BIMM Berlin student, Alexandrine, performs as Berlin-based rapper Yetundey – and has just released her track ‘Yeye From Africa’ from her new five-track EP ‘See No Evil’. We asked her about her creative process and the story behind the production of the song.
What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
I looked in the mirror and saw myself with an afro for the first time in my entire life (I was 19). I felt so African that I instantly sat down and produced the beat.
What did your process involve?
For the lyrics, I made a list of all the existing clichés of black people and tried to use them to ironically tell ‘the story of my life’. There are also many actual experiences in the text. As far as the process goes, I produced the song twice. Once by myself and then again with a producer in Leipzig when I knew I wanted this song on my EP. There are also a few of my classmates on the track doing the male choir vocals.
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
“Yes I love eating roast chicken, though I prefer being a vegetarian.”
“Aah a Nigerian vegetarian? It’s a lie oh!!”
I actually recorded my mom saying that line. And it’s so true… You can’t be a Nigerian vegetarian. Not if you want to be taken serious by your family… or if you want to eat.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Epic. Tribal. Hip-hop.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The people studying here with me are amazing! They’re always supportive, a great inspiration and it feels like a huge family. I can respect every co-student and feel respected by everyone. That is a great environment to be creative in.
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Photo Credit: Jörg Braunert