Meet President Zik: Nigerian Rapper, Singer and Songwriter
Hailing from Adamawa State, in north-eastern Nigeria, Canada-born President Zik has been a rising name in the Nigerian music scene.
With over a decade of experience to his name, the ever-versatile Zik is an artist with no limits. Originally from Saskatoon (Canada), but raised in Zaria (Nigeria), his first songs and demos saw the light initially in 2010, before releasing an array of mixtapes under the collective-label that he co-founded in 2012 – BHP.
The group released Tree House Vol. 1 (2013), Real Niggas Only (2014), Drematorium (2016), followed by Vibez Kartel (2018) and the eponymously titled BHP (2019). Simultaneously, Zik put out two projects: Class of 92 (2016) and Off Balance (2018), using the momentum to launch his own solo career.
During BHP’s famed mixtape run President Zik has collaborated with some of Nigeria’s finest up-and-coming artists including Promphizy, Jesse Jagz, HOTYCE and BOC Madaki. President Zik‘s music has been played by national radio stations such as Cool FM Abuja, Hot 98.3 FM Abuja, Wazobia FM Abuja and TinCity FM Jos. It has also been featured in music outlets abroad like South Africa’s Slikour On Life and Spain’s Revista Young.
Zik has been operating in the budding Abuja music circuit; heretofore he has shared stage with Davido, Burna Boy and Morell.
Beyond his solo career and label duties, President Zik started off his journey as an event organizer together with his BHP family when they launched the Urban Lifestyle Fest in 2016. The event, which has been running every year ever since, comprises rising talents from Nigeria. President Zik‘s sound is rich and personal: it stands out for its flowy rhythms, meticulous lyrics and precisely layered vocals. President Zik straddles the line between hip hop and R&B whilst drawing influence from Afro-genres and current waves.
BHP and President Zik music is being played at Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) this season.
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