My Egbon's Caselogic was my Source of Rap with Wale Davies
By Wale Davies
Tech of Show Dem Camp, Nigerian hip hop pioneers, shares the evolution of hip hop shaping his growth as a person and musician.
My earliest memories of hip hop are always connected to my older brother coming to Lagos. When he would come to visit us, he would bring albums of artistes like Ice Tea and Ice Cube. Snoop Dogg’s first album, Doggystyle, was a turning point in my life. I remember asking my uncle once, "what is gin and juice?" and as a young kid, I feel like these hip hop albums impacted on my life.
All the way in Lagos, we would go to house parties in Lumberjacks and Timberland boots. It was all just based on hip hop culture; what it did to us, how it shaped the ethics we had, brotherhood, things like that obviously.
There are some bad things that come with that. You know it takes a while to change your perceptions of masculinity and overall attitudes towards women. Still, I feel on the whole, Hip Hop gave us something that was a badge of honour you could wear, and that stayed with me for the rest of my life.
Like now, as a hip hop artiste in my career, I feel a lot of my inspiration was formed in my early days in Lagos, stealing my brother’s CDs from his case logic. Hip hop and Lagos will be etched in my formative years and life forever.