In this article I’ll be talking about everything you need to know about one of Nigeria’s best rapper, Erigga.
Erhiga Agarivbie popularly known as Erigga, is an award winning Nigerian rapper, who has carved out a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry. Erigga is a fluent rapper and he is known for telling stories and passing messages with his Pidgin English rap songs.
Infact, there’s no one that will listen to Erigga’s song that won’t enjoy it at some point. Despite the interesting messages he passes through his songs and the story he tells, the Warri born rapper has a way of blending funny parables into his songs.
Erigga is an artist loved by all and over the years he has kept on getting better and better. Warri is indeed proud to have someone like him.
Early Life and Education:
Erhiga Agarivbie was born on the 30th of March, 1987, in Warri City, Delta State, Nigeria. He is the first child in a family of five children. Erigga grew up living with his mother in Warri City.
He grew up with his sister in a single parent family that was headed by his mother. The rapper is well-educated as he had completed primary and secondary school.
Growing up as a child, Erigga never dreamt of becoming a rapper. Rather, he wanted to become a professional basketball player. Erigga started playing basketball at a very young age, while he was still a secondary school student. He once played in the Milo Basketball Championship and was a player on the Delta State Basketball Team amongst others. Erigga was a very good basketball player then that nobody imagined he would leave his profession as a basketball player for music.
Nevertheless, Erigga started doing music after his secondary school education. According to him, he was inspired by rappers such as Eminem, 50 cent, Jarule, Rakim, Nas, Canibus and others.
Erigga ventured into doing music professionally in 2010, after doing some time in jail. The Warri rapper admitted to selling drugs and committing some other notorious crimes which landed him to jail. It was when he left jail he decided to leave crime completely, and exchange the drugs for the microphone.
Erigga, also known as Paper Boi and New Money, dropped his first singles ‘Jungle Party’ in 2002, long before he totally ventured into doing music professionally. In his first singles, Jungle Party, he rapped in English, but then realized that he can relate better with people when he raps in Pidgin English.
Growing up in the city of Warri has a huge influence in his music too. From rapping in Pidgin English, down to the message he passes through his music. If you are a fan of Erigga, you would have noticed that there’s no song you’ll hear Erigga’s voice that you won’t hear him make reference to Warri.
Despite the fact that Erigga started doing music professionally in 2010, music has been a part of him from the onset. He was involved in local rap battles in Warri, Benin and Port Harcourt and have won severally.