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6 Artistes Who Should Take A Cue From Waje & Retire From Music

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One of the most burning issues on the Nigerian music landscape this week has been Waje’s sudden suggestion about retiring from music.
In a video made by the singer, she complained bitterly about the
frustration she is facing in the music industry as regards getting a
commensurate reward for her hard work.
Two things Aituaje Iruobe
mentioned which led to her planned retirement is lack funds to promote
her music and low returns on investment despite a huge chunk of her
finances invested into pushing her music career. Again her most recent
album ‘Red Velvet’ got underwhelming reception from the fans and
supporters who surprisingly kept pushing her to drop a new album.
Perhaps after a lot of thoughts and consideration, she has decided to
bow out.
Although Waje’s decision to retire received mixed reactions,
some were full of empathy and other critics labeled the singer lazy and
uncompetitive, I’ll opine that the decision to quit active music and
face other businesses is a good one business-wise.
Going by the
recent outburst of Nigerian artistes (Iyanya, now Waje) in the past few
weeks, it is easy to deduce that the entertainment and music business is
more than what meets the eyes. The supposed money, luxury lifestyle
could be a facade for some of the Nigerian musicians.
Going by the
example of Waje, there are other music acts who should equally consider
retiring from the music thing, give it up and face other rewarding
endeavours they can find.

6 artistes that should seriously consider retirement from music for other trades

Cynthia Morgan aka Madrina

Cynthia Morgan

The
once-promising female dancehall star has been off the music radar for a
minute. To imagine she was tipped for great things when she was
nominated for the controversial Headies ‘Next Rated’ award in 2015.
Since then her career has taken a steep decline. First off, her
erstwhile record label Northside Entertainment dropped her and she is
now indie. A few years ago reports had it that Cynthia Morgan was broke
and couldn’t afford to pay up her rent. Besides that after a change of
name to Madrina, no single released by the female dancehall act has gone
far because they lacked good promo effort. It is safe to say, aunty
Cynthia can equally call it quits with the music thing.
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Blackface

Nigerian
singer Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo better known as Blackface is one
artiste that should willingly consider retiring from active music and
turn to other profitable ventures. Over the past decade, the former
member of Plantashun Boyz has dwelled in enmity with his former bandmate
2Face aka 2Baba. He has serially accused the later of robbing him of
his intellectual property every year. In fact, Blackface has never been
in the news for anything better other than his infamous feud with 2Baba which the public find it as a nuisance. His recent attempt was a poorly produced diss track ‘War
aimed at his former friend. It’s crystal clear, Blackface Naija needs
to quit music and find happiness in doing something else.
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Eva Alordiah

It
is one sad story that female rapper Eva Alordiah did not reach her full
potential before she got held up in stagnation. Her situation shows
that the Nigerian music industry might be very biased towards the female
brood of artistes. Once she was climbing up very fast the next moment
she is sliding down the pecking pretty faster. Much of her problems
sprung from the fact that she lacks a proper record label and management
that would be responsible for pushing her music while she focuses on
making the music. Even putting out her debut album seemed like an uphill
task for her and when it did arrive, it was lackluster. Once in a
while, she tries to push the music thing by releasing music here and
there but it always feels like she’s sailing against the wind.
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Dammy Krane

Oyindamola
Johnson Emmanuel has not had it nicely in the music business in the
past few years especially after he severed ties with his former boss
2Baba. Shortly after exiting 360 Music/Hypertek Digital Dammy Krane has
had it rough since then. One of his worst outings was being accused of
credit card fraud and grand auto theft in America. For Dammy Krane there
has been no particular music direction for him, one-time he is affiliated to Davido’s DMW
the next time he is the leader of Worldstar Movement. Nonetheless, the
singer has been dropping music back to back, but there is hardly enough
finances to push it to a competitive level hence it does not go far.
Instead of merely wasting his funds recording, shooting videos for bang
average songs, the ‘Amin’ crooner should take a step back and consider
some other business.

Jesse Jagz

Unfortunately
the great Jesse Jagz really should consider throwing in the towel as
far as the music business is concerned. Somehow, the rapper and ragga
music star has been complacent about the whole music thing. In the past
12 – 16 months Emperor Jagz like he is usually referred to has promised
albums upon albums that never came through. Again he hasn’t been very
consistent with his music releases he almost feels forgotten except for
occasional birthday shout outs on social media. His last album ‘Odysseus
was nothing short of ordinary and flat. From the look of things the
very talented music producer and rapper is in the same corner as Waje
and should also announce his retirement plan.

Niyola

Anytime
the name Niyola comes to mind, I wouldn’t help but soliloquize how much
of a wasted talent the former EME singer has become. Niyola held so
much promise from her early days at EME but those promise slowly turned
to doubts, a mirage and sometimes a failed project. She stunned for a
while and went dark, pulled occasional reemergence and still returns to
oblivion. At this point it is clear the music thing was not turned out
to be that beautiful dream that was imagined. Coming out openly to quit
this music thing might just be a good thing for Niyola instead of the
occasional tease, nothing deed but superficial.

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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