Beyond the dreadlocks, his distinct style is redefining the Caribbean sound with strong influences from his Nigerian identity. The music of General Pype can be defined as reggae fusion which willingly incorporates elements of hip-hop, rock-pop and R&B into the riddims of Reggae and Dancehall.
Having been introduced to singing in church, he joined an acapella group at St Gregory’s Secondary School, Obalende in 1998. The formation grew into a 30-man classical/opera choir, The Triumphant Chorale Voices, which became one of the top three classical groups in Nigeria under the aegis of ASP Mike Ohiri. Pype, who was then known as Majek, still draws from a classical tradition that forced him to train his voice with the rigor of an opera singer, pushing his vocal capacities to a breaking point, translating emotion into the language of notes without the luxury of gimmicks.
In 2005, he espoused dancehall and reggae music as the genres that would resonate best with his voice and message which championed positivity, love and peace—so much so that the singer underwent a complete make-over working with his mentor and manager, Ayo Rotimi, whom he fondly calls “Pupa”. The chemistry between the two of them has profoundly influenced the direction his musical journey has taken. It was Pupa who gave him the moniker PYPE, an acronym standing for Prolific Youth Positive Entertainer. His manager identified his versatility, and was inspired by his velvety voice which is like a pipe that sucks in inspiration and tosses out art of the purest kind. Pype cemented his reputation as an internationally acclaimed artist when his first single “Keep It Cool” (2007) featured in Season 6 of the popular American television drama series, The Shield and back home, his voice has become one of the most aired on radio.
“To make music that inspires and uplifts, make people think and dance there is nothing wrong with following your dreams. Music and timeless lyrics are my passion— I breathe for this.” says Pype. Among his biggest influences are Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Bob Marley, U-Roy, fierce Dancehall pioneers Supercat, Shabba Ranks, Spragga Benz, Sizzla and Beenie Man. As a performer, he has shared the stage with Nigerian and international artists including Sean Paul, Akon, and the duo of Brick & Lace to name a few.
At the 2009 edition of MTVBase Music Awards hosted by Wyclef Jean in Kenya, General Pype stunned the audience with his power-packed performance of “Teaser” with MI and South Africa’s Lira. With his enthralling vibes wedded to lush melodies, he is fast becoming a major force and one of the few artists leading the progressive movement of reggae and dancehall in Africa by expanding its reach without diluting the core values of this ageless genre of music. Made in Nigeria for global consumption, pave way for General Pype and get ready to be Pypenotised!
NOTABLE AWARDS WON: CHANNEL O MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2010 – BEST DANCEHALL/RAGGA VIDEO, BOLD MOST INSPIRING SONG OF THE YEAR 2010, NIGERIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS – BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL VIDEO NMVA 2010, CITY PEOPLE ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS 2010 – BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTSITE.