Is Real interview with GbExtra. Talented fast rising indigenous rapper, Is Real in a recent quick chat with GbExtra revealed how joining force with Provens Pioneer, Alaye Proof became a blessing and a dream come true.
According to Is Real, He has been begging Alaye Proof for years for a verse on any of his projects, before he finally got featured on “Writer’s Block Intro“. The Rapper also talks about the inspiration behind his brand name “IsReal“, Challenges as a rising star and upcoming projects.
Alaye Proof and Is Real recently released joint project “Book of Provens” is still receiving massive mainstream, Recall, The Oyo State-Born sensation, Is Real and Alaye Proof started their journey as duo after their “CoronaVirus Freestyle” and “Provens Diary” went viral and received massive acceptance among music lovers.
Read the excerpt from Is Real interview with GbExtra below and drop your comment:
Tell us about you, when you start music n what inspired you to do music?
I’m by the name AKEREDOLU ISRAEL IFEOLUWA, I’m from OYO state, Ibadan to be precise.
I was born into a music family so I can say have always been in love with music since I was young, and I do freestyles with my brothers EL-NINO and KING BLACQ (BLACQDEAL).
Then I started writing rhyme’s then graduated into writing a full song’s till I came across a DIPOLINA (now know as SOUNDFRESH) a producer on my search for recording studio. Then I recorded my first single titled “KAMUJO” in 2013.
What inspired your stage name “IS REAL”?
My stage name is straight from my real name ISRAEL, when I was young I can barely spell my name correctly so I put ‘E’ before ‘A’ must times, my friends do make fun of me and they pronounce my name as IS-REAL Instead of ISRAEL.
So I adopt it as my stage name. Sometimes ago i added JAGABAN to my stage name immediately after my second track titled “YOUNG JAGABAN CYPHER” even before Ycee adopt the name.
But unfortunately i had to remove it immediately Ycee blew up with his hit track “JAGABAN” and had OLAMIDE on the remix. So i stick with IS REAL.
As a rising Nigerian rapper, what are the challenges you’ve encountered so far?
It’s not really easy to be a rising Nigerian rapper to be sincere. Like begging to perform in a show, and still get trashed out, have once paid to perform at a show and waited all night but was not chanced to perform.
A lot of time I have to walk back home at the end of a free show. Producers giving body heat. Had to turn studio rat for some producers to be allowed to record.
Your relationship with Alaye Proof is really getting the attention of music lovers, How do you feel joining forces with Alaye Proof?
Joining force with ALAYE PROOF has been a blessing to me and my fan base, have always wanted to be on his album, I remember begging him to squeeze me on any track on IBILE FACTOR and PENTECOSTAL even His third project RESURRECTION was begging for just 8 bars on the jam, before he got me on the project “WRITER’S BLOCK” intro.
Recently, you guys were shortlisted for #MonsterChallenge and were the only indigenous rappers among the top 8. Do you think indigenous (Ibile) rap or rap genre can be revived in the Nigerian Music industry?
Yes, Indigenous rap is doing great in Nigeria and with more and right energy I believe Rap in general can be revived in Nigeria and ibile (indigenous rap) will make a great impact reviving it.
You were once with Lyon Dynasty Music (LDM)?
Yeah, LDM is like a family to me and the Lyon himself which is Taymie Sophist is a brother of mine as well.
Why do you leave LDM for Provens, Any issues?
Not at all, Alaye Proof is my brother (cousin) he gave me a platform to showcase my talent, no bigger love than that, and I’m sure LDM will be happy for me.
What should music lovers or your fans be expecting from you soon?
REALERS and PROVENS should expect lots of music and progress, I and my cousin PROOF are also emphasising on the Provens Diary. So they should Expect more quality and creativity dope concepts videos with good promotional value.