With 14 Tracks and 9 Songs, Stemah Dosh Presents debut project: “No Blue No Green”
Osumah Osemen Stephen aka Stemah Dosh’s No Blue No Green interprets to No Water No Life and No Work No Success.
The project was initially titled Home Boy 4 Life , the headline song for this mixtape, but after the release of “Home Boy” on the 28th of June 2019, Stemah Dosh changed his perspective of what the album meant to him as a whole and that led to the album title today; No Blue No Green.
The change was inspired after he reflected on the struggles and all of the unforgettable moments that have made this body of work come together over the space of 2 years, from the beginning of 2017 to the end of year 2018.
As a college student in a foreign country, he had to pay every sound engineer he worked with on every track from his wallet for the mixing process. He remembers recording and then the laptop would trip off right in the middle of a session. He also recalls the times when he had to record with a broken mic stand and also moving from studio to studio, engineer to engineer and many more funny experiences.
All of these memories came together and inspired the title of this project.
Track13 (Hero) was inspired after listening to the Black Panther album by Kendrick Lamar. After listening to the album on February 9, 2018 all he wanted to do was rap over a violin instrumental, and so he did and then he recorded the song later that year, late 2018. It was the second to last song to be recorded in the album. His skill and ability to paint a picture or tell a compelling story on a song was due to his introduction to J. Cole by his roommate back in 2015.
J Cole sparked something in him while Wizkid, one of the biggest artists out of Nigeria remains one of his inspirations to become a great entertainer.
The project, which is set to drop on the 23rd of September 2020, is a hotch-potch of sounds and influences from Hip-hop/Rap to RnB and it features 2 artists (Niq-El Angelo and Obs’), as well as a skit from an Osita Iheme movie and an audio sample from one of his favorite cartoons as a kid (Pinky and The Brain).
Osumah Osemen Stephen (Stemah Dosh) started his entertainment journey back in high school but as a dancer. Like he says in his song He Grew Too Fast, which was released on March 6th , 2017 to mark his birthday, “Growing up, I had no love for this rap thing” alluding to the fact that as a dancer in Nigeria he was inundated by Afrobeats and so growing up he had no dream of becoming a hip-hop artist. In high school, the closest he came to rap, was writing lyrics with friends and most times he wrote rap songs without beats. While acutely aware that he could write, it did not strike him as a career goal.
In 2016 after consuming lot of rap songs and becoming a great fan of the hip-hop culture, he was motivated, and decided to write on a proper beat. Fast forward to October of 2016 when he released his first single Imagination and got so much positive feedback. Other tracks like “He grew Too Fast”, “Little Body“, “Kicked Off” and his latest single “Home Boy” followed soon after.
Stemah Dosh has been likened to Jaden Smith and recently Aitch the British rapper. He was conflicted, at first, regarding the comparisons but he now has a positive view about them. The comparison of his voice to other artist assures him that there are fans out there that would enjoy listening to him and hearing him rap.
His goal is to be in the fore front of Naija’s hip-hop culture, representing his country and his continent Africa, like other rap artists have done and are doing at the moment.