Ex-band-mates Faze, 2baba and Blackface may not be the best of buddies at the moment, but Faze has said he’ll forever be grateful to the Erima crooner for believing in him when nobody else did.
“Blackface was the first person to believe in me and he was also the first person to believe in my talent. He gave me the required push to succeed as an artiste and made me realise that I had a talent which could be expanded,” Faze said in a recent interview with Punch.
“When I first started out, I used to go for talent hunt competitions and Blackface always urged me that I would win, surprisingly, I always won in those competitions. He is part of my success story because he made me believe that I could break through in the industry.”
Faze, real name Chibuzor Orji, said Blackface did not only motivate him in his early days, but was also the reason he joined the Plantashun Boiz group and later began living with them.
“Blackface was the one that urged me to join the Plantashun Boiz because the combination of himself and Tuface was not strong enough. He felt that if a third party with their kind of flavour came into play, it would make the band better. He was the one that made the decision and he was right. Shortly after I joined Plantashun Boys, Blackface advised me to move in with them at FESTAC.
“He said that if I was going to be a part of them, I would have to stay with them so that we could all understand ourselves better and connect easily. Right now, I am very close to Tuface and Blackface and we are like family. If either of them has an event or wants a cameo appearance from me, I would always be there. I am going to do a song with Blackface very soon,” the Originality singer added.
On the raging beef between the former band-mates (Blackface and Tuface), Faze said it’s only a matter of time before everything is settled.
“I know that they both have a personal issue and on several occasions, I have sat them down to discuss what the issue is. I know it is not easy and both of them do not want to tell me what the issue is but I know that with time, things would sort themselves out.”
Faze, who hasn’t had a hit since Originality hit the shelves in 2008, said he’s working on a new album with a lot of collaborations to be released in November.