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Darozi (singer)
Birth nameMichael Elomba Ekene
Also known asDarozi Southseid god
Born (1998-02-21) February 21, 1998 (age 26)
Enugu, Nigeria
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • singer
  • record producer
  • mix engineer
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Michael Ekene Elomba (born February 21, 1998), better known by his stage name Darozi, is an Nigerian rapper, singer, song writer, record producer and mix engineer.

Early life[edit]

Michael was born on Februrary 21, 1998,> in Nigeria.> He is an African of Igbo descent, and is the son of Pharmacist, Felix Elomba. He grew up in Enugu State He began practicing vocals at a tender age. At the age of 16, he self produced his first rap single, involving other rappers (neighbours) on the verses, this part of his life he rapped about on 44, one of the songs in his forthcoming EP. "Growing up, in the 'hood so I seen random crazy shit. [I saw] mad bums and crazy spazzed out motherfuckers, I saw people looking weird, hungry, and grimey [sic]. I was always like, 'I gotta get the fuck out this shit.' It gave me my edge—[it made me] who I am right now.


Darozi embarked on his music career under his alias Darozi, Darozi released his debut track, called "Way Up". The song was produced by himself as Magic Beatz. On November 1, 2017, Darozi released his commercial debut single, titled "Corner Store" on SoundCloud and Audiomack.[3] The song released on iTunes within two years later as part of his first EP, The Southside.

He continued his music exploits, gaining recognition on campus as one of the top ranking record prducer and recording, performing artiste. He excelled in both departments. Exactly a year after the release of Corner Store a gangster themed music, he celebrated the anniversary of his ground breaking record by releasing Sicario [4], a Trap Song with a Hispanic drug cartel vibe.

Sicario will still be featured on the up coming EP, Summer Criminal the EP, which will be on all Digital Platforms by (August 1, 2019)

More insights to Darozi's career as a record producer and mix engineer has taken a good turn over the years as he produced Luku Luku[5] on the Intruder EP[6], a groundbreaking project which has seen good numbers in charts, gainingrecognition on 2 out of 5 songs from Intruder [7]. It is worthy to note that he conducted the record production and mix engineering of (Successful) [8]

Also back in the first quarter of 2022, Darozi as Magic Beatz engineered 6uff's track 5, "I Need" on the EP which gained 6uff alot of international recognition and on the EP with Badda Dan, which is the number one shazamed song when it released in Kenya, as well as the number One song on Apple music top 100 Uganda, also making it to Spotify's Top 20 viral songs out of Africa list.

Furthermore, Darozi has worked with international act, Shattawale on the remix of Luku Luku by 6uff, alongside award winning producer Rugged, Princeton and co.



Darozi Performing in 2023
Darozi Performing in 2023

Darozi has stated that Travis Scott is "one of my biggest inspirations for why I do what I do".[9] He is also influenced by Bon Iver, Kid Cudi, Post Malone, Kanye West, Toro y Moi, Tame Impala, T.I., and Jonas Brothers.

Musical style[edit]

Darozi makes heavy use of audio manipulation effects such as Auto-Tune, phasing, delays, and stereo-sculpted chorusing and harmony structures,[10] predominantly influenced by producers Mike Dean and Alex Tumay.[11] Darozi's musical style has been characterized as "ambient";[10][12] Darozi himself has said "I'm a not hip-hop artist". Describe Darozi's sound as "unremittingly dark, syncretic, hi-res, and above all unnatural" Darozi's musical style has been described as being hip hop,[13] Southern hip hop,[14] trap,[14] psychedelic,[13] and pop rap.[14]

Creative vision[edit]

In 2023, Chasemood Maxwell, a Nigerian filmmaker, teamed with Darozi a collaborative music visualizer for their collaboration "Bad Alternatives";

In 2019, Darozi has said that he is a fan of Broadway theatre and would like to do an album of show tune covers. He has said that he would like to write his own musical in the future.



  1. 6uff Artiste Page. 2022 – via iTunes.
  2. Luku Luku iTunes. 2023 – via iTunes.
  3. Corner Store. 1 November 2017 – via SoundCloud.
  4. Sicario. 1 November 2018 – via iTunes.
  5. Luku Luku. 2023 – via iTunes.
  6. . 2023 – via Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. 6uff Artiste Page. 2023 – via iTunes.
  8. Intruder EP. 2023 – via iTunes.
  9. "Travis Scott Calls Björk One of His 'Biggest Inspirations'". November 15, 2022.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Reynolds, Simon (September 17, 2018). "How Auto-Tune Revolutionized the Sound of Popular Music". Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. Miguelito (June 5, 2017). "From T-Pain to Travis Scott: The Rap Auto-Tune Spectrum". DJBooth. Archived from the original on October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Fagen, Lucas (October 22, 2016). "Travis Scott's Ambience". Hyperallergic. Archived from the original on October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Tasker, Alyssa. "Travis Scott". Black Music Scholar. Retrieved January 21, 2023. Travis Scott restored quality to hip-hop. His sound borderlines psychedelic trap and hip-hop, which is an uncommon position.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Bio

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