Worcester’s Very Own Timi O. Has Got The Juice!
Growing up in a Nigerian household in the US is no easy task. From a very young age, Nigerian parents emphasize the value of education, success, and academic excellence. It is seen as one of the only ways to succeed and rise out of a low socioeconomic status. However, for Worcester native Timi Ogunjobi (AKA TIMI O.) , music has become almost as important as his education.
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Telling your Nigerian parents that you’re a rapper is almost the equivalent of telling them you’re coming out of the closet. Nonetheless, Timi O has been able to balance studying to be a mechanical engineer at University of Massachusetts- Lowell with his passion for making music. We’re guessing this comes at He attributes his success to his relentless work ethic. Although admittedly a Hip Hop nerd at heart, Timi O’s music display not only his lyricism, but also a versatility and uniqueness not often in today’s watered down Hip Hop culture (no offense to Lil Yatchy). Rare Norm caught up with Timi O to ask some very important questions about himself, his music, and the future! Check it out below!
Q: You can select one person from history to ask one question truthfully, who would it be and what would be your question?
A: Muhammad Ali; What does it take to be “The Greatest”? I’d definitely get one of the most motivation and life-changing answers of all time.
Q: What would be harder for you, to tell someone you love them, or that you do not love them back?
A: I’d have to say telling someone I don’t love them back would be harder for me. I hate hurting people, because everyone deserves some love, but I’m not necessarily the one to give it to them.
Q: How long have you been making music/ rapping? What are your inspirations for creating music (life experiences, artists, anything that influences your art)?
A: I’ve been making music, seriously anyways, for about three years. A lot of my inspiration comes from my interactions with the people around me and listening to the music my friends produce. Beats from Gmakin, ROM, KenKenKillT iT, jtbs., Blankz Cloud, Devon Thompson, Toko, Natsu Fuji, etc. really inspire me to create.
Q: Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
A: I realized creating is something I had to do, when I made the song “Addiction.” I wrote, recorded, mixed/mastered and released that song within an hour, at about 2 am in my dorm room, because that was the only time my roommates were out. I was tired as hell, but I didn’t care, I needed to release something. When I realized how badly I wanted to record music, I knew that I couldn’t stop anytime soon.
Q: Using just 5-10 adjectives, how would you describe your music/ sound?
A: Smooth, Quirky, Crazy, Honest, Diverse, Alternative, Experimental, Raw, Vibing, Lyrical
Q: What’s your favorite song you’ve ever created? Why?
A: 1997; That song is the ultimate moving on song. That song was a huge step in the right direction for me. I wrote it in about ten minutes, got right to mic, and let out everything that was on my mind. After that song was finished, I was done with crying over the past and started embracing the present.
Q: What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
A: “Be yourself.” This wasn’t told to me pertaining to music, but that phrase honestly allowed me to figure out how to make music. I don’t have a “traditional” rap voice and I don’t act like the stereotype. I’m a nerdy dude who loves lush or abstract sounds, so I’ve made music that fits me as an individual. Making the same music as everyone else would just blend me into the crowd. Thousands of rappers emulate the Migos/Future flow. I just do me. At the same time, however, I’m not making this music just to sound “different.” This is just who I am.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Career, music, touring, shows, etc.)
A: I see myself graduating with a Bachelors Degree, while simultaneously touring. I love making music and I don’t see anything stopping me from doing that, but also wanna continue with my education. No one can stop me from being a rapper and a Mechanical Engineer. As long as I have the drive to do both, I know I’ll be successful. If I can live off of music alone in the long run, however, that exactly what I aim to do.
Q: Where can the people find you? (social media info)
A: Soundcloud (Its fire!): https://soundcloud.com/timi-ogunjobi