IT is good news for up and coming Afro hip-hop singer, Adeleye Wewe, better known as Goon Boi, who has been signed on by Olumide Fadayomi’s United Kingdom-based SoSlimm Entertainment.
The two-year contract between Goon Boi, son of visual artist and a former tourism commissioner in Ondo State, Tola Wewe and SoSlimm Entertainment, was signed at a ceremony last week in Lagos.
Having operated in the UK since 2009 promoting concerts and working with artists, the deal with Goon Boi and his friend, Beejay Smallz (Olaniyi Samuel) is SoSlimm’s first deal with any Nigerian act.
Explaining why he signed both young men, Fadayomi disclosed that he’s interested in hardworking people with a bias for entertainment and that his goal is to turn around the face of Nigeria’s entertainment industry through the acts.
“They are a bunch of talents and I was carried away listening to their songs. I couldn’t believe that such talents exist and are not being encouraged. This is the reason I’m signing them on my label. They have a lot to offer Nigeria’s entertainment industry and we have a lot of things in the pipeline to work on,” he said.
Fadayomi added that though both are young and the economic recession notwithstanding, he is resolved to go the whole hog with them. He said: “When you believe in yourself, your talent and you work hard, you are going to make it. Recession or not, I know they are going out there to take over the music industry. They are my first acts in Nigeria and I’m going to devote energy to them. In the next couple of years, they will be unmatched.”
Like Fadayomi, Goon Boi’s manager, Omonije Samuel was also optimistic about the deal. “I foresee great things and I will try my best to ensure that acts signed on to SoSlimm Entertainment are A-One outside Nigeria.”
Studying Performing and Film Arts at a private university in Ondo State until recently when he decided to study cinematography in Canada, Goon Boi dropped his first single, ‘Winner’ produced by Bmyne in 2011. His second single, ‘Player’ produced by Pheelz was released this year.
On why he opted for music instead of visual arts like his dad, the young rapper disclosed that though he does fine art too, he enjoys music the most. “I do music easily, naturally and I’m dropping a new song in a few weeks,” he said.