Rapper Phenom Regrets Not Joining Starboy’s Record Label

Early 2000s saw the Nigerian hip-hop artist Phenom budding into a bright flame in the rap industry and was on his way to becoming a household name -until he suddenly fell off and declined. The renowned rapper spoke on his mental health struggles and expressed regret for turning down a record deal years ago from Grammy-winning singer and Starboy Entertainment CEO Wizkid. The “Man Dem” crooner claimed that during the height of his fame, he had lucrative offers to join the record labels of Wizkid, Olamide, and other artists. However, he turned them down because he was “loyal” to the now-defunct Knight House record label, where he was then contracted.

In the most recent edition of the Terms and Conditions podcast, the rapper stated that if he had agreed to sign with Wizkid’s label, his career might have had a more prosperous course. He said,

“He [Wizkid] approached me at some point. We had this great chemistry. He said he wanted me on his team. He said wanted him and me to work on my album. But I was with a label. I’m that loyal. And I remember I ask my mum that’s what’s on ground and my mum was like, ‘No. You signed with this people, finish your contract with them.’ That was what it was, mehn.

“Even Wizkid’s deal was not as pleasant as many other that I don’t know. Me and Olamide had a conversation as well. But a lot of other guys approached me too. I had a deal of N100 million with a G-waggon at some point. I had the crazy deals.

“The only regret I do have was the fact that I was under fast life at that time so I could have crashed. So, I see it as a blessing as well because I don’t know what would have happened. But when I look at it, I’m like, ‘Damn! I should have taken that Wizkid’s deal.”

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