Poet, Songwriter, Political Blogger (rantingsofthetalakawa.blogspot.com) and Hip Hop Rap/Spoken Word artist Plumbline was born in Lagos Nigeria, in his Lagos Island hometown.
Growing up, he was influenced by Local Poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and later on caught up with the works of the Late Ken Saro Wiwa. His defining moment was when he heard Kurtis Blow‘s “Basketball” and “If I ruled the World” in the Early/Mid Eighties. Having been on Michael Jackson‘s Pop and Boney M‘s Discotheque, this was to him a paradigm shift. By the time he was in high school, he started writing his own rhymes but did not go into active recording till 2006, the time he concluded his Masters Degree in Applied Geophysics.
Some temporary setbacks, including losing his recordings at the time his then Producer got robbed; Laptop, Backup and all did not deter him.
He is a Regular Spoken Word performer at Taruwa, Lydia Sobogun’s Poetry/Open Mic event hosted by Bez with a fiery delivery that earned him the title ‘Taruwa Favourite’. He performs at Anthill, and hosts a Spoken Word event, Chill and Relax at Zamunda Bar, Victoria Island. He was also one of the Poets at Rhyme and Reasons for Jos, a gathering of Artists and Comedians to decry the Jos violence.
He has since teamed up with BigFoot (Micworx), Kraft, and Steady of STOMProductions on an ambitious Hiphop/Spoken Word project billed for a 2011 Debut.
He’s been generous enuff to give out 3 dope tracks:
“Faraway” – This is a Hip-hop-meets-Soft-Rock/Acoustics track done in collaboration with Ese Peters under the Production of Big Foot of Micworx studios.[audio:https://www.360nobs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Plumbline-ft-Ese-Peters-Far-Away.mp3|titles=Plumbline ft Ese Peters – Far Away]
Plumbline ft Ese Peters - Far Away (3.1 MiB, 460 hits)
“E BaMi KiWon” – E BaMi Kiwon (3 Letters) is a Spoken Word Track featuring the Harmonizers, a live Orchestral Band, with the vocal support of Femi Jubal (vocalist for Sage Has.son). It is a Crime Story and the experience of an immigrant on the Streets of Lagos. Produced by Steady for STOMProductions[audio:https://www.360nobs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Plumbline-E-ba-mi-kiwon.mp3|titles=Plumbline – E ba mi kiwon]
Plumbline - E ba mi kiwon (4.3 MiB, 512 hits)
“Dead Presidents” – This is a walk down Nigeria’s memory lane, a tell-it-all Biography of some of the Characters on the Naira Note and a flashback on Nigeria’s Political History. Produced by Bigfoot of Micworx Productions[audio:https://www.360nobs.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Plumbline-Dead-Presidents.mp3|titles=Plumbline – Dead Presidents]
Plumbline - Dead Presidents (3.5 MiB, 489 hits)
360nobs is also proud to première the video for “Dead Presidents” which is Plumbline’s 1st. The video was directed by Nodash at Zamunda Bar in V/I, Lagos with cameos from Rooftop Mcs, Tosyn Bucknor (Con.Tra.diction), B-Elect (Thorobreds), M-Trill, Bigfoot, Talk Talk (Comedian)and a Plethora of budding Spoken Word Artistes (Rez da Poet, Chiedu Ifeozo and Efe Azino).
I love the video concept where Plumbline is in a bar visibly annoyed by all the rubbish Talk Talk is saying about Nigerian History and shuts him up to tell the story properly. Actual Historical clips were used in the video. Classick!