9ice refuses to clear the rumour of Ruggedman’s alleged intimate
relationship with Toni Payne because he believes it sells him records.
previously reported, 9ice’s ‘once bitten once twice’ track
on his ‘Tradition‘ album had him singing about his lady giving
his friend ‘nodding’ [blowjob/fellatio] which was speculated that he
was referring to Toni Payne, his ex wife and his friend who largely
contributed to the success he enjoys today, Ruggedman. Ruggedman and
Toni Payne have been pushing for a statement from 9ice but he refuses to
even after pressure from Toni Payne. Toni
Payne informed he always let it pass with the pretext that he was busy.
Ruggedman during the week put a call across to him and recorded the
phone call conversation.
‘Such thing has never happen between by wife [Toni Payne] and
Ruggedman’ 9ice said in the phone conversation.
After insistence by Ruggedman, 9ice said he won’t release a statement
though ‘Release your album, sell your sh*t and don’t give a
f*ck what they say about it‘.
“I called 9ice to talk about it and clear it up and he said so
many things including that he will not come out and clear my name that
has been dragged into a malicious rumour. I did not want to believe that
9ice has refused to clear it up because it is helping his album sales
like some people have said. I did not want to believe it but I am happy i
recorded the conversation and I want you all to hear for urselves what
he said to me so that this rumour can stop once and for all.”
9ice has commented and replied Ruggedman
Here’s the transcription of the phone conversion:
Ruggedman: Hello 9ice, Rugged ni.
Ruggedman: You dey Lagos abi you outside
9ice: I dey Lagos.
Ruggedman: Abeg I just wan hear from you. This
your song, Once bitten twice shy, is it actually about Toni Payne?
9ice: What kind of a question is that?
Ruggedman:…because go my Facebook wall and see
wetin people dey write. Dem dey assume say na me and she you dey talk
9ice: Which kind talk be that? Me and you get
problem? Why you sef go concede to ask me that kind question? You sef
Ruggedman: I write for Toni Payne wall and
people say I suppose call you and ask you. So that’s why I dey call you
now. I no say no be me, but I wan hear from you.
9ice: Okay, that kind thing don happen between
me and you before?
9ice: So why you dey follow public say them
talk say? You don pass this level na.
Ruggedman: I need you to confirm.
9ice: Rugged, that kind thing don happen
between me and you before? Or you hear say 9ice talk say? Leave all
these motherf**king press people na. Why you dey follow dem talk?
Ruggedman: No be press dey talk.
9ice: Ehen, so leave them na.
Ruggedman: No be press dey talk, na people
9ice: Rugged, anybody wey talk, bring them
make them come follow me talk. Whether them dey there when I talk am.
All those things na bullsh**t now. Na people just dey make am up. All
those things na make up.
Ruggedman: I write for facebook say as long as
9ice no talk, as long as Toni no talk…
9ice: Abi I call you say Rugged you do this
thing? Which kind rubbish be that?
Ruggedman:The reason I dey call you, I been
want make even if nah through your publicist, just tell them say look
people, I only sang a song, I didn’t talk about Toni Payne or Rugged or
9ice: No mind them jare.
Ruggedman:If I keep quiet about this, some
people say being quiet is guilty. If I talk, dem go say I dey try defend
Ruggedman: Even my momsie (Mum) dey talk say
why 9ice no just come out say no, no be so o
9ice: No mind them jare. Thi is 2010 abeg, me I
no get too much things to talk abeg. For me personally, what i got to
tell the public, I have told them. I am separate with my wife, and
Ruggedman: We no dey talk about you
9ice: No, why I talk about am be say that na
the only thing wey I owe the public. To come dey talk say someone is
sleeping with someone…
Ruggedman: Now the issue be say you song, Once
Bitter Twice Shy, people dey assume say na me and a lot of people are
bugging me about it. I want you to talk so that I know that I have
cleared this thing.
9ice: Ok now Rugged, from me to you now, read
my lips ho ha, it is not Rugged that I am talking to, and such things
have never transpired between Ruggedman and my wife. Allow the public to
say whatever they want to say, we are not people, we are stars and as
stars, people will talk about us, do you understand? But from me to you,
that thing has never happened.
Ruggedman: Thank you.
9ice: So me going out and talking about it sef
Ruggedman: I just need one favour so all this
bullshit can stop. Your album is out, it’s out. I know what I am working
on. I know the kind of calls wey I dey receive. When I heard about it, I
did a press release and just said, guys shut up, leave all this alone.
9ice sang a song, he didn’t mention anybody’s name, so why are people
putting me or putting his wife? So, the only favour I ask you as a
friend, if na through your publicist, just say look, I sang a song about
maybe past experience or something, not about Toni Payne, or Rugged,
please leave them alone, finish.
9ice: I won’t do that because I no go do am. I
no get time.
Ruggedman: Oh so you prefer make people dey
talk about me and Toni Payne in that light?
9ice: Rugged, Rugged, at this stage of my
career, me I don pass that level. Na something wey I go fit do for 2001.
Me I want make you put yourself for that level. Release your album and
make your money. Don’t give f**k about what anybody says. Na today dem
dey talk about you? Do you understand what I am saying? So, why it is
now that they talk about you that has to do with me that you are calling
me? Rugged what if i know dey around? If they talk about you, the best
thing you can do is go all out and clear yourself. Me I dey tell you now
say nothing like that happen. What if I write another song like that
again tomorrow about the same thing, I would have to clear myself again?
What for? It’s just a song.