Singer cum producer, Solomon Oyeniyi popularly known as K-Solo tells Saturday Beats why he has been underground for a while
How come nobody has heard of K Solo again?
It is nothing like that. I am back. I am releasing some singles very soon. In fact, I just released a single with Duncan Mighty. It is called Saga. I will release others back to back. I am supposed to shoot the video of the single with Duncan Mighty but he is not in town. We are not shooting it yet. I have another single that Clarence Peters is shooting and it is titled Just Know.
Are you under any record label now?
Oh yes. I just got signed on to a record label called Dozage Records. They called me and when we sat down and did our plus and minus, they decided to make me the managing director of the company called Dozage Groups.
Do you still produce?
I produce all my songs. That is why I am releasing new songs so people don’t think I no longer produce.
Some people thought you went under because of the controversy with your former wife…
I agree with them. That was part of the reasons I was away for a while. In this part of the world, when such scandals come up, no matter the kind of material you throw out at that moment, people would not want to consider it. So I had to chill out for a whole year to allow it to go down. God has His own plan. That is the reason I am back. To crown it all, I have a company I work for as the MD.
Have you put that scandal with your ex wife behind you?
I have put it behind me. God has a way of doing His things. I don’t even want to talk much about her. I wish she was a celebrity, then I would have told you to go and investigate her.
But you asked her to buy a Range Rover for you…
That is the sad story. The person who claimed I asked her to buy a Range Rover for me is still driving the old Honda around town after many years. I already acquired a Range Rover. She claimed I asked her to change her property names to mine. But she doesn’t have any property. If I had said it then, nobody would have listened to me. She is living with her parents somewhere in Agege (Lagos).
It seems you still feel hurt?
I don’t. But she had the mind to destroy me. That was her aim. She was nothing that she called herself. She tried to soil my name. I don’t live in a rented house, I bought the house I live in. I bought a Range Rover, God has been wonderful.
What of the child you guys have together?
That is the part that gets to me when people disturb me about the child. The child is with her. I cannot go hunting for the child for now. It can turn out to be good and it can turn out to be bad. I don’t want any scandalous story. So whenever she brings the child and I can ascertain that the child is mine, then it is fine. I have already made arrangement for his provisions for the rest of his life and that is if the provision is not embezzled by his mother.
So you are not taking care of the child at the moment?
No. I am not taking care of him. I can’t do that. The child has never been brought to me as his father. She has not come to tell me that the child is mine. So, I don’t have the right to take care of him now.
Are you officially divorced now?
I have been pursuing it and just a few days ago, my lawyer called me that the case would be heard soon. After the trial would come the ruling. I would happily place the divorce papers on the Internet for everybody to see that I am divorced and free.
Are you having any issue with Timaya?
Not really. I learnt Timaya is upset about a young artiste called Patoranking. His songs are actually topping charts at the moment. He featured Timaya in one of his songs. I leant Timaya said he signed the boy on his label. I know it is a lie. Timaya doesn’t like paper work. I know that about him. The boy was picked up by another record label and I learnt Timaya is upset about it and saying nonsense about the boy. Why didn’t he sign the boy? He just shot a video for the boy and the new label, as I learnt, is even ready to pay him what he spent but I learnt he refused the money.
But what is your business in all of this?
I was the one that discovered the boy at Ebutte Meta. Till now, the boy has an album in my studio. I had released one or two songs for him and I was about to release more when I had the crisis with my ex. Timaya came to my studio and saw the boy. I don’t know how it happened but they left my studio. I didn’t even mind because when I had that issue, I had to let go of everybody around me. So immediately, Timaya did a song with him and shot the video without any form of agreement. Now, he is saying the boy is an ingrate.
I still don’t understand why you are saying this…
Whatever you are doing and you feel it is gone; it will be waiting for you. No sinner will go unpunished. When I was his producer, I produced his first three successful albums that made him what he is today. He never came back to show gratitude; instead he is always fighting me. If I talked to him to tell him the right thing to do, he felt I had no right to tell him such because he felt he is a star. When I wanted to get married, he was among the people who mocked me. Now, he has a ‘baby mama.’ In life, when we don’t know the kind of death we would have, we shouldn’t laugh at people because we don’t know how our case would be.
You sound as if you are angry with him…
It is not as if I want to bring him down but I want you to know that nothing lasts forever. It is what you do in life that keeps you going eventually. I was on top of my game before I had the crisis. We should not bite the finger that fed us. God has made me big. I don’t need his money. I can talk about him because I am very comfortable. I don’t pay rent but where he lives today is still a rented apartment even with all his money.
It is obvious, with the way you sound, that Timaya is no longer your friend…
We are not friends on the job. But if I see him on the road, I can say hi to him. If he decides to respond, it is fine but if he doesn’t, it is also fine. Davido bought a house for his producer the other day. It is not as if Davido is working fully with the producer anymore but he never forgot that the producer made his first hit.
So you want a house from Timaya?
I don’t want anything from him, it is already late.
What if he asks you to be his producer again?
No way! I will never be his producer ever again! I can only give him advice.
as interviewed by Punch Newspaper Nigeria