After all the hullabaloo in the MO'HITS camp, the rumor of a split between the "most" respected producer in Nigeria IDJA i.e Its Don Jazzy Again and his Artist who also doubles as the vice president of the music group Dbanj aka Ooooooshey is now growing very fast coupled with the fact the said vice president when interviewed on the EBONY.com was quoted as saying "Coming from Africa I’m my own manager, I have my own label called Mo’ Hits with my artists Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, Don Jazzy, D’Prince and K-Switch. I own Mo’ Hits and we’ve won numerous awards by the grace of God". He turned his Producer to his Artist. this is an excerpt of the interview from EBONY.com
EBONY.com: How will you break into America’s entertainment scene?
D’BANJ: I’m bringing my culture, my music and
preaching the gospel. We’ve been learning from America’s Hollywood scene
and other areas in Africa because our continent is developing. We look
up to the way you’ve built your industry and we try to do ours in the
best that we know. It’s so good to see that Americans appreciate my
music so that’s what I’m bringing, just original Africa.
EBONY.com: How did you join Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label?
D’BANJ: I had a concert in Dubai and when we pulled up
to the airport’s first class lounge and a hostess ran up to me with a
plaque with Kanye’s face on it, asking me to sign it. I said ‘I’m not
Kanye West, I’m D’banj but Kanye West is coming? All eyes open.’ Then my
manager spoke to Kanye, came back and told me ‘He’ll give you five
minutes.’ I walked over -- as an African man I’m always prepared -- and I
played my music ‘Stand Out,’ ‘Fall In Love’ and ‘Scapegoat’ for him on
my iPod. Before we knew it, I’d almost missed my flight and he invited
me to New York.
Coming from Africa I’m my own manager, I have my own label called Mo’
Hits with my artists Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, Don Jazzy, D’Prince and
K-Switch. I own Mo’ Hits and we’ve won numerous awards by the grace of
God. Being with Kanye for the last eight months and me leading a
successful label in Africa, I’ve learned a lot and I believe people will
see what we’re going to do. I signed with Kanye in June and that same
month I won the BET Award for Best International Act. My New York
concert isn’t done by G.O.O.D. Music, it’s done by Live Nation, meaning
I’m already a moving machine. So who better to introduce me to the
global world than Kanye West, a crazy genius?
EBONY.com: What is your chemistry like in the studio with West?
D’BANJ: Kanye doesn’t try to change you. He has great
ears and great people working with him. I learned the way people do
music in America is different, number one, the budget. You don’t have to
rush a song, you can take your time. I was glad because I have a studio
in my home but I thought I was doing too much. I’ve been working with
everyone else on G.O.O.D. Music too and John Legend and I worked
together in London recently. It’s been great experience, I just beg
people to listen with an open mind.
Many Nigerians have reacted to this but one thing is sure, whether Dbanj splits MO'HITS or owns MO'HITS, time will tell.
you can follow us on twitter @Pmonkz