Nigerian singer Terry G is the original “musical mad man”. When Terry G burst unto the scene many years ago, he was famous for his wild antics, wild look, and infectiously wild music. Terry G was called the akpako master for a reason.
These days, Terry G is not as popular as he once used to be. Newer voices have risen in the industry and one who gets frequently compared to him is controversial music artiste, Portable.
During a new interview with Punch Newspaper, Terry G opened up about why he has been absent and also about how he feels about being compared to singer Portable. Here’s what Terry G said.
Speaking about why he disappeared from the music industry for a long time, Terry G said:
I am still the king of the streets, even if I have not released any content in a while. It is deliberate. I had a court case which was going on underground. I could not release any content because of that. I had to use that time to focus on my family and business. I had the urge to release songs but I could not because of the contract I had. Presently, I am working on releasing more content.
When asked what the court issue was about, Terry G said:
Please, I will rather not talk about it.
Speaking about being compared to controversial artiste, Portable and how it made him feel, Terry G said:
It is a good thing. I love Portable so much. Despite the fact that I did the ‘crazy genre’ of music, it does not mean that somebody else cannot be inspired and still unique. He is quite unique. There is nothing he has that can be compared to mine, musically and intellectually. I feel nobody should shut him out. He cannot be stopped.
If he stops talking, what else will happen? That is his style. It (controversies) did not just start from me. It started with different guys that represented the streets, and it will still continue. It is normal.
Speaking about if he has any plans of collaborating with Portable, Terry G said:
Yes. He has been to my house twice. But, we could not record our song that day because he had to be at a show in Akure, Ondo State. I am interested in working with anybody that represents the streets. I am a producer and singer.
Speaking about regrets he had about his wild controversies and what he intends to do differently going forward, Terry G said:
I am doing it already. I no longer get into trouble. My behaviour and the way I approach things have changed. Most of the controversies I was involved in were not deliberate. They were some of the things that came with fame. I was more talked about then. My controversies got more attention than my music. It was my fans that pushed me (in that direction), and that is how they are pushing the new guy now. No matter how my fans hail me, I don’t allow it get to me anymore. It does not get into my head like before.