Nigeria’s fastest-growing hype sensation whose name is also becoming a household brand in the hypeman business, Ak’Smuth has opened up on joining the career path.
Ak’Smuth In a chat with our Head Blogger, Goldenchyld, stated that he was driven by hunger since his rap music career wasn’t bubbling with much success as expected since he arrived Lagos.
“I am still a recording artist, I just had to put music on hold because I was not getting what I wanted. I came into Lagos to face my music career full-time but there was no fund to push, no record label to get signed to. The hunger was too much so I had to fall back to my plan B.”
“The Hype of the Party” as he is fondly called says he had neglected the hype man talent, a skill he noticed even as a University student. “I have always had that hype thing in me, back from my from days at the University of Uyo but never paid attention to it. I just had to face life in a different way.”
During his early days as a hypeman, he recounts how he was paid as low as N5, 000 and sometimes nothing at all.
“Ani Kabash gave me my first hype job in a club back in 2017. When I started I used to be paid 5k a week because I was not known. sometimes I will not even get paid. But the thing is, I knew the way I was going so I kept pushing. I hyped at parties for free just to get my face and name out there.”
Being a hypeman has been rewarding over the years for Ak’Smuth, real name Clement Akanimo. “It’s been, beautiful bro. God has made it possible for me to meet a lot of top people and brands on the entertainment food chain, although I’m still growing.”
Ak’Smuth who describes himself as not just a hypeman, but an entertainer who can make u lose ur home training at a party, has been the hypeman at over 50 big gigs and all the top clubs in Nigeria. He has worked with brands like Hennessy, Martell, Jagermeister, The Funky Brunch Lagos to mention but a few.
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About this aspect of entertainment and career path in the country, he says “Being a hypeman in Nigeria is not easy at all. The fact is a lot of people over here don’t really know the Job of a hypeman. It’s growing so fast trust me, but a lot of hype men need to understand the business part of the game and put hate aside. Learn how to hype their own way… This thing is a craft! Our work is to influence and also Entertain both sad and happy people.”