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Listening to what we’ve deem today as bona fide hip-hop legends, Ceytra fell in love with illustrious music giving her a fine-tuned ear for unquestionably great artistry, and preparing her to begin project of her own.

Growing up, Ceytra was inspired by legendary artists like Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, Foxy Brown and Lil Kim. Listening to what we’ve deem today as bona fide hip-hop legends, Ceytra fell in love with illustrious music giving her a fine-tuned ear for unquestionably great artistry, and preparing her to begin project of her own.

Due to her father’s absence in her life, she began writing poetry to cope with fluctuating emotions. Transforming words into lyrics became easy for Ceytra. And because of Ceytra’s musical inspirations and her unique style, she changes her rap techniques based on her disposition, it can range from Hard core, Hip Hop, Punk, Pop and R&B. so with that being said lets jump right into the interview.

What’s your government name? – My name is Tracey Iheme.

Where are you from? – I am from Chicago, with Nigerian roots…

What would you like the world to know you as? What’s your stage name? – I want the world to know me as The Nigerian Queen of Rap & my stage name is Ceytra.

Featured Artist Interview with CEYTRA

Featured Artist Interview with CEYTRA

So tell me what Ceytra did as a little girl? What did u see yourself as when u grew up? – Ceytra as a little girl was a kid that everyone knew by my nickname Ligelow (in my Nigerian culture). I always liked to write & listen to music. My siblings and I would always make dance routines and perform it in front of family… I always knew I wanted to be a star…

When did you realize that you were into music? – At the age of 10 years old — I began writing poetry and gradually my poetry turned into music lyrics…

Growing up who was inspiration in the music industry? – I’ve always been a R&B lover, listening to Gerald Levert, Tevin Campbell & etc… But my biggest inspirations have to be Tupac, Lil Kim, Missy Elliot, Biggie, Kanye West, Kenny G & Madonna…

Do you remember the first rhyme you wrote? How did it go? – Omg! My first rhyme. It’s been so long… I remember a line I said that I thought I was the hardest rapper…*Laughs*… “Niggas all cover up, Maybelline”

How long have you been doing music? – I been doing music for a while now, but I started taking it seriously a couple years back…

What is it that you are hoping to take from the music world? – I want to be the first Nigerian Female artist from Chicago to take the industry by storm. I feel there isn’t no brown skin female rapper out like me that can really go head to head with the male rappers…

Why music? – Music is just my passion & something I love doing. I can express myself in so many ways whether it’s a hardcore, love or real song…Music keeps me going & it’s my voice when I can’t express myself verbally…

If not music what would you be doing? – Acting is another one of my passions. I took many acting & theatre classes. My acting teacher always says, ” Tracey you are something special & you don’t even know it”.. So definitely acting or being an English Teacher…

Now a days it seem like everyone is claiming to be a rapper, almost like a dime a dozen. what makes you different from all the others “Rappers”? – Yes, everybody does rap now! But Ceytra is different when it comes to being a rapper… I’m something different; raw, authentic, hardcore and unique… I just don’t rap, I make people believe what I’m saying and leave people wanting to hear more… And I always give you that Nigerian flavor in my voice…

What do you say to the critics that say female artist can’t cut it? – I would say that “BullCrap”… I think we females work just as hard as the men, maybe even more. They don’t think women are strong enough or can go toe to toe with them… Well, Ceytra is going to prove exactly why females will take over the industry…

What do u say to the producers and the A&R Reps that say you don’t have what it takes to be the next big thing? – I will tell them look at the Beatles or even Lady Gaga? No one believed in their vision or dream… I would say nothing is impossible…

What advice do you have for other female artist? – My only advice to other female artists is to stay true to yourself and stick together instead of being jealous of one another — let’s start collaborating with each other…  Too many men in the industry…

If you had to compare yourself to an artist that’s out right now who would it be and why? – I can’t compare myself to anyone because I’m different in so many ways…

Who do you think is the hottest artist right now? Both HipHop and R&B – I would say Kendrick Lamar & Beyonce…

If you could work with anyone Dead or Alive who would it be and why? – I’m all about chemistry when it comes to working with other artists.. I can’t just do a song just to do it.. But it would be Tupac hands down… I think both of us are so passionate about music; we would make timeless music…

 Tell me about your new single “I Work”? – “I Work” single is really self-explanatory. I collaborated with Boy Illinois in the studio. Came up with the concept, he loved it & it was history from then… We wanted this song to be the 2014 anthem to work hard & get that green…

What’s in your CD player or playing on your Ipod right now? – I’m really old school, but I got Kendrick Lamar, Lil Kim, Tupac, King Louie, Freddie Gibbs, Beyonce, Drake, French Montana…

What next for you in the future? – I really just plan on taking the industry by storm and focusing on my upcoming projects…

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Official Website: http://thisisceytra.com/