Popular Nigerian singer, Onoyom Mbuk, popularly known as Iyanya, has disclosed how he lost millions of naira while trying to feature famous American rapper, Nicki Minaj on one of his songs.
The former project Fame West Africa winner stated that after the success of his breakthrough song, ‘Kukere’, he and his team were under pressure to produce the next big single.
Iyanya explained that they already recorded ‘Flavour’ but felt it wasn’t the next single after ‘Kukere’.
He said that his producer, D’Tunez made some changes to the beat for Kukere and then used it to make ‘Your Waist’, which got a ton of airplay.
However, he stated that his team was not satisfied with the traction of the song, so his record label boss, Ubi Franklin, suggested a remix with Nicki Minaj to boost the success of the song.
He said they flew to Atlanta, United States, to meet Nicki Minaj for the feature, but they were told that it would cost $200,000 to sign her to a song, which they couldn’t afford at that time.
Iyanya said, “Ur waist was so massive we decided it should go international and we needed the right artiste to help with that journey. @ubifranklin1 suggested Nicki Minaj and I asked how we’re gonna pay for that, he laughed and said ‘if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”