Winner of best Hip Hop Artist 2018 & 2019 at It’s Gorgeous Musique Awards in America,Peter Settimba with stage name Peter Rhymer is a Ugandan Afro Hip Hop artist born in Uganda but raised and based in London. He has since released numerous hit songs and lastest being Ugandan girl hit.
Peter Rhymer’s influences are mainly English European & American, with a splash of African Ugandan elements. His rare style of rap has taken him places and currently on the rise to the top music charts.
He visited our offices and shared a lot with us; Read on
On why you started rapping?
The love of just wanting to create music and entertaining people.
Briefly tell us your music background? Was your family supportive in the first place?
I don’t come from any music trained background, my music has just come from the love of wanting to create music and teaching myself. My family have never really been supportive of my music, as they don’t see is a serious and secure job
What are your difficult days when you started singing?
The concept of funding my music so I can be able to really push out there
Who drew you closer to the industry?
From artists like Micheal Jackson, to artists like Andre 3000, 2Pac and personal life experiences
On the kind of music you create?
Afro Hip Hop, basically myself rapping to Afrobeats music
Your music story?
My music subject matter, the fact people relate to my music and my songs being really catchy, so it stick in peoples heads
Let’s talk about your latest song, what is the message behind this song?
It’s called Ugandan Girl, it’s basically a love song about my ideal woman
How do you promote your songs?
Mainly online, but I try to travel back home to Uganda, Kampala as much as I can throughout the year
I can say you’re fast rising up, what advice can you share with a young rappers who wants to be like you?
Take your music serious by investing in yourself, developing, network, always stay positive and be consistent
The challenges in the Industry?
The fact I can’t be around to perform and promote it more, so I mainly focus online, especially now we’re in this Covid pandemic
Are you under any management?
I’m signed to Afropop Records, an independent Record Label
Do you have plans of finally settling down back here in Uganda as your music fans yearn for you?
Of course, that’s the ultimate dream, even to build a house and eventually settle there
On the growth of Ugandan music industry?
I personally love how UG artists are doing their thing and being traditionally creative with it, it’s so humbling to see as I was raised in the UK, so my personal experiences and outlook on things vary a lot at times
Who writes your songs?
I write all my own music, which is important to me as it’s a reflection of me and what I want the listener to hear
Which artists would you wish to collaborate with?
I would love to work with UG artists such as Navio, I have a lot of respect for him as an artist, his rap skills and his work ethic. Fresh Kid because his so talented at such a young age and Lydia Jazmine, as she’s the true definition of a Ugandan woman in my eyes and really talented
Apart from your latest song, what other songs have your produced?
I personally don’t produce my music, I have UG producers that do that, I just write my music
What is your favorite song among them all?
It has to be Ugandan Girl as it means a lot to me, it’s a song I wrote when I was single and visualising my ideal woman, only to manifest my lyrics into real life and getting with a Ugandan Girl
What is one message you would give to your fans?
To always stay positive, productive and supportive, not just with myself, but with others, as my motto in life is: Unity Is The Key To Success
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Haha, at sometimes, especially when I’m in a really good mood and it’s usually a love song
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
The same thing I’m still doing today, being an entrepreneur with the many ventures I deal with
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve performed in many venues around the UK, some in America, the west coast side and some venues in Uganda, I personally plan to perform more when the Covid pandemic is finally over and UG has to be my best place to perform as it’s home
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It has impacted the music industry in a BIG way, mainly for the better, opening up the game to anyone that really wants to get themselves heard if they’re serious about their craft. It’s also made it so easier to connect, network and work with people all around the world
What is your favourite song to perform?
Haha, I’m sounding like a broken record here, but it has to be Ugandan Girl, as it’s a personal track that means a lot to me
Which famous female musicians do you admire?
Beyoncé, Adele, Lydia Jazmine, Spice Diana, just to name a few that come to mind
What has been your greatest challenge in the ug music industry?
Not being taken seriously as a Ugandan, but I expect that, having lived most of my life in the UK, so it doesn’t bother me, in fact, it inspires me to want to get more in touch with my UG side, so it’s a blessing in disguise
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
There’s nothing major I can think off as I’m quiet a boring person in my personal life haha, the only thing I can think of is when a kid and you just misbehaving as kids do
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
That everyone in the music industry would take their job role seriously, as times you have to deal with a lot of nonsense and disrespect
What’s next for you?
Always staying creative and working on new music