Thutmose released his debut solo project, Man On Fire a little over two weeks ago.
Thutmose is paving his own lane with elements of house, hip-hop, hints of Afrobeat and more.
The Brooklyn rapper was born in Lagos, Nigeria before his family immigrated to New York City in 2002.
However, his transition from Nigeria to Brooklyn is gave him opportunity to experiment musically.
“I’ve always been trying to find my place, find myself, almost like a journey.
I feel like music’s very similar in a way.
Just like ‘okay cool, I’m in a new space,'”
“Moving from Nigeria was like ‘Cool, I’m in a new space.
I get to explore, I try things out.’
I feel like my music became very original, very experimental, and still has a feeling of ‘me’ in it.”
In a recent interview with HNHH, Thutmose opened up more about his life and music.
Read Interview Extract Below:
About his first memory of landing in America?
My first experience was pretty crazy. Walking out of the airport to like seeing snow for the first time, moving to Brooklyn and just experiencing a whole different culture. And Brooklyn is not all the way similar to Nigeria, obviously. But it has a lot of like the same vibe. Walking out of the airport seeing snow for the first time and experiencing a new culture. Nigeria has a lot of the same elements, they both have a very fiery atmosphere. Everybody is trying to make it, find their own place, get it. And sometimes it really gets challenging, it definitely takes some time to get adjusted to.
About his transition from Lagos to Brooklyn
Experimental, for sure. I’ve always been trying to find my place, find myself, almost like a journey. I feel like music’s very similar in a way. Just like ‘okay cool, I’m in a new space.’ Music to me hasn’t always been obvious. I’ve been a writer my whole life. So just moving from Nigeria was like ‘Cool, I’m in a new space. I get to explore, I try things out.’ I feel like my music became very original, very experimental, and still has a feeling of ‘me’ in it.
About his sound and what influences his music
For sure. That was another thing too with this fiery stuff, just talking about mental fires for me, especially my upbringing and move to New York. Just New York having that fire element down, it sounds are already out there. It’s another way to tie it together to the “fire” theme.
About his album’s title
Yeah, for sure. It was definitely inspired by like my move to New York and my introduction to the game and trying to stand out. Man on Fire just embodied that for me, you know?
About getting Erykah Badu clip for the intro and outro
At the time [the raid] seemed almost normal for some reason. Being young and moving to a new place, you’re not what’s normal in that space. At the time I almost viewed it as normal because everything was chaotic. I was in the living room when SWAT team was banging on the door. I woke up early in the morning, heard a noise and ran into my parents’ room, hid underneath the bed so I couldn’t be found. For me it was — at the time it was weird, because like I said, at the time it felt normal ‘cause everything around me was chaotic at the time.
And with Erykah, it just made sense because like, I had known about her since I was young, even like in Nigeria. She was one of the few artists that I was aware of. Not every artist can speak for that side of the world. So, Erykah Badu, I was well aware of her and had always followed her since I moved to New York. I’m a fan of her messaging, and like the stuff, she talks about, how she talks about real life and how to settle conversations you have with a deep, intelligent person. I found one of an interview of hers talking to Peter Rosenberg and Ebro. She mentioned a few things that struck me. And we ended up reaching out to her and she loved the idea. And it was a blessing to have her approval and especially what the song means to me. It was just a perfect combination, makes perfect sense. And I get to pay homage to a legend in the process.
About his upcoming projects
I got my first headlining shows coming up. So I’m excited for those, you know, going in front of an audience and my fans and performing for them. Performance is an exciting part of the process, that’s why you do it. Just to get out there and perform. I love performing ‘cause everytime I get out there and going into that space. Now that the music’s out, it’s a whole other space to build in. I have a ton of more music in the stash. I have another project that’s pretty much done. I still have a lot more stuff to get done before I get to the finish line on that one. But I’m just excited, a lot more music’s coming and I get to take a break and figure out the title for the album and what that world is going to be. So I’m just excited, in general, to keep that part going.
About His Legacy
I’m very competitive. I used to play sports so I have a competitive nature in me, but there’s also this part of me where I care about integrity and impact and longevity. For me, I just want to be one of the best. I just want to be respected, and just, non-stop, keep going. That competitive part of me just wants to go all out and be an inspiration to people.