A. Ronald Freeman Jr., commonly known as Mighty Blow (formerly Nigga Blow) is one of the most talked about Liberian Hip-Hop/ Hip-Co rappers.
Over the years, Mighty Blow has enlightened his audience with hit tracks such as “Old Fire Chunk (not hard to catch)” and “Strange Food In My Eating Pan”, gaining him a popularity and where he finds himself today as a international superstar/entertainer.
Despite the many rumors and questions surrounding his music career and where he stands today in Liberia’s limitless entertainment industry, LIB LIFE caught up with the admired musician to find out the truth and to set the record straight once and for all about his career.
LIB LIFE: Wow, I don’t know what to call you because I heard something about a name change, what’s up with that? (Laughter)
Blow: Back in the days I was Nigga blow, but I changed it to Mighty Blow because of my manager. He told me to change it because of the general understanding that only a black man can call a black man “nigga”. It happened in Cellcom where I found white people calling me Nigga Blow and I understood what he was trying to say.
LIB LIFE: Tell us things about Mighty Blow that we don’t know?
Blow: I was born and raised in Monrovia. I’m a Kpelle/Kru man from Bong County; my mother is a Kru woman while my father is a Kpelle man. Back in the days in high school, I played football up to second division and thought that I would be a football player, but… (he laughs). I’ve got skills up till now and plan on organizing a game with my crew Hip-Co All Stars and The State Runners Empire so people can see their musicians playing. From football I started break-dancing. The dancing evolved into the whole entertainment business of music. I danced for 3-4 years.
LIB LIFE: Wow, you’ve been entertaining people for quite awhile now, isn’t that so?
Blow: Yes. Back in the day, even while I was playing football I used to like music. I’d rap at college shows imitating Tupac and Busta Rhymes, and it had everyone calling me Busta Rhymes in school. I listened to Tupac and learned his songs word for word. I used to listen to Biggie and Jay-Z, who’s my favorite rapper.
LIB LIFE: With that said, how did you finally get noticed as an artist and into the recording studio?
Blow: While dancing, a friend of mine named Ragga E, who works at Red Eyez Entertainment, heard me rapping freestyle one day and asked me if I had ever rapped in front of a crowd before. And I told him no. He actually inspired me to get into rap business because he said that I had a good voice.
In that period of time, LIB records CEO Sammy Bokai Jr. came from London and opened auditions for fellas to come out and justify. He wanted to form LIB records, and that’s how Ragga E took me to there and the CEO liked my voice. And I started to do my thing.
LIB LIFE: I heard that your first track was prepared under troubling circumstances. Tell us about that.
Blow: The 1st song I did was called “Tribute”. Our CEO along with George Weah took us to Sierra Leone (Salone) to record right after the war was over. While going to Salone, we had a serious accident and lost one of our friends named Tim. When we came back to Liberia we did a tribute song. After that incident, our CEO went back to London and LIB records split and everyone went solo.
LIB LIFE: After going solo, what undertakings did you make?
Blow: Well, “Strange Food In My Eating Pan” was my first single and also my very first hit song, which put me on the map. The track basically described me leaving my house with out giving my girl any food money, and then coming back home to meet chicken – chicken thigh in my pan – strange food in my eating pan. Where did she get it from because I wasn’t able to leave her with any money? (Laughter)
LIB LIFE: That was your first hit single, but tell us a little about your second hit and how it led you to signing a contract with Cellcom?
Blow: “Old Fire Trunk” made me popular and that’s when I signed a one-year contract with Cellcom.
LIB LIFE: Must have been nice working with a GSM company, can you describe what it was like working with Cellcom?
Blow: Working with Cellcom was straight up. But I only had problems with my own producers and manager.
LIB LIFE: Rumor has it that Cellcom terminated your contract due to problems. Can you tell me about that?
Blow: People contradicted the story saying that Blow had a problem with Cellcom. The truth is that people misunderstood this. I was with Cellcom and everything was fine. I signed a US$45,000 contract, was given a Nissan Pathfinder and we started operating. I used to travel and come back. The problem was with my manager and producer; they took a lot of money from me. Money I was to get from Cellcom. When they took the money and ran away with it, I went to Cellcom to ask about it when they told me they had already paid my manager. More contradictions came when one day I was in the crib when I heard my song off my album that I did with Cellcom being played by one of these street music vendors passing by. When I checked, I noticed that he had a duplicate CD of my stuff, and when I asked him about it, he confessed that he got it from the money exchange boys selling in front of Cellcom.
LIB LIFE: That really must have made you upset?
Blow: I went to the boys that change money in front of Cellcom and met the duplicates there. I took the police for them and it had nothing to do with Cellcom. It was that scene that made people to contradict the story. In fact, my contract with Cellcom was already over by then, but I still used to visit the CEO and eat my small thing here and there. We were still cool.
LIB LIFE: You just answered a major question that the Liberian community has always wanted to ask you. Now that we have that out of the way, what’s your relationship with Cellcom like now?
Blow: I came recently and the CEO called me and told me to come over and sign another one-year contract and I’ve started doing the promotions and stuff. Cellcom is doing well for me, sponsoring me, taking care of my promotions, house, family and car.
LIB LIFE: Now that you have again secured yourself and your career, what projects are you taking on right now?
Blow: I’ve got my Hip-Hop and Hip-Co album coming out. Liberians only know me as a Hip-Co artist because of my two hit tracks that were done in Colloquia. But when it comes to Hip-Hop, I blow it as well. Liberia is my country and that’s why I do Hip-Co, but I want LIB to know that I can change my style and that’s why I decided to come out with a Hip-Hop album.
LIB LIFE: That’s great and I wish you success in that. With the growing population of artists in the industry, do you think it will be a challenge to create a whole new image of your rap style?
Blow: I just have to step up my game because in every area of life there is competition. When you look at music on the other hand, there is a lot of competition because if you sit there and don’t put any music out there and someone else does, people are going to listen to that other artist. As for me, I feel I have to work; being the best isn’t all about telling yourself you’re the best, you have to work towards it.
LIB LIFE: Before we go, would you like to share anything with your fans?
Blow: In the next five years I want to see myself hitting the world, not just Liberia, but internationally. I want to drop a song that will hit the whole market, that’s my focus right now. Keep on loving me because I am doing everything to strengthen my game to build up fire!