We used to love them way back and am sure most of us could sing these jams from beginning to end back in those days. We just wonder what actually happened to these Nigerian artists, they have lost their way but we hope they find their path soon.
Nigerian rapper Ikechukwu Onanaku popularly known as Killz was one of our favorite back then.Killz’ first single in the Nigerian market was ‘My Name Is’, it was the song that shot him into limelight after returning from the United States to pursue his musical career here in Nigeria. The song made fans see the energy he puts in his voice while singing. This made him to be dubbed the ‘Nigerian DMX’.
Ikechukwu was nominated for some awards like Best rap collabo with Naeto C at 2007’s hip hop world awards and he actually won Best afro pop act at Nigerian Entertainment Awards 2008. One of the songs that constantly put him on limelight was Wind Am well ft. Dbanj and Don Jazzy.He was signed on to Storm records initially before he found his own WFA record label where he dropped the last album we know of titled The Alliance Reconstructed in 2011 which had the hit track Obodo ft. Badman floss on it.
Durella the King of the Zanga as he was popularly known as also had a fame crash. He was one of those who were celebrated for his hit singles back in the days. Songs like Enu Ose, Shayo, Wizkolo wizka and even Gaga ft Wizkid used to rock and we enjoyed each of these jams. Durella released his debut album with TC records titled King of the Zanga. His fame crash can be assigned to the voice resemblance conflict between himself and Dbanj. It became a very serious issue back then with Durella duplicating Dbanj’s song Blame it on the money. Some say another reason why he has been off the limelight was because of poor management.
Sasha whose real names are Anthonia Yetunde Alabi but was fondly referred to as the first lady of Nigeria hip hop shot into limelight in 2001. She got signed on Trybes Record and released hit tracks like ‘Emi le gan’, ‘Work it’, ‘Oya’. In 2005, she left Trybe records and joined Storm records where she released the hit single ‘Adara’ She won awards like most promising female artist 2005 Amen Awards. In 2012, she released Confam ft Blackmagic and it became a hit but she lost her way to fashion when she started Eclectic by Sasha .
Michael Stephens who is popularly known as Rugged man sure rocked back then. Ruggedy Baba as he was often called started exploring music as far back as 1989 and he launched himself into the Nigerian Music industry in 1999 with two tracks produced by him. He also started a personal label Rugged Records and released songs like ‘Wetin Dey’, ‘I am Rugged man’,’ Peace or War’ and signed singer MBRYO on this label. He also lost his way to fashion as he started out a clothing line called’ 2oth september’ which was named after his birthday.
Hip hop rap queen Kelechi Ohia known as Kel in the music industry is one of those who had fame crash because of one issue or the other.Her path to fame started in 2002, but she did not hit the music radars till she featured on Illbliss’ You Go Wound Remix, shortly after signing up with CAPital Hill Music and things went uphill from there. The video for that song won Best Hiphop Video at the Soundcity Music Video Awards in 2008 and her first single ‘Waa Wa Alright’ received very impressive reviews in local and international media.
However fame got into her heads and she became very snobbish which cost her an endorsement deal and she was also dropped as brand ambassador for soul mate. She has since been struggling to revive her musc career.
Blaise whose real names are Funke Martin-Lurther is a rapper, lyricist, composer, and spoken word poet who has given herself completely to the pursuit of music as a life-long career. Meeting with Trybesmen front man Eldee the Don proved to be a turning point for her, and not long after she demonstrated her skills. She was soon after featured on the famous hit single Oya, in 2002, as part of the Trybe Records collective Da Trybe. In 2005, she made an attempt at the music business by teaming up with former Da Trybe mate Freestyle, who produced her first radio single The Definition, and hit collaboration track Braggin Rights. She also started up a label The Beat Cellar but she has since lost her way in the music industry.