Emeka Akumuefula popularly known as Blaqbonez was born on the 29th of January 1996, to an Igbo family and grew up, exposed to the Yoruba and Urhobo culture in Nigeria. His musical journey began when he was 13 years old and discovered that he could rap very well.
He discovered his talent while listening to the radio with his male cousin and the song of a 12-year-old rapper was being played. His cousin liked the song and challenged young Blaqbonez to come up with his own lyrics since he liked criticizing rappers a lot. Minutes later, he had enough bars for a verse, and that was where it all began for his music career. His parents were not in support of his newfound hobby like most Nigerian parents, so he was forced to secretly pursue his passion.
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He dropped his first project, Hip-Hop in Blaq While in school, and participated in competitions of which he won a lot of them.
He started exploring his rap skills very early, at 16 years, he came 1st out of over 3000 rappers in Nigeria, who participated in Terry Tha Rapman’s Zombie competition.[
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Five years after that, he featured Terry on one of his projects. He subsequently emerged 1st runner-up in Vector the rapper’s king Kong competition.
He proceeded to win the Rhythm FM Freestyle Fury and became RhythmFm’s artiste of the month, he also became the Hennessy Vs class captain, and part of the Sound city blast cypher also released his much talked about mixtape CTAT “Cassette Tapes and TVs” grossing over 60,000 engagements in streams and downloads, which is his third mixtape, following the hip-hop in blaq and the “unfinished EP”.
In an interview with The Punch newspaper, he said that his declaration of “Best Rapper in Africa” was a response to a diss track and the need to wake up other rappers in Nigeria.
The Guardian Newspaper recently described him as one ‘carrying the torch of Nigerian rap and on the 2nd of January 2019, he was listed by the same publication as one of the “Top 10 Artists to watch in 2019”.Blaqbonez has released 8 EPs and a mixtape.
His latest single is titled haba, it is a song causing a lot of controversy in the Nigerian music industry as it depicts him harassed by a woman with bad sexual intentions and killer looks, with predominance being on the woman rocking him. No doubt, that he will be one of the top music voices in the country in the days to come. Just like Dunsin Oyekan, he has already garnered the love of female fans who are becoming obsessed over it and his ‘Sexy look’, (girls shaa !)