Mr. Eazi Reveals Lagbaja And Fela Influenced His Style – Rave of the moment singer Mr. Eazi has named iconic Nigerian acts Fela Kuti and Lagbaja among his early musical influences.
Mr Eazi, who was born in Nigeria but moved to Ghana later in his life, revealed to Beats 1 Radio host Ebro Darden that he listened to a lot of both acts growing up.
“For me, first of all I feel music is a product of your environment,” he said when asked about his musical influences. “Environment not only meaning where you stay, but meaning what you listen to, what you open yourself to. So you could be in Ghana and making Hip Hop because you’re immersed in that world.
“Growing up I was listening to music from everywhere. I was listening to a lot of Lagbaja, slight Fela, a lot Bob Marley because my dad, Highlife in Ghana and then I moved to Ghana and then I started listening to Ghanian Highlife, Ghanian Azuntu music. Azuntu music is heavy kicks. It’s just like Hip Hop with an African rhythm.
“So all those bass you hear. I’ve been listening to trap music a lot. So all those boom boom. Ya 808’s. Imagine putting African rhythm on them and it’s just dance filled. You hear that kind of music by the beach side in Accra. Listen to that kind of music and then dance hall is really big in Ghana. So moving to Ghana in 2007, I started listening to a lot of dance hall. Vybz Kartel to most recently Popcaan.”