Dr Sid started out as a rapper in the Trybes Records crew consisting of eLDee (who founded the crew), Freestyle, Sasha, 2Shotz and more. Not many recognized or acknowledged him for his rapping technique till Don Jazzy took him up on Mo’Hit Records and brushed up his singing skills.
He was thrust into a life in entertainment before he could even speak. His mother was a renowned fashion designer and his dad, late Justus Esiri, was a legendary stage and screen actor most famous for his role as the eponymous Village Headmaster series. Sid was raised in Lagos although he hails from Delta State, He studied in the medical field while at the University of Ibadan but his talent could not keep him away from the arts. He soon signed up as a choreographer for a division of former Trybes Record – Trybemen from where his performing skills was discovered and was signed to the crew in 2002.
The enigmatic artist somehow found the time to qualify as a Dentist in 2004 and thus Dr. SID was born. He moved to London shortly after where he started recording with the likes of JJC & The 419 squad, KAS, R70 and and a hitherto unknown D’Banj. It was during his time in London that an impressed Don Jazzy noted his incredible talents on the microphone. A lifetime friendship was sealed and Dr. Sid became one of the first acts signed to Mo’Hits.
The 32-year-old’s soothing but distinct tones featured on 7 out of 15 tracks on Curriculum Vitae, by the Mo’Hits All-Stars, appearing in the videos for ‘Kpere’, ‘Booty Call’, ’Move Your Body’ and ‘Close to You.’ The clamour for his own solo album grew quickly and Dr SID finally appeased his fans with 2010’s Turning Point. A debut single that he released in 2009, “Something About You,” was one of the most played songs on the radio that year. The first single from the Turning Point album, ‘Over the Moon’, also went on to be a regular club banger and stayed at No.1 on the charts for several weeks.
With the dissolve of the Mo’Hit crew, Don Jazzy took him up on his new label Mavin Records. Dr Sid featured on the Mavin Records album, “Solar Plexus” and has also released several chart busting singles including “Talented” which he shot in London with prolific director, Mr Moe. The video is yet to be released.
Dr SID has performed in numerous concerts and shows including MTV Africa Music awards, ThisDay music festival, Star Mega Jam and countless others. The awards have started stacking up nicely including two in the 2011 Hip Hop World ceremony for Best Pop and Revelation of the Year.
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