I was on a 10 minutes’ drive to my secondary school in 2010, the driver was playing a track from Duncan Mighty sophomore – Long Play (Ahamefuna, Legacy), can’t really recollect the particular title of the song, the theme of the song was personal, he was talking about the plight of his mother – how people left his mother to wallow in pain when she had a terminal illness, very emotional. After this particular day, I listened to a repertoire of his songs from Port Harcourt first son to Obianuju, in the former he made references to the big weights in the oil city, people calling the shots, the crème de LA crème, for me, that was the first time I was hearing their names, it stuck, you can see no be today name calling start for Naija hip-hop.
On May 4, 2018, after much anticipation and unwarranted teasing Star Boy record label released a song which had Wizkid and Duncan Mighty on the same joint and just like the biblical prodigal son, Duncan Mighty is back with a bang, after the release of his second album, he did churn out other joint like Foot Print in 2012, Grace and Talent in 2014, these bodies of work was poorly received by the audience, it never flew.
Just like a new bride (apology to Senator Iyiola Omisore), he now court the attentions of wave making artistes, at the last count he has been featured by the likes of Reekado Banks, DJ Xclusive, Masterkraft, Davido, Bracket, Lil Kesh, Tiwa Savage et al others, even the struggling ones are smartly leveraging on his comeback to give a shot at the limelight.
From January to June 2018, Slimcase was the most featured Nigerian artiste; Mr Wene has taken that crown from him and might not be relinquishing it anytime soon.
All in all we have to give kudos to Star Boy for giving him the opportunity, how he maximized and makes the best use of this once in a lifetime occurrence is up to him, why did I say once in a lifetime? The Nigeria Music Industry is a beehive of talents, a comeback to limelight is always a difficult thing to do, artistes and record labels don’t find it easy to do, for someone of Duncan Mighty calibre to be able to do this, he really deserves all the accolades.
This article was written by Emmanuel Daraloye; connect with him on IG here