Tosin Charles Ikuemelo, popularly known as Charlie Toxin, is a fast-rising artiste who has been doing music since 2014. The penultimate year student Of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, sings rap music and is one of the hottest rapper in Obafemi Awolowo University.
In this interview with Bloomgist’s Isaac Adeonipekun Omole, Charlie Toxin talks about his life, his music career, and othee issues. He also shares his view about artistes – to him, the word “Worst” is invalid in music. He feels he is going to be the biggest rapper in Nigeria, in years to come.
Read excerpts of the interview below:
Bloomgist: Can we know more about you?
Charlie Toxin: I am Tosin Charles Ikuemelo, popularly known as Charlie Toxin. I’m a Rapper and also a song writer. I am 22 years old. I am from Ondo State. I am the First child of my mom, with three siblings. I am also a 400 level Student of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ile-Ife
Bloomgist: When did you start making music?
Charlie Toxin: I started making music a long time ago. But, I started making music, officially and precisely, in 2014.
Bloomgist: What are the challenges you have faced so far?
Charlie Toxin: Not many challenges, just all motivations.
Bloomgist: How have you been able to combine academics with your music career?
Charlie Toxin: It’s all God and determination.
Bloomgist: As a rapper on OAU campus, how do you see rap music in the university?
Charlie Toxin: It is Fast-moving.
Bloomgist: Is rap music embraced in the university (OAU)?
Charlie Toxin: Yes. It is. Music in general is the life of social activities on OAU campus
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Bloomgist: How many songs or albums do you have already?
Charlie Toxin: I have about 5 released songs now
Bloomgist: What are you working on presently?
Charlie Toxin: I’m currently working on lots of projects, ranging from my E.P which will be titled ”Diamond From The Mud” (D. F. T. M) ,to my new singles which would feature some prominent artistes in the industry.
Bloomgist: What do you plan on doing different to make you stand out?
Charlie Toxin: Yes, everyone wants to stand out–that’s uniqueness. Then you have to be original. You have to be yourself.
Bloomgist: Who is your role model?
Charlie Toxin: Bill Gate is my role model (Laughs); But if you talking about music, I love Olamide.
Bloomgist: Name your best three artistes/rappers in Nigeria?
Charlie Toxin: Olamide, Wizkid and Davido other than Charlie Toxin
Bloomgist: How about your worst three?
Charlie Toxin: Everyone is moving. Everyone is creating a craft. Surely, some crafts, might not be really top notch at the moment, but trust me, the word “worst” is invalid in music.
Bloomgist: What’s your view about the Nigerian Music Industry?
Charlie Toxin: It is Fast-moving. We are creating our sounds. New sounds are evolving.
Bloomgist: Apart from Music, what other things are you into?
Charlie Toxin: Apart from being a student; basically, music, music and music
Bloomgist: What’s your source of inspiration?
Charlie Toxin: Everything; my sources of inspiration are basically things around me.
Bloomgist: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Charlie Toxin: In five years, will be a top international artiste and a business tycoon.
Bloomgist: Do you see yourself being rated amongst the big rappers in Nigeria, in years to come?
Charlie Toxin: I will be the biggest.
Bloomgist: What things do you think should be put in place for the development of the Nigerian Music and Entertainment Industry?
Charlie Toxin: Love among artiste. Support. Support from the big artistes to upcoming artistes. Support from fans. Basically, love and support.