Music is truly one of the best avenues for self-expression. For Stephen Umehea, better known as Missing-nin, music has constantly been his outlet. It encapsulated who he was, where he is currently, and where he is going. The artist generated waves in the music industry with his debut EP called Brown, released on the first day of 2021. Today, he plans to captivate more audiences with his upcoming project, Croquis.
Missing-nin was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He started playing music in preschool. He played the snare. The artist shared the story of how he broke the instrument and struggled to compensate for it. His mother, a true Nigerian lady, disciplined him for his mistake and attempted to send him back with an apology and a glued-up instrument at hand. Soon after, the young musician moved on to play the trumpet. Later on, he transitioned to the piano, which he still plays spottily to this day.
It wasn’t until high school when Missing-nin began developing a genuine relationship with his music. He discovered hip hop and started writing his own music to enter rap batters. Eventually, he was introduced to FL Studio by one of his closest friends, and the company assured him that his music would be produced to hit mainstream audiences.
“I started experimenting with FL studio and fell a lot more deeply in love with making beats than rapping or writing songs,” shared the artist.
Being with FL Studio allowed Missing-nin to create a slight buzz in his community. But reality soon kicked in when he realized that he needed to leave his hometown to go to college. He was alone again in strengthening his music.
Between 2013 and 2021, Missing-nin has created over 900 beats and recorded eight songs. “Making beats just came more naturally to me, and I never really felt like it was imperative to develop my voice as an artist,” he said. “Up until 2020, I had given up hopes of becoming a rapper and was putting more of my energy into establishing myself as a producer. I’d had a couple of stints at rapping in these ten years I was producing, but I never really felt like I had much to say as an artist, so I could never fully commit to it,” the artist added.
Around Christmas time in 2020, Missing-nin encountered one of the biggest challenges of his life. He lost his mother, whom he considered his number 1 fan. Yet, through the pain, music was his constant companion. From being a producer, the artist returned to his passion.
“I had started the Croquis project with the intent of making it as quickly as I’d made Brown, but I’ve been making a lot more music than I can handle at the moment. I grow as an artist every day, and since I make music almost daily, this album has grown with me as well,” said Missing-nin.
Missing-nin is set to outperform himself with his plan to release a single every Friday for the rest of the year across all streaming platforms.
Additionally, Missing-nin is conceptualizing how he should package his recent creations, whether as a regular album or putting them up as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Learn more about the upcoming artist on his website.