Friday, 24 May 2013

Naeto C Quits Storm Records

In the last 15 months, the Nigerian
entertainment scene has witnessed more label
shakedowns than we could have ever
imagined. And the breakup season isn’t over

Rapper Naetochukwu Chikwe better known as
Naeto C has ended his relationship with Storm
Records, the music home where he launched
his career into the Nigerian music market.
NET investigations have revealed that the
rapper plans to fully launch his WKG/Cerious
Music label in a matter of months.
Unlike the many breakups that have preceded
Naeto’s, the rapper’s exit is not battlemented;
both parties have been very silent about the
issue. As a matter of fact, Storm Records insist
that the rapper is still signed with them.
One of the label’s directors Tola Odunsi
admits that Naeto has had his own record
label Cerious Music for a while but is still with
‘Naeto has had his record label for a while at
least 3 years it’s called Cerious Music – his
music is being pushed as a joint venture btw
storm 360 and Cerious Music. Nothing has
changed’, Odunsi responded to our enquiry
via E-mail.
Naeto C’s profile is still active on the Storm
Records official website but then again, we
can’t take that seriously as General Pype (an
artiste who has since parted ways with the
label) also has his profile on the website.
An inside source however says Naeto has
indeed left and his upcoming project will not
be released under the Storm Records imprint.
One insider said: ‘It is true Naeto started
Cerious Music a few years back but the launch
of his new outfit WKG (meaning White Kaftan
Gang) will see him act fully as an independent
WKG kicked off in the middle of 2012 with the
launch of his ‘Tony Montana (Bad pass)’ video
featuring D’banj. We are told he also plans to
sign Lagos producer E-Kelly.
Storm Records was also not listed as one of
the organizers of his first ever solo US tour
which ran from late March to early May 2013.
Naeto who remains silent on the issue (he
refused to reply our E-mail messages) has
been busy though: he welcomed his first child
while on tour in the US and returned to
Nigeria to seal a deal with telecoms company
Globacom as an ambassador. Popular artiste
manager Godwin Tom also says Naeto is his
new client.
Naeto joined Storm Records in 2006, returning
from the US where he had already formed a
rap group with close friend Ikechukwu and his
younger brother Uzikwendu called ‘World
Famous Akademy’. With the smash hit single
‘Kini big deal’, he released his debut album
‘You Know my P’ in 2008; parted ways with
Ikechukwu who left Strorm in 2010 and then
released a successful second album ‘Super C
Season’ in February 2011.
Storm Records headed by Obi Asika and Olisa
Adibua (the pair are currently in a legal battle)
have in the past signed an impressive long list
of acts including Jazzman Olofin, Darey, GT
the Guitarman, 2shotz, General Pype. They
currently have on their roaster rappers Sasha,
Yung6ix, Pop singer Ms Jaie, Urban-Pop group
L.O.S and gospel singer Tosin Martins.

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