“Don’t hate me coz I’m hotter than you….I’m hotter than you…”- these lyrics can be heard throughout Gbono Feli Feli, one of the songs from D’Banj and rightfully so. He has all the reason to boast because as of June 9th, 2011, D’Banj and his producer com singer Don Jazzy have been signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D music label. Kanye West has finalized his interest to sign one of Nigeria’s biggest hip-hop artists, Dapo Oyebanjo also known as D’Banj & Don Jazzy to his Good Music Entertainment, a production, management and record label outfit.
According to sunday are of List entertainment, he confirmed that there have been talks recently but D’Banj officially signed the contract. “Yes there have been discussions between the two parties lately. They have been exchanging contracts but now the wait is over, he said.
Sources also revealed that Kanye is interested in working with Don Jazzy president and lead producer for Nigerian indie label Mo’Hits Records. Apparently there has been a talk of him to produce a song on the collaboration album he is working on with Jay Z. (Beat THAT Akon).
John Legend and Common were the first to sign to the management and production company. Their albums “Get Lifted and Be” (both executive-produced by West) were both critically acclaimed and combined were nominated for 7 Grammy Award nominations. “Get Lifted” had three nominations and “Be” had four.
As if Mo’Hits wasn’t big enough already. They are setting trends, and that’s just the fact.
MAJOR news for the African music industry and the music industry in itself worldwide because this signing isn’t the first and certainly isn’t the last. Proud to have Africa, especially West African artists being put in the spotlight and making a name for us. With the signings of Sarkodie to Konvict, D-Black listed in 2011 BET wards nomination, and now D’Banj, who’s also nominated alongside D-Black for Best International Act; these are the profound moments that make Africans all over the world say, “FINALLY!” About time right? Well this only just the beginning.