Ebizimor Anthony Ogbe (born April 5, 1988), better known by his stage name, Egbezi is a highly unique and creative hip-hop recording artist, song writer, and an occasional music producer from Warri, a popular city situated in the southern province of Nigeria. Egbezi's musical career began in his undergraduate school days in late 2011. However, he first gained recognition when he dropped his ‘No chorus freestyle’ in early 2012, which later appeared on his critically acclaimed debut mixtape, street motivation (2013).
Early Life
Ebizimor Anthony Ogbe was born on April 5, 1988 at a Government central hospital in Sapele, Delta State, to Mr. & Mrs. Ogbe, both of Ijaw decent from Burutu LGA of Delta State, Nigeria. A couple of months after his birth, his parents moved to Warri, where he was raised. He grew up in a multi-ethnic sport and music loving environment, where he developed great passion for music across various genres. Egbezi started rapping at the age of 13, listening and miming the songs of a host of artistes; from Ja Rule, to Nas, Eminem, Fat Joe, Tupac Shakur. He however wrote his first song at the age of 17, and becoming serious with his music only at the age of 23. Till date, the MC has released quite a number of impressive musical projects, with the most recent being his 2016 double releases: a "zero feature" mixtape titled S.A.G.A.R (Setting Aside Guidelines And Rules) and the second installment of his EP sequel, MA Heart: With a Pen & Paper II. Making him the first Warri MC to have released four hip-hop projects.
Following the early release of his “no chorus freestyle” (2012) which gained a healthy dose of airplay on various radio stations across the country, the rapper was forced to combine his tedious and time consuming academics with music despite being an unsigned MC with lots of upsets and setbacks. During that same year, he dropped a couple of singles including 'screaming please', 'dying to live' (which featured A-Q), and the street anthem 'all join', whose visuals was later shot the subsequent year. Egbezi released his debut mixtape in April 2013, titled “Street motivation” which became a trending topic on various entertainment and social media sites across the country.
As a follow up to his street motivation mixtape, Egbezi released his second musical compilation on June 27, 2014, an EP (extended play) titled MA Heart: With a Pen and Paper, which gained positive reviews . And this would go on to become one of the best hip-hop projects with fewer features to be ever released as far as hip-hop in Nigeria is concerned. <ref name=":0" />
Egbezi has cited several MCs in Influencing his style of rapping, including Tupac Shakur, Fat Joe, Eminem, Fugees and Nas. He mastered the arts of rhyming, wordplay and storytelling through his lyrics, which in his own words are a reflection of "normal everyday happenings of our society, the streets to be more precise." <ref name=":1" />
Although Egbez's track record of features has narrowed in recent times, he has worked with various producers and artists such as Beats by Jayy (BBJN), P-fizzy (the Producer of yung6ix's OMG), Wolexly, A-Q, Boogey, Adol, Malyna, Lil P, StrawBoiz, and Str8 money GT (a US based female rapper).
* Street Motivation (2013)
* MA Heart: With a Pen & Paper (2014)
* MA Heart: With a Pen & Paper II (2016)
* S.A.G.A.R (Setting Aside Guidelines And Rule) (2016)
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