Nigerian rapper, Phyno has warned young artists against taking shortcuts to fame and success in the music industry.
The musician, who rose to fame through hard work and dedication, revealed that he was once advised to join a cult or engage in rituals to achieve quick success.
However, he resisted the temptation, believing that there was no substitute for hard work.
In an interview, Phyno advised young artists to be patient and persistent and to never give up on their dreams.
He also warned them against signing with record labels out of desperation, as they may be exploited.
He noted, “Some people look at us today and think we got it easy, Not at all.
“I’ve never loved easy things. Before many people heard of Phyno, I’d had songs that no one knew existed.
“A couple of friends told me to blow, I must join a cult or sacrifice something or someone, I told them the price is too much. I’ll never do such.
“I believed in myself and the power of hard work, I started little and today I thank God.
Speaking further, Phyno advised young talents against desperacy, but to imbibe the spirit of hard work and patience.
“Young talents need to relax, do not be desperate about record deals or being in the spotlight. Keep working, when it’s time you’ll shine.
“Imagine begging a label to sign you, what kind of terms will they give you? They already know you are desperate and they will use you.
“At the beginning, you might not see it but give it time, you’ll regret it. Nothing pays more than hard work and consistency”, he added.