History will always speak of Eyezman as one of the definitions of Namibian Hip Hop. First single, ‘The One’, was released on the 24th November 2015 and he has since gone on to establish his name as a brand by venturing into his own distinctive yet original 1990’s hip hop kind of style. Born in the small town of Tsumeb, Isai Sipunga, who goes by the stage name of Eyezman has been perfecting his art and focusing on having quality music instead of just quantity. If you have not heard any of his stuff yet, do that immediately after reading this Q&A session NOTED had with the Hip Hop lyricist.
Introduce Eyezman to the world?
Eyezman is a Rapper/Producer, “rapducer” for short, who lives in WHK.
How has your childhood influenced your love of music?
I grew up around my father who was and still is madly in love with good records. As I got older, I realized music was one of a few things I’m good at, so I stuck with it since then.
What song made you realise you wanted to do music?
“Forgot about Dre” by Dr Dre ft Eminem. That song made me go crazy. Something about it made me grab a pen and start writing verses. All my school summary books had a few rap verses in them.
How would you describe your style of rap?
My rap style is Hardcore with a bit of R&B.
How long have you been doing music?
I’ve been doing music since 1994 but I only got into the technical side of it in 2002. So that’s like 15 years.
When did you record your first song?
2002… I came from school one day and found my big brother, George playing with a pair of earphones and a Hi Fi. I didn’t know what he was doing. So I asked him and he said he was recording music. I immediately asked him to record me. The quality was horrible but back then it was hot.
How did it feel?
It was fulfilling because I just discovered gold.
Who amongst your Namibian contemporaries do you listen to?
I listen to KK, Lil D, Slammer, Chin Chilla, Liza Elhers…
Which musicians influence your style of rap?
Locally, Ambassador Star. He’s underground but his verses are potent. Internationally, Eminem and Dre.
What do you want your listeners to get out of your music?
What hurdles do you think are present in the Namibian music industry and what can you do to overcome them?
Lack of funding. I believe there are investors willing to pump money into the business. All I have to do is keep producing great quality music and the money will come.
What do you hope to accomplish throughout your career?
Money, fame, respect and happiness.
Any album/new music dropping soon?
Yes!!! I’m working on my album, called “Take Up The Baton”.
What can we look forward to this year, in terms of Eyezman and music?
New music, videos and performances.
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