Biography: Terry Tha Rapman
Terry tha Rapman’s real names are Terry Madaki. He has always loved music as a child, all thanks to his father who always had Bob Marley, Fela Anikulapo – Kuti Bongos Ikwe and Michael Jackson playing in the house.
The Lafia indigene of Nassarawa State, who is the first born of the three children, discovered Hip Hop in his mid teens. LL Cool J, Rakim and Big Daddy Kane were his first rap influences which later helped him around the harsh and rough neighborhood he grew up in.
Terry later hooked up with a DJ friend and the instrumentals supplied by the DJ helped Terry to sharpen his skills. In 1994 after finishing secondary school at the Federal Government College, Minna, Terry the Rapman pushed out some demos that drew the attention of Kaduna underground scene to the budding rapper.
With the Kaduna religious crisis in the year 2000, the Madaki family relocated to Jos. It was in Jos that Terry got a call from Solo Dee, CEO Payback Tyme Records, asking him to sign to the record label.
After completing his tertiary education in the prestigious Federal Government Polytechnic, Kaduna where he bagged a HND in Mass Communication, Terry flew to Abuja and got together with fellow label mates Six Foot Plus, Mode 9, LD Xtra Large, Baron and Rule Clean who had formed the then rap super group SWAT R.O.O.T. (Sporadic Words And Tactics, Rhyming On Our Terms). Unfortunately for the group, the albums recorded never dropped as a result of poor management.
Following the unfavorable developments, Terry tha Rapman dropped out of the label along with others, relocated to Lagos and signed with Charles Novia’s November Records joining heavy weights like Majek Fashek and Esse Egese. It is through this label that Tha Rapman Begins LP got delivered to the public as Terry’s debut album. Though the album did not enjoy proper promotion and distribution, it still got Terry nominations for Best Rap Album at the Hip Hop World Awards and Nigerian Music Awards in the year 2007.
The Rapman did not rest on his oars. He has kept his craft as number one priority and has performed at live shows which include the revered Star Mega Jam alongside Kanye West and T-pain. He has also featured at the Nite of Hip Hop at Clarke Quay Area in Singapore. He was also on the Glo Campus Tour in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Currently on Megaphunk records (which he is a co-owner), Terry the Rapman has recently released his sophomore album titled “Boyz Are Not Smiling”. The first single off the album ‘Sample’ featuring Pheroshuwz and Stereoman won the Best Rap Single at Hip Hop World Awards 2010. The follow-up singles, Ojoro featuring Terry G and Boyz Don Hammer are also doing well on charts around the country.
This year the phrase ‘boyz are not smiling’ which was originated by Terry tha Rapman entered the urban dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com) as a term which means being on your grind and hustling.
Early 2012, Terry Tha Rapman dropped his second mixtape titled World Domination. The mixtape featured the rap single “Zombie”, “Shano” featuring Pope Tha Hitman and “Otis” featuring Mode 9.
He is currently working on his new album. Terry Tha Rapman has just released the first single off his next LP. The single titled “I Like Your Style” was produced by El- Emcee.
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