To Release Debut Album Titled “Rich And Famous” In May.
R&B/ soul singer, Praiz, might not be your everyday Nigerian artiste. But with his rich voice, he has surely created a world for himself in the growing Nigerian music industry. With two hit tracks, Bez’s Stupid Song, and the much talked about ‘Rich and Famous’- which was shot in Cape Town by Australian, Jonathan Clark. Praiz is surely one of the future of Nigerian music.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Praiz replied his critics who allege that singer has benefitted from a lot of media hype without commensurate musical performance. The musician said those who have such opinion are not familiar with the kind of music he does.
“Personally, I think everyone has his own opinion about things and you can’t stop people from talking. You can’t also deny the fact that I’m amazing and good at what I do and I think I have proven myself enough for people to know that I’m not a product of hype. Right from “Epic” to “Stupid song” and “Rich and Famous,” he said.
He also argued that contrary to rumours, his hit single, Rich and Famous, is not based on the Tavie McCoy/Bruno Mars hit, Billionaire.
“People who say that are ignorant of music, because there is a genre of music that sounds that way. It’s called alternative music. A fusion of rock, reggae and R&B. It has that peculiar sound. A couple of people have done songs in that genre of music like Tavie McCoy and Bruno Mars. So it’s new here and people are just ignorant about it.”
Praiz further squashed the rumours that the CEO of his label X3M, Steve Babaeko, who was a director with advertising agency, 141 Worldwide, when Praiz was made an ambassador for telecoms company, Etisalat, helped him hook the deal.
“Funny enough, he didn’t get me the deal. He was actually against that. I remember him calling me to his office, telling me that he doesn’t want me to push for the deal and that he isn’t part of those who are making the decision. But I told him I would push for it and I got it. I believe its God,” he stated.
The singer revealed that his debut album is loaded with surprises that knock the doubt out of his critics, especially those who refer to him as “a flash in the pan.” The album titled Rich and Famous will drop in May.
“It’s a very versatile album. You are going to have pop, reggae, and highlife. So for everybody, there is a track for you in my album.”
On his aspirations for the next five years, Praiz looks forward to winning both local and international awards.
On the chemistry between him and fellow musician, Bez, Praiz said, “First time I met Bez was in Abuja and we never knew we would be where we are today. I know him to be a good musician and great guitarist. I mean, the reason why we connect so much is because he does good music and it’s not hard for the chemistry to be there.”
Praiz also cannot not hide his love for EME boss, Banky W, saying that Banky remains one of the few musician/label executive in the industry who looks out for artistes other than those under their label.
“Banky W is a humble person. He encourages me a lot and he is one of the few in the industry that go out of their own way to ensure you are ok. I mean with a lot of envy in the industry, despite the smiles on everyone’s face, it’s hard to see someone who will genuinely support your career and will want you to succeed. And I respect Banky W for that.”
Praiz said he would love to make good music just like he does with Bez with other artistes like Banky W, Tuface, Darey, Asa, Waje, Sheyi shay, Tiwa Savage. He puts Tuface, BankyW, Wizkid, Waje and Burna Boy on his top 5 Nigerian musicians of the moment.
According to him, his mother and sisters are the women in his life. And of his female admirers, he says, “Well, I try my best not to take advantage of the fact that they love what I do and I relate with them the same way I relate with everybody.”