Some Seven years ago, Kelly Hansome thought it wise to take verbal blasts at some of the most prominent Nigerian artistes at the time – this included the then Mo’Hits clan (which is now separated to to be Mavin Records And DB records) and then-emerging rapper M.I. While Mo’Hits had a more brutal approach towards the matter (they reportedly got Hansome locked up behind bars, years later), M.I and the Maga Music boss went back and forth releasing diss records and subliminal shots at each other.
Few years later, we were told that Kelly Hansome reached out to M.I in an attempt to settle the GBEGE. The two later performed together live on stage at the 2013 CARNIRIV festival.
In a recent interview with Saturday Beats, Kelly Hansome talks about why he hits shots at stars, talked about how his shots got MI famous and where he is today and also stated that he has since apologised to those he offended in the past with his style of music
On his strategy he said:
“Praising people on my new song was not a strategy and my reason for doing it is because it is their time. They are the rave of the moment.”
About his beef with MI he said:
“A lot of people take things too personal at times, especially MI and Baba Keke. They took my music too personal. If I did not beef MI, he would not be where he is today. I am not the one that made him, he has Chocolate City and Audu Maikori to thank for that and they are my friends but at the end of the day, it was a marketing strategy for them. I put him at a point where people could listen and appreciate his music. I am looking forward to us working together. MI is at the top of his game; he has several endorsement deals. Because of the issues I had, the endorsement I was supposed to have with Globacom was cancelled and I don’t blame the company. Most of these people are successful today because they were able to cover up their controversies but the record label I thought was my record label did not cover up my controversy. Instead, they were the ones pushing it outside. In their mind, I had already been sentenced to death; they did not want me to be on top of my game again so that people would think they made me. I don’t know why they did that to me, I wish they could give me a reason. I wish we could be put on national television and speak our minds and clear the air. I have no hard feelings towards anybody. If they could not kill me then, they cannot kill me now,”
About his reconciliation with those he aired against:
“I see Baba Keke as my father; I don’t know how he sees me. The truth is that he is old enough to give birth to me and when it comes to business, he taught me virtually everything I know. If your father should shout on you when he is angry, it is your duty to go and meet him later to apologise. I went to meet him and said that I knew he was angry and wanted the best for me so we should forget everything. I apologised as a son and he ought to forgive. I called MI and told him that we could not continue with the beef and that was it,”