With a loaded roster that includes John Legend, Kid Cudi, Cyhi Da Prince and Pusha T, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music imprint has reportedly gone international with the signing of popular Nigerian artists D’Banj and Don Jazzy.
Just a day short of his 31st birthday, D’Banj tweeted on June 8, “Just like yesterday myself and my brother did Tongolo. 7yrs later Mo' Hits signs with Good Music. Best birthday gift ever. God thank u” – referring to his debut hit single “Tongolo” produced by Don Jazzy, president and lead producer for Nigerian indie label Mo’Hits Records. D’Banj, an award winning artist in his country, has earned in the past a 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards win as well as several MTV Africa Music Award trophies in what appears to be a very full display case.
Don Jazzy, credited as mostly a producer, musician and label head, counts D’Banj as his flagship artist and also has made him the vice president of the Mo’ Hits label. The small label also lists artists Wande Coal and Dr SID as part of the Mo’Hits brand.
On Don Jazzy’s very active Twitter page, the seemingly jovial musician fielded questions about the Kanye signing and even tweeted a photo of himself standing next to his rumored new boss Kanye West and hip hop heavyweight Jay-Z. G.O.O.D. Music reps have not confirmed the signing of the Nigerian pair, but the exuberant tweets from both D’Banj and Don Jazzy will certainly gain the African stars attention in the days ahead.
Debuting in 2005 with his No Long Thing album, D’Banj has released four albums with the most recent being Mr. Endowed in 2010. American rapper Snoop Dogg featured on a remix of that album’s title track as well, which was produced by Don Jazzy.
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