Over time, hip-hop, the most streamed and highest-selling genre globally, has gone through several transformations and constant evolution. First, the sound inspired by the hardships the African-American community faced and the culture that came along with it sparked a revolution in the world of music. Later on, the genre transformed into the battle rap scene where East Coast and West Coast did not only become “rap territories” but also introduced different rapping styles. Over the next two decades, especially after the introduction of trap, hip-hop changed forever and countless artists came and went, but some made their mark by staying connected with their African roots. One such inspiring example is the upcoming hip-hop sensation Missing-Nin.
Bumping hip-hop since a very young age, Missing-Nin as learned from the greatest rappers of all time by studying their classic albums and later on developed his own sound that has the potential to stand out in mainstream music. As a result, he came up with several singles, a well-crafted album, and an innovative extended play – showcasing the top-notch skill he holds as a producer and the impact his voice could bring to the genre. You can witness his sonic-prowess at https://open.spotify.com/artist/0LZnbdmIwvetfcXnNZkkpl and connect with him on his social media handles: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZM83Qey4e/ and https://twitter.com/missingxnin
He started his career as a producer initially and worked over 900 beats to develop his own sound and style as a producer but later saw potential in becoming a rapper himself. “Making beats just came more naturally to me, and I never really felt like it was imperative to develop my voice as an artist,” he said at one of the interviews. However, later on, the people around him made him realize how much potential his voice holds as a rapper, and he began writing lyrics and trying practicing various flows. As time passed and he learned with trial and error, he became well-versed in lyricism and started rapping over his beats – eventually developing singles, an EP, and an album.
With immense dedication and effort, the Native Nigerian rapper has come up with lots of innovative and catchy songs and instrumentals, but no matter how growth-orientated he is, Missing-Nin religiously stays true to the roots of the roots hip-hop, never forgetting what the previous greats did and why they did it. He has continuously stressed, “Hip-hop is the genre of self-expression.”