“There’s a lot of money in music” — Shallipopi

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Nigerian singer, Crown Uzama, popularly known as Shallipopi, recently shared the challenges he faced when he initially relocated from Benin City to Lagos in pursuit of a music career. The ‘Obapluto’ crooner recounted how he struggled to find accommodation, with several friends turning him down.


In the latest episode of the Zero Conditions podcast, Shallipopi revealed that multiple acquaintances, despite expressing admiration for his song ‘Elon Musk,’ declined to accommodate him in Lagos. Undeterred, he eventually found a group of boys who agreed to host him after he deceived them, stating he would only stay for four days.

However, fate smiled on Shallipopi as he secured a gig in Port Harcourt, earning N50,000 for his performance. The organizers covered his flight expenses, marking his first-ever flight experience. With the money earned, he contributed to covering bills and rent, appreciative of the support he received.

Reflecting on the experience, Shallipopi emphasized the financial potential in the music industry, noting that even an up-and-coming artist with just one hit song can make a substantial income.

Shallipopi gained widespread recognition after his track ‘Elon Musk’ went viral on social media. The subsequent remix featuring popular rapper Zlatan Ibile further solidified the song’s status as a street anthem, propelling Shallipopi into the spotlight in the Nigerian music scene.

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