The 2008 MTN venture repute runner up, Praiz -real identify, reward Adejo – has ultimately released his debut album after a couple of hit singles.
The album, titled after one in every of his hit singles, wealthy & famous, was once released as a double CD album.
Praiz, who is signed to the label, X3M,spoke at a media parley in Lagos.
He explained why it took him six years after ending 2d at the back of fellow pop big name, Iyanya, to free up an album and why he made up our minds to make it a two-CD album.
“to put out a super body of labor, you need to sit down, be settled,” he said. “You cannot rush and put out a great album in a single month; that’s if you wish to put out a great album.”
He said he used to be releasing a double album to exhibit his versatility.
“It presentations you two facets of Praiz,” he stated.
He defined that one album used to be called wealthy and the other well-known.
“On the rich album, now we have the R&B songs and on the well-known album, it has pop songs we all like,” Praiz mentioned.
He insisted that R&B used to be marketable in Nigeria.
“I want to correct the belief that R&B doesn’t promote in Nigeria, i believe that’s fallacious,” he said. “I got my endorsements with a R&B song now not a pop tune.”
Praiz, who was once previously an Etisalat ambassador but now represents rival telecommunications firm, MTN, talked about the artistes he collaborated with on his album and why he chose to work with them.
“I worked with Wizkid, Patoranking, Bez, Awilo, Chidinma and Sammy,” he stated. “When doing my collaborations, I’m in fact particular about the sound. i try to image the roughly music I need to make at that individual time and whose sound would in reality play higher on every music and people are my reasons for my collection of collaboration.”
identified for crossing genres, Praiz said he was once no longer a jack of all genres but to live to tell the tale on the Nigerian tune scene, one should be versatile.
“As a good musician, you must have the ability to pull off any performance. You will have to have the ability to supply your audience different roughly music and that’s what I deliver to the desk and whilst you listen to the album, you’ll know I imply business.”
He talked in regards to the challenges he had seeking to show himself after coming on the subject of profitable the mission fame.
“It was a difficult time for me. I imply, the skill was once there but tools to document track, promote music, wasn’t there, so it used to be making an attempt time. I nonetheless kept putting more effort, went to displays, took pictures just to show that this man that was once in mission popularity remains to be within the story. I begged to function at shows free of charge, and i paid my dues.”
He said regardless of the initial struggles, his tune occupation had improved. He referred to his collaboration with MI on Epic from MI2 as a massive improve to his career.
When requested how rich and well-known he was, Praiz, the primary of five kids, stated: “look at me, don’t I seem wealthy and well-known? I pay my dues. I handle my siblings. I pay their faculty fees with ease. I pay my house employ. i’ve a automotive. I travel when I want to trip. i’ve four siblings; three of them are within the college. My parents have achieved their very best. they are able to afford to pay their charges however it’s my approach of saying thank you to them for bringing me up. i think I’m rich and famous.”
Praiz clarified that he was once now not in any relationship. He said he used to be curious about his tune together with his mom and sister being the one women in his lifestyles.
“I’m impressed by way of experiences,” he mentioned about his track writing. “i might somewhat write a music in keeping with an experience, be it personal or not directly. It makes your songs sound real with a lot of people being able to connect together with your music. The rich & well-known tune, a lot of people were in a position to connect with the music particularly the section where I mentioned, “Mama, i will buy you a variety Rover.” everyone wants to claim thanks to mummy. normally, mummy, daddy thank you for making me who i’m lately. folks prefer to listen to songs they can join with.”
Praiz, who has been signed to X3M song when you consider that 2011, stated the relationship between him and the label was once more than business. He pledged his loyalty to the label’s CEO, Steve Babaeko, who believed in his ability and gave him the opportunity with the aid of signing him on.
On the similarities between himself and American R&B famous person, John Legend, and any plans of the two working collectively, Praiz stated makes an attempt had been made.
“And optimistically, by way of God’s grace, it is going to come to fact,” he stated.
On his project fame up to date, Iyanya, he mentioned he had never considered the Kukere singer as competitors.
“individuals just keep saying me and Iyanya aren’t cool. in fact we’re in truth nearer than what a lot of people in fact assume. we are like brothers, right from when there was once nothing to now that we’re smiling, we go manner back.
“humorous sufficient, I was once by no means resentful. I imagine in time, everyone has his or her time. Iyanya has put in a number of work even in the challenge reputation home and he should have blown even prior to he did, but he didn’t permit winning get into his head. it’s important to expertise the struggle and it’s simply life and a learning growth, make mistakes, make corrections and get higher.”
Sharing his opinion concerning the Nigerian track business, Praiz stated Rome was once now not built in a day.
“The Nigerian track trade is the biggest in Africa, and i’m proud to be part of the industry and the entire world acknowledges us. Africans wish to do sounds like the Nigerian tune industry. construction-wise, we have become there.”