Meet Nigerian Rap Sensation; Eclipse

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ECLIPSE

Also Known                   Eclipse the DemiGod, Eclipse Nkasiobi

Born                              July 23, 1991

Genres                           Rap, Hip Hop, Afro Beats, Dance- hall

Occupation                             Rapper, Producer, Actor, MC, Singer-Songwriter

Years Active                            2012-

Label                             AbOriginal Productions

Associated Acts            Barzini, Boogey, Ese Peters, Eva, Evaezi, M.I     Abaga, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Poe, Ruby Gyang, Slay.

Website                         www.itseclipse.com

NkasiobiChukwu (born July 23, 1991), better known as Eclipse, or Eclipse Nkasiobi, isa Nigerian hip-hop recording artist signed toAbOriginal Productions, a Nigeria-based entertainment company with proficiencies in theatre, music, television and film production.

Early Life

Nkasiobi was born in Kaduna to Igbo parents from Abia State, His formative years were marked by constantrelocations due to his father’s job as a sales and marketing representative: he grew up in Lagos, spent his secondary school years in Abuja (F.G.C Kwali), and enrolled for studies toward a BSc in Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), in Enugu.  As a result of his diverse background and upbringing, Eclipse considers himself to be a full, and universal, Nigerian.

2011-2012: University Life and Early Experiments with Music

A self-described “loner” who turned to music in his teens to cope with his inability to form permanent friendships as a result of his constant relocationsNkasiobitaught himself how to produce and began writing rhymes, while at UNN. He also became an on air presenter (OAP), on UNN’s LION FM, where his warm and ready wit—and hispenchant for answering listeners’ questions in cheeky rhymes—soon won him a sizable listening audience.

Under the name “Eclipse”, Nkasi became a popular fixture on the South Eastern Nigerian battle rap circuit, where his wittylyrics and condescending demeanorearned him the pseudonym “The Demigod” — and eventually led to his being crowned King Of The South-Eastin 2011, after an all-night battle royale with the region’s 13 best MCs.

Eclipse’s victory led to interest from artistes from other regions, among them Yung6ix, Phenom, and JoshBeatz, with whom he collaborated on thesingle, “Still Breathing”, which not only became a hit song in southern Nigerian, but also made its way to playlists in Lagos and Abuja.

The success of “Still Breathing” persuaded him to relocate to Lagos, to pursue his dreams of a recording music career.

2012:AbOriginal Productions

Shortly after relocating to Lagos, Eclipse was invited to a meeting with IkhaneAkhigbe, CEO of AbOriginal Productions, and who had been impressed by Eclipse’s performance on “Still Breathing”. Following a short meeting punctuated by ferocious fifteen-minute freestyle by Eclipse, Ikhane signed the young MC to AbOriginal Music, the music arm of AbOriginal Productions.

Under the AbOriginal Music banner, Eclipse has become a popular fixture on the Nigerian music scene, releasing singles to widespread acclaim, and further establishing his hip hop bonafides with a string of victories on the competitive Lagos rap battle scene, among them being crowned champion of the inaugural editions of popular events such as M.I Abaga’sMADC Fight Night, and the Beat FM & Hennessey VS-sponsored VS Class. He released the first single off the EP on November 30th 2015 with a feature from Nigeria’s Rap king, MI Abaga

2015: The City of Dreams Project

In 2015 Eclipse began work on City of Dreams, his debut recording project for AbOriginal Music, which he describes as “the soundtrackto the story of a young man’s encounters with love, loss, peerpressure, and spirituality on the road to success — delivered in an accessible and entertaining manner for fans of, not just rap and afro beats, but good music in general”.

City of Dreams—with the first single off the project “Salamalekun 2.0”ft M.I out already. The EPwill featureappearances by Eva Alordiah, Evaezi, Poe, Ruby Gyangand M.I Abaga—is set for release in 2016.

Other Artistic Endeavours

Multitalented and multifaceted, Eclipse is also an assured producer, songwriter and voiceover artiste, as well as an actor with well-received recurring roles on Tinsel and Hotel Majestic, both popular shows on Africa’s preeminent pan-African cable network, MNET.

Notwithstanding his accomplishments in acting and production, Eclipse sees himself as—first and foremost—an MC, a title he bears proudly, and a field in which he sees himself as being in a league of his own;in his own words, he is “heir to the throne, destined to be king; all roads lead to the same place for me — greatness”.

List of Songs released by Eclipse

  1. Still breathing – Eclipse ftYungsix and phenom ( April 14th, 2012)
  1. As e Dey Hot (Freestyle) (October 20th, 2012)
  1. Eclipse ftHakym – Who Let Them Girls Out(June 28th, 2013)

 

  1. Eclipse – OlodoMarch 31st, 2014
  1. Eclipse – Now I’m HereAugust 30th, 2014
  1. Eclipse – GentlemanOctober 20th, 2014
  2.   Eclipse – As A Boss ft. DJ Jimmy JattApril 24th, 2015
  3.  Eclipse ft. Slay – Okay | Salamalekun July 8th, 2015
  4.  Eclipse ft. MI Abaga – Salamalekun 2.0November 30th, 2015
  5.  Eclipse – Oluwa Ni (Trap Remix)March 11th, 2016

 

 

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