As soon as i heard about the change of phase of “Ruggedy Baba” from part 1 to part 2, I wanted to be the first to know. My journey started on Wednesday 16th of May, 2012 when I woke up early in order to catch up with my appointment with the “Rugged” one. His simplicity and humility oozed as we went on a short tour during which i took advantage of asking questions. I tried not to make it look like an interview, but trust “Ruggedman”; he knew what I was up to. Here are excerpts of the remarkable moments spent with the man named “RUGGED”.
Michael Ugochukwu Stephens, born September 20.
- Let’s talk about your background and lifestyle.
Born in Ebem Ohafia, Abia state – from a Christian family of 5 and studied “Political Science” in Lagos State University Ojo. My lifestyle’s easy because I am a happy, go-lucky, pace-setter who is a no-nonsense taking individual.
- How did you come about music?
I got interested in music when I was very young. I had this uncle, Mr Jonathan Okeke who used to travel a lot and bring music videos and soon I realized I could write my own lyrics and get on my own instrumentals.
- You are now a veteran in the music factory, what has always kept you going?
My natural love for music and entertainment generally keeps me going.
- In a few words, define your kind of music.
My kind of music is Hip-hop, with a fusion of our local lingua. I’m inspired by “Fela Anikulapo Kuti” a lot, and so also “Bongo’zikwe” because of the way he basically sings – when I started watching music videos and listening to music, he was my inspiration.
- Baba, when you go marry?
- If you had to give a Ruggedman Award to the best Nigerian act, who will that be?
I bet “2face Idibia” bro, it’s definitely “2face”.
- I know well about Ruggedy Baba part 1, and so why part 2?
It’s simple; the title is due to what both songs have in common – Hailing me ”Ruggedy Baba”.
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- When’s your next joint?
I have joints with “2face”, “Wiz Boyy”, “Reminisce”, and “Terry G”. We are just trying to pick the next set of songs to do videos for.
- What’s in the future, what do we expect from you in the nearest future?
- “RUGGEDMAN”, how have you handled that name and fame?
I handle fame the same way I have always done, I don’t let it get into my head and I stay me and real every time.
- Any proposed national and international collaboration or tour?
My part for now is to produce the album, I know management have some things up their sleeves and will let me know at the right time.
- What’s the future of the Nigeria music factory?
I see Nigerian music going farther than it has now. We have conquered Africa and it’s time to spread the net wider.
To up-coming artistes, I say music is like any other business now, you need capital to start it but the most important part is the talent. Without it, don’t bother.
- Parting words!
“Rugged Records” is here to stay and I say thank you all for the love and support for “Ruggedman” and his music over the years. God bless.
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