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Posted by Jim Donnett on October 10, 2014 in Editorial · 38 Comments


Becoming an artiste in Nigeria is no easy task as the road to stardom seems to be narrow-mouthed and pegged down. The music industry in Nigeria is stuffed with chunks of up and coming artistes. For the purpose of this article I’ll refer to the up and coming artistes as Johnny-come-lately. These Johnny-come-latelies face lots of challenges which I’ll be discussing about. But come to think of it, I’m not an artiste so how do I go about this?

Ok! I forgot to tell you, I once was an artiste, a rapper. Funny? Don’t crack yourself up. I had to drop the M.I.C when I saw the future in a blurry trance. Besides, every boy my age was a rapper. In every family, there is a failed artiste who never leaves the status of a Johnny-come-lately. Talking about the challenges this Johnny-come-latelies face, I had to put a call through to a paddy of mine Monie E who still happens to be a Johnny-come-lately.

While chatting on phone with him he complained about being in a financial mess.

“Oh boy! I need bar to push my career o” he said

Immediately, this occurred to me that FINANCE is one of the challenges these Johnny’s face because they have to single handedly finance their careers until a record deal comes by. Also, talking of record deals, are there LABELS? NO! We have glorified record studios termed as labels without A&R’s. Even at that, it’s still difficult for a Johnny to get signed thus making it another challenge.

I remember when I used to ‘rap’ I had free studio sessions but the QUALITY OF PRODUCTION? Urghhh! You don’t want to imagine that, yet some Johnny’s pay hugely and get wack PRODUCTIONS. I remember an instance a week back, I listened to a song by a Johnny-come-lately and the next day I had to see the Otolaryngologist. My ears hurt. And this Johnny spent about 45 grand on the production. After production, a brother needs to be recognized. And RECOGNITION seems to be a challenge. Before Patoranking got catapulted to a higher realm, he performed at Unilag in 2007, do the math. It takes time to be recognized and this is discouraging as some seeds might fall on hard rock. Even when you get recognized finally, CONSISTENCY becomes a challenge. Some labels change your style and this makes you look confused in front of your fans. Are you a rapper or singer? I can’t answer that. Skales might be able to explain better.

My paddy, Monie E also hinted me on STREET ACCEPTANCE. In his words “e no easy to do song wey area go like o” this implies that it’s a difficult task to get street acceptance. You have to sing about what the streets relate with to be street-ly accepted.

In this course, I met a Johnny who lives some blocks away from me and he complained that his greatest challenge happens to be PROMOTION. He said “my brother produces my songs for me but guy promotion no be here, even if I put am for music portal who sabi me wey wan download?”

“If you ask me, na who I go ask?” was the only suitable reply to his question.

On the road to stardom, you will thread sullied waters. After all, ‘hear say’ has it that Runtown once released an album in Enugu. So, you might as well release an album you never can tell. I just hope you don’t remain a Johnny-come-lately for the next decade.

 Written by aLadin Yhusuff

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  1. Who is this fool? .. What do you know about blowing ? Nonsense

    • U harsh O, cnt sm1 just air hz own tot, no b threat na, neiher is it an encouragement

  2. That’s life 4u bro,

  3. Plsss some people are born to mk it nd if u dnt den its nt nybodies fAult. Its ur destiny

  4. Una dey fuck up

  5. Bcols you gave up on your dreams, dt one come mean say make you dy discourage people who are still holding up to theirs! Y tooxclusive self go dy post dz kind article?

    • Olode no mind d punk jare

  6. thank God he said might

  7. Nigerians are funny people…u speak ur mind, they will hate you….u speak their mind, they will still hate you….what the hell do you fuckers want?

    • Don’t mind us we don’t just like to hear the truth

  8. This nigga is tryin 2 drag us down his path.. He failed and he wants peops 2 go down with him. Loool

  9. Mehn na wa 4 ds guy o.. Ur js tryin to discourage upcoming artiste.. Bros! If u go blow u go blow..

  10. Mehn na wa 4 ds guy o.. Ur js tryin to discourage upcoming artiste.. Bros! If u go blow u go blow..the timing doesn’t mata, na hardwork

  11. Mehn na wa 4 ds guy o.. Ur js tryin to discourage upcoming artiste.. Bros! If u go blow u go blow..the t

  12. Gud one supa hachy

  13. Gud one aladin aka supa hachy.

  14. Guy dnt expect a record label to sign u cos of 1 or 2 hit tracks.. u need to prove to pple dat ur previous hit track wasnt a fluke. And u dropd d mic cos u didnt believe in urself, u wer lookin at d bad side not d gud side… nothing good comes easy.. everything na base on believe nd determination

  15. Promotions is Key, we all know bad song cant “BLOW”.. but really Good songs can make it without promotion and promotion is MONEY.. to get a song on a music website like this ,, we all know the cost..

    But on the low key artiste need to be pushing ,,, You may blow but not anytime soon because the resources are limited..


  16. No matter how hard or difficult it is am coming through what ever barrel bloking the chances and making it slim to become a star !!!! I maestro de blues is making it big for the music industry … Make my words ! Inshallahu

  17. He his not dragging us down ! That’s the fact and its seems to be bitter ! I know some people he talks about too ! But just know your story wouldn’t be like that ! Have it your mind that you making it big !

  18. Gud 1. I have continuously said dat tu bcome and b an artiste is d most difficult profession any1 can imagine xceling in. U nid moni, ya life n u gats sacrifice everything tu it. N eventually may stil nt succeed.

  19. the fact that you failed doesn’t mean others won’t succeed. Loser, don’t discourage people abeg.

    • Johnny na advice dem.give you discouragement.

    • I want to believe the writer is a potential’s when you have a strong drive like timaya,olamide and p.square, then you can become something out of nothing..and if you have a unique style like burna boy,asa, and d’banj, then you make it as well..or better still if you are consistent and determined like ice prince,wizkid and davido,i believe nothing can stop you..failed ones never had the talent,financial back ups but not an excuse once music is your way, some were and are still word for the writer from me is try your gut to survive,and stop recounting on your inabilities..tanx

      • Wa shey oriire yemi

  20. If no b ya own no b ur own

  21. Stop discouraging people please.

  22. Dis Nigga nor well. U failed nor mean say other people go fail. Na u fail urself cus u nor believe. Abeg try get sense. Tooxclusive, una nor try for this article @all

  23. Every Artist Has His/Her Story..No One Is Born To Suffer,When Your Time Comes Even Your Enemies Would Ask How Did You Do It…..Just Believe On Yourself If No One Believes You.
    may GOD grant our purposes in Jesus name Amen

  24. Just learn from this you might make It

  25. Advice is okay no doubt ..buh a gift from God is something dah u shouldn’t take lightly bcos wah u can do without learning favors u more than wah u learn to loyal be commited and have faith in God . Dahs all u need

  26. Bruh it aint just 9ja! U know wen kendrick lamar or schoolboyQ start?? U can’t drop one song nd expect startdom immediately! U gats chill

  27. Dis guy is jus saying reality nt discouraging anyone, cos its left to dos who want to go for it to learn from it and get ready for anything. Nice article bro….no mind dis block heads wey no understand simple write-ups

  28. Weda d devil like it or not POTA MATTHEW Must BLOW! IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  29. IGBO BOYZ are not smilling,SHOUT OUT 2 NIGGA RAW,SLOW DOG & PHYNO FINO 4 creating a way 4 we Igbo rappers IGBO KWENU!! Is me ur one and only POTA MATTHEW EAST SIDE INDIGENOUS RAPPER! Tanx 2 u tooxclusive, I Only believe dat success in Muzik is turn by turn…OLUWA IS INVOLVE….

  30. IGBO BOYZ are not smilling,SHOUT OUT 2 NIGGA RAW,SLOW DOG & PHYNO FINO 4 creating a way 4 we Igbo rappers IGBO KWENU!! Is me ur one and only POTA MATTHEW EAST SIDE INDIGENOUS RAPPER! Tanx 2 u tooxclusive, I Only believe dat success in Muzik is turn by turn…OLUWA IS INVOLVE….

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