“I was always into poetry when I was a kid,” explains Colt. “But that waned and I moved towards lyricism and story-telling. I was listening to instrumentals, and a lot of 2Pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Eminem. I just started rapping their music, then my lyrics to their beats, then I tried to find my own beats and record.”
No other artists in his town wanted anything to do with him because he had chosen to rap in English. But when Colt started to reach out to people online at the age of 16 years old, he began to build a small community of like-minded folk who he could work with and be inspired by. It’s one of many reasons why Colt sees himself as an artist who is “from the internet” as much as he is from Germany or Nigeria.
This worldliness is something he has always passionately explored. Colt travels as much as possible and takes influence from everything he sees, whether that’s LA, Paris, Frankfurt, or Berlin, the couch he’s sleeping on, or the smiling kids on the streets when he visited Nigeria.