MY STUDIO SESSION WITH: SIAMESE (PART 2)


Aside from the fact that their lateness would offset the inconvenience of having different artists in the studio, the group had called me much earlier to let me know they would be late so it was all good.




When they arrived, the other artist I was recording was just wrapping up his track. I walked down the stairs to go grab them from their taxi. I was somewhat surprised to realize that they were identical twins- something my partner hadn't told me when we spoke. He just said they were a two-man group and they were Nigerian, like myself. They looked pretty young, most likely in their late teens. One of them wore a camo tank top with faded-blue ripped jeans and white sneakers to match. This one's name was Marcus. It was a good thing I saw him pull out  a jacket from the cab because this was March and he'd freeze to death in that outfit. I'm not too sure of what his twin brother wore, but his name was Lorenzo. They both wore different colors of snap-back hats. I greeted them and led them into the studio.

The twins might not have known the other guy I was recording (let's call him Jay), but they seemed to connect pretty quickly. Maybe it was because we were all Nigerian, maybe it was because the twins were just excited to be in a studio. Either way, it all worked out to my advantage and they even wanted Jay to stay for a bit and watch them record, which he did. We all got to chatting and it turns out I was right about their age; Siamese had just turned 18. They were hip hop artists and they had been grinding for a little over a year. Also, they had no content online so I had no clue what to expect about their "sound". This would be their first time working on an actual track, but they had experience doing rap battles and playing around in different studios in the city; a bit of a let down from how my partner described them, to say the least. So picture this; underground teenage acts who have no previously released tracks and are literally stepping into a studio booth for the first time. As you can imagine, my hopes were not set very high with regards to the quality of Music I could expect these guys to create.

As fate would have it, these guys were not good...

THEY WERE AWESOME! Some of the craziest lines I've ever heard 18-year-olds spit. It also didn't matter that there was someone else in the studio; it was even a good thing as all three of them seemed to connect pretty well and there was no bad-mouthing or judging of each other's music. This wasn't a studio session; it was four Nigerians hanging out and just chillin’. In two hours, we had wrapped up two tracks. One was a cover while the other was an original. I still bump them to this day. It sucks that neither of them can do the same though because they ended up not paying for the session. But that's gonna be a story for another day...