Nigerian rapper, Erhiga Agarivbie, popularly known as Erigga has revealed he sold drugs and went to jail but music saved his life.
Erigga made the revelation during an interview with German Broadcasting Network, DWtv.
The rapper revealed how life was for him as a child growing up on the streets of Warri, Delta State.
Speaking of his hometown he said: ”The city brings out that toughness in you. You have to be strong to survive out here, it’s really tough, there is no opportunity.
”We sold drugs,” he admitted, but at some point, after he was released, he made the decision to exchange the drugs for the microphone, a decision that has changed his life totally and helped him move out of the hood and only returns occasionally, this time as a local celebrity.
”I never saw this coming, all I wanted was to give my people a voice. What I rap about is basically the struggle that every Warri boy, every Niger Delta youth go through every day of their lives, but they can’t say it.”
The rapper who came to limelight in 2010, released singles like ‘Industry Nite’ 2018 hit anthem, ‘Wetin We Gain’, ‘Motivation’ among others.
Rapping majorly in Pidgin, Erigga who has two albums, ”Trip To The South”, released in 2017 and ”Okorowanta” in 2018 was twice nominated at the Headies Awards 2018 in the ‘Lyricist On The Roll’ and ‘Best Rap Album’ categories.