Nigerian super-producer, Samklef, has confirmed that he is no longer bitter at Wizkid, although he claimed that it was impossible for Wizkid to write his story in the history book without recognizing him.
The music producer, who is also a singer, made this known while chatting with Saturday Punch.
He said, “I am part of Wizkid’s history whether he likes it or not and he cannot write his story without mentioning my name. I have always respected Wizkid’s hustle from day one. He has a strong will. So far so good, we have settled the misunderstanding between us in 2015 after one of my trips from America. We are all busy now, so I am no longer worried about whatever people say because at the end of the day, we all have our journey in life and success is the most important thing. I am no longer bitter at Wizkid, the past is gone.”
Samklef, who currently has a two-year deal with KonLife record label – owned by American pop star, Akon – also added that before he had the deal with the record label, several critics had said said it to his face that his career was already dead.
“Before I bagged this new deal, people told me to my face that my career was dead. I felt quite disappointed at those people but it got to a time when I stopped having any feeling about that remark. I realised it was not about how people saw me but the perception I had of myself. So far, I have been trying to stay relevant. Consistency is the key. Nigerians are so sentimental and they don’t appreciate their own and that is why I pity so many talented people that had reigned in the past. Once you are no longer in the limelight, they forget about you. They do not even think about the good works that you had done.
“This new generation artistes do not have respect especially when they have ‘blown’. They are quick to forget the people that were there before them. They forget that what they do to others would always come back to haunt them. I don’t ever wish bad for anyone. I have paid my dues and I played my role in building this music industry that everyone is benefitting from and no one is giving me my credit but God has crowned my effort with glory and He decided to pay me with this new deal,” Samklef said.