John Samari popularly known as “Theblackboyjohn” is a Nigerian Rapper presently based in the United States. He released his first body of work “FWD” in 2017 and has since put out a number of buzzing singles and performances across different cities.
Late in September Theblackboyjohn announced the release of his second EP titled “Red John” due for release on the 12th of October.
Sarauta magazine caught up with him for a quick interview about the upcoming tape and what fans should look out for.
HOW DID THE IDEA OF THE PROJECT “RED JOHN COME ABOUT?
The Idea came up last year around September after dropping “FWD”. I wanted to keep my fans locked in by putting another short project out but I hadn’t figured out a name yet and I was on FaceTime with vino talking about another project and the name came up so I just went with it cause it made sense too.
WHAT WAS THE CREATIVE PROCESS LIKE?
The creative process was gathered all year round I would say because I recorded in different places with all the artist I featured. So it was more going off each others vibes to create the perfect tunes.
Red John Album Cover
YOUR LAST PROJECT WAS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY TRAP PRODUCTION AND FUSED WITH SOME NIGERIAN LINGO. ARE WE GETTING MORE OF THAT ON THIS PROJECT?
Haha. I wouldn’t say that. I mean the beats go hard but I kinda wanted to give everyone something to listen to when they play RJ. A favorite they can relate to and add to their playlist.
YOUR BROTHER VINI HAS A HAND IN SOME OF THE PRODUCTION WORK AND ALSO FEATURES IN A COUPLE OF SONGS. WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH HIM?
Yes. He did, in fact we have been working together for years but we’ve not put out a record together so this is the first of many. Its always educating and inspiring when I work with him because he not only is a talented producer he is also an artist so I get many tips and ideas whenever we talk.
Red John Tracklist
YOUR FIRST PROJECT “FWD” RECEIVED POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM YOUR CORE FANS BUT IT SEEMS A LOT OF PEOPLE DID NOT HEAR ABOUT IT. DO YOU PLAN TO REACH MORE PEOPLE WITH RED JOHN?
Yeah I do. The plan is always to expand my fanbase or listeners with every project or single I release. I’m even working on some videos too.
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO MANAGE YOUR FANSBASE? YOU MAKE MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES BUT YOU STILL NEED TO APPEAL TO THE FANS IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY NIGERIA?
I mean it is not easy especially with the hiphop situation in Nigeria. Everyone wants to dance because “rap doesn’t pay”. So sometimes it is tempting to go more commercial with the music in order to blow up. But there are the core hip hop fans like me that are there so they are the ones we try to get across to so they can spread the word.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRACK IN THE PROJECT?
I mean I like all of them lol. But my favorite is BCA because it felt so realistic after I listened to the completed song so many memories of high school that I hated but eventually all helped me become a better man.
Thanks a lot for your time!
Red John drops 12th October 2018.
You can get the project and also cop a “Red John t-shirt at;
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