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Is Tekno Back To Being An Upcoming Artiste?

Posted by Jim Donnett on February 28, 2018 in Content, Editorial · 45 Comments

The crossing from being up and coming to becoming an established act is usually tough, rough and tortuously long. For an artiste like Tekno whose time, talent and effort had been heavily invested in the exercise of taking a leap from the base, seeing his songs become such highly-sought material in the Industry like they were in 2016, must have brought a taste of fulfillment to his heart. I imagine that he had his moments of revel when he said to himself, ‘I made it against all odds.’

Infact, I remember that he publicly bragged about owning the biggest sounds in an industry where the likes of Wizkid and Davido are still very much active and more surprisingly, his statement was left unchallenged perhaps because there was a grain of truth in it. At the time he made the statement, he was just coming off the heels of an immensely successful year which saw his releases rank among the hottest pop properties on the continent.

Tekno’s fairly long streak of hit releases would have made even Wizkid turn green – Diana, Wash, Duro, Pana and the list goes on. There’s a certain level an artiste would get to that he/she would be confident enough to ask for suggestions of song title from the public – that’s the level of the greatest composers, those with the Midas touch, those with the rare ability to turn freestyles into classics. Tekno was in that realm. He was ‘freely’ dropping bangers like it was Christmas.

Interestingly, the Tekno fireworks continued even till the early periods of 2017 when he applied a portion of his magic in the production of Davido’s record breaking song, IF. More of his gift manifested on Rara, so when the topic of a Tekno album was mentioned, the loud beat of drums were rolled – ‘Teenage Dreams’ he called it and his fans spread the word – ‘a Tekno album is on its way, be prepared.’

But things started to fall apart for the self-acclaimed ‘Slim Daddy.’ His songs no longer got the usual wild buzz enjoyed by his previous offerings. Tekno went on a spree that saw him release 6 songs in about 11 months (1 song in 2 months) with the hope that he would strike gold with one but none of Yawa, Samantha, Go and his other releases of 2017 had the groundbreaking effect that Tekno needed to climb back to the realm he once dwelt in. He must have realized somewhere along the line that his problem has more to do with content rather than consistency.

So he made a last resort move to use the Wizkid factor to score a hit and wrap up 2017 on a high note but his attempt at creating a major inspiration piece like Ojuelegba, fell short of expectation. During a chat about Tekno and his failure on his promise to release an album last year, a respected music critic made a satiric statement. He said, ‘Tekno has dropped his album in 2016’, meaning that Tekno has put out his best materials in his year of rush.

His struggles are not limited to his musical releases, his stage performances too started to suffer from his dip in form. A friend of mine who saw him perform last year at the Jimmy Jump Off show in Lagos reported almost nothing good about Tek’s performance. I remember he said that it was so bad that at some point Tekno had to say to the audience, ‘if una no go dance, I go dance.’ It got even worse when his dirty linen was spread out on social media by Kenyans who slammed him for his poor outing at The Wave With Tekno event held in Nairobi late last year.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of his, you’d honestly agree that the Tekno of today is not the Tekno of the heydays of 2016 that had the Panas, Dianas and IFs coming from his creative room. It sad but necessary to say that it seems Tekno has plunged to the dreaded point of little change where you find once-buzzing artistes with potential for great things, wasting away.

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  1. Tecno is soo lazy, nigga already spent 4yrs in d industry and still no single project to his name.

  2. oga.. its too early for a post like this o… seems y’all just can’t wait for tekno to fail so u can start writing rubbish about him… and on the contrary, Go, samantha and yawa where major hits last year and am sure he still has a lot to offer this year

    • dont mind them. imagine after all Olamide did and axhieved some shmuck was like he has passed his prime. Indomie Critics.

  3. Rubish analysis, from a crew that knows next to nothing about creativity. The biggest song of that came out of the industry “IF” was a gift feom Slim daddy to his friend. If it wasnt for IF Davido would be no where by now. Give the kid some credit. 7 straight back to back monster hits written and composed by one person no be beans.

    • Shebi you be the Santa Clause way give tekno the Gift to give OBO? Nigerians and Speculations na wa ooooo

      • No mind the idiot,tekno only produced IF for davido but some stupid Nigerians we tell he wrote it for davido

        • Wetin sweet for the song, no b the BT…?

  4. make una liv slim daddy alone the guy good.i belive his resting

  5. Too early for this……

  6. Thisvisva stupid post by a hater without human feelings and recognition ofbhard work… I guess thats why the world know d name tekno and not your name… Mtcheeeew… Una sha wan see peson downfall shaaaa bastard lowlifes dey call tekno upcomin artiste…. A BET nominated act o… Mtcheew … Go die jare mumu

  7. Same write up u guys wrote about olamide last year, until he started putting hits in yall face, u bitches wnt stop writing shi, ibironkefool goan ask ur boss Jim donnett hafa with his life after spewing lots of shit about whole lot of artist..

  8. Just 1 small brk tekno is back as an upcoming artiste. Na was ooo! God go judge all this nonsense write up o

  9. Is too early to judge de gee
    wait at least half of the year before thinking of wot to say about him

  10. Why do you hates your Artist. This Tekno you are reffering to as an UPCOMING Artist. All his 2017 songs like; Go, Green Light with Dj Cuppy, Mama with Wizkid, Only One, are hits songs in Sierra Leone. And even the song ANYHOW is gaining massive airplays. And you are there critecizing, instead of making good reviews.

  11. lol??? don’t even know what to say
    foolish people

  12. Guys ehn…with their stupid write up..
    i still believe my guy tekno is gonna mk his fans proud… He is the boss!

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  14. Guys make una rest Una case, tekno is coming out again for this yr… slim daddy (tekno)

  15. He out there making a ton of $$ (money), and you bloggers out here making a ton of words.

  16. Wonderful question, yes he has

    • I like ur reply@ dj obj that nice!

    • I like ur reply@ dj obj that nice!

  17. Nonsense always think before you Lip
    The truth is we don’t have his type two
    Tekno remain the best

  18. the writer of this piece has mental problem

  19. crazy people everywhere

  20. Its surprising that u could say,samantha and go was not successful,you are just a hater

    • Dat is it ooooo

  21. This writer is sick …. if u aint got any good material to promote on ur f*cking blog, better go sleep….

  22. Its is too early for all this last year for techno shld be one of hos best for him and his fans also.
    Y wld you say go was not a hit right smt else ,better still talk abt artiste like sean tizzle .
    Vector, sound sultan or better still write about sport..

  23. Hater thats who you are.

  24. So good for tekno

  25. Man I believe you are wrong about Tekno, Samantha, Go and Mama were a banger on people’s speakers last year. There were some of the best songs for last year. And I also believe Tekno have something to offer to the world, just give him a break.

  26. Oga Go and listen to green light by DJ cuppy ft tekno… That song is an hit … Nonsense analysis

  27. tekno is da best

  28. Stupid analysis

  29. That’s how was one guy wrote about olamide in 2013 saying he’s releasing too many songs…. Oga free the tekno your stupidly respected music critique is disgrace.

  30. You don’t know what you are talking about, am sure you need comments so i just gave you one.

    • is too early to b jealous of teckno super star.ehh u no ders cure for pains aches and d rest but no cure for stupidity.every musicians is a star .? Abeg make una jealose die.use una head hit wall.but my boss teckno is still living his life de go.creating space for good fresh music to com dis year.from dis monment niggers shut d fuck up ur month dud.teckno is d tin can stop him.09035583794.if e pain u well well call dis line

  31. He was an upgraded version of J martins. Had the most childish lyrics you can ever come across. Apart from noisy beat he was never good.

  32. Hey Mr or who u call ur self I think ur wasting ur time talking about my man [slim daddy]
    We y’all like it the way he those it if ur not comfortable with that pls try being a musician.

  33. Monica nobi today, u don’t de talk e don’t te. Go rest jare!

  34. Sensemi ganja

  35. Leave tekno alone and you should also do it if you can

  36. All dose saying bad about tekno are mad men???

  37. Very lame analysis from a heart of a hater…

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