TRYBESMEN PLOT REUNION
In spite of lingering battles between arch-enemies El Dee and Freestyle, there are strong indications the individual members of Trybesmen are considering a reunion. Before they parted ways unceremoniously, Trybesmen was made up of El Dee, KB and Freestyle – all undergraduates of the University of Lagos . The group was regarded as one of the most successful rap crews in Nigeria; eventually becoming a coalition called Da Trybe which consisted of trybesmen, Sasha, 2shotz, SID, Blaise and Timi.
The entire coalition was rested when the soul of Trybesmen El Dee relocated to the USA IN 2003. Initially members and associates denied the collapse of the union that spawned hits like ‘shake bodi’, ‘plenty nonsense’, ‘o ya’, and several others. And the media was fooled, until Freestyle, feeling robbed of his production credits on Trybesmen’s EPs, launched a solo career and thought it wise to haul stones at his ex-partner El Dee.
On one of his album’s lead singles, ‘bragging rights’, Freestyle boasts that he wrote and produced all the songs on Trybesmen’s album, but El Dee gave him no credits. Subsequent media interviews quoted him saying he was not a member of Da Trybe and that El Dee lied to him about productin techniques. ‘I would ask about production tips and he (El Dee) will lie to me. I mean if you don’t wanna tell me, why lie’? He was quoted as saying in 2005.
Expectedly, El Dee heard the songs from his base in Atlanta , and he didn’t take his ex-buddy’s allegations with a pinch of salt. His violent response was contained in a widely circulated song called ‘freestyle can’t freestyle’. On the song graded NTBB (not to be broadcast), El Dee labelled Freestyle a liar and thief and alleged the younger rapper was trying to ride on his name to prominence. On other tracks on his debut Solo Album ‘return of the king’, El Dee makes statements that suggest painful attempts at explaining he did not abandon his crew for greener pastures, and that he is not the monster Freestyle is trying to paint him as.
Interestingly, all the wrangling may be ceasing soon, if comments credited to Freestyle are anything to go by. The rapper, according to a source close to him, has not only reconciled with El Dee, both have been having intense correspondence, with talks of a possible Trybesmen reunion top on the bargain.
Speaking with Glitterati, Freestyle admits ‘Yes, me and El Dee have been discussing, infact we still chatted few days ago. And he’s mentioned the talk of tribesmen coming back together since the beginning o this year’. He didn’t confirm if any agreement has been reached, but a source close to him say he may be holding back to allow his contract with Westside expire. It is also believed apart from El Dee, other Trybesmen members are not particularly keen about working with Storm Records – where El dee is presently domiciled.
The group’s third member, KB who now works with Celtel, was not immediately available for comments.