We had no idea too: that Davido, when he was much younger, aspired to become a rapper.
He used to watch a lot of 50 Cent, he shared in an interview with the Recording Academy, and would dress in G-Unit clothes.
But thank God for all us that he found Afrobeats when he visited Nigeria at 17. He said:
I actually started out rapping. I actually started rapping first. I used to live in Atlanta and I used to just rap, make beats. Then I went to Nigeria for Christmas one time and I just fell in love with African music. I was like, “Yo, I think I want to do African music.” And it worked out. If I would have rapped, I’d probably still be at home.
A lot of people had a lot to say when Davido shared on his Instagram that he was going offline. And there was even more talk after he unfollowed everyone on Instagram. Now, though, he’s sharing how he found himself during the pandemic, how he had to take a step back to do that. He said:
For the first time in a long time for our generation, that is, we have to actually stay at home. This has never happened. Imagine how many people had time to sit down and really reflect on their life? You know what I’m saying? I had to make some changes. Just being at home for so long, I made some changes. I cut off some people, I just stepped away from the world a little bit. Just tried to realize who I really was. You feel me? And I feel like that’s what helped my music. It’s all because of the pandemic.
And, of course, he let us in a little on his forthcoming album “A Better Time” (which we already know may be featuring Nas). He said:
The new album we’re working on now, the third album, is called A Better Time. We’re doing a little series with albums. First on the scene was A Good Time, now it’s A Better Time. So I came out here to just finish up the features and shoot some videos and it is looking pretty dope.
I think you’ll see a lot of growth. Just like in A Good Time album. I feel like I’ve been in a better space. So you’re going to see a lot of growth on this album, I can tell you that much.
Check out the full interview on the Recording Academy’s website.