All is set for Bangerlee to drop his 5th studio album. He recently had an exclusive album listening at Los Angeles with American top model/entrepreneur Blac Chyna in attendance.
D’banj has had a fantastic music career. He is arguably one of the biggest millennial music artistes to come out of Africa. He has been nominated a record 87 times and has picked up 27 awards in those moment.
The list of his awards include MOBO awards, Channel O awards, BET awards, MTV Africa Music awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and several other awards.
A sneak-peak into his career will show his progression and recently, his regression. Shall we?
He began his music career full time in 2004 just after returning from studying Mechanical Engineering in London.
Later that same year, he dropped his first single titled “Tongolo.” Just after dropping the video of that song which his mum helped him pay for the production, and that shot him to the limelight of the Nigerian music industry.
In 2005, he dropped his first studio album titled “No Long Thing”, which had the song “Tongolo”as the lead and breakthrough single and also gave him the Koko Master persona.
In 2006, he returned hard with “Run Down Funk U Up” with “Tongolo” remix and “Why Me” as the lead hit single. By this time, he cemented his place as a more hits maker in the heart of Nigerians.
Between 2007 and 2008, he was part of two major music project that was constantly shaking the Nigerian music scene at that time.
Before now, he had teamed up with Don Jazzy his friend and business partner to build a formidable record label called Mo’ Hits, which had Dr. Sid, Wande Cole, Kayswitch (D’banj’s younger sibling) and D’prince (Don Jazzy’s younger sibling.)
As a team, they worked together to produce an album called Curriculum Vitae in December 2007. The album had songs like “Be Close To You,” “Booty Call”and “Move Your Body,” which were big songs in Nigeria and beyond.
July 2008 saw him release his third studio album titled The Entertainer. This album had big songs such as “Gbono Feli Feli” “Kimon,” “Olorun Maje”and “The Entertainer.”
Eja Nla will not just stop dolling out hits upon hit songs, the global premier and remix of Mr. Endowed featuring Snoop Dog, remix of Scapegoat featuring Kanye West and another global hit song titled Oliver Twist. He also got signed on to G.O.O.D Music label under Kanye West in June 2011 and had a song “Blame It On The Money” Featuring Big Sean.
His problems begun with the break up of Mo’Hits, but that didn’t deter him enough from honing a mega deal with SONY Music group in December 2012.
In June 2012, he performed along side Jay-Z and Rihana at the Hackney Weekends to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and also shared a stage with Rita Ora at the SCALA London Music, Clubs and Art Avenue to celebrate the release of Ora’s Album.
After the Mo’ Hits break up, what became of him was the lack of good songs. It was obvious that he lacked a team that could unearth the in-depth reservoir of his talent, so he started having a drought in hit songs, but that wasn’t decent enough to keep him off the scene, because he had old hits songs that were still popping and spilling the reign and fame into his present day reality.
In early 2013, he began a record label called DB Records and signed his brother Kayswitch, producer Deevee and Tonto Dikeh and few other guys into it, which saw him drop singles like “Don’t Tell Me Nonesense,” “Finally,” “Feeling the Nigga” and “Feeling The Nigga” remix with Akon. These songs were not good enough to give him the bang he needed to stay relevant with his career.
He recently came very close to having a hit song which was “Emergency,” but that wasn’t also very good enough, compared to songs like “Oliver Twist” and “Mr. Endowed.”
His career was on the sprawl, static and non progressive until the recent revamp, reinvent and repackaging we are seeing.
Even, when he was not getting it right with songs, he was getting it right with business initiatives across west Africa, business deals here and there and few other deals and endorsement to make him smile to the bank.
Almost a year ago, D’banj got married to his wife and almost a year later, the wife has put to birth . The media lenses are all focused on the Koko Master because of the arrival of his son ones more and he wants to utilize and practically maximize the attention with a release of an album.
The album has 10 tracks plus two bonus track which are “Oliver Twist”and “Top OF The World.” These bonus tracks are as old as 5 to 6 years ago.
He just dropped a single titled “It’s Not A Lie” where he featured Wande Coal his old label mate and Harrysong. Paying a close attention to Daddy Daniels verse in the song still shows weakness, lyrical drought and lack of depth, and it is as though his fourth coming album －“king Don Come” will not bring anything optimistic apart from weakness. Fingers crossed on this.
The preparation is in top gear, the exclusive album listening has been completed in L.A, the track list of the album has been released, and it seems h is ready, and everything is set for the release of his 5th studio album.
The Big question is Can D’banj reinvent his static music career with King Dom Come”album?
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