You need talent and hardwork, to blow up in the music industry. But a couple years after an artist becomes a star, most of the time, their relevance starts to fade away. Very quickly, at that.
That’s not to say there are not a few numbers of guys who have managed to stay hot for a whole decade or even more. But compared to the number of one-hit wonders? It’s actually few.
Then what about those that aren’t just one-hit wonders? Those artists that were real time bombs, just a few moments back, but now are not even up to some upcoming artists? I’m talking of guys with hits upon hits, big albums, top notch collaboration, even international acclaim. And just a few moments after, everything they’ve built up is gone.
Maybe luck just isn’t on their side? Or they didn’t work hard enough? Or it’s inconsistency? Doesn’t really matter, though. This list has a couple guys who had their high time and are currently at an all time low.
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For the guy who made super-hits like “Kukere”, “Your Waist” and “Sexy Mama,” losing his place in the industry must have been hard.
He even attempted a daring comeback when he signed on to Don Jazzy’s label, Mavin Records, a few years ago. He released a project, an EP, that had a couple sleeper hits, but never really caught up.
Iyanya in his heydays, was one of the biggest club hitmakers, disturbing the streets and getting heavy rotations from the Media. His videos were top shots, maybe second only to ’em P Square’s, and they were always No. 1 on TV.
Today, Iyanya is just another name everyone has forgotten. He’s fading off, fast.
2. Dammy Krane
Jail doesn’t agree with everyone. Not every artist is 2Pac, who will come out from jail and make the hottest music the industry has ever seen. Trust me, Dammy Krane tried. Nothing worked.
Actually, before he got into a very controversial situation, he wasn’t that active, and his inactivity has eaten deep into his relevance in the industry, over the years. Then came the credit card theft and jail time, overseas.
Back in the day, Dammy Krane was one of the most promising guys, out there. With his hit, “Amin” we knew he really had the potential to become a big act someday. That someday doesn’t seem to be coming through anyway.
He was at a time signed to 2baba’s Hypertek, and later was associated to Davido’s DMW. All of those fell out, and nothing has aligned, since. All his comeback efforts have proved abortive, including a couple collaborations, and “Leader of the Street” EP, released last year.
Who didn’t know the guy that wrote all of Kcee’s songs?
For years, Harry was the darling of Five Star Music, making hits, collaborations and he stayed on top of the game as one of the best dance hall acts on the scene.
He might not have been around as long as Timaya, but he sure was doing some real big things, then. Until everything crumbled. He had a messy fight with Five Star, and Kcee.
He left, started his own imprint, Alter Plate and made two hot records, “Arabanko” and “Samankwe” with Timaya. After that, everything started going down. He’s tried to make hits, and his closest to one was “Selense” which featured Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel.
But these days, if he doesn’t feature a hot guy, do you see him making a hit, no matter how good the song is? Take “Tekero” as a case study.
4. Sean Tizzle
Burna Boy was angry when Sean Tizzle walked away with the Next Rated, back in 2014. The truth was, they both deserved it. Sean Tizzle who has served hits like “Sho Le”, “Loke Loke” and “Perfect Gentleman” was one of the fan’s favorites, at the time.
If anyone else, Sean Tizzle is the only one I could have seen to be big as Wizkid or Davido, today. While Burna worked up the ranks, though, Sean never picked up well. Today, we don’t even hear anything about him. Will anyone even know if he drops an album?
5. Ice Prince
Ice Prince is a lot of things. Rapper, pop singer, hip-hop act, but none of those is hitmaker. At least not in recent times, when his once household name has become virtually nothing in the industry.
What big show are they bringing Ice Prince? Must be a Choc City event, really. Or what hit is he on? What big album has his name on? The crazy thing is, he’s trying hard.
Icey used to be one of hip-hop’s darling boys, alongside M.I Abaga and Jesse Jags, the original trio known as the Choc Boys, who reigned almost a decade ago.
M.I, is a Legend now, makes classic albums and hits when he tries, Jesse who’s never stuck with music has been away for quite a while, but Ice Prince is now an upcoming artist. So sad.
Everything was going well at Mavins. Don Jazzy’s bets paid off, and he had a full house of talents and the next big things in the industry. Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Di’ja were all promising young artists we all loved.
While Reeky is a star and Korede is kind of low-key, years has passed though, since we last got something worthwhile from songstress, Di’ja. Is she still into music? That should be the real question. She’s not actually fading off. We should just say she’s faded off, right?
Shaku-shaku is a scam. Now we know. The movement, couldn’t even produce a lasting hot artist. But during that time, Idowest was one of the guys that cashed in on the trend.
Before we knew it, OBO signed him up to DMW, adding him to the catalogue of talented artists like Mayorkun, Dremo (who’s a real rapper, by the way) and Peruzzi.
More than a year after, shaku shaku is gone. And so is Idowest? Can he still have a comeback, is the million dollar question now. Maybe he’ll be lucky.