Lil Smart, a well-known Nigerian dancer and former member of Marlian Music, has revealed why he left the band.
In a viral video, Lil Smart was heard complaining that the music group did nothing for him and did not appreciate him. However, he highlighted that despite his continued love for Naira Maley, he had to go because staying would have resulted in continued disrespect.
“I was with Marlian Music, they weren’t appreciating me, they weren’t doing anything. I won’t say because I love Naira, let me not lie to you, I’ve got big love for Naira. I like Naira like say I like woman. But what I’m saying is that I wasn’t appreciated and if it continued that way, they were going to keep downgrading me. I left, I didn’t even go there for them to pay me though, but at least appreciation is good.”
Recounting how Marlian Music started, Lil Smart disclosed that they used to have just 1 duplex where all 15 of them used to stay together. However, when Naira Marley started having money and building houses, he never gave him a room to himself but was still sleeping on couches and squatting at people’s houses.
“I know how we started. Everybody started from one duplex, like the whole Marlian Music, we dey stay one duplex together, we be like 15 for one duplex, that’s how we started and now he is building estates, he is building houses and he can’t even say ‘Smart take one room and stay’. I slept on the chair, I squatted around for four years, I saw that and I left, that’s leading by example.”