Blaqbonez is one of the fast-rising Nigerian rappers. He is the self-acclaimed “best rapper in Africa.” Currently, he is one of the most sought-after, self-promoted entertainers in Nigeria. Blaqbonez has gotten several recognitions both locally and internationally. He got mentioned in NYTimes as one of the new guards of Nigerian music.
Since beginning his rapping career, Blaqbonez has gone ahead to take part in amazing projects that continue to bring him to the limelight. In this article, we dissect several interesting facts about this Nigerian rapper you never knew. Stay tuned!
Chukwu-Emeka Akumefule, professionally known as Blaqbonez is a 26 years old Nigerian rapper, singer, text battler, rap battler, and songwriter. He was born on the 29th of January, 1996 in Lagos, Nigeria.
|Real name||Emeka Akumefule|
|Date of birth||29 January 1996|
|Country of Origin||Federal Republic of Nigeria|
|Source of Wealth||Music|
Blaqbonez grew up with his mother, a clergy, and his early upbringing had him immersed in a cross-cultural background of Yoruba and Urhobo. His cross-cultural upbringing has also influenced his rap style which is a fusion of Yoruba and English which he seamlessly blends into his music.
For his university education, he pursued it at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ife where he holds a degree in engineering.
Blaqbonez Musical Career
It can be said that Blaqbonez, his interest in music started at a relatively young age. At the age of 13, Blaqbonez discovered his calling in rap music.
He discovered his interest while listening to a radio program with his cousin, he was later challenged to make his own lyrics off the song which was played on the radio by his cousin which he did.
During this time of self-locating his career interest, he got no support from his parents but he secretly worked towards his musical career.
To kickstart this, Facebook became his first avenue. He started off as a text battler on Facebook before finally deciding to record his songs.
Suddenly, his popularity gradually started after he won Terry Tha Rapman’s Zombie competition after beating 3,000 rappers, enabling him to get collaboration on Terry’s album “World Domination;” an album which also had the likes of Olamide, Vector, Mode 9, Spellz that was dropped in 2012.
Five years past, Blaqbonez featured Terry The Rapman on one of all his projects and also emerged 1st runner-up in Vector’s King Kong Competition, won The Rhythm FM Freestyle Fury, and became Rhythm FM’s artiste of the month.
He later became the Hennessy vs Class Captain, a part of the Soundcity blast Cypher, additionally launched his a whole lot pointed out mixtape “CTAT; Cassette, Tapes, and TVs,” grossing over 60,000 engagements in streams and downloads, that’s his third mixtape, following Hip-Hop in Blaq and the “Unfinished EP.”
As a rap force, Blaqbonez has become, he has grown tremendously since he started his musical career. And, over the years, he has achieved several things. Some of these achievements are;
- Crisp limelight after the release of the single “South Africa Must Go”
- His 8th studio EP released on the 31st of August 2018 occupied the number one spot on the iTunes Nigerian Hip Hop chart
- The updated version of the 2018 EP Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up went mainstream in February of 2019 and occupied the 46th position on iTunes Hip Hop Chart for Nigeria
Songs, Mixtapes & EP Projects By Blaqbonez
Since kick-starting his musical career, Blaqbonez has released 8 EPs and a mixtape coupled with several singles. Some of them include;
- Bling (featuring Amaarae & Buju)
- Fendi (featuring Joeboy)
- Best Rapper In Africa
- Mamiwota (featuring Oxlade)
- BBC remix (featuring Tiwa Savage)
- Shut Up
- Sex Over Love (Album)
- Mr Boombastic (EP)
- Bad Boy Blaq
- Boombastic (featuring Falz)
- Zombie (featuring LayCon & PsychoYP)
Currently, Blaqbonez is signed to 100 Crowns, an imprint of Chocolate City, and he continues to sail through his career.
Blaqbonez Luxury Cars
The first thing Blaqbonez did after his album “Sex Over Love” and single “Bling” became a smashing hit was to celebrate with a brand new car.
He got himself a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. But, aside from this car, don’t be mistaken to think that that’s the only car he has.
There are other cars that are in this rapper’s possession. They include;
- Another Mercedes-Benz
Blaqbonez once revealed in a post on social media how he went from crowdfunding for his first Benz to having two Benz. So, apart from Blaqbonez’s Benz he bought after the success of his album, he also has an extra Benz, making it two Mercedes-Benz in the possession of this rapper.
- Black Lexus ES 350
Another car that Blaqbonez has is the Lexus ES 350 sedan in which he had an accident on the same day he released his debut album.
Blaqbonez is among the Nigerian artists that live within the high-rise areas of Lagos—Lagos Island. In a recent post, he walked his fans through the places he stayed over the years up to his new house in Lekki, Lagos.
Blaqbonez Net worth
Blaqbonez has earned so much of his dough from music through constant self-promotion, mastery of his skill, and consistency. As such, all of these have contributed to his career success which has amassed him an estimated net worth of $200,000.
There is no other Nigerian artiste that has mastered the ability to self-promote and self-advocate as Blaqbonez has done. The ingenious Rapper has mastered not just his art and craft but also marketing and publicity side of the music business. All of these have impacted his success in his career since he started his career.