Trilly has only been making music for a year, and he already has a song with one of the greatest African artists in history: Davido.
With the release of “1942” late last year, Trilly quickly proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.
The Nigerian artist takes pride in his versatility, with the confidence to make any type of music, from trap to hip-hop to Afrobeat.
As the proud Founder and CEO of Trillion Dollar Records, Trilly is the definition of a go-getter – someone who has gone after their dreams and work to make them come true.
First of all, the basketball player turned rapper hopes to attack his country of origin in Africa, before making the hearts of those in the United States turn pale.
Plus, Trilly isn’t shy about giving back to her community. This year he plans to do a Trilly Toy Drive in the light of the holidays, one of his many upcoming undertakings.
All hip-hop: You are Nigerian, how long have you been in America?
Trilly: In fact, I was born here. Both my parents were born there, but I have been there several times. I have a lot of charities and a lot of things going on there, so this is the scene I try to pick up first. I have a tour starting there, so I’m going to be there for a month doing concerts. I have a song with Davido, he’s the hottest Nigerian artist at the moment.
All hip-hop: I see you have the 1942 here, very on the mark!
Trilly: I have to mark it. That’s what the song is called, “1942”.
All hip-hop: Davido is huge, how did this collaboration come about?
Trilly: It was the time of the pandemic, alcohol was very popular at that time. That’s all I really drank. That’s how the song says: “She drinks from the Boss, but she really wants that 42!” It just came like that. This is how a lot of ideas come to the studio. You’re really sitting there talking s ###, so we’re like “okay, that’s the hook.” Assemble it like this.
All hip-hop: Have you ever had a relationship?
Trilly: I didn’t know him before but I’m Nigerian, he’s Nigerian. We all know the same people. Really, it was a phone call like, “Okay, are you in LA?” I walked over to his cradle and we dropped the song right there. I already had the song, I just put it on a verse.
All hip-hop: Was he perfect for that or what?
Trilly: Yeah absolutely. There was already an afrobeat sound, so I said “yeah, let’s go”.
All hip-hop: How did this session go?
Trilly: The session was pretty funny. He had a mansion here in the hills. Pulled up, vibrated. He heard the song, he knocked her out. I was really surprised because he is a great artist. We did the song, 2 days later we shot the video and it was ready to go.
All hip-hop: Best memory of the video shoot?
Trilly: The video was shot in Sherman Oaks. It was this big mansion-type house, quite funny. The best memory was having accomplished it. It took a lot of work, then to do it, you know. Because it was my first album with a really great artist like that, he’s really great. It was a good time.
All hip-hop: Was it your first Afrobeat record? How are you Nigerian and have never recorded an Afrobeat?
Trilly: Yeah, I know. When I first started rapping, that’s really what came to me. We’re releasing new music back to back, trying different kinds of things and different kinds of sounds. Then we got to the point where okay, it’s your sound. We have to stick to that sound here. I always make s ### traps, different s ###. Some of my fans always want to hear that kind of stuff so I’m really trying to work on an album where I mix it all up: with trap, afrobeat, all that.
All hip-hop: How much music are you sitting on?
Trilly: Dude, we probably have over 100 songs. 150 songs. I’m trying to publish it correctly, which is why I have Julius here trying to help me orchestrate this situation. I don’t want to just drop the music. Even with the Davido record, it should be bigger than it is, but the only platform I’m really working on right now is posting it on Instagram. It will come.
All hip-hop: You took it out during the pandemic. Do you think this had an effect on the song seen?
Trilly: At the moment, I really started making music last year. I was playing basketball [before], so I literally started making music. So you know, different avenues, different outlets, different connections that you have to get. Some people get lucky and release a song and go viral. But then how long is it going to last? We’re trying to build a foundation so that when I release my music, it can last forever. Because I make very good quality music.
All hip-hop: Where did you want to circle?
Trilly: I played abroad in Spain. It was cool. I did it for a little while, maybe a year. That’s when I started making music because I wanted to be my own boss. I don’t have time to wake up and do this and that. I had a friend, his name was LJ. He made the Iggy Azalea album, we grew up together, he worked at Capitol Records. I was relaxing one day, literally at the start of the pandemic. I said “man, I’m coming to the studio!” He said “get out!” Â»We did a song, man this song is really good!
All hip-hop: Have you literally just tried it?
Trilly: Yeah, I literally just tried. It was my first song, it was called “I Like”. It went crazy so I said “okay so we could probably do it.” It was difficult because it was the beginning of my music. I was nervous about working with new people. It took me a while to come back and do another song after that.
All hip-hop: How do you like the music creation process now?
Trilly: All is well. Everything is a certain type of atmosphere to make a certain type of music, everyone has their little things. Some people smoke weed, some people drink, different things like that. There are a lot of key factors that go into making a successful record.
All hip-hop: 3 things you need in the studio all the time?
Trilly: I need Trilly girls. I need ’42, and the vibe really. Sometimes we drop records with just the friends, it depends on the day.
All hip-hop: Was it a learning curve for you?
Trilly: Yeah, it was actually. I asked TLZ to come and help me, to help me structure a lot of different things. When you rap differently: sometimes you can do a rap song or a sung song, a trap song or an afrobeat song, there are different tones for different things. When I started to make music. I wasn’t quite sure how hooks and worms worked. There are a lot of things that I didn’t know. He helped me a lot with that sort of thing.
All hip-hop: What does Nigeria represent to you?
Trilly: Oh man, this is the house. It’s me, I love it. When I go back and see everyone, I’m really from there. My mom, my dad, we go to parties. We do all that stuff, like my mom wants me to marry a Nigerian woman and have a Nigerian marriage, all these cultural things. Going back is real drugs. I went there 2-3 years ago, but I wasn’t playing music at the time. I went back and started building a house and giving back to schools. Can’t wait to go back now.
All hip-hop: Did you say you were trying to conquer Africa before the United States?
Trilly: Yes. When it’s cultural. For example, a lot of LA artists don’t really explode in LA. They go somewhere else first, take it, then come back here. LA, no one really wants to dab you until someone else dabs you. When you like a certain type of artist, maybe you are a cultural artist or an artist from different places, those places welcome you more. I have Nigerian fans who love me for being me. They haven’t even heard my music, they love me for being me. I want to go where real love is, start there first, and move on.
All hip-hop: You are known for these great Christmas charity events. What inspired you to do this?
Trilly: The first year we did it at Gardena, Rowley Park. This is something I wanted to do, I love to give back. It’s not about tax deductions, it’s literally me who comes in and does it for the kids. Last time in Gardena we had In-N-Out there we had Hot Dog On A Stick. We had over thousands of toys to give to children. This year I changed it. I did a charity event but also did a flag football match with it. I brought out NFL players, former NFL players, rappers. Kalan.FrFr is out. Shouting at Kalan, he came out and got yelled at. You know Trillion Dollar Records, we won. We of course remained undefeated. I had my other boy Chris Matthews, he played for the Seahawks. Hakeem, a few people are out. I had to show them you play soccer but I’m the best at what I do, everything. We yelled at them, we won the championship. It was a doping event.
All hip-hop: Are you missing the strapping?
Trilly: Yeah, I hoop again. I will always ride anyone in the world, anytime. I’m ready.
All hip-hop: What was your position?
Trilly: I played small ahead.
All hip-hop: What can we expect next?
Trilly: At the moment I am working on only one version. That’s what we’re working on right now, I’m trying to release a single before I go on tour.
All hip-hop: How much music do you release?
Trilly: People don’t really know, I have a song with Davido called â1942â. I have a song with Sada Baby called “T-Shirt”. I had another song that was nominated for some records, it’s called “I’m Tired”. It’s like a civil rights case. I had a song called âAybishhhâ, which was doing crazy numbers that I didn’t even expect. And “EDD Me.” Crazy record, crazy video. Check it out.
All hip-hop: Goals for yourself?
Trilly: Just be the best I can be. Climb to the top, take my people with me.