Driven by the will to create distinct music guaranteed to move your spirit, soul and body, IBK is making an unusual entry into the Nigerian music terrain. With the spaceshipboi persona; a fictional superhero figure from another dimension sent to earth with a message of Change and Hope to inspire this generation, he is definitely a force to reckon with.
Born Ibukun Kevin Emuwawon in the city of Warri in Delta State on December 18 1982, the Ondo state native is the last of 4 children. He is a Producer, Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Vocal instructor and owner of the production outfit MARTIANSHIP. He spent his early youth in his birth city where he attained his basic formal Education in N.N.P.C primary school Warri, and later got his secondary education in Demonstration Secondary School run by the College of Education Warri. There, he was schoolmates with Nigerian pop soul Diva Omawumi and soul sister Nneka. During this period, IBK joined the rap duo of producer Oscar Heman-Ackah and Aiwa called the 4th Dimension; it was a period of growth and development in his craft as a Producer and a Rapper. IBK might have grown up listening to jazz, soul and the likes of Nat King Cole, Chick Corea, Leo Sayer and Nina Simone, but his rap fever was ignited the day he was introduced to the duo Kriss Kross back in the 90's. This set in motion his journey into music which saw he and his brother writing rhymes and recording on double deck cassette players that were in vogue back then. He later moved on to Ogun state to study Computer Engineering in Covenant University, and there his passion for music blossomed. Actively involved with the school choir, he later became it's Music Director.
This musical genius is the owner of the production outfit "MartianShip" and has worked with the likes of Muna, Yemi Alade, Modele, Sound Sultan, Durella, and Bez amongs many others. His style is what he likes to call Spaceship-music; a fusion of neo-soul, Jazz, hip-hop and a touch of an out-of-this-world element. While the edgy theme of 21st century hip-hop permeates his style, giving him street-worthiness and credibility, he retains the sincerity of gospel music, with his lyrics always driven by an aim to educate and a voice prepared to preach. Proof of this can be found in his singles TONGUES and HYPOTHETICAL, which have a groovy fusion of soul and hip-hop.
His single I HAVE A DREAM off his debut album I COME IN PEACE (still in the works), was put out on the 15th of June 2011 and is getting remarkable reviews, multiple blog posts and number 1 spots. Haven baked this record with the purpose to inspire and stir up a " Yes I can" feel, IBK is already garnering attention and receiving impressive radio rotation. His decision to tow the path of gospel music is rooted in the bible verse that says “go into the world and preach the gospel…”. In his words “God is responsible for all that I am, all that I have and all I would ever be, so what better way to serve Him... besides, when HE calls you, He makes provision for the execution of the course.” In between recording, playing shows and conquering radio waves, IBK is presently working on fresh material for a near-future release