Davido has signed US based Nigerian rapper, Babalola Falemi, aka Sauce Kid or Sinzu, under his DMW label.
Davido who has been teasing fans this week with an upcoming signing to his record label, announced the signing of Sauce Kid on social media earlier today.
The rapper who once collaborated with Davido on a hit song ‘Carolina’, was released from a US Federal prison in March 2018 after serving a two year jail term for stealing $15,388 using stolen credit card numbers.
It can be recalled that Davido was one of the few Nigerian artist to welcome Sauce Kid after he was released from jail.
When Sinzu first hit the ground running, no one would have projected that he would hit these low levels of alleged criminality, and lose focus on his music. And that’s because he showed so much promise. Everyone believed in his talent because he had it in him.
The first time Nigerians were introduced to Sauce Kid was in 2005 – his first ever single ‘Omoge’ featuring the legendary Mike Okri and was a mild hit. It was fresh, different and had the ‘swagger’ Nigerian artistes had been mimicking for years.
The following year, he dropped his first mixtape ‘Best of Both Worlds: Money Long The Mixtape’. The idea of the mixtape was to deliver Nigerian lingo on Western beats, with Western flows. And it worked, the mixtape is still regarded as one of the best.
The mixtape changed the music culture. Previously, rappers had focused on releasing albums, with only Modenine ruling mixtape world by recording over popular beats. Sinzu’s mixtape impacted on the culture. And it wasn’t even free. Alaba made some money on that one.
The lead single from the mixtape was ‘Yebariba’, a cover of Remy Ma’s ‘Conceited’, which was more than significantly popular and was followed by a video of the remix. His talent was exceptional. Before M.I Abaga came with the Hip-Hop renaissance in 2008, Sinzu had already started to breathe in some fresh air into the game.