Due to the difficulty in setting up a meeting with Rilwan, I decided to do it the best way I knew via bbm. Yes. Thanks to MTN also, who tried to frustrate my effort, but I made sure the chat went on as planned.
Rilwan Alexander Bawa-Bwari, the new kid on the block currently signed on to PLay Records, took time out to chat with me.
Bubba: Hello Rilwan. How are you?
Rilwan: I’m chilled…Playing fifa at my mans house
Bubba: Lol ok
Bubba: It’s been hard trying to reach you oh…
Rilwan: Omo no vex o!….been tied up with all sorts
Bubba: Aren’t you meant to be in the studio making good music?
Rilwan: I actually just got out of the studio abt 40mins ago
Rilwan: Taking a chill right about now
Rilwan: Body no be wood nau
Bubba: Abi oh, lol
Bubba: So, how did this whole music thing start out?
Rilwan: Started out as a hobby o!
Rilwan: Back in kings college with friends
Rilwan: I used to be the beat box and used to watch my guys rap till I started writing myself
Rilwan: Then it started getting serious in uni when I started making studio tracks
Rilwan: Got soo much support I decided to stick with it
Bubba: What Uni did u attend?
Rilwan: Babcock uni
Bubba: What did you study?
Rilwan: International relations (aka long ting)
Bubba: Ya a joker oh..
Bubba: How can you explain your genre of music?
Rilwan: I’ve been told
Rilwan: Its a fusion of hip hop and alternative music with the African appeal to it
Rilwan: U can call it alternative afro-hiphop
Rilwan: aka Buttermint music
Bubba: Oh so urs is now Buttermint music?
Bubba: But basically you rap right?
Bubba: Your Single ‘Every night’ is a massive club banger, what else is in the works for Rilwan?
Rilwan: Quite a few actually
Rilwan: The PLay records all stars album
Rilwan: “The Outsiders”
Rilwan: The video for Everynight rmx ft Bush and Lynxx is out everywhere now
Rilwan: My album as well….which scheduled to drop later this year
Rilwan: And I’m dropping a new single real soon
Bubba: You are currently signed on to PLay records, are you the only one signed on here?
Rilwan: Nah I’ve got 3 label mates so far
Rilwan: Mimi, Bush and Kanebi
Bubba: Apart from music what else do you do?
Rilwan: Graphic designing
Rilwan: And photography
Rilwan: I part own a company called WeOwnTheNight
Bubba: So you are also an Entrepreneur?
Rilwan: U can say that
Bubba: So what’s a typical day like for you?
Rilwan: Wake up at 8am
Rilwan: Deceive myself with trying to work out for abt 15mins
Rilwan: Head to work cuz I’m on that NYSC p
Rilwan: Lunch at Italian formula which is on the same road as my office
Rilwan: Then head to the studio from there
Rilwan: That’s how it is 70percent of the time
Rilwan: Other days jus hav extra activities
Bubba: And your everyday look will be?
Rilwan: Shirt or tee shirt with a jacket, straight jeans and loafers
Rilwan: And I love jackets
Rilwan: I like to keep it fresh
Bubba: That’s not the every day rapper look oh? Wat about big jackets ,hoodies and baggies?
Rilwan: Nah I don’t play that
Rilwan: Too loose for me
Rilwan: And I’m not a stereotype kinda person
Rilwan: From the music to the fashion
Bubba: What’s your favorite fashion accessory?
Rilwan: My Ituen Bassey beads
Bubba: Finally, what do you think about the Nigerian music industry?
Rilwan: I think its the fastest growing entertainment arm in the world right now
Rilwan: Its amazing
Rilwan: And there’s so much healthy competition
Bubba: How about the ladies? 😉
Rilwan: U’r the only lady in my life nau
Bubba: Ah jo oh…bye bye
Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN