Efik Lingua Rap is the specialty; Upper X is the street name, real names Idongesit Ekpeyong, leading the OKPO REKORDS crew. After a smashing hit single on Dagrin’s Pon Pon instrumental, he captured the minds of anyone who understands what he is saying. But of course, Hip-Hop is not just limited to music, the OKPO REKORDS crew also comprises of talents like Kourage, Space, M-Honeyz, Texzy, Waley, Dr. Ritzy and sensational singer K-boy using their creativity to represent hip hop to the understanding of those who do or do not speak the Efik language.
All rappers, Space, real names Ephraim Inyang, Kourage, real names Kingsley Ita, M-Honeyz, real names Michael Effiong, Texzy, real names Efefiom Archibong. Dr. Ritzy is the name of the producer, real names Charles Eze, while Waley, real names Otobong Clement happens to be the Director of Photography.
The world is yet to feel the stock that this talent group is made up of. Calabar as a city, Cross River as a state, and the Efik-Ibibio speaking community as a whole have had a taste of them, but I can assure you that they haven’t seen anything yet.
For now, music is the bond sustaining the union of the brothers from different mothers and backgrounds, as such, they have decided to come up with a mix tape, which will be a compilation of their cover freestyles, and some hit singles that have already made waves in the South.
Individually, these hip hop heads are nursing a solo career and all plan to launch their albums one after the other, starting with Upper X, whose fame and popularity has grown beyond the shores of Calabar, even to the admiration of super rapper- Mode 9.
According to Upper X, the crew was formerly known by the name ICE MUSIC, OKPO REKORDS birthed on the exit of DJ Minaj who had to pursue a solo career as a disc jockey.
Dallas-Dreaded Space-the manager, spoke extempore on behalf of the group, asides music, we have other talents that helps us to survive and raise funds to pursue the music dream, I am the manager, and I am in a hot romance with the camera, so I can shoot advertisement commercials and music videos, we have a member of the group who does catering, decoration and what have you.
Watch Out for the OKPO REKORDS-Made In Calabar Mix-Tape coming before you say Jack Robinson.
In the mean time, ‘yak ika usughode’