Here are the top 10 losers of 2014:
D’Banj has struggled to achieve musical success since parting ways
with his former business partner, Don Jazzy. Business wise, D’Banj did
well for himself though, with his recent deal being the one he signed
with Beats by Dre, however he failed on musical grounds having released
more than 4 singles in 2014, Koko Master doesn’t headline any show these
2. May D
May D seem to be the architect of his own misfortune. Since releasing
his debut album, the self acclaimed Sure Boy has been a very lazy
artiste, choosing not to put out records every now and then. When he
does, he seem to put out decent records… If he does this constantly, he
would have released a hit record in the music year but he was only able
to release one single all year, titled Ibadi. The video for the record
came out only few weeks ago. If the likes of Davido, Wizkid can be
releasing songs almost every month, May D has no excuse for his
laziness. He had a fantastic 2013 though.
3. Wande coal
One of the biggest losers this year is Wande Coal. His work ethic
also can be questioned. He was able to put out smash singles out in the
year with Baby Hello, My Way and Plan B all dropping in 2014 but
somehow, Wande Coal failed to match his previous height. The 29 year old
still hasn’t released any project since 2009. That is almost 6 years
4. HKN GANG [b-red, Sina Rambo, deekay, danagog]
Davido might have achieved musical success for himself however his
role as a record label chief has to be questioned. Despite all the cash
he has, connect, fame etc, the 22 year old music sensation doesn’t look
like he will ever sign a music artiste that can make it in Nigeria’s
music scene. All his 4 artistes have released at least 2 singles each in
2014, with all of them featuring him on a song aside Deekay. However,
none of the 4 released a radio/club friendly single in 2014.
Popularly known as Nigeria’s best rapper of all time, Modenine failed
in 2014. No show, no endorsement, no hit single, nothing! He even
released an album tagged Above Ground Level in July featuring artistes
like Ice Prince, Don Jazzy, Reminisce, 9ice… Modenine still didn’t
achieve musical success in the year, no wonder he was snubbed at the
Headies 2014. The rapper himself admitted music has given him fame and
not money in a recent interview.
According to Ruggedman, he kickstarted Nigeria’s music revolution,
but he has never been part of the revolution. The rapper also rolled out
singles in 2014 with the most “successful” featuring another
artiste who made this list Wande Coal (Bad combination)… The rapper
isn’t getting gigs and awards however. Ruggedybaba is making money from
his clothing line though.
Vector swore he is going to make a comeback with his 2014 mixtape,
#A7 was released in September 1st and till date none of the records on
the tape has gone viral. He recently released a video for one of the
songs, Shiga. Business wise, Vector did cash out though, he was able to
sign a deal with Vitafoam according to reports.
Kayswitch: Another year another disappointment from Kayswitch. Widely
believed to be more talented than his brother D’Banj, Kayswitch still
hasn’t made a name for himself in Nigeria’s music scene since Mo’Hits
9. TONTO DIKEH
It appears Tonto Dikeh has given up on her quest to be a music star.
The 29 year old signed into D’Banj’s DB records label in 2014… She
released a single under DB Records imprint but ever since, her momentum
and passion seem to have vanished. Poko Baby has since returned to her
first love acting. Her label boss D’Banj also made this list.
Producer Samklef couldn’t get his music career going in 2014. Despite
picking fights with Wizkid for publicity reasons, the former hitmaker
had a negligible music year. He released an album, droped 5 singles, 3
music videos… Still his music year was nothing to write home about.