Coming to you from the DMV is Nigerian-American rapper, G Suave. As one of the most vivid and provocative songwriters from the area, he has a way of grabbing your attention and telling stories through his music. We recently caught up with him to learn a little more about who he is and got exclusives on his new video.
Can you give the people a little background of yourself?
My name is Emmanuel Zamba but I go by G Suave on stage. I am a 23 year old Nigerian and I’ve been rapping for 8 years now. Music is my passion but acting is my first love. Not to sound cliche but I can’t see myself doing a regular 9-5 job, I have to do some type of entertainment. I would feel incomplete if I didn’t. Currently I am not in school so I have to go 10 times harder than my peers to achieve the success that I want.
How does your African roots influence your music?
Growing up in an African household helped me become who I am today. I realized at a younger age that a lot of things that were considered normal by my peers, I wasn’t allowed to do. From staying out late, getting the latest shoes and clothes, going to parties, and being vocal to their parents about anything they wanted. I knew the answer would be no without an explanation. Going through things like this in a way made me sheltered from the world my peers were living. So when I was able to get a glimpse of freedom, I had a lot to talk about and I started writing books and turned that into writing poems.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Jodeci, Chris Brown, Kanye west, and Amy Winehouse. I am big on R&B and I feel like each of these artist utilized it to their best ability in their music. God rest her soul but I always wanted to work with Amy, she is my favorite female artist I still plan on trying to get unreleased records to use as samples in the future.
If you had to compare yourself to another artist, who would that be and why?
I would compare myself to J Cole or Isaiah Rashad because they are both storytellers. When you listen to my music, each track tells a story no matter the tempo or subject. Growing up everyone would say I tell the wildest or best stories and they looked forward to them. I never noticed how it transitioned into my music until one day my friend pointed out that most of my verses tell a story not just a typical freestyle.
What is your favorite song that you’ve put out so far?
My favorite song that I made was “L.A.N” which stands for “Loving Ass Nigga”. I think that pretty much sums up the type of person I am. I’m a sucka for love and I’m not scared to admit it. That song makes me smile whenever I hear it because it was 100% honest and it was one of the quickest songs I ever wrote.
What is your creative process like?
It depends on how I am feeling, I can wake up and just start writing or I can hear a song that sparks an idea and I take off with it. Sometimes I can be in a car and melodies play in my head and I catch myself coming up with hooks.
What message do you think people will get out of listening to your music?
My listeners will get a versatile rapper who talks about everyday struggles. They will know someone is strong enough to talk about his battles with depression or talk about loving hard and being real and authentic. I’m very aggressive with my raps but the message has a calm approach.
What made you want to get into the business?
The love I have for music is undeniable and it’s been a dream of mine for years. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else because I wouldn’t like it. After seeing Wale make a blueprint for the DMV I knew it was possible that I could make it being from this area.
What is the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in life?
Not finishing school and pursuing my dream as an artist. I am a 23 year old Nigerian male with only 6 credits for college. Doesn’t that sound off to you? I’ve had almost every insult in the book thrown at me for not being in school which is fine because I can’t expect someone else to understand my dream. I won’t lie, it used to hurt because I felt like I was going nowhere or even seeing all my friends graduate and throw parties, I would be one of the few with no degree.
How does it feel to be finally getting your some recognition?
It feels great. This is what I always wanted it’s been 4 years of hitting up different college campuses and doing open mics. So finally getting supporters makes me feel good even in different areas like Ohio, Chicago, Florida, and more. That shows people appreciate what I have to offer.
What is “Ahk Love” about?
Ahk Love is a part of my merch. The term Ahk means brother and has an Islamic and Hebraic background. Pretty much it means brotherly love. Which perfectly describes the movement I am big on helping others and spreading love so the brand fits perfectly with who I am as a person.
He finally unleashes a video for the crowd favorite, “Nikki”. This song fires so many shots at an unsuspecting female counterpart. No stranger to putting his heart on his sleeve, G Suave tells a story of how his relations with an old flame turns sour when she turns into a stalker. Yikes.
Peep the video below, follow him on social media, and show support to a fellow dreamer.