Chernako “Nako Devincci” Brown was born on December 31, 1988 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Kenneth Brown and Samantha Moses. At the age of four, his parents divorced, and Brown moved to Augusta, GA with his mother. After relocating to Augusta, Nako was in Kindergarten when he was kidnapped by a close acquaintance to his mother. Luckily, Nako was not harmed and returned to his family. Nako did not let his parents’ divorce and the kidnapping have a negative impact on his childhood. Instead, it made him a stronger person. When Nako turned seven, he was introduced to his mother’s friend “BJ,” a member of the rap group Southern Playaz known for their single “Dickey Ride” which had major airplay and featured in various mix tapes throughout the South.
Seeking advancement opportunities for her family, Nako’s mother moved the family to Atlanta, Ga. However, the move to Atlanta was not a positive move for Nako, because he found himself getting in and out of trouble. During Brown’s freshman year in high school, his mother felt that he needed discipline and structure from a male role model, and suggested that he return to Augusta, GA with his uncle. Unfortunately, the change of environment did not stop Nako from finding himself in and out of trouble on the streets and in school. Despite being in and out of trouble Nako continued to have the passion for music that was instilled in him as a child. When Nako turned 16, he joined a rap group called the “Wood Works,” where they performed at different venues such as colleges, car shows, nightclubs, and other events.
While attending Cross Creek High School, Nako won an award for composing a song for a drug free campaign. However, Nako found it hard to stay out of trouble, but wanted to accomplish his long term career goals. He decided to enroll into the Job Corp program in Edison, NJ where he completed his High School Diploma, and earned his credentials in Nursing and as an Emergency Medical Technician. After completing Job Corp, Nako moved back to Augusta, GA to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. But, Brown felt that the regular 9 to 5 was not helping him accomplish his goals as an artist.
Nako met with “Absolute,” the CEO of No Deal Entertainment and Power House Studios, who is a longtime friend that shared his dreams to become a successful artist. “Absolute” took Nako under his wings and began teaching him the music industry as a whole. Nako is currently working on his debut album the “Devincci Kode” that is scheduled for release in 2013.
B2B: Thank you for granting Built2Blow an online interview. Give us your name and the area you rep!
Nako Devincci: Chernako Devincci Brown aka Nako Devincci, Augusta, Georgia by way of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
B2B: When did you first realize that you wanted to pursue music?
Nako Devincci: Since the age of 16, I have always liked music and rapping, but never took it serious until I met my brother’s friend from college. He had a small recording studio where he would have me to write songs for him every day, and he would tell me that I had the talent and voice to be an artist.
B2B: Who are your musical inspirations?
Nako Devincci: Andre 3000, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Biggie, 2 Pac, and The Game.
B2B: What kind of music do you listen to today?
Nako Devincci: I listen to all types of music, and I am starting to like Kendrick Lamar the dude is cold.
B2B: What current projects are you working on?
Nako Devincci: I’m working on my new project titled “Devincci Kode.”
B2B: What artists/producers would you like to work with in the future?
Nako Devincci: I would love to work with Timbaland, Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, The Game, and Andre 3000.
B2B: If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Nako Devincci: I would want to do Jazz because it’s a great genre to be a part of due to the originality with the work.
B2B: What genre of music would you be most likely to NOT listen to and why?
Nako Devincci: I can’t really say because I try to stay open minded when it comes to music. You never know who might want to work with you.
B2B: What do you feel is the current state of your style of music as a whole?
Nako Devincci: At this point and time, it’s good but not just great. In my eyes, I still have a lot to learn but others say different.
B2B: What do you feel that you can bring to the music game?
Nako Devincci: What can I bring to the music game…. A whole new style, with a Harlem Renaissance feel. I model myself after a character from the Harlem Renaissance era known as Dapper Dan. The Dapper appeal enables me to be the center of attention when I am around a large group of people. It’s important for people, especially the youth to understand that it’s OK to step outside the box when expressing your sense of style.
B2B: How can people contact you in the world of social networking? (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Nako Devincci: Checkout my webpage www.nakodevinccimusic.com. You can hit me up on Facebook www.facebook.com/nakodevincci. Also, follow me on Twitter @TheRealNako.
B2B: It was an absolute pleasure having this online interview with you. Any last words before we call it in?
Nako Devincci: I want to thank B2B for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers. I want all aspiring artists to be encouraged and stay focused no matter what obstacles they encounter.