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Let’s Match Make: 5 Labels That Should Have Signed These Artistes

Posted by Temitope Delano on May 4, 2016 in Editorial · 27 Comments

For some time now, the internet has been buzzing with top artistes leaving their record label either by their contract coming to an end or both parties no longer enjoying the working relationship they once shared.

Now, most of these labels, without as much as a minute being wasted marched ahead signing new acts to their labels and even dropping singles as a way of ushering them into the music scene/business.

I am not saying that their decision to sign these new artistes is wrong, we just feel the artistes listed below will perform better on these platforms.


  1. YBNL: I am among the few who think Lil Kesh should not have left this label when he did, but again am certain Olamide Baddo, and Lil Kesh himself had their reasons. now, a couple of hours ago, Olamide, took to social media to unveil the first ever female act in his label, Temmi Ovwasa, who we have been opportuned to listen to and truth be told, her musical prospect doesn’t exactly relay with the vision course of the YBNL brand – the streets obviously. A fine sample of music femmes who would fit perfectly into their pac include the likes of Mz Kiss, Tipsy, Ms. Chief or even Mo’Cheddah (in her hay days, of course).


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2. Triple MG: With the exit of Miss Emma Nyra from the label, the management decided it was best they add a new female act to who will take on the crown of the first lady, lo and behold, Miss Tonye, was unveiled to a thirsty and already Emma Nyra kinda voice accustomed crowd. First of all, Triple MG should have at least gotten their act together before signing a new act, but I guess, they had their reasons… moving on. Now, Emma Nyra left really big shoes to fill and it would take more than just a usual effort for the Ari Belema crooner to match up. We certainly have no doubts that she can, but personally I think Immaculate could have done the glass slipper strut with little or no effort at all to owning Ms Nyra’s big void created. The Gogo baby sings in a way that makes me feel drained and reborn, yes she is that good.


3. Chocolate City: So Brymo left unceremoniously and the label desperate to still guard and own their spot in the Lagos market decided on signing egbon Koker. This is Lagos, Owo lo fin do something o, bettttt Kole Werk I mean…BrymoKoker…ah…no please. Brymo’s steel fitted shows are indeed huge, in fact too huge to fill, but again, Chocolate City is also a huge deal in the Nigerian music industry, so maybe filling those shoes might be a bit challenging, but we can work with some others who are also highly gifted and would fit in perfectly with the kind of music the label churns out and become even better in no time, so in comes miss Saeon.

Saeon, is a beautiful entertainer who has in the past few years creatively and brilliantly laid a solid foundation in the music scene. Common now, am certain am not the only one who has heard ‘De be’?



4. Five Star Music: Some days back, the label signed a rap artiste, Xbusta to its home and well after the shamelessly morbid act they pulled in an attempt to sell their artiste to the us stupid softies. For now until am guessing when we all forget and forgive this annoying and embarrassing act by the label to sell their artiste, only then would it be perfect for them to sign a new act. Just let it all blow over. If they must, maybe Viktoh…good artiste in his own right. But…playing with death…I mean no one gat time for that (In Tamar’s voice)


5. HKN: With his fame becoming enormously large and all, our very own papa decided to share some love on some new acts for his label, in comes Mayorkun, whom he signed some weeks back. Yes, perfect act for his label and brand, but then Davido, brought in Dremo, heard his song and all, I give it to him, he is quite good, but nah ha papi. Because I know Dremo‘s musical prospects topples that of HKN’s only rapper, Sina Rambo (he’s a rapper, right?) That’s how I can tell you he needs to be pitching his tent somewhere else.

Speaking of which, HKN have made an indelible mark in creating afro-inspired magical tunes. And when I think of the riveting art in music that Niniola or TJan wields, I can tell OBO that they are beautiful music/brand inclined artistes for his label.

Written by: Tope Delano


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Tope Delano, is a creative content writer/editor at She is a graduate of English and Literary studies who enjoys writing and listening to music. When she is not writing or listening to music, you will definitely find her reading or watching a romantic comedy movie
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  1. Nice one tope, but which one be Viktoh for Five Star now? You dey add petrol to burning building again

  2. Obviously you dunno wah u sayin. Why u gotta say dremo has no biiness at hkn? Cos he a rapper, man stfu

    • Dude shut the hell up…did he anywhere in the post mention that Dremo shouldn’t be on hkn cos he is a rapper….now u got us all thinking you are stupidly foolsih

  3. 4 me tho adekunle gold shuld b wif praiz n simi @ x3m dremo ybnl, nini @ baseline ycee shud be a starboy!

  4. fool … d person that wrote this must b a fool. that means the label that has fame can’t help the up coming onces .. ur a fool..instead they should sign the onces that has already kwn in the industry.. ur a big fooooool u don’t kwn what ur saying

    • Are you insane? You want big labels to sign new artistes who are yet to drop a single or even if they did dropped trash..are you fucking kidding me right now. Love this writeup, Mr Tope did a good job here. Love the hkn, ybnl and five star part Viktoh…oga no chill ooo

  5. My name is **Mr G.1 tha’freshmeat**

    5star and xbusta Na rubbish…
    Xbusta my ass, with all d hype d xbusta guy couldn’t even deliver his single at d label and Dr amir on d beat sounds stupid and immature..

    Dremo and HKN Na d real deal. Dremo is talented, he’s song FeLa is a hit with heavy punchline and wordplay and its poetic too, so d guy knw wetin rap be. So I like what Davido in d signing of Dremo, Sina Rambo Na d biggest flop for that label so Dremo shud take his place joor,

  6. Dremo na baba dat guy good die go hear normal level nd obt (OluwaBabanlaTurnUp) fela, flavour nd lax fit dremo x ycee ole d guy too good o oooooo dAvido did a good job signin him

  7. Wot i just knw is dat artiste yapa wey dey ar well talented,bur 4 some thr is no any talent hunt or audition dat can hook dem up wit does labels,infact music industry don turn 2 family business jaare.

  8. Tope Delano hit the nail on the head,love this article. However, I feel the new girl in YBNL should be signed to Davido’s label. Five star music should pls retire from the business biko….

  9. Trash again

  10. Nice one

  11. this is good, but i feel the need to say YBNL should have signed oladips when they had the chance

  12. Gods time is the best lil kesh….. baboo is a man on himself…lyk seriously.

  13. You must be high thinking Davido signed Mayorkun and Dremo to HKN, who ever put up this article was mere bored as fuck. You should know Davido signed those 2 new acts to his “Davido Music Worldwide”

  14. nice outfits

  15. dremo is a good rapper like ycee… his good for d label

  16. mayorkun for ybnl


  18. Lil Keshi Baba Don Go Abeg Dont Leave My Chairman Badoo Plssss

  19. nice one Mr tope,I taught I was the only on that noticed all this,the girl YBNL princess should be in MAVIN records cos her kind of people are there I.e the likes of dija,korede &Tiwa especially….I feel DON’JAZZy will make use of her well and fix her were she’s suppose to be she’s too calm for YBNL biko

  20. Ycee is good for tiny entertainment

  21. as u are praising odaz do u ever think of ur own?
    do u always think of dx that wen will d sign me and wen will people watch me as am watching odaz?
    my people its turn by turn and believe me chukwudi,
    download my songs on Google search Extupee-chukwudi and Extupee-turn by turn,
    add up on fb@Extupee Asuquo
    watssap me 08133231738
    I am still praying for signing,

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