published on Thursday, 28 July 2011

The well-renowned designer Oluwadunsin Kehinde  who has previously been interviewed on JK; (read the interview here) in a photo shoot some weeks back unveiled her new collection for her clothing line; "mistress". Here are some of the pictures.......

You can check out the rest of the collection HERE


published on Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Meeting a jolly fellow is always nice. From the first word that came out of Muhammed Naseer Abubakar's mouth i knew the interview would be fun! And it definitely was. HYM as he is popularly known is one of the best rappers around. He has worked with the likes of  Tiwa Savage, Davido, R2Bees, Shank and others. In an exclusive 2hour interview, he discussed his life, career and relationships with JK!! ENJOY!!!

JK:. In one sentence, who is Muhammed Naseer Abubakar?

HYM: A young man with a lot on his mind and a lot to say.

JK.What was growing up like for you? 

HYM: It was an adventure. A big challenge because we moved a lot and I had temporary friends. (laughing) I was always the new guy.

JK. Educational background

HYM: I went to three different primary schools and two secondary schools. Graduated from whitesands in 2008. Took a year off to "find myself"; then I got into the University of Sharjah with a major in english language & literature. Dropped out in January.

JK. When did you first notice your love for music?

HYM: Man...let's see, to be honest, I've always loved music. But I knew I wanted to be a musician when I started making my own versions of popular songs at that time 2000-2001.

JK.Why was your rap name at first steelz? What made you choose the name?

HYM: (laughing hard) I was unbeatable when it came to freestyle battles & I had the craziest punchlines coming out my mouth every time I kicked a freestyle.

JK: Why did you change the name to; "HYM"?

HYM: It was time to get serious and I needed a name that was gonna represent me So I picked "Nas" Because everyone called me that.  But then so many producers kept telling me it was unoriginal I wasn't happy about it and I really did not want to change the name So I just decided to use the name HYM as in HIM which is a reference of some sort 90% of the people that call me hym still resort to calling me nas (laughs) quite twisted.

JK: (laughs) It was a reference to what exactly?

HYM: To "Nas" soo many people still go "who is hym?" & the answer's always "NAS" (winks)

JK:. Were your parents in full support of your musical ambition from the onset?

HYM: (laughing hard) hell no! Only a few of my siblings really took me seriously from the onset. I've been rapping for quite a while now. A decade to be exact. My mum just got the hang of me being a rapper. But my dad still wants me to do more than just music. So in other words,his support isn't as strong as my mum's.

JK:. What was it like recording for the first time?

HYM: Do you mean recording in a studio?

JK: Yes.

HYM: Oh ok. It was in davido's house. A home studio. My neighbour (his cousin) introduced us. He asked me to come through,I did. After about an hour or so, we went in on a beat he had made the day before. It was an amazing experience because I had never met him before but we worked together like we were a duo

JK:. Those who know you and have read your bios know you lacked confidence from the onset. How did you boost your confidence into what it is today?

HYM: (laughing hysterically) evidently you're one of those people. The name change did it all. Everything changed the minute I became hym. And I just kept growing from there.

JK:. Why did you drop out of the university of sharjah; Dubai for production school?

HYM: I love music. Everything about it. All I do is make music really. School just seemed like a waste of time & money. I'm a smart kid and all but my dream is not to wake up in the morning, take a bath,wear a suit & go to the office.

JK: In what way has production school helped you?

HYM: It has just made me live the saying "if you want it done your way,do it yourself". I'm not only learning audio production. Its actually the whole package. Audio/visual tv/radio production. Film making script writing. Acting. In 5 years from now, by God's grace I'll be a one man industry. (laughing hard).

JK:. You are signed to SIY Ent. atm,in what way has this relationship helped your career?

HYM: Yes I am. In so many ways. First & most important is the creative freedom. I get to make any song I want. How I want it. Even though every track goes through scrutiny. Sly Ent changed me from a rapper to an artiste.

JK:. Everybody wants to know how did you get the tiwa gig? the feature on love me love me remix. You did a good job I must say.

HYM: Why thank you! (wide grin). I loved the beat. Bayobeats remade the beat & I don't know how he got her vocals. But I felt like the song could be better. But he sent it to me & so my management got with hers and the rest is history.

JK:. Your song with davido; "dancing on me" I heard was a joke till you finished the first verse.  How did the whole song come about with davido and all? How did you know this was going to be a jam?

HYM: He made the beat like a day or two before we recorded and it was supposed to be a rap song but the guy it was for,couldn't get on it and then he played the beat for me again said he had something funny but crazy He laced the hook,it was cool & I scribbled a verse,it was too. Did the 2nd one. I was sure it was a hit when he mixed & mastered it .That was last year summer.

JK:. Who or what is your inspiration?

HYM: Girrrllssssssss. I love girls.

(General laughter)

JK:. Who do you look up to in the industry?

HYM: No one really I'm in a league of my own and no one has been to where I'm going.

JK:. Who have you worked with in the industry?

HYM: Ghana or Nigeria?

JK: Generally; Both.

HYM: Oh ok. R2bees,black lip,brainy,Shem,dee money,Shank,a1 and a few more coming.

JK:.People say where your situated affects your lifestyle and totally everything about you. How does being in Ghana affect your lifestyle and career?

HYM: Man... Ghana's very different from Nigeria. Totally different But the people there are welcoming both in and out the industry & real recognize real.

JK:.How did you meet your DJ; DJ switch? What has the relationship been like?

HYM: We met about 2 years ago. He was already a fan before we met. Never knew he was a DJ until early this year February to be precise.

JK:. What's the BATS movement all about?

HYM: Ahhhhhh!!!! (exclaiming). That's my baby right there yo. (laughs) Its a movement for people who love freedom Real people Lovers of Herbs,good music fine girls and fashion. There's a clothing line & event management firm under the same name.

JK:. All belonging to you?

HYM: Together with some friends Dadeola; @dadz_bats & Otunba babafemi oriyomi. Also got people working with us

JK:. There's this stereotype out there now that everybody is a rapper and people are really frustrated. Most people don't want to listen to songs anymore. What does HYM do that makes him different from the numerous others out there?

HYM: I'm more than just a rapper. I'm a poet & an expert in mind fucking. Excuse the language. You don't have to listen to the song. But once you hear it, you will And when you do, you will know.

JK:. Being a rapper definitely comes with all its ups and downs. What have been your challenges?

HYM: *sighs* That's a whole story on its own.

JK:. Give me a little preview.

HYM: Friends that could or should have helped, didn't. making that transition from their friend that can rap to their friend who's an artiste; They just wouldn't take me seriously.

JK:. Being a rapper also comes with lots of female attention. How do you deal with it?

HYM: Like I said , I looove girls But it hardly works (covering face) I try not to lead any of them on.

JK:.Does HYM have a girlfriend?

HYM: Lol Nahh. I'm single baby.

JK:. Any advise for other upcoming artistes?

HYM: Have a plan & stick to it; Till you see change. God is the driver so sit back & trust him. But damn it pay for transport (winks)

JK:. Finally; my parting question. If you were to come back to earth as a popular Ghanian actor,who would it be and why?

HYM: (laughing hysterically) Van vicker because he gets with all the girls easily. (laughs).



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Welcome to the maiden edition of "BLOG A VERSE".  Since the blog promotes young talents, why not blog a verse or two once in a while?? Koolkid inspired this column on my blog.The first spot will definitely go to him. So here it is..........from the upcoming rapper; KOOLKID......ENJOY!!!!!

Mind of  a cheater 

Mind of  a cheater

I wake up every morning Thinking of
what the ladies want from me

sceared 2 go outside. Cuz i don't know
where the cameras from cheaters would be

Last night i had 2 many drinks
I was proberbly gone

i guess that purple's
Gat me singing am on one

He see me kiss up his girl
So he's acting like  a boyscout

I told him that she fainted
So am just giving her mouth 2 mouth

I mean Am stupid tho !
I date 6 ladies

So i leave ma blackberry
In the office not ma mercades

I mean am not  a home breaker
I just satisfy what u don't

That is why i wear a red shirt
And a black waist coat

So if there is a stain
I can brush it all off

Ur men are always in the dark
Like when stadium lights go off

If u told me u loved me
And i never said i loved u 2

Its because ma feelings girl
Aint ment for u

But to keep the one i love
I don't know what it takes

Am a womanizer and this verse
Is the introduction 2 ma mixtape

"Ma tales about heartbreak season one "



published on Monday, 25 July 2011

The list of the nominees for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards has been revealed.The list was announced by Katy Perry on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 and the show will be held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, August 28, 2011.

Kanye West however has the most nominations with 11 nominations while Katy Perry comes in second place with nine nominations. They both share five nominations  for Katy Perry's video ‘E.T‘. Adele comes in third with seven nominations.

Video Of The Year
  • Adele ‘Rolling In The Deep’
  • Tyler, The Creator ‘; Yonkers’
  • Katy Perry ‘Firework’
  • Bruno Mars ‘Grenade’
  • Beastie Boys ‘Make Some Noise’

Best Female Video
  • Adele ‘Rolling In The Deep’
  • Katy Perry ‘Firework’
  • Beyonce ‘Run The World (Girls)’
  • Nicki Minaj ‘Super Bass’
  • Lady Gaga ‘Born This Way’

Best Male Video
  • Cee Lo Green ‘F*** You’
  • Eminem feat. Rihanna ‘Love The Way You Lie’
  • Bruno Mars ‘Grenade’
  • Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi ‘All Of The Lights’
  • Justin Bieber ‘U Smile’

Best Hip Hop Video
  • Lil Wayne feat. Cory Gunz ’6’7’’
  • Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi ‘All Of The Lights’
  • Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes ‘: Look At Me Now’
  • Nicki Minaj ‘Super Bass’
  • Lupe Fiasco ‘The Show Goes On’

Best New Artist
  • Foster The People ‘Pumped Up Kicks’
  • Wiz Khalifa : Black and Yellow’
  • Tyler, The Creator ‘Yonkers’
  • Big Sean feat. Chris Brown ‘My Last’
  • Kreayshawn ‘Gucci Gucci’

Best Pop Video
  • Adele ‘Rolling In The Deep’
  • Bruno Mars ‘Grenade’
  • Pitbull feat. NE-YO, Nayer & Afrojack ‘Give Me Everything’
  • Katy Perry ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’
  • Britney Spears ‘Till The World Ends’

Best Rock Video
  • The Black Keys ‘Howlin For You’
  • Foo Fighters ‘Walk’
  • Foster The People ‘Pumped Up Kicks’
  • Mumford & Sons ‘The Cave’
  • Cage The Elephant ‘Shake Me Down’

Best Collaboration
  • Pitbull feat. NE-YO, Nayer & Afrojack ‘Give Me Everything’
  • Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes ‘Look At Me Now’
  • Kanye West feat. Rihanna & Kid Cudi ‘All Of The Lights’
  • Katy Perry feat. Kanye West ‘E.T.’
  • Nicki Minaj feat. Drake ‘Moment 4 Life’


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When it comes to youth entertainment, the Sanni-Shittus are a household name. Aisha, Bakar and  Zato are like the only set of power siblings doing well for themselves in their own fields of Nigerian Entertainment. JK met up with the designer of the family; Bakar, to talk about the past,present and future of his clothing line; Bakar Couture. ENJOY!!

JK.Who is Bakar?

BAKAR. Bakar is from my first name Abubakar. I got the name from one of my friends when I first started uni,and it stuck ever since. My full name is Abubakar Sanni-Shittu. 

JK.Educational background

BAKAR. I started in Chrisland nursery and primary school,and went to Kings' College for the first three(3) years of my secondary school. I left K. C for D-Ivy college where I only spent a term, then went to Christ the Cornerstone(C. T. C) where I finished my secondary school. Then Redeemers' University. 

JK.When did you first notice your interest in fashion?

BAKAR. My mum is a fashion designer,so I have always had that interest in fashion from an early age.

 JK. Were your parents in full support?

BAKAR. Definitely. Like I said,my mum is a designer,so she's very very supportive.My dad also is supportive,he's very fashionable so he buys the idea of being a designer. 

JK. How often do you showcase your label through the use of fashion shows and photo shoots?

BAKAR. Not that often because of school,but now that am through by His grace,I have a couple of shows I would involve bakar couture in. Photo shoots as well.

 JK.Are you always dressed in bakar couture?

BAKAR. (Laughs),not all the time. I have other labels I enjoy putting on. 

JK.What have been your challenges since you started off?

BAKAR. I would say the tailors. The tailors in Nigeria, in most cases, don't  keep to time,they delay and stall jobs,until the designer looks like the bad person which is bad for business. 

JK.How does it feel coming from a family filled with talent? (Speaking in the line of your brother and sister).

BAKAR. Lol,yeah its cool. I mean what I do is different from what they do,but we are all under the same entertainment umbrella,and its pretty cool to watch them do what they do. 

JK.Who do you look up to in the fashion industry?

BAKAR. My mum,she's a very strong designer,and her customers hardly complain which is a plus for business. Her creativity is one of her strong points as well.

JK.Who or what is your inspiration?

BAKAR. God is my inspiration. He tells me what to do. 

JK.Now that you are through with school,what is the future of Bakar couture?

BAKAR. Very bright. Am meeting the right people every other day,and also doing everything I can to improve on my designs. 

JK. With the couture,your physique and good dress sense, one would suspect you get a lot of female attention. How do you deal with it? 

BAKAR. (Laughing hard). Yeah but the thing is I don't get any female attention even with the couture (sad face).

JK. Does Abu have a girlfriend?

BAKAR.I consider that part of my life private. I would rather not talk about it.

JK.What is your advice for other upcoming designers?

BAKAR. Am upcoming as well, so I don't have any advice for them. We are even competitors so its on.(Laughs). Just be good at what you do,simple. 

JK.Finally, if you were to come back to earth as a popular Nigerian pastor,who would it be and why?

BAKAR. (laughing hard)pastor?I don't know; pastor Chris? except for the perm. (Laughs), but yeah pastor Chris.