T-KROSS – Trapped In Mad love With Music
Words by Sesan Adeniji
History has showed us that obsession with success in the music industry without substance or content to fuel that relationship ends up with artists with one hit wonder. But we can also argue for the fact that, the lack of managerial or record label support can betray the effort of artists that has things to offer.
Either way, the only combination that truly guarantees success for any artists is knowledge of the music coupled with undying love for the craft that bends to no pressure or setbacks. One artist that epitomizes all I have said is T-kross. You only need one listen to any of his songs to appreciate the artistry in his vocals and also understand his unwavering mad love for music.
Born Mustapha Bello, but known by his industry name T-Kross, this Nigerian-born Afro-pop and R&B recording artist and songwriter who now based in the United States of America, is a rare breed of new generation artists that can deliver songs appealing to age-grades across gender lines.
In 2009, he made his grand entrance into the industry with a debut titled “Ayemi Dara”. Same year, his sophomore “Follow Follow” featuring Iyanya climbed up music charts in the country earning him respect across-the-board. T-Kross who cites the likes of Michael Jackson, Blackky, Brian McKnight, Boys II Men as influence, is in a world of his own.
Over the years, he’s had the privilege to work with several A-List artistes including 2Baba (‘’My Love Is True’’), Lamborghini (‘’Gboko’’), Oritsefemi (‘’Pepe-dem’’), and Vector (“No Worries“). With all these songs credited to him, this lad has enough in his archive to deliver a body of work. In 2015, He established the “T-Kross Foundation,” a charity organization where he renders financial assistance and welfare packages to students in his home state (Edo). With enough songs in his arsenal, T-kross is on a mission to create an internationally vibe that reminds everyone the importance of their heritage.