'I Do Not Regret Not Signing For Wizkid's Label' - Phenom
At just 12-years-old he knew that music was the way to go for him.
Topa Onimowo knew to make it in the music industry, he needed to build a persona and work hard.
So he became a Hip-Hop artiste and took up the name - Phenom.
Phenom in the English dictionary, means someone or something that is extremely successful, so from the start of his career, his eyes were set on the top prize.
He was already well known in the underground circuit and was discovered by Knighthouse in 2011 while doing a freestyle at an open mic session.
"When I joined Knighthouse there was no money so I was practically on my own" he told Bounce News.
Despite the lack of funds Phenom made a name for himself.
He has featured on numerous songs including former label mate’s Mo’Cheddah’s ‘See Me’, Jaywon’s ‘Catch Me If You Can' remix and on MI’s 6ft 7ft remix on the Illegal Music 2 mixtape.
The video to his debut single, Omo Naija, earned a spot on BET’s 106 and Park countdown. Adding more feathers to his hat, his follow up singles ‘Shukubambam’ and ‘Murder Dem’ were also hugely successful.
Before his record deal with Knighthouse ended; Wizkid, Olamide and MI were ready to sign him.
“I had several record labels that approached me and at a point, I had a deal worth over 100 million Naira, but I turned it down.
"It was not only Wizkid that wanted me on his record label; Olamide’s record also, I also had something with MI Abaga.
"There were a lot of deals that I turned down; not because I did not want to seek greener pastures, but loyalty meant a lot to me. My mother taught me this," he said.
"I have no regret not signing for Wizkid's Starboy records, he brought the matter up just once, but I turned him down.
"God forbid, but what if he is not here tomorrow?
"I wish him well in his career. There is room for all of us to succeed" he added.
The musician, who just signed to Trick Billionaire Musiq, denied that he was signed to replace Yung6ix, who had a disagreement with the record label and left.
"The owner of this record label, Prince Usinefe, has always been a friend.
"I have known him since 2013, it was myself and Yung6ix that he wanted to sign, but I was not ready to go back to music yet. I took a break from music so that I would find myself and God".
Now Phenom is back, we look forward to great music.