Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed aka Bella Shmurda, a popular Nigerian street musician, has revealed that ace rapper Olamide paid for the recording and video shoot of his breakout single ‘Vision 2020’.
He also stated that Zlatan Ibile and celebrity dancer Poco Lee were important figures in his early career.
In a recent interview with Pulse, Bella revealed that the YBNL boss did more than just promote the song on his social media pages.
He explained that despite the fact that he was not signed to YBNL Nation, Olamide treated him like a signee.
The ‘Cash App’ singer explained how Poco Lee introduced him to The Lagos Anthem singer.
Poco, who was living with Zlatan on Lagos Island, begged the rapper to accommodate him, which he did.
Shmurda stated that while working with Zlatan, the rapper encouraged him and worked with him on several unreleased songs.
He said; “Shouout to Baddo [Olamide]. He was so supportive. He had to pay ID Cabasa for the reproduction of ‘Vision 2020’. He sorted my video. And even posting it more [on social media]. He did everything he could do for Fireboy without me signing a paper.
“Poco Lee used to stay with Zlatan. I was in Mainland, and he [Poco Lee] was like, ‘Bella, come now we go just dey manage for here small small.’ And Zlatan, he received me with opened hands. Anything he [Zlatan] is in the studio recording, he always calls me. He always gives me motivations.”
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