| January 18th 2013
Hip-hop freshmen Rio-D and Lyon Cash were signed to CMB Prezzo’s Makini Music Group (MMG) in 2011. However all is not well at the Cash Money Brothers empire and the beef is on as KEVIN OGUOKO found out
Pulse: When did you guys get signed on to Makini Music Group (MMG)?
Rio-D: That was in 2011. Lyon called CMB Prezzo up and dropped some tracks for sampling. Prezzo called us back that same day, in the middle of the night, and signed us to MMG that same night.
P: Was the signing a gentleman’s agreement or was it squared on paper?
Lyon Cash: It was a recording deal, I mean, that’s the idea we got. We were going to spit lyrics as MMG and record tracks under the same label. CMB Prezzo was to get our names out there, you know. The dream was grand.
P: So what happened to the grand dream? Who broke the vow?
Rio-D: Nothing was moving, no recordings and no gigs happened. We became dysfunctional. All we ever did was drink and party instead of concentrating on music. The image Prezzo had portrayed was fake talk. I suppose he only wanted us around him because we had swag and that is the image he wanted around him at the time.
P: If you guys were unhappy, why didn’t you get off MMG and do your thing?
Lyon Cash: We thought things would be better after the Big Brother Africa show. He was getting his act together and we believed that with all the hype and stuff ready to push his music and our tracks, things would look up.
P: Someone claimed that you were sidelined during the My City, My Town project. What really happened?
Rio-D: Same old hide and seek games happened. We were all supposed to get involved but Lyon Cash and I were sidelined. We got to know about My City, My Town after it was out, just like everyone else.
P: What role did you play in the project?
Lyon Cash: Each one of us did our own verses but on the release, Prezzo informed us that our verses were cut out. He said we had to cut our teeth first. A music producer had advised him to first let us make our names. How were we supposed to do that if they never let us in the jam?
P: So why are you guys beefing with Prezzo if you moved on?
Rio-D: We are just letting him know that that sh** wasn’t polite. A real brother does not turn his back on another like that. Hype without cash is all bullshit. I mean, who on earth posses with a Lamborghini belonging to someone else? That’s a b***h move. Besides, there is no love lost.
P: Have you tried talking to him face-to-face instead of shouting on the rooftop?
Rio-D: To be honest, it’s hard to address these issues to him. We get the point that it was an option to put things on level with him before breaking off but he has to realise all these the hard way.
P: Critics would argue that this is a publicity stunt to get you noticed...
Lyon Cash: If we wanted to gain that sort of fame, we would have attacked him when he was still in the BBA as that is when everyone was talking about him. Who is talking about him now?
P: There has been a bitter exchange of words on the social sites between you guys and Huddah who is a close friend to Prezzo. What is all that about?
Lyon Cash: Huddah is just being Huddah — the publicity seeker ranting over something she knows nothing about. We are set to release a diss track You Need Love, dedicated to her.
P: What of Cannibal?
Rio-D: Cannibal is a ‘yes’ guy. Everything Prezzo says, he agrees with it. He is just there for the booze and the girls. He just follows...blindly.
P: What do you guys do for a living?
Lyon Cash: I own an information technology company. I graduated from campus recently. I’m Rio-D: I am In the process of creating my own media company.
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