named me “Richard” I never asked him why (giggles) but I like it. My parents are from Kaduna State, Nigeria. I spent the first ten years of my life with my biological mother and grandmother as well and then moved in with my dad in 1991 who was already married to another woman. I’m the fifth in the family of ten. I did not come from a musical (family) background. I just love music, and as a young kid, it amazed me when I hear words been fine-tuned into songs and melodies and how good music calms the soul and the troubled minds. So I joined the choir and fitted well on tenor .
3. 4FAME : At what point did you decide that you wanted to pursue music as a profession?
REX RAZOR: well, I am a lover of art. Art is one thing that makes the “creator of the art” glad and happy from within whether profits are made or not after production or creation of whatever art one is into. The feeling of accomplishment alone brings a certain sense of joy from within. I chose music as a profession a long time ago but finance, challenges in school and life at large made me skip and concentrate on my studies. Right after getting my B.Tech degree in Architecture I turned to music full time 2011.