Nigerian hip-hop artist Phenom has expressed deep regret for declining a record deal offered by Grammy-winning singer Wizkid in the past.
The “Man Dem” crooner disclosed that he received enticing offers from prominent artists like Wizkid and Olamide to join their respective record labels during the prime of his career.
However, he turned down these opportunities due to his loyalty to the now-defunct Knight House record label, with which he was under contract at the time.
During a discussion on the Terms and Conditions podcast, Phenom acknowledged that his career might have taken a more positive turn if he had accepted Wizkid’s label offer.
He stated, “He [Wizkid] approached me at some point. We had this great chemistry. He said he wanted me on his team and that we should collaborate on my album.
But I was with a label, and I’m a loyal person. I remember I asked my mom about it, and she advised me to fulfill my contract with the label I was signed with. That was the situation.”
Phenom also revealed that Wizkid’s offer, while appealing, was not the only one he received.
He had conversations with Olamide and various other artists who expressed their interest in working with him.
Some offers included substantial financial incentives and luxurious perks, such as a deal worth 100 million Naira along with a G-Wagon.
The rapper did express some relief, as his decision to remain loyal at that time saved him from potential pitfalls in the fast-paced music industry.
Nonetheless, he couldn’t help but look back and think, “I should have taken that Wizkid’s deal.”