The Man of Many Talents and New Prince of Lasgidi — Guardian Life — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

By Chisom Njoku

February 20, 2022 | 8:00 a.m.

If you are a young adult in the city of Lagos or among the artistically liberated young creative crowd, the name Teezee should be familiar to you. The Fresh Prince of Lasgidi, as he is affectionately known, is a major player in the entertainment scene in his rights – from hosting notable events with Nike,…

If you are a young adult in the city of Lagos or among the artistically liberated young creative crowd, the name Teezee should be familiar to you. The Fresh Prince of Lasgidi, as he is affectionately known, is a major player in the entertainment scene in his rights – from hosting notable events with Nike, Metallica, Jameson and many other youth-centric brands to the foundation of the subgenre known as “Alté” with its musical group DRB which also consists of Boj and Fresh L.

Teezee, officially known as Teniola Zacchaeus, sits down with The Guardian Life to talk about the journey so far, fatherhood and his new project ‘Arrested Bu Love’.

How did the journey begin / how did it all begin?

Honestly, I’ll credit it all to fate. The true meaning of fate really hit me in 2020 during the pandemic and that’s when I really understood. Because of my parents and the nature of their work, I was exposed to the lifestyle a bit earlier because they led interesting lives – my dad ran a nightclub and had a fashion store in the time, so since young, I saw my parents doing their thing.

How was your childhood?

Growing up was a bit difficult, coming from Naija and not necessarily from the streets and then having to explain that you want to make music [entertainment] to family and friends was not the easiest thing.

What cemented the bond and drove DRB to pursue the music hustle full-time? They are my blood brothers, they are as close as possible to brothers. For us, we have always been ambitious and we did it very freely at the beginning. We were very concerned about how to do things differently for everyone’s benefit.

We were the first to do shows for unknown artists, but we always brought top artists like Davido, Naeto C or Ice Prince to the same stages and that extends to our involvement in Nativeland to bring in people like J Hus, Skepta, Yxng Bane, Dave and Not3s among others.

We’ve been working on it since the beginning and even though the whole picture wasn’t always crystal clear, we wanted to bring superstars to connect with the next generation. This brotherhood means everything to me, to this day. We’re each other’s biggest fans and it’s true love.

You, Boj & Fresh L, are credited with giving birth to the alternative sound, how did that happen? I think it was very natural for us, especially for Boj and me, because we were always different from our peers and we had our own personal style.

I like what “alté” represents but I don’t want to take all the credit for creating the lifestyle because it was more like a movement of people but over time some of us evolved to take that position at the forefront because DRB has done a lot of firsts. But as far as the word “alté” is concerned, it was me and Boj who invented it because we are masters or nicknames.

What are some of your personal milestones that the public might not be aware of? I feel like playing my part in the Nike Super Eagles campaign is a personal step. I didn’t design the jersey but was a creative consultant on the project and worked alongside my daughter Grace.

Recently I have also been recognized by a number of international publications like Vogue, Clash Magazine and NME as an artist to watch. I appreciate that my hard work is recognized and that all the work pays off, even if it takes time.

If it wasn’t for the music, what would you have focused on?

For me, plan b has always been sports. Music and sports have always been my thing. In fact, I wanted to be a footballer more than anything. I went to football school, Manchester United football school, I played for my county when I played in England and many other things.

What are some of your professional setbacks as an artist and entertainment entrepreneur

I think when I went back to Nigeria it would be a moment of reflection because it was such a difficult time. I came in with the likes of Burna, David, Flowsick and a few others and by the time I came back they had taken off and it seemed like our alt sound wasn’t clicking. We had to trust the process and let things happen at their own pace.

What are your influences ?

The guys I look up to are the moguls, the guys who know how to connect music and business. People like Dre, Pharrell, Puff Daddy, Don Jazzy. But the people who influence my sound are Dre, 50 Cent, Kid Cudi and Andre 3000.

Tell us about your latest project ‘Arrested By Love’

This is a brand new solo project from Teezee, the first in a long time and the most vulnerable music I’ve ever made. Visually it’s going to blow people away and really make a statement because through it they’re going to understand that this isn’t a joke and that I’m serious about this music. Love is in the theme and the title so you know it’s something very important to me and I hold my loved ones dearly.

What can fans expect from you in the near future?

They can expect to fully enter my world through music and this Arrested By Love project will do just that.

Corina C. Butler