March 18, 2018

Why I rejected Wizkid, Olamide’s offers – Rapper Phenom


Rapper Phenom has said that he has no regrets ignoring the opportunities to be signed on by Wizkid and Olamide.


He stated, “When Wizkid told me about signing me to his record label, Starboy, I was with a record label then, Knight House. I think loyalty is very key and I cannot leave where I am because of greener pastures. It does not work like that. It is just like a marriage; just because you see a finer lady tomorrow does not mean that you should abandon your wife.

“There is enough space in the sky for all birds to fly. That Wizkid is doing very well now does not mean that I will not succeed in my career. There is no competition between us. Being on Wizkid record label would have been a great platform for me, but what is mine would get to me.

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“I have no regrets not signing with Wizkid. I had a contract with Knight House and I made sure that I fulfilled my obligation despite how tough things were there. Mo’Cheddah was with them as well, but she left at a point. It was really tough for me from the beginning of my contract till when it ended because I was on my own.


“There were no videos for our hit songs because there was no fund. I had several record labels that approached me and at a point, I had a deal worth over N100m, but I turned it down. While growing up, my mother always told me that loyalty was important in life. It was not only Wizkid that wanted me on his record label; Olamide’s record also. There were a lot of deals that I turned down.

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“My decision affected my career adversely, but I am sure that in the long run, it would pay off and I would not regret it. I am not hungry; I am not moved by material things. I am very happy for Olamide and Wizkid, but at the end of the day, it only takes one song for someone to be big again. I just need to be more hard-working.”

Phenom was recently unveiled as an act under Trick Billionaire MusiQ label.


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