Full Name: Terry. T. Madaki
A.k.a.: Tha Rapman, Joe - Spazm, Afro Joe.
D.O.B.: 28th January, (Aquarius)
Past time: Reading books, writing (songs/poems), watching movies/TV
Early influence: LL.Cool J, Slick Rick, Rakim, Run DMC & Masta Ace.
Later influence: Eminem, Redman, Talib Kweli, Kool Keith, Juice, 2pac, Notorious B.I.G.
Marital Status: Single
Prized Possession: Walkman & my rhyme pad (it got missing once, and I felt like I lost a girl).
Educational background: OND (Mass Communications), Kaduna Polytechnic. (Plans to go back for HND).
Advice to beginners: Take time out to write. Be inspired (by topic or a beat) before doing so. Be original!
Who I’m cool with: Everyone on SWATROOT (family!), Ruggedman, Tribesmen, Plantashun Boiz, KD World, and A.T. & B-Qube.
Ambition: To f*#k the Nigerian music industry inside out! Tha Rapman is the future! Remember that. To promote Hip Hop music the only way I can… through my music.
Quotes: “I don’t do Afro Hip Hop. What’s that? Hip hop is already African enough because it was created by black people in America, and where did they originate from? You can communicate in any language with your people be it, Pidgin-English, your language or just plain English. I don’t do pidgin, that aint me! But I intend to be flexible in my next album sha!”
“Battling is a form of Hip hop.
No beef, just healthy competition.
Any rapper worth his salt
will tell you that.”
“I intend to save the Nigerian Music Industry from mediocrity. It’s a tough job somebody has to do it.”
“My dissing Zaaki is not personal. I felt there was a lot of things he was not doing as a hip hop rapper, if he wasn’t doing rap, I wouldn’t have had a problem with him but I felt he was taking the Hip hop listeners for granted. It was an issue I had to address, and as far as ‘the pioneer of Hip hop thing goes’… N@#*a plee-aaze! Boyz have been holding it down way before he showed up, El Dee (Xtra-Large), Dr. Fresh, Emphasis, Junior and Pretty, etc.
“Battling is a form of Hip hop. No beef, just healthy competition. Any rapper worth his salt will tell you that.”
"I hate it when people keep thinking I’m trying so hard to be like Eminem. Just cuz I recycled one of his songs. I mean I really admire him as an artiste but that’s as an artiste but that’s as far as it goes. He’s on some psycho shit, I’m not. I love my mums tho… I think it’s the energy and the venom we have in common."
This Kano State born, Nassarawa native MC got into hip-hop music as far back as 1991, rapping in secondary school shows, busting and exchanging freestyles with fellow school mates. He was known then as Terryfic. He then, featured on a talent show on DITV Kaduna called “Beatz of our Tyme” shortly after he graduated from secondary school. He even, wrote and produced the theme song. He graduated started creating a name in Kaduna State where he spent almost twenty years, in the ghetto neighborhood of Ungwan-Dosa. His popularity grew even more when he regularly featured on “Rap Attack” where he played his demos. He later joined a group called Croc City Click (AT, Mister Stan and Razor) he then changed his name to Terry the Rapman.
They released several joints that had air play in Kaduna, one of the songs featured Six foot plus , who Terry knew through a talent show(beats of our tyme) their fame earned then a review in the Hip-Hop ( a fast selling Hip Hop magazine in Nigeria). After several frustrating attempts at trying to get a record deal, the crew disbanded. Terry went to Kaduna polytechnic to get a National Diploma in Mass Communications. He graduated and after the February 2000 Sharia riots erupted in Kaduna, he had to relocate to Jos (Plateau State) like a lot of Christians because of security reasons.
In Jos he waxed a five track demo CD and sent it to Lagos, where it got airplay in the Rhythm FM by DJ EL Dee (a member of SwatRoot) and it caught Six Foot Plus attention who was there then in Lagos promoting his ‘Millennium Buggin’ single which was executively produced by Solo Dee in Abuja F.C.T, Six foot plus then got in contact with Terry in Jos, hooked him up and the rest is history. Terry the Rapman is currently signed to payback tyme records. He is one of the hottest sought after rappers in Nigeria.
"I hate it when people keep thinking
I’m trying so hard to be like Eminem. Just cuz
I recycled one of his songs. I mean
I really admire him as an artiste
but that’s strictly as an artiste,
and that’s as far as it goes.
He’s on some psycho shit, I’m not.
I love my mums tho…
I think it’s the energy and the venom
we have in common."
About the name: the Rap (M.A.N) actually means Rapmanisfestation to the amateur niggaz (in the rap game). He is a versatile M.C with hot venom and still sounds funny. This clear voiced Nassarawa native caused controversy when he dissed Zaaki (a self professed Nigerian Hip-Hop Pioneer). He got critical acclaim when he dropped money hungry chicks, a track which he addressed women who sell their bodies for material gains and the men who take advantage of them with the money. He goes under several aliases, like Afro Joe, Joe-Spazm, and Speedy Gonzalez (fastest rapper in the whole of Naija)