This week saw the release of the first full set of recordings from Berlin-based rapper Yetundey. See No Evil, the new five-track EP, is a surprising and absorbing output that you’ll want to rewind and replay as soon as it ends (and not just to try to better decipher her rapid-fire lyrics).
Now. Press repeat.
For the occasion, Yetundey took the time to answer a few question to indieBerlin.
YETUNDEY: I grew up with an enormous variety of music. My parents listened to everything from Sting over Jean Jacque Goldman to rap music. Then I got many different musical influences through dancing. The genres there varied a lot as well since I did ballet, modern, tap dance and hip-hop. And then the probably most influential were Disney movies. Don’t ask me where the connection between Disney and rap is…
Sometimes even boredom can be very inspiring.
indieBerlin: How did you come up with the name YETUNDEY?
YETUNDEY: Yetunde is actually my second name. It’s a traditional Nigerian name, I just altered the spelling of my artist name a little. I am proud of my heritage and that’s what I want to stand for. It’s a name with a meaning and tradition. Just like hip-hop, it has values and a history that should not be forgotten and that I want to share. Even if with time the way of expressing myself alters or my music changes I always proudly carry my roots and values with me: respect, education, self-expression, community.
indieBerlin: Where do you get your inspiration from?
YETUNDEY: Whatever moves me is a reason to write a song. That can be an experience, a conversation, other music I hear, any emotion I feel or see in others and sometimes even boredom can be very inspiring.
indieBerlin: How do you feel about covering a song?
YETUNDEY: For some unexplainable reason I am not capable of doing that… There are a lot of songs I love and secretly sing along to but I just can’t do any covers. It feels unnatural.
indieBerlin: Do you prefer to play big festivals/stages or smaller club gigs?
YETUNDEY: I’ve not played any festivals yet, so it’s hard to say. But I do love the vibe of the audience at festivals. They’re crazier and unpredictable so I imagine it being very fun if I had a festival concert.
indieBerlin: With whom would you like to share the stage with?
YETUNDEY: Easy question: King Skepta, Queen Little Simz, and Emperor Kendrick.
indieBerlin: In ten years you look back to today and think:
YETUNDEY: Good that I didn’t study medicine.
indieBerlin: Do you dream in color or black and white?
YETUNDEY: I dream so much crazy shit it needs to be in color?
indieBerlin: Do you want to greet somebody ?
YETUNDEY: I want to thank my family for all the support they have given me all these years. Without them, none of this would ever be possible! I also have many dear friends which have helped me in so many ways. I am blessed to be surrounded by so many enlightened people!