Wizkid failed to attend Skales’ concert to mark the release of his debut album. Although, EME chieftain, Banky W was registered a supporting presence.
The concert which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, on Sunday, May 31, 2014, was primed to offer a lot of attractions, living up to its billing.
Skales, the man who was dumped last year by his previous record label, the prestigious-but-declining-EME, was the star of night, switching between emotions, charisma, talent, and wonder as he performed to his audience who braved the lingering fuel crisis to register their support.
Wizkid and Skales cut their teeth together under the Empire Mates Music umbrella. They were lorded by Banky W, who gave them their first shot at stardom in 2010 and 2011. The music house has since split up, with Wizkid’s success proving too much for EME to hold onto him, and Skale’ indifferent form and artistic stagnation inspiring his bosses to withhold a new contract from him.
Both stars left in 2014, Wizkid signing out on a high with the much-maligned ‘Ayo (Joy)’ album, and Skales hitting the lowest point of his career without label support and direction.
Fast forward to 2015 and both stars are on the rise. Skales has made major in-roads into the prevailing Nigerian pop culture and Wizkid, has, well, been himself.
But earlier this year, the duo had seemed to clash on social media, going to war on Twitter, in a messy display of pent-up anger and feelings of betrayal. They have since made peace, according to sources.
But that peace seem to be only existent in rumors, as Wizkid was noticeably absent at the ‘Man Of The Year’ concert. The Starboy boss failed to offer any reason for his absence and in the weeks leading up to the event, offered no promotional support.
Banky W was present at the event, maintaining a healthy signature calm disposition, and at moments, displaying pride at the discovery and early creation of the brand Skales. He even did go out of his way in promoting the concert on his social media account.
“Bigups to my lil bro @youngskales.. I’m proud to have played a small part in building ur foundation. U jumped off the ship, and instead of sinking or swimming, U flew .all pls support him at his launch tonight… great album.” Banky W said, showering his ‘son’ with praises.