Ikechukwu John, popularly known by his stage name, YoungStunna, has stated that he’s tired of all the issues in Port Harcourt entertainment industry.
The “Celebration” crooner stated this during an exclusive interview with Hitvibz Celebrity timeout, adding that each time he comment on any issue relating to Port Harcourt entertainment, people tend to take his comments too serious and it gets him into trouble.
Read the full interview
Welcome to Hitvibz Celebrity timeout
I’m Ikechukwu John-Ogbuku, a rapper, singer and occasional producer. Spent most of my life in Port Harcourt and then Malaysia. I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Heavy D, MC Hammer, and Biggie among others, and I was fascinated by the concept of creating and arranging music.
How long have you been in the music industry?
Ummm, hard to say, I started producing (amateur) in 2008, then recording my own songs and performing some years later.
And what inspired you to go into music?
Like I stated earlier, I was fascinated by the concept of creating and arranging music. A part of me always felt like I’d be good at it, given the right time, equipment and all. And also, when Eminem dropped “The Eminem Show”, I tried my hand at writing my own rap verses and making songs.
So it’s good to say Eminem inspired your kind of music?
Not really, he just inspired me to make my own music.
How did the name “Young Stunna” come about?
Ummm as far as I can remember, it had something to do with me being a ladies man back then, so the name sorta just stuck.
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We hear a lot about ‘snob gang’ in your music, can you throw more light on that?
(Laughs)… Snob Gang is just a movement. Some people get it twisted like we’re trying to call ourselves snobs but nah, it’s just like “I’m so confident in myself, in what I do that I could be a snob but I’m not”.
Which popular artist do you admire the most?
I’d say Jay Z.
Ever had a colabo with any popular Nigerian artist?
Yeah, I’ve worked with Olamide, Duncan Mighty, Sinzu (SauceKid), Peruzzi, Magnito, Bigiano and more.
What was the experience like working with them (the big industry players)?
For each of them, it was a learning experience for me and they helped my growth in one way or the other.
It was a cool performance. I enjoyed it. I think they enjoyed it too.
Do you ever get nervous when you are performing on stage because at some point during your performance at the bole festival, you had to take a seat, were you nervous or just waist pain?
(Laughs)… nah I wasn’t nervous or tired, just felt like sitting on the speakers at that time… Sometimes I get nervous though, depending on the crowd.
So, how does it feel to be an artist, or rather, a Port Harcourt based artist?
It’s a great feeling being an artist, chasing my dreams and progressing at it. Creating music people could relate and vibe to.
With a lot of PH artists running to Lagos to ply their trade or seek for greener pasture, why are you still in Port Harcourt?
I ask myself that sometimes. Oh well, I believe in Port Harcourt that’s why I’m still here.
What makes you stand out from other Port Harcourt City based artists?
I’ve been told my songs stand out, lyrical content is relatable, plus I’m charming and charismatic (Laughs).
Many people say Young Stunna is too proud, he brags a lot, like he’s the best in town, citing instances when you had issues with Knowledge or thereabout… What do you say about that?
I’m just misunderstood. People that know me personally know I’m humble as hell. Some people don’t know that there’s a difference between my persona in music and in real life. I may say arrogant stuff in my songs but that’s music. On the other hand, there are people that say “humble stuff” in their music that are arrogant as fuck in real life
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing young artist like you, especially PH based arts.
If I start this one, we won’t finish this interview (Laughs), I’m retired of ranting about the issues in Port Harcourt entertainment industry (Laughs), people tend to take my comments too serious and I get into trouble.
It was a hit. I enjoyed myself and had a good time there. It’s good to see the people of PH coming out to events like these.
So far, how many songs do you have and how can one have access to them?
I’ve recorded over 300 unreleased and released songs. You can get most of the ones released (link: Soundcloud.com/iamyoungstunna) and most Nigerian blogs.
Which of your songs do you think your fans relate to the most?
“Higher“ a lot of people have told me, its spiritual, (Laughs).
How do you handle your female fans?
Ummm!! I don’t know, I just relate well and keep it professional…
So have any embarrassed you in public before?
Like, appear from nowhere, screaming Young Stunna….try to hug u, stuffs like that
Oh that, yeah it has happened plenty times. It’s not embarrassing though, feels good I must say
Are you in any relationship?
Hmmm I love food, I enjoy watching cartoons and at one point some years ago, I almost quit music.
Do you still see yourself as an up and coming artist?
Yes I still see myself as an up and coming artist, I haven’t blown up yet.
And where do you see yourself in five years time?
In 5 years, I’ll be one of the biggest artists in and from Africa, Insha Allah.
Ok, we wish you all the best, thank you for having a time out with us.