Lemar – British rapper, producer, songwriter
Lemar Obika was born on 4 April 1978 in Tottenham, England. His parents came to the UK from Nigeria. When he was young, together with siblings, Lemar showed interest in different types of music. They usually preferred R&B and soul. Children often played role games, imagining themselves famous.
When Lemar was 17 years old, he got a chance to show his talent at Junior Jam, arranged by Usher. At that time, the artist didn’t spend much time working on his career. In fact, he was creating logos for websites.
Obika planned to attend Cardiff University to study pharmaceutical business. However, he soon realized that the wish to become a musician was much stronger. Lemar quit college and found gigs at the UK tours of such artists as Destiny’s Child, Uncle Sam, Usher, and the like. These performances allowed him to show his talent and eventually sign a contract with BMG label. With BMG, the rapper recorded a debut single, “Got Me Saying Ooh”. However, the label was going through organization problems, and the artist had to put his dreams off until the next century.