FAZE IN MULTIPLE CONTROVERSIES
These are not the best of times for ex-Plantashun Boiz singer Faze. And it’s ironical, for, with his three new videos topping all the charts, and his songs as popular as the national anthem, the lanky singer should be as happy as ever.
But recent incidents are threatening to puncture a hole in his heart, make him bow his head and cry. And maybe ask himself ‘why me?’
Top on the singer’s recent woes is the widespread statement credited to akon, disclaiming him. Faze had in the past twelve months, paraded himself as a Konvict music act-to-be. For months, he told whoever cared to listen that he had sealed a deal with Akon and that his next album would be on the label. But Akon, speaking to a Nigerian Journalist in Monte Carlo at this year’s World Music awards, denied ever signing Akon. ‘I don’t even plan to (sign him)’, he reportedy said.
A source who lives in FESTAC TOWN (a Lagos estate where faze resides) told me ‘he’s a laughing stock now. Everyone is making a joke out of it. I’m sure he must really hate Akon and the journalist that broke that news’.
At the Nigerian music video awards which held last Sunday, Faze and his brother-manager Ifeanyi refused to exchange greetings with the said journalist. ‘Even if Akon said so, he should have kept it on the low’, his brother was reported to have said.
Then came media reports the truly-talented singer was enmeshed in a debt mess in South Africa. Faze leads the pack of Nigerian acts who are all now heading to South Africa to shoot musical videos. Though he has denied the debt mess, there is no doubt the singer and his managers are wondering why is image is in such tatters at a time when his career appears to be blossoming.
In Port Harcourt last month, an angry fan called him ‘a fool’ to his face, after he refused to perform at a concert following disagreement with the organisers. ‘I’m going to warn all my sisters and friends not to come for your shows or buy your music. And I’m going to destroy your CDs in my house. I’ve been your fan for years, never knew this was how you were’, screamed the angry fan. The singer was left with no choice but to perform at the concert which also featured Jamaican reggae star Junior Reid, Mode 9 and De Indispensables.