Plantashun Boyz was a very successful Nigerian hip hop band that consists of members Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo (popularly known as Blackface), Innocent Ujah Idibia (best known as 2face Idibia) and Chibuzor Orji (Best known as Faze).
Following the split of the Band in 2004, they all launched solo career to varying success. 2Face has probably achieved the most success to date winning an MTV Europe Music Award,Mobo,Kora, Hiphop World Awards amongst others.
In a recent interview,2face opens up on the reason they all decided to go solo.
[color=orange]He said; In life,people come together and at times depart each otherâs company.Even marriages break up.Yeah,in life,there are different decisions,different things happen.Basically for me and the rest of the group,we just went solo.[/color]
There wasnât any quarrel or clash of egos as such.Just the fact that Nigeria was not too conducive for a group to survive for long like the long surviving Irish pop group U2.Let me just put it like that.We came together and at a point had to go our separate ways due to the normal conflicts between people.In life,people must disagree.Husband and wife must disagree.Like the African proverb says,even mouth and tongue do quarrel.For us as a group,due to our individual differences,we could have some clashes.
Maybe today,I oversleep and one would come and wake me and tell me:Hei,why are you still sleeping?Donât you know we have somewhere to go?Maybe,we were supposed to go somewhere and Faze would come late and there would be small quarrel.Or maybe we quarrel over which song to do and which one to drop.
[color=orange]Itâs the normal squabble you will expect from when two or three people come together.As at that time,I donât think we had a leader.All of us were independent.
All of us had an opinion and all of us respected each otherâs opinion.Yeah,it was a case of three captains in a ship but everybody still respected each otherâs view.When it came to songwriting,sometimes I would write a song and I would bring it for the group or maybe we would sit down together and we would write the song together.Or two of us can write together.[/color]
If one person writes a song and it sounds good to the rest of us,everybody would accept it.But most of the time,we wrote together.
Normally,it starts with hearing the beat and all of us would start to flow according to the beat.Or we just choose a topic and we start writing on it and later we go to the studio to do something on it.
Our first album as a group was Body and Soul.It did tremendously well in the market.
It was wonderful.It was a huge success.I still remember a line like:âBaby,donât you know,that I just canât get you out of my mindâ.Overall,I did three albums with Plantation Boys.
I was the first person that went solo.I just woke up one day and told them straight off that I wanted to go out there and do my own thing.As to be expected they didnât take it lightly but in the end everybody saw reason and we had to part.We were all talented bunch and we felt we could survive individually.All of a sudden,I was on my own,a couple of labels were talking to me and I was also negotiating with a couple of labels.[/color]
Eventually,Kennyâs Music emerged as the one prepared for what I had in mind.So I worked with Kennyâs Music.
My first album with Kennyâs Music was Face to Face.It was a huge album.Thatâs was the album that produced African Queen.It was one of the most successful albums in the history of Nigerian music.I can say that.The success impacted positively on me and on Kennyâs Music as a business.We had a contract and they just fulfilled their contract
[color=orange] Below Is a write up About the defunct group plantashun boiz written in JANUARY enjoy[/color]
If compendium is to be made on artistes that helps revolutionalize the Nigerian music industry then the defunct group plantashun boiz will surely make the list. This HipHop group that consist of Chibuzor Orji (Faze) Ahmedu Augustine Obiabo (Black face) and Innocent Ujah Idibia (2face) are force to reckon with in the Nigerian music industry. They came into Limelight in the year 1999 with their first single knock you off which was a monster hit that set the pace for them to ride on . In the year 2000, they finally dropped the most anticipated album then title âbody and soulâ which was commercially a success. They followed it up with sold out album in 2003 which was also a success after which the group splited in 2004, to pursue their respective solo career.
2face was the first to set the vision in progress after securing a recording contract with one of the biggest record company in West Africa âKENNIS MUSICâ under which he released his debut album âFace 2 faceâ which went platinum.
[color=orange]Blackface followed up by dropping a single title âHard lifeâ which rocks the Airwaves but when the complete album âGhetto childâ Finally drops, is not as massive as every one expected it to be.[/color]
Then came the thought underdog of the group faze with faze alone album which also gather some momentum but not as huge as is counter part 2faceâs debut.
[color=orange]Itâs a decade down the line now, 2face has scores platinum with the 3 albums he has released so far! Faze 2 faze, Grass to Grace and unstoppable international version along side numerous local and international awards like mtv Europe, world music award, mobo, kora etc to show for it, with endorsement deals.
Faze on his own part has sold 6million copies in his three consecutive albums, Faze alone, independent and originality. He has also won several local awards including the best male vocalist (Hip Hop world Awards 2006), a collab with wyclef on the song âproud to be Africanâ and also stage performances with naughty by Nature, Genuwine and Akon
But on the part of Black face, ever since the group has separated his being striving so hard to get it right. From the released of his debut Ghetto Child to the âme, musiq and Iâ album, is yet to score platinum and one start to wonder what is going on with this prolific songwriter that write 75percent of plantashun boiz songs when they were still together.
[color=orange]Let me draw your attention back to the diss song Eedris Abdulkereem did for the plantashun boiz in the year 2000 title âWacka wike mcsâ in which he said on the song that 2face is the plantashun while Faze and Blackface are the boyz. A decade down the line, should we accept Eedris Abdukareem assertion? Or letâs the sleeping dogs lies.[/color]
Source: Nigeria Films