It’s official that CMB Prezzo will be representing Kenya in this year’s Big Brother Africa reality show. But really, Prezzo? Many people have been asking loudly ever since the rumour started earlier on in the week.
According to BBA, now in its 7th edition, it was looking for a dynamic go-getter with headlines to prove their fame. And Prezzo was their best shot from Kenya, joining DKB from Ghana, Lady May from Namibia, Goldie from Nigeria, Barbz from South Africa, Mampi from Zambia and Roki from Zimbabwe.
Judging by the comments on social media, lots of people think that it’s a total mess to get Prezzo to represent Kenya in the BBA house.
Most people think that he shows off too much while others think he is not talented enough. Some have no particular reason why they don’t want Prezzo to be in that house tonight; they just don’t want.
That said, many argue that Prezzo is the best shot for Kenya right now, looking at the controversies he has attracted over the years. Is that what we need in the BBA house for Kenya to take home $300,000 cash prize at the end of the competition?
The fact is, BBA was not looking at how talented one is, since it’s not a singing competition, but a celebrity who commands presence wherever he goes. So is Prezzo our best bet?
Prezzo shot up into the Kenyan music industry in 2003 with his hit song ‘Naleta Action’, where he introduced his high-lifestyle Cash Money Brothers (CMB) clique.
Since the members of the CMB crew came from affluent backgrounds, they revolutionised the music industry by their flashy lifestyles.
Although fellow musician Redsan had publicly displayed his one-man security detail during his shows, Prezzo was the first Kenyan musician to have a fully-fledged security team in his entourage during his hey days, where he had two armed security officers, a driver and a messenger.
Chopper to Carnivore
Needless to mention, Prezzo is the guy who brought glamour in the local music awards ceremonies, and at one time he flew a chopper from Wilson airport to the Carnivore for Chaguo La Teeniez awards in 2003, a trend most other celebrities still follow to date. In 2004, he made another grand entrance in a vintage Limo, complete with two Kenya Police out-riders.
Late 2006, Prezzo released a self-titled video and it created more controversy than praise. First, he said he used a whooping Sh400,000 to shoot the video, in an era where the most expensive video cost between Sh30,000 and Sh40,000. Then he used Caucasian models in the video, which brought about racist reactions.
Talking about beefs? The recent one between him and Jaguar is nothing but just a shadow of Prezzo’s past beefs. In 2004, Prezzo had a major stand-off with rapper Bamboo.
It was so bad so that cliques of the two musicians took it upon themselves and had several bar brawls. Then the beef between him and Redsan, which escalated to business rivalry involving even their parents.
The strange on and off love triangles, near-death-experiences in hospitals and in the hands of armed thugs, all just explain the kind of lifestyle Prezzo lives.
In short, he has a don’t care attitude; is armed with a dare-devil kind of spirit, and knows damn well how to untangle himself out of horrible situations.
Will he pull those moves in this year’s Big Brother House and make Kenya proud, or have his past experiences changed him?
The show starts tonight. Let’s watch and see.