The industry in 2014 gathered as usual to celebrate one of its most remarkable sons at weekly concert Industry Nite on a cold Wednesday night at Spice Route Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The weekly concert and networking event which is organized by El Carnaval, a company founded and owned by industry strong man and entrepreneur, Matthew Ohio, runs on a specific format; a star is chosen to be the highlight of the night, and then opening acts and friends performed for everyone on record.
General Pype was one of the supporting artistes on one of those nights. He stepped on stage, and performed a very rousing unreleased single. Featuring muscular beats and an Afrobeat concert, the dance hall act moved the crowd, and pushed everyone to the edge with the quality of the performance and composition.
But that song was never officially released. Pype who was once the toast of the Nigerian market, and had his song ‘Keeping it cool’ was featured in Season 6 of American TV series, The Shield, is currently not at the top of the industry.
That was the last we heard of ‘Gbagbe Oshi’ until it showed up in 2016, being performed by Sony Music new boy, Davido.
2016 has seen the HKN star sign up to Sony Music in January, but delayed in dropping new music until September. ‘Gbagbe Oshi’ which was released was met with polarized opinions. While many fans accepted the single as new material from their idol Davido, a growing amount of professional critics and outspoken analysts were not enamored by the patois on the song.
According to popular opinion, Davido failed at working a patois angle for the single, and will be better off if he stuck to everything that is not patois.
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But listening to the General Pype’s version will answer the questions on patois. Pype is a seasoned dance hall artiste who delivers his lyrics in patois. The song ‘Gbagbe Oshi’, was produced by Shizzi, who is a Davido’s collaborator.
Sources have revealed to Pulse that after the production by Shizzi, Davido and his team fell in love with the final version of the song, and paid over a million Naira to Pype to get the song off him. Pype took his money and handed the song over to Davido. To release the song, Davido recorded the entire thing in his own voice, choosing to use General Pype’s lyrics and only adding some background vocals and ad libs to create the final work.
‘Gbagbe Oshi’ video was released on Youtube on October 2, 2016. It currently has just over a million views. It is forms the lead single to Davido’s “Son of Mercy” EP. His first body of work under Sony Music International.
Pulse reached out to Kamal Ajiboye, but his number was disconnected. Pulse also reached out to reps from Davido Music Worldwide, but at the time of this story there has been no official response.