EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH
NYLON ‘ ’
MONEY ISN’T MY MOTIVE
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Features> 33 Nylon -
up and close with the new U.K Rapper on life and fame
57 History of Hip Hop from planet rock to rappers delight
62 Top 50 Rappers the best this decade from tupac to Jay z
75 The kid from cleveland how cudi plans to change the game
77 obama Time-
Short interview with the president on what rap means to him
Fashion> 81 Whats Hot and Whats not the best and worst of 2011â€™s fashion
89 our style 2011 our new looks and what you wear 99 EAST VS WEST khakis pants and chucks or baggy jeans and jordans
CO NTEN TS
o-one not even Niall Robinson AKA ‘Nylon’ himself would have ever imagined how he would find rap success, now Niall is now hailed as the envitable king of the rap game but what does he have to say about that...
Your first album Included only one collaboration with up-and coming U.K rapper Akeem, can we expect to have any ‘big names’ on your new material this year? For my first Album i wanted to create something pure like Nas’s ‘illmatic’ album because I believed that if I had too many collaborations I’d personally felt that I wouldn’t be represented clearly. I had Akeem on my album because I grew up in the same city as this
...What was it like to get talent spotted when working in a chip shop diner ?
brother (birmingham, U.K) and I felt our city would help represent me as an artist. So I gave Akeem a call , he heard the track and want
well i feel abit lucky i guess , i didnt really expect it . I mean I had been
ed to spit on it . As for my new materail there is definately several
releasing mixtapes for over 3 years before i got spotted . Alot of people
huge artists that want to get a collaboration on the go, so you’ll be
didn’t think i had what it took to get where i am today ... so i’m definately glad i stuck at it and tried to better myself.
IN A YEAR’S TIME, ROOKIE RAPPER ‘NYLON’ WENT FROM WRITING LYRICS WORKING IN A SMALL DINER IN BIRMINGHAM, UK TO SPITTING ON SOME OF 2010’S BIGGEST RAP HITS
SERVING OUT HUMBLE PIE
hearing that pretty soon.
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You travelled alot as a young teenager gaining influences from
...What were your your most important lessons growing up?
many different places, but do you ever get home sick?
I think my most important lesson that I have learnt has to be patience ...
I’ve never been home-sick ,maybe because I see going to different
because it definately has been a virtue [laughs] , Even though im young i’ve been waiting along time to get where i am today, alot young kids
have the talent but are drawn away by money and money wasn’t my aim.
...Did you ever anticipate the success of your debut album to be so large having reached No 1 in the US Hip Hop album charts? I felt blessed to have the opportunity to showcase my talents
when i signed for the G.O.O.D Music label, but i had no idea i’d
be embraced by hip hop fans as i did . I happy that i sold platinum but my aim is to keep my feet on the ground and keep producing great
music for my fans...’cause i don’t wanna be a one hit wonder [laughs].
...With Jay Z being heard saying ‘Nylon will succed me as the greatest rapper ever’ how does it feel to receive compliments from some of the legends of the game?
Stuff like that really makes me feel honoured and priviledge to be where
I am today , I mean it shows how far my hard work has gone. I definately hope i can get to work with guys like Jay z because Jay z was an idol growing up and it would mean I lot to me .
...How do you handle the massive ‘hype’ you’ve created? Does it ever get on top of you ?
It’s a bit of a shock at first , I mean the fans and paparazzi but gradually it just becomes day to day thing , there are some things that I miss
though but that’s life isn’t it. At the moment it’s okay , i just can’t imagine
what it would be like for someone like Kanye or Lady Gaga it’s just crazy
for arstists as big as that everywhere they go people recognise them and they’ve got photographers following them every minute of the day. I think that a large negative in terms of --fame.
places as a journey and experiencing different things. The only thing I miss about not being at home is my mom’s cooking [laughs]
You’ll be touring this year supposedly doing over 100 shows , aren’t you afraid of burning out? No not at all , Im taking touring seriously because live performances is what your fans want to see and i personally see it as something to help increase my fanbase aswell as entertaining current fans . I’ve been training alot as i know it will take alot of stamina to do the amount shows that im doing, some people say im trying to make as much money as money as possible but thats not the case, i just want to get my music out to as much fans as possible.
And finally , you have said before you have a strong work ethic , but what is it that actually drives you? I think it’s a combination of things, firstly I would say that my love of music is a driving force in my life, i really can’t imagine life without it . Secondly I would say my up-bringing because I feel my mom and dad taught me valuable lessons which I wouldn’t swap for anything . And thirdly my inquisitive mind , because the question ‘why not’ has got me here today.
‘I FEEL ABIT LUCKY I GUESS’
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