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Basketmouth: I quit rapping for comedy after being booed off the 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.

“That was when the loud criticism started. They were hitting me and I was getting back at them, using their bodily features as diss material. It was rowdy at first but the hall became quiet. All of a sudden, people started laughing.

“When I was done, some guy walked up to me and said, ‘man, you get basket mouth o’ and walked away. I told my guys my name would be just that if I were to do comedy. My colleague advised me to leave the rap thing.

“My brother felt bad since I was in a music group with him. But he didn’t tell me. He supported me instead. Now that I think of it, I feel bad too. Bayo Adekeye became my manager. That was when I decided to quit rap.

“I was popular in UNIBEN as the only comedian that was kicking it. When I left, they started seeing me on TV.”

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.

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Basketmouth said he had worked on projects with top acts like Wizkid but didn’t release them for fear of criticism.

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