TurnTable NXT Artiste for April: Meet OluwaMillar
The return of TurnTable NXT in 2021 has been nothing short of amazing - not just because of the quality of music on each installment of the TurnTable NXT Playlist but the range and diverseness of music being put out by emerging artistes in Nigeria, affirming that the future of Nigerian music is bright and the new artistes are better set for world domination.
For the second installment of the NXT Playlist, Millar's "Giant Of Africa" brilliant rap record emerged as the favorite song. Millar's online persona and excellent use of words & puns as earned him some followers, but his music will certainly him fans.
TTC: What is your full name?
OLUWAMILLAR: My full name is Favour Oparemi Joshua AKA Millar.
TTC: What song did you send to TurnTable NXT that made it to the playlist?
OLUWAMIILLAR: The song is titled "Giant Of Africa”, basically its a song about women empowerment.
TTC: "Giant Of Africa" won the poll because of the majority believe that it was the best of the bunch. How does it make you feel to know people believe your music is the best song on the playlist?
OLUWAMILLAR: Even though I lost the first poll, people really came through for me in the second poll. That shows that I have a lot of people that have love for my song and even when I’m down they are still the same people that come through for me.
TTC: How far do you see "Giant Of Africa" as a single going because it seems to have caught the attention of listeners, do you plan to promote the song for it to reach its full potential?
OLUWAMILLAR: Definitely. In a way TTC promoted me and that increased my followers and fan base. So I can see my music reaching its full potential.
TTC: What do you think is your major struggle as an emerging rapper you in Nigeria?
OLUWAMILLAR: Firstly, I think it will be the preconceived notion that "Rap is not generally acceptable in Nigeria" because if you look at the various charts it will be rare to see Nigeria rap topping the charts. This can be because Nigerians prefer foreign rap to Nigeria rap.
Secondly, it will be the money aspect because everything is money-based, to get money you have to spend money.
TTC: How did you venture into rap?
OLUWAMILLAR: My earliest memory was when my pops would play Fuji jam when I was young, but I actually started rapping before I entered secondary school.
When I got into secondary school, I couldn't write in Yoruba and I wanted to rap in Yoruba, so I started asking some friends to teach me how to write and speak Yoruba. Rap provided me an avenue to recollect my thoughts and be in my own space.
I started listening to Nigerian artistes especially 9ice because the cultural contents of his songs were very deep and from there I learnt how to switch between English and Yoruba when rapping.
TTC: Do you have any upcoming project coming soon?
OLUWAMILLAR: Definitely. Yes!
TTC: If you want to do a collaboration with any of the big artistes out there, who would you want that to be?
OLUWAMILLAR: Burna Boy!