Naeto chukwu Chikwe (born 17 December 1982), stage name Naeto C, is a Nigerian rapper, Afrobeat artist and record producer. He was born in the United States and is of Nigerian origin.
Naeto Câ€™s parents are of the Igbo ethnic
group in Nigeria, Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, Doctor Mrs. Kema
Chikwe and Chief Herbert Chikwe. He spent his early years in that
city, in a household very influenced by music. His fondness for
music grew fast and was articulated into other creative art forms,
most specifically poetry, which took him to various competitions
and earned him accolades as a young poet.
He attended the prestigious Atlantic Hall secondary school in Epe, Lagos.
Video: â€œHeleleâ€ Naeto C Feat. Flavour
After finishing his secondary education in Nigeria, he moved to the United States for higher education both in SUNY Old Westbury and a year later, George Washington University. It was at this time that he met Uzikwendu and his brother, Ikechukwu, who was then an aspiring hip-hop artist out of Washington Heights, New York. The trio went on to form the World Famous Akademy, a brotherhood of musicians. They planned to grow into an independent record label but could not get their hands on the proper funds. Naeto C graduated in 2004 from the George Washington University with a B Sc. in Biology, intending to go study further and become a medical doctor. After some deep self-searching he changed his mind and decided to pursue his dream and develop his talent as a musician. In 2010 he was pursuing a masters degree in oil and gas engineering at the University of Dundee.
Storm Records, (a record company based in Lagos, Nigeria) had been trying to sign the World Famous Akademy for some time, and since Naeto had decided to pursue his career as a musician he agreed along with the rest of the WFA. But they did not return to Nigeria until early 2006, when Ikechukwu released his debut album, Son Of the Soil. That album laid the grounds for Naeto C and the WFA. Working as an in-house producer with his newly discovered production team â€œET-Quakeâ€ (consisting of TY Mix and VC Perez), Naeto was able to display his production skills working with Storm artists like Sasha, Dare Art-Alade, GT the Guitarman, Disconnect, Saro-Wiwa and Nkiru. Within a year of working with the aforementioned artists, Naeto had successfully recorded over 60 songs including his most recent album material (a bulk of which he co-produced with ET-Quake).
A notable production achievement is the â€œI Believeâ€ song Naeto wrote and co-produced with VC Perez (member of ET-Quake), which features himself, an up and coming R&B/Gospel artist, Sheun and Hugh Masekela from South Africa. Within the same year Naeto garnered a lot of experience performing, from Ikechukwuâ€™s album launch to Chanel O awards to the I Believe Tour to Always promo tour with Sasha and many more gigs, in preparation for the phenomenal MTN Homecoming Concert, headlined by a popular friend, Nigerian pop sensation, Dâ€™banj.
â€œNaeto Câ€ has recorded over 50 songs for his debut with production that transcends todayâ€™s hip hop sound MO HIT RECORD, May 2008 From the Fela inspired â€œLagos City Hustlaâ€ the most articulate reflection of Hip-Hop/Afro-beat till date to the down-south-melody-stricken first single â€œSitting on Topâ€, Naeto C has broken all boundaries and surpassed more limits than any up and coming artist, lyrically and production wise according to MO HIT RECORD. His debut album You Know My â€œPâ€ was released in May 2008.