Basketmouth: I quit rapping for comedy after being booed off UNIBEN stage

Basketmouth says he quit rapping after he was booed off stage during a performance on campus.
The comedian spoke of his outset in the entertainment industry during a chat with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, TV host.
Basketmouth, whose real name is Bright Okpocha, said he came to terms with his failed rap career after being booed while performing during a campus show at the University of Benin (UNIBEN).
“Those guys are wicked. They came at us. My guys walked off. I came back, told DJ to stop the music,” he said.
Basketmouth released an album titled ‘Yabasi‘ as a soundtrack for ‘Papa Benji’, his comedy series, last November.
The album featured artistes like Ladipoe, BOJ, The Cavemen, Bez, Waje, Duncan Mighty, Flavour, and Phyno.
Basketmouth said he had worked on projects with top acts like Wizkid but didn’t release them for fear of criticism.
“We had three weeks to create the album and one to mix. We pulled it off and everything was done in one month.
On why his rap career failed, Basketmouth noted that he delivered a sound that was futuristic.
“I was pushing rap; trying to make music but what I was doing then was blending Afrobeat with hip hop vibe. It was a bit too ahead of my time. People didn’t get it. We struggled, so I’ll say we failed at doing something new,” he said.

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