Unrealised Potential

It is often the case that unless we like the way something is packaged and presented we will not appreciate it. Things that lack quality, but which are well hyped may find purchase and acceptance. Marketing is the answer to a wide audience. A flashy cover does not always make for a good book. Yet some little things can influence others. If you listen to this track you can see that its style has been copied by many others. Unrealised potential may not manifest itself, but it can be a seed, a pathfinder, which is later taken up by others and built upon.

“Billy Boyo was still in his teens when he emerged in the early 1980s. In 1983, he (together with Little John and Ranking Toyan) went to London where he linked up with producer Silver Kamel.

Along with the above noted “One Spliff a Day,” Billy also charted in 1982 with the Henry Junjo Lawes produced single “Wicked She Wicked.” This hit had the added charm of a 13-year-old kid-voice on the mic chanting about a wicked girl.

Billy Boyo wasn’t a prolific recording artist as he did not record much before or after the tracks for the first two albums and was maybe more known as a live MC. His musical career was short-lived and little was heard of him since the second half of the 1980s. In the early 1990s rumor spread that Billy Boyo and Little Harry had been shot and killed. However this proved to be untrue. Billy in fact died of a brain tumour on 29 October 2000, after a two-month-long struggle to beat the disease.”