Monday, May 28, 2012
Reppin Africa: G.O.O.D. Music
Say hello to the G.O.O.D. Music crew! Kanye posed for a photo with all of his label signees on the set of his new short film ‘Cruel Summer,’ which was shot in Qatar. The photo includes (From left to right), Pusha T, NIGERIAN POP SENSATION D'BANJ(Reppin Africa), 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Mr. Hudson, Teyana Taylor, Hit-Boy and CyHi The Prynce all dressed in matching Middle Eastern/Egyptian garb. Arent we proud that G.O.O.D. Music is getting the Afrobeat scene out there?
How did you D'banj actuatlly join Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label? This is what he had to say:
I had a concert in Dubai and when we pulled up to the airport’s first class lounge and a hostess ran up to me with a plaque with Kanye’s face on it, asking me to sign it. I said ‘I’m not Kanye West, I’m D’banj but Kanye West is coming? All eyes open.’ Then my manager spoke to Kanye, came back and told me ‘He’ll give you five minutes.’ I walked over -- as an African man I’m always prepared -- and I played my music ‘Stand Out,’ ‘Fall In Love’ and ‘Scapegoat’ for him on my iPod. Before we knew it, I’d almost missed my flight and he invited me to New York.
Coming from Africa, I’m my own manager, I co-own a label called Mo’ Hits with Don Jazzy and we represent artists Dr. Sid, Wande Coal, D’Prince and K-Switch. I own Mo’ Hits and we’ve won numerous awards by the grace of God. Being with Kanye for the last eight months and me leading a successful label in Africa, I’ve learned a lot and I believe people will see what we’re going to do. I signed with Kanye in June and that same month I won the BET Award for Best International Act. My New York concert isn’t done by G.O.O.D. Music, it’s done by Live Nation, meaning I’m already a moving machine. So who better to introduce me to the global world than Kanye West, a crazy genius?
Are you excited about the Afrobeat scene finally going mainstream?