PLUGGED INTERVIEW: Exclusive Interview With Mombasa Based Rapper Elycent

PLUGGED INTERVIEW: Exclusive Interview With Mombasa Based Rapper Elycent

Our rap scene has come a long way since the days of Kalamashaka setting the stepping stone on which other rappers have built their careers. Through this metamorphosis, Kenyan hip-hop culture and community was born; cypher battles, dressing, art, and spoken word.

Despite the fact that the Kenyan Hip Hop scene is one of the most brutal and hardest genres to break into as an artist, it is currently a very exciting time for local hip hop with the emergence of impressive rappers.

Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Elycent a fast-rising Kenyan rapper hailing from Mombasa.

Mwakima Mliwa popularly known as Elycent is a fast-rising Kenyan rapper hailing from Mombasa. He is known for his debut single “Hip Hop is Back” and Debut EP “Off Hill” which he released in 2018 and 2021 respectively. Elycent has worked with industry giants including Kenyan renowned producer Riccobeatz. He also owns a record label “Hill Nation” founded in 2018.

The talented rapper has created a huge following over the past 3 years and is widely recognized for his unique flow and flawless delivery.

 

QUESTION: Kindly Introduce yourself who is Elycent?

ELYCENT: I’m a Rapper from East Africa, Kenya

 

QUESTION: Tell us about how you got started as an artist. Do you remember when you discovered that you could rap?

ELYCENT: I realized my passion for Rap music and hip-hop in general when I was in high school. I used to Rap other people’s songs but couldn’t make my own music until I finished and found my way to a studio

 

QUESTION: When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?

ELYCENT: Exciting. I write almost every day when I feel inspired to write about something. But the excitement kicks in when I record the ideas over an instrumental

 

QUESTION: For our readers who have never heard of your music, explain your sound in 5 words?

ELYCENT: Authentic. Raw. Inspirational. Motivational. Lyrical

 

QUESTION: When you’re making art and something doesn’t work, do you stay open, and reassess and reapproach?

ELYCENT: I don’t make projects that don’t work. This is because I take time with my art before I present it to my fans, but in case they don’t feel it It’s because they didn’t take time to understand the project. I’m always patient with my fans

 

QUESTION: You’re so raw and real in your music and on social media. What gives you the confidence to be that vulnerable with fans and the whole world?

ELYCENT: Good question. I don’t really like being fake in my ways or presenting a different lifestyle to my fans or in my music. You got to like me for who I am so that you don’t get surprised when you meet me in person.

 

QUESTION: Tell me about your first EP?

ELYCENT: OffHill Dropped like 5 months ago, made of 3 songs. It was to paint a certain picture on this journey that I embarked on choosing to do music and be myself, inspire and entertain who will join me. I’m grateful for its reception

Stream Off Hill 

 

QUESTION: Is there a song on your EP that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

ELYCENT: Haha. All the songs are straight bangers. But there’s this joint “Duka” that’s my favorite. Reason?  It’s full of vibe and the creativity behind is special

 

QUESTION: What can you tell us about your new song “26 Going Up”?

ELYCENT: Well first, I want my fans to know that I’m 26 now. My birthday was in October and I feel different. I’m getting different aspects of life through what I go through every day so starting now I’m trying to be the best I can be for myself and for my fans

 

QUESTION: Do you think you’d ever pursue musicals or being in movies? When you think of evolving as an artist and taking your career to the next level, what do you see?

ELYCENT: Yes, I love acting. I just want to play my cards right so that I can really venture into it more. I’m trying to get the right people who can show me the way towards that goal, I’m always practicing and staying ready for when the right time comes. I see myself being able to pursue my dreams and be happy because this is what I really love doing

 

QUESTION: How has your creative process changed or evolved as we’ve ebbed and flowed from total lockdown to reentering the world?

ELYCENT: Creativity for me Involves inspiration. The kind of music I make will be brought by what I have been going through at the moment of the creative process. During the lockdown, the experiences were very limited but now we are free I’m hoping to have much more inspiring moments

 

QUESTION: What other ways did you see yourself creatively elevate or change during the lockdown?

ELYCENT: Honestly it was tough to move around and do my thing but Whenever possible I would get into my zone and just create more

 

QUESTION: How’s the music scene in your locale?

ELYCENT: Artists are working day and night. Although I would say it’s crazy to the kind of music I do around here because of the culture people are used to, but I’m getting around it

 

QUESTION: If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist who would it be and why?

ELYCENT: I would say Khaligraph jones. He’s done so much for the industry and would not deny a chance of getting some game from the OG

 

QUESTION: Who are some of your icons or inspirations musically?

ELYCENT: Growing up I was listening to a lot of western HipHop like 50 Cent and Lil Wayne. Those were the main artists I was getting inspiration from but nowadays it’s a lot I look up to Like Dave East and Future just to name a few

 

QUESTION: How do you balance your music with other obligations?

ELYCENT: I get ideas on the kind of music when I’m doing other things. It’s not hard for me, but no matter the task I will be performing on a particular day I still will get ideas while doing them, I guess it’s part of the artistic process

 

QUESTION: How do you approach body positivity in general?

ELYCENT: But not associating myself with non-inspiring, negative energy

 

QUESTION: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

ELYCENT: Always Stay Focused and Trust the process

 

QUESTION: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to sing as a career or just advice about careers in general?

ELYCENT: Yes. As a musician, I know now that you need to be yourself. Know the difference between being inspired by someone and copying them. In general, just keep working, and pray

 

QUESTION: When your career is finished, what’s the legacy you’d like to leave in the music industry?

ELYCENT: The realest Hip Hop artist that emerged from a place where they don’t see the dream

 

QUESTION: Any last words?

ELYCENT: I love my fans. Join me on this journey and keep tabs on me. You could get surprised my fans are the people that Matter to me. Follow my Socials and Stay tuned, Bless Up