For up and coming rapper, Lesley Tarabina Kelly, he would through his music impact people’s lives positively.
The Bayelsa born-artiste, who is also known as L Kelly, is presently an undergraduate of Computer Science at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
In this chat, Kelly speaks on his music, role models, and future plans among others.
How did you become a musician?
I started singing and rapping when I was in secondary school. My friends and I used to sing and rap in class before our teachers arrived for lectures. When I was in SS3, I was chosen to represent my school in a singing and rapping competition and I emerged as the runner-up. Since then, I have not looked back, I have continued with my music career. Presently, I sing Afro hip-hop, which I infuse with African rhythms.
Tell us about your singles
I have recorded more than two singles since I started my musical career, but officially I would say that I have two singles, How Market and Adura (prayer).
How Market is about every individual on the street that is working hard to make it in life. I am asking them how market? Adura, which I released recently, is a prayer song for every body, irrespective of their age and status in the society. I am saying that no matter how hardworking people are, they still need prayer. I believe with the help of God in the lives of people, things will get better and they will become successful.
Who are your role models in the music industry?
My role models are Tuface Idibia, M.I, Olamide, Davido, Yung6ix, Chris Brown and Jay Z because they are humble despite their achievements. I love their music because they are good rappers and a lot of people also like their music. My Nigerian role models have done a lot in the music industry both within and outside the country.
What is the source of your inspiration?
My major source of inspiration is God. Also, I get inspired from things happening in my environment, and the state of my emotion at any particular point in time is another source of inspiration. Also, when I read books or listen to music, I get inspired.
When do you hope to release your album?
I hope to release my debut album early next year and I believe it will be well received by my fans, because they keep asking when I am going to launch my album. However, my singles are enjoying airplay, which goes to show that my fans love my music.
In the next five years, where do you hope to see yourself?
I hope to release more albums that will be appreciated by my fans. I also see myself winning various awards within and outside the country like Grammy awards. I hope to be one of the few musicians that will create much impact in the society through their music.