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I made MI popular –Kelly Hansome

Popular singer, Kelly Hansome, is reputed as one
of the most controversial artistes in the Nigerian
music scene. He has had rifts with several artistes
ranging from his former boss, Kenny Ogungbe to
Don Jazzy, D’banj and even MI.
But the singer may be tired of all the ‘beef’ with
his latest single, Baba Olowo where he praise-
sang all the people he has had issues with.
Some might see such moves as a marketing
strategy since he is no longer as popular as he
used to be but in an exclusive chat with Saturday
Beats, the artiste said, “Praising people on my
new song was not a strategy and my reason for
doing it is because it is their time. They are the
rave of the moment.”
Hansome believes that the issue he had with MI
in particular, made the rap artiste to become
popular today.
“A lot of people take things too personal at times,
especially MI and Baba Keke. They took my music
too personal. If I did not beef MI, he would not be
where he is today. I am not the one that made
him, he has Chocolate City and Audu Maikori to
thank for that and they are my friends but at the
end of the day, it was a marketing strategy for
them. I put him at a point where people could
listen and appreciate his music. I am looking
forward to us working together.
“MI is at the top of his game; he has several
endorsement deals. Because of the issues I had,
the endorsement I was supposed to have with
Globacom was cancelled and I don’t blame the
company.
“Most of these people are successful today
because they were able to cover up their
controversies but the record label I thought was
my record label did not cover up my controversy.
Instead, they were the ones pushing it outside. In
their mind, I had already been sentenced to
death; they did not want me to be on top of my
game again so that people would think they made
me. I don’t know why they did that to me, I wish
they could give me a reason. I wish we could be
put on national television and speak our minds
and clear the air. I have no hard feelings towards
anybody. If they could not kill me then, they
cannot kill me now,” he said.
He told Saturday Beats that he has since
apologised to the people who felt offended by his
song especially Ogungbe and MI.
“I see Baba Keke as my father; I don’t know how
he sees me. The truth is that he is old enough to
give birth to me and when it comes to business,
he taught me virtually everything I know. If your
father should shout on you when he is angry, it is
your duty to go and meet him later to apologise. I
went to meet him and said that I knew he was
angry and wanted the best for me so we should
forget everything. I apologised as a son and he
ought to forgive. I called MI and told him that we
could not continue with the beef and that was it,”
he said.

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