Dancehall star Shatta Wale has stated that he used to be poor in the past because he was showing too much respect to other players in the music industry.
According to him, during his days as Bandana, when he first came into the limelight as a musician, he was taken for granted because he was respectful and it did not help him financially.
It is no secret that Shatta Wale during his Bandana days had very little to show for all the fame he received through the fact that he was a rapper with mainstream attention.
Bandana released Moko Hoo, a hit single featuring Tinny to much acclaim in 2003. He went ahead to release another album No Problem in 2005.
Despite many of his songs becoming hits during that time, Bandana struggled as an artiste both financially and professionally. This forced him into a hiatus for close to 10 years before he resurfaced as Shatta Wale, a dancehall artiste, somewhere in 2012.
Since that time, Wale has not looked back and has grown to become arguably the biggest Ghanaian musician within the period.
Revealing what might have caused such a big contrast between his fortunes then and now, the controversial musician stated though he tried to respect everyone back then, but that made people not to give him what he was due.
In a post on his Facebook page, Shatta revealed that since his rebranding, he has changed that style and has made enough money to the extent that some of his colleagues see him as a threat.
“I use to respect everyone in the industry when I was Bandana..And they took me for granted and I lived a very poor life ..But as I changed I made enough money than many of my colleagues who now see me as a threat cuz they still have that notion at the back of their minds that if you don’t respect you won’t go on..My guy what am doing is called FORMAT !!!”, Wale posted.
Shatta Wale is known to be one of the most controversial artistes in Ghana. But despite his many troubles and scandals, he commands one of the largest fan base any musician across Africa enjoys.
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Source: Yen Ghana