Born Michael Egube in Benin City, Pope is the 1st child & only son of his parents with two beautiful sisters. Pope spent his early years at oil-rich Warri before moving to Lagos. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of influences including Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Fela; he started music at an early age, learning to play the keyboard while in primary school. He later added the drums and bass guitar to his repertoire in secondary school, as well as what would ultimately become his foremost skill: rap.
By 2008, Pope had become a respected name on the underground hip-hop scene in Nigeria, where he cut his teeth on numerous underground mixtapes while honing his signature melody-driven rap sound, eventually getting the attention of Cackland Music, his current label home.
With his two official debut singles just released (‘Enjoy‘-which he sampled Fela & fused it with jazzy hip-hop to make a classic & ‘Baale Baale‘-which he made a club hit from only drums) and his debut album slated for release later this year, Pope has effectively proven that he is set to take the entertainment industry in Africa by storm.
Listen below to Pope as he does his thang on BoB‘s ‘Nothing On U‘ and Mr West‘s ‘Power‘. Also download his monster track ‘Baale Baale‘ now
Baale Baale (4.1 MiB, 3,776 hits)