Super Nike Nando. DMV lyricist. I was first introduced to his music by way of Havana Seoul (NRO)— which is still on our official SoundCloud. Fast forward a year or so later, and he was sitting in my living room, visiting Atlanta for the A3C festival. Needless to say, we kept in touch to do a little work, starting with this interview. We talked Never Say Die, the DMV music scene, how he got his name and more. Check it out below.
How long have you been doing music? When did you start taking it seriously?
“For going on 14 years. I started taking it serious at 14, that’s when I started recording in a real studio and not on the voice recorder on my Grandmother’s desktop computer.”
Why Super Nike Nando? How’d you come up with the name?
“I was known for having a large abundance of J’s and Nike’s when I first started going in around 2008. So on the way to my first show in NYC, everybody in the car started calling me Nike Nando. The Super came from my lil short lived rivalry with Charles Hamilton through 2dopeboyz from the whole ‘Sonic vs Mario’ shit. It was corny, but the name stuck.”
What pushes you the most to keep going?
How do you fit into the music scene of the DMV, or would you say that you fit in? What separates you from the scene?
“I don’t fuck with it. 98% of the artists, promoters, and “tastemakers” are fuckboi’s. They hate me and do anything in their power to make sure I can’t perform in the city on some hating shit. It’s cool though because they can’t stop anything that’s going on over here. As far as separation, I’m like a headstock original here, but I’m overlooked because they can’t control me with money. So they filter it into the younger dudes who are similar to me, because they are easier to brainwash and sell dreams to.”
He also addresses more of that subject on his “Cut It” freestyle. Check it out below.
That was one of many freestyles that Super Nike Nando has dropped since his last full project, Never Say Die, last year. You can stream the 6-track project below.
What’s your favorite track from Never Say Die? Why?
“Grandma. I haven’t seen her in 3 years and she’s recently undergone surgery for Cancer and it’s been bothering me because this is the longest I’ve ever gone without seeing her face.”
If this was someone’s first time hearing your music, what song would you play for them and why?
“Probably this new freestyle I dropped over this Chief Keep instrumental. I titled it, “Like Shit Boy” (laughs) it’s just some going in type shit. I like rapping over aggressive beats and venting my frustrations about how hard it is to pursue music. I feel like it’s something people would enjoy. Right now it’s got 11k plays on SoundCloud. Check it out.”
With that being said, listen to “Like Shit Boy (Earned It)” below. By the way, it’s now at 12.5k plays.
What’s next for SNN? Any upcoming releases?
“Probably.. (laughs) Sike nah, I have a project I’d like to release in honor of Black History Month called Race and my main project SNN either in the Spring or Summer.”
Most importantly, what’s the one thing you want listeners to take away from your music?
“A story. That I’m human just like everyone and we all have imperfections and I want to share my experiences that I know someone else has gone through too.”
As always we’ll keep you up to date with SNN’s releases. To further connect with him, follow:
SNN! Thanks for your time!