One half of the defunct music duo, P-Square, Rudeboy has finally let fans in on some aspects of his relationship with his brother Peter Okoye while they were in the group.
Speaking to Saturday Beats, Rudeboy disclosed that the issues that led to the split of the group had been around for a long time. He said he had wanted to jump the boat back in 2007 owing to a lot of things his brother did which didn’t augur well for the P-Square brand.
He said, “I actually started my career as a solo artiste and I had recorded quite a number of songs. My twin brother (Peter) also had a dance group which I was part of before but left after some time.
He (Peter) was brought in (to form P-Square) to create a unique group that would be different from other groups in existence. I was singing while he would dance, and it was the idea of our elder brother, Jude. We only had a stage collaboration, not a music collaboration. What made P-Square was the division of labour we practised.
I was in charge of singing, Peter handled the dancing aspect and stagecraft, while Jude was our manager and he directed our videos. However, it got to a point when one person started making demands and called for the sack of some members of the team.
Because we wanted peace to reign, we would let the affected employees go. That went on for some time but it got to a time that things could no longer continue that way.
“Some people think that all these started recently but it has been going on for a long time. I can confidently tell you that my first solo album was supposed to be ‘Game Over’ (released in 2007). That title, ‘Game Over’, meant I was done with the group. I recorded the album as a solo artiste and sent it to some people but they were surprised that I was the only one on the album. People said different things and I later shelved my plan.”
On whether collaboration was possible between them even if they did not come back together as a group, Paul said, “The question is, does he see us together? It is not compulsory that everybody in a music group must sing. P-Square was never a group of two singers (rather, it was a group of one singer and one dancer). I honestly tried my best for the group to work. There are so many issues the public is unaware of that led us to this point. I choose not to say many things because I want to protect my family.”