He won the Rookie of The Year Awards at the 2014 Hip TV Headies Awards and recently released the video for his single, Chop Am. Ayoleye Solomon, whose stage name is Reekado Banks has shared his story in a recent interview of how he was signed by Don Jazzy in May 2013, when Don Jazzy put the word out that he wanted to sign a new artiste for his record label, MAVIN, that had just clocked 1 at that time.
He revealed in the interview that out of 5,000 people, he was the only one chosen, he wasn’t bearing the name “Reekado Banks” at that time but “Spicy” and after he got signed, he had to change it because of some reasons as seen in his statement below.
“Don Jazzy put out a notice on the Internet and wanted people to send in their demo songs in May 2013. I sent mine and I was the only one that got picked out of 5,000 people. I was not Reekado Banks at that time; my stage name was Spicy. After I got signed, I noticed a lot of artistes bore Spicy and I wanted to be different. I decided to change my stage name because I needed a fresh start. So, I chose Reekado Banks.”
He also revealed in this interview that he is graduate from the University of Lagos, Akoka where he has a degree in History and Strategic studies which he claims will be useful for him one day but for now, he’d like to focus on his music career.
In his own words:
“I recently graduated from the University of Lagos and I will get to work with it someday. Right now, I want to concentrate on my music career. I am certain my degree will come in handy..” he said