While hip hop is seemingly being recognized in more places abroad, and more recently, Nairobi, Kenya. Noggz has been one of the front-runners of the pack when it comes to the Kenyan hip hop movement. We can’t forget how far rap has come and still how far it has to go. The new surge has now been revitalized and we give you another example of why fans should pay attention to what these guys are doing. Here’s another one taken from Noggz’ ‘Don’t Try This At Home’ mixtape. One of his most soulful joints released by him so far.
An admiral respect is steadily growing for hip hop recording artist, Noggz, of Circle Group Entertainment. Recently, the musician/entrepreneur attended the Kenya International Film Festival in Nairobi, Kenya. The primary focus of this collective gathering is to encourage filmmakers (local) to produce films which may appeal to audiences globally all while embracing Africa. During the course of the festival, over 500 countries contributed films to the event. Noggz, who also is a native of Nairobi, Kenya, took pride in being a part of this grand festival which also attracted the likes of Wole Soyinka, numerous award winning filmmakers and a slew of entertainment lawyers. To read more about Noggz and the Kenya International Film Festival, please visit www.kifftrust.org
Orchestrating a new hip hop renaissance would seem impossible to most but for one person in particular, that task would be nothing but all in a day’s work. With the recent release of his new mixtape, ‘Don’t Try This At Home’, Noggz shares a few things about his personal life as well as his plans for the furure as an MC.
1. First of all, thank you for taking the time to chop it up with us. This interview was probably long overdue, but for the audience who may not be familiar with you and your music, please introduce yourself.
The pleasure is mine… My name is Noggz, I am a Nairobi Kenyan born, Atlanta based artist/entrepreneur & the world is just now seeing a fraction of what I have in store for ’em.
2. HHABC has always supported your music and we’ve noticed you giving shout outs to Atlanta as well as Nairobi. Where are you originally from?
Much appreciated, I love you guys & what you stand for. I am from the great city of Nairobi, Kenya. The Pride of East Africa.
3. Ok… so that explains that ‘Nairobi’ hat that we see in your videos. Coming from another country, we assume that your vision of America was something like you see on tv or heard on the radio. How different are those images you had compared to being here and actually seeing the reality?
Life in America is… real hahaha.
Nothing can prepare an immigrant for the reality that sets upon when you set foot on American soil, but we have thick skin so…
4. So was your voyage to the States based completely on starting a music career or did you have other plans in mind?
Quite honestly it definitely was, but a college education was the basis of my “extended visit”.
5. It seems like there are a lot of carbon copy artists out there with no subject matter in their lyrics and talent seems to be scarce nowadays. How do you try to separate yourself from others that came before you and your peers as well?
You can’t fake real music, and there is only one me, and I am one unique muthafucka. As far as the carbon copy artist, well, put it like this not every restaurant can serve gourmet we do need the fast food alternatives.
6. If you had the opportunity to change the game, how would you do that? And with that question, we’re speaking in terms of the industry, radio, videos, and every entity considered a part of hip hop.
I wouldn’t try to change the game I would more so adapt, I believe only God controls my destiny and the industry is just a vessel. I am 11 years into this & I honestly feel like the best is yet to come. In other words it shouldn’t matter.
7. Since you’ve been in the U.S., have you revisited your country? And if so, was there any temptation to stay home and forget about coming back to the U.S.?
Not yet and the thought crosses my mind only about every 10 seconds a minute, I miss home a great deal. I do plan to make my first trip back home in the next couple of weeks. I can’t believe its been 10 years though, wow!
8. Is there any chance of you collaborating with any established or up-and-coming artists?
That’s really all I care for, up and coming indy talent out there doing it major. I have a couple joints in the can with artists from all over the globe. I am Mr. International baby! Hahaha!
9. Speaking of other artists, there has to be more African rappers out there that are making noise and worth listening to. America is shut off from other cultures in that aspect. Besides Akon and K’naan, who should we pay attention to?
Hell yeah, you got my lil Brother BLAYZE DEVILLE out there in South Africa, Ms. Funana (Sierra Leon), EDNA (Nigeria), one of my all time favorites Mercy Myra and a few other people that you should watch out for.
10. Tell us a little about your influences and who you listened to back in the day.
I am a music head to the core, from Michael Jackson, Snoop, Pac, BIG, Big L, Def Squad. Primarily hip-hop but I appreciate a lot.
One of my homegirls got me bumping this soft rock shit, they are some lyrical mofos now, don’t sleep on ’em.
11. After watching your videos and listening to your music, HHABC has watched you grow significantly as an artist (Note: ‘Nothing Like Hip Hop Music, ‘No Haters’, & ‘Niaje Mbuyu’ are among our faves!) What’s next on the agenda for Noggz? The streets are buzzing now, what can we expect from you in the near future?
Quite honestly my plan as an artist is to put other artists on, I have always wanted to do so. As far as music it is just a fraction of my grand plan, when I reveal the rest of it, I think they (the haters) will surely fall sick. Ewwww.
12. One more thing… if you could describe your music in one word, what would that be?
It’s finally here! The day of reckoning has arrived for all the ones who didn’t believe it was real. Noggz releases his latest project, Don’t Try This At Home, which features an abundance of soulful tracks that puts him into the category of those amongst the elite class of rappers that offer more than a gimmick…we’re talking lyrics.
Come join us! Noggz is inviting you to his video shoot for ‘Come Over’, which is featured in upcoming album “Don’t Try This At Home”. Models and extras are still being casted for this event. After party will be held as well and will be hosted by Noggz.
This coming Friday at “Club Major League”
2077 Northlake Pkwy, Tucker, GA,
Video Shoot & After Party for Noggz “Come Over”
As we gear up for the 4th quarter of 2011 Nairobi City’s “Poster Child” Noggz aka Tripple Tripple, prepares the world for his second release “Don’t Try This At Home” since Organized Rhyme.
The collection of songs will be made available digitally on Oct 3rd on various platforms. Some producers featured on the project include long time collaborator Stoney Blak, Shaw Da Drum Major, Juice Black and Noggz himself.
Other artists slated to appear on the project are Oomp Camps Loko Da Lunatic, Ms Funana, E.D.N.A, Forte The Green Giant and many more.
Noggz has also been busy building his extensive catalog and shooting various videos for songs of which shall be featured on “Don’t Try This At home” & other related projects.
During the summer, Noggz went on video shooting marathon with acclaimed UK film makers & long time affiliates Anthony Timi Ogunmuyiwa (ATO Productions) & Juice Black (Urban XL).
The experience brought about some very interesting memories and visuals that shall carry his debut project and the CGENT brand to a completely new level. Watch out for the movement, you cant stop the reign.
As we get closer to the release of ‘The Sex Tape’, we get a chance to take a look at the Noggz. We’ve followed him ever since his debut to the hip hop scene and everytime we get the the feeling that he and his Circle Group Entertainment affiliates have big plans to initiate a takeover.
We never know what to expect from the Nairobi kid, but so far we’ve learned that Noggz is not one to disappoint. ‘Take a Picture’ is slated to appear on upcoming project ‘The Sex Tape’.
Judging by his last few singles, it’s apparent that this guy knows how to have a good time. Never a dull moment when it comes to the Nairobi kid, Noggz. Thus far his track record speaks for itself loud and clear, everything he’s released has been remarkable.
Just as the summer begins to heat up, Circle Group’s poster boy releases his latest single off upcoming album, The Sex Tape. The track brings a bouncy flavor that is sure to make the clubs go crazy. At first we thought we knew everything there was to know about this dude, but it’s something about that album cover that makes me want to hear (and see) more!