Musical artiste and songwriter, Cyrus Tha Virus, yesterday, reaffirmed his commitment to a thriving music career, as he signed a deal with foremost music label, DeepEnd Records in Benin City, Edo State capital.
Damon Momoh, A.K.A Cyrus Tha Virus, who was born in Benin City, capital city of Edo State, made his foray into the Nigerian Hip-hop scene in the mid-2000s.
Signing the Firiri Werere crooner, CEO DeepEnd Records, Mr Osaretin festus Isibor expressed optimism that the Nigerian lyricist would be among the most popular artistes in the country, with fame and fortune, as a result of his identification with DeepEnd Records. He also promised to showcase his talent across the country and globally.
In an interview with The Guardian in Benin City, Cyrus Tha Virus said his coming into the DeepEnd family was a testimony of the great expertise the records was known for in the music industry, especially in the South South region.
According to him, He was one of the Four members of the Edo State rap quartet, Maccabeez, comprising Cypha, Scientifik, L.O.D and a young belligerent Cyrus.
Cyrus honed his song writing skills with Knighthood who went on to be finalists in the now defunct Benson & Hedges competition making it all the way to the finals in Lagos. Having garnered enough repertoires to forge ahead on his own, Cyrus braved the solo trail with his first single, We Dey Come, which cemented him as a pioneer of sorts in the burgeoning hip-hop scenery in Nigeria. His follow up single, Shelenge, placed him on all the top slots in all the hip-hop charts across South South Nigeria, and We Dey Come became the first single and video by a South South rapper to top the revered MBI Top Ten Countdown, headed by Emma Ugolee, holding down the number one spot for four weeks. Both singles went on to garner numerous awards in the South South region and accolades in every regard.
In 2010, Cyrus took a hiatus from music, but is back now, under the auspices of DeepEnd Records, a Benin City based Record label, with its headquarters in Atlanta, U.S.A, and owned by the astute Edo business mogul, Osaretin Festus Isibor.
Cyrus’s new singles, Pump Action (produced by South South’s legendary beat banger, Ratty Bone) and Currency (produced by one of Nigeria’s newest gifted producers, Finn Da Producer), are already primed and ready for release with a fantastic video, being shot, for Pump Action.