Singer 9ice, has opened up on his career, relationship with former label mate, Olamide and producer, ID Cabasa.
Speaking with Saturday Beats, 9ice talked about his hit song Gongo Aso revealing he never knew it would be that successful.
In his words:
“Although people believe that ‘Gongo Aso’ is my best album, to me, my album, ‘Tradition,’ still remains my best album in terms of content and lyrics. What you believe would sell might not sell but it does not mean that it is not good. I never knew ‘Gongo Aso’ would be a successful album. In fact, that was not even the title of the album. The initial title of the album was ‘My dictionary, your diary’; but when the song became very popular, ID Cabassa suggested that we make the song the title of the album. The song, ‘Gongo Aso’ was not supposed to be part of the album. I had finished recording the album when the song came to me and Cabassa said we should destroy all the promo copies we had made and promote the song. We promoted it and the song went viral. It was never planned.”
On his plans to bring home the Gramy as stated in his Street Credibility track, he said:
“I am still working on bringing the Grammy to Nigeria. Abraham Lincoln tried several times before he became the president of the US while Buhari tried about four times before he became president. As long as I am still doing music, I can still get the Grammy.”
On his relationship with Olamide and ID Cabasa:
“There is no issue between myself” Olamide and Reminisce. The reason I was not at one of Olamide’s concerts was because I was not in the country and that was the same reason I missed Reminisce album listening party. During the last Sallah, I was at Reminisce’ house and that was where I ate Sallah meat. It is just that our schedules are tighter now. I was on Olamide’s first album and he was on my last album. I have so many songs with Olamide that are yet to be released. I also feature in about four songs with Reminisce that have not yet been released. I am on his recent album. The only album Reminisce has pushed out and I was not there was ‘Baba Afusat’ and that is because I travelled out of the country. I have been on all his albums. It is just that I have a busy schedule now. Imagine if we want to have a Code Tunes concert as big as all its artistes are now; don’t you think it will be a big budget that would require lots of time to take Olamide out of his terrain, it has to be worth it for him to come and participate. Those are some of the factors. It is not as if someone is fighting or angry with anybody. There is nothing like that,” 9ice said.