Ireland based Malawian rapper Pop Dogg, real name Ibrahim Haji, will be releasing his new album ‘Enter The Ninja’ before the end of the year.
He has already dropped three singles titled ‘Be My Lady’ featuring Kyriah Dee, ‘We On Rise’, featuring local rappers BarryOne and Cyclone and ‘Am A Champ’ whose video, directed by Joe Chad, has been released.
‘Am A Champ’ has American hip-hop artist and record producer Lupe Fiasco on intro, saluting the award-winning Malawian for being one of the finalists on Spin103.8fm Rap Superstar competition last September.
“It is something big to have a rapper like Lupe Fiasco praising you on your song. It is something that has never happen to any musician/rappers way back home and it’s history in the making,” says Pop Dogg in an interview with Nyasa Times.
He observes that being a champ is not all about being in the ring fighting and winning belts and titles, but struggling in life and overcoming obstacles.
“I came up with the song because to me if you are hustling hard to provide food for your young ones, if you spend your energy and money helping out the poor people, to me you are ‘A Champ’.
“I faced so many obstacles in my life, spiritually, musically but am still here fighting my way to the top and no one is going to stop me till I have accomplished what am set to do in this life,” he says.
Pop Dogg further reveals that ‘Be My Lady’ official music video, which he says is one of the most requested singles from the forthcoming album, is set to be a follow up single after ‘Am A Champ’ starts airing on major TV stations like Channel O and MTV Africa, among others.
The rap artists recently performed at the Miss Ireland Malawi event which took place at Clarion Hotel, in Dublin alongside his compatriot guest artist Lucius Banda.
He cherishes sharing the stage with the legendary artist. “It was a privilege meeting Lucius Banda”.
After scooping two music awards in 2011, ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Best Song Collaboration’, this year, the rapper has been nominated for African Leadership/Power-list Excellency Award 2012, to take place on 8th September in Dublin.
“Apart from being named the ‘Big Deal’ by Xclusive International Magazine earlier this year, this award is very important because it is geared at recognizing excellence in individuals and organizations that have contributed immensely to the advancement of the developmental sector of [the] African continent,” he says.