by Hauwa Gambo
Skillz, who was a part of the JJC & 419 squad (hits including ‘Gbao’, ‘Atide’ and ‘Kilonsele’ and ‘We are Africans’) and has been acknowledged as one of D’baj’s early mentors, has quite a bit to say about the D’banj interview this week and, as the host of Nigezie’s E News, which conducted the interview, notes: “It was not nice.”
In the D’banj interview, he had mentioned JJC as part of his evolution with Don Jazzy thus: ‘People say I’m less talented, I was known as a jester in the JJC squad. I’d make everyone happy and play the mouth organ, but I knew what I wanted. I decided to give Don Jazzy power in 2007 when we realized that after four years, they did not recognize us as a record label. We had signed artistes and done all this work. So we restructured, and restrategized.
(“You are the Jesus Christ of the industry” – See the most striking quotes from the D’banj interview HERE)
Skillz is having none of it. He is upset at D’banj, saying: “we worked for for four years and got nowhere. Why would you be slandering my name?” Noting that the JJC & the 419 squad was “at the top of its game”, he shares how he helped D’banj, Kas and other artistes: “I used to pay Don Jazzy a thousand pounds a month.”
After noting that himself and Don Jazzy wrote the lyrics for the song, ‘Mobolowon’, he adds an interesting aside – the song was written because D’banj had issues with the police in the United Kingdom. Ouch.
Confused yet? Welcome to the club – it’s a rambling interview. Skillz, whose star has dimmed over the past few years, clearly has several bones to pick. “If D’banj wants to mention my name,” he insists. “All he should say is thank you.”
(I am not interested in what D’banj said – Don Jazzy speaks out … again HERE)
Something else you’ll enjoy – the way the interview is edited with D’banj tracks. Shout out to the guys at E Xtra!
See the interview below :