I sold stolen keke napep to fund my music career – Bella Shmurda

Nigerian street musician, Bella Shmurda has opened up on how desperation pushed him into engaging in shady activities during his up-and-coming days.

The 28-year-old entertainer revealed that he once stole a tricycle commonly known as keke napep and sold it to fund his music career.

Bella Shmurda stole tricycle

Bella Shmurda disclosed this in a new documentary titled ‘Bella Shmurda: Tension in Ibadan 2024’. He said he was too desperate for record deal that he signed an agreement which didn’t end well.

Shmurda said; “I shouldn’t have rushed. We will never get to see the future. So everybody is rushing. I went into some things that didn’t later pay off. I went to sign a deal with rush which later was funny. I stole keke (tricycle) because of money but Alhamdulilah, I’m here today.”

The ‘CashApp’ hit maker also said that becoming a father has affected the kind of music he makes and visuals he puts out.

“Seeing my son, inspires me. What’s on my head is, ‘Wetin this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos. I want him to see a new Bella,” he said.

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Meanwhile, in another news….

CorrectNG reported earlier that Bella whose real name is street artiste, Akinbiyi Abiola Ahmed, popularly called Bella Shmurda, has revealed that he paid a huge sum of money to free himself from the contract he signed with his former record label.

It may be recalled that the ‘Newborn Fela’ crooner was formerly signed to One World Global Records.

Bella said he paid N20 million to the management so that he could be released to be an independent artiste after spending just a year out of his 3-year contract.

According to the singer, he was being cheated by the label because they equally funded his music projects, but One World took a larger percentage of the earnings.

Speaking on Tea with Taymesan podcast, he explained that he would source for N500k as requested by the label and they in turn would bring N500k for production, promotion and other things that need funding.

However, when money starts coming from shows, streaming, endorsement and other areas, they would take 70 percent and give him 30 percent.

Bella said he was not comfortable with that arrangement, so he hired a lawyer and bought himself out of One World Global Records.