Exclusive Interview: Adekunle Gold – “It’s AG Baby”
RWD speaks to Adekunle Gold about his fresh Afropop style
Following his lively album listening party, Nigerian Afrobeats artist, Adekunle Gold, speaks to RWD about the origins of his name, his Afropop genre and his upcoming album.
What does the Gold in your name signify?
I was just in the church and the preacher said that you can’t substitute brass for gold. He said it like three times. And that was around the time when I asked God to give me a name. Then I just got inspired and decided that’s my name.
‘Kelegbe Megbe’ (know your level) – that’s one of my favourite songs – what was the inspiration for it?
You know I just wanted to brag. I feel like I’ve been humble for too long. That’s not to say that I don’t want to be humble anymore, but I just wanted to talk my talk for the first time.
Why did you want the fans to help you pick the songs for your third album?
Because it was confusing to pick the songs on the album, so I thought you know what, lets do it together with the fans, because at the end of the day, they’re going to be the ones digesting the songs and they ended picking everything, but it’s a great problem to have.
‘Young love’ – what influenced you to make that one – a fine bae?
Bro I was just in the studio and I was vibing with the producer. I said the first line and that’s how the song came about.
The name Afropop – why did you choose it for the third album?
I wanted to call it a whole genre, nobody has named their album a new genre before. This album is different, so I wanted to coin all the sounds I put together on this project. It’s African popular music.
Quick Fire Five
Afrobeats or Pop music?
I’ll pick both. It’s pretty much the same thing to me.
Diamonds or gold?
I mean brother, I have to be smart, so I will go with diamonds (says laughing). It’s a tricky one though.
Rich and unhappy or poor and happy?
Bro, I’d rather be poor and happy. What is poor? I feel like there will always be levels to being poor. It’s all about perspective. The one thing that you can’t quantify is happiness. I want to be happy for life.
‘Young Love’ or ‘Kelegbe Megbe’?
Brother, there will be no ‘Kelegbe Megbe’ slander! ‘Kelegbe Megbe’ for life!
Exclusive to one girl or free as a bird?
I like to be exclusive. I mean free as a bird is very risky.
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Interview by Denzil Bell
Photos by Michael Tubes Creations