Just in 2008, they won three Pam Awards with club banger NAKUDATA, winning Song of the year at the PAM Awards. Word on everyone's lips was that the boys had arrived with a swagger.
Ugandans embraced them the way the jesuits did to Jesus. For a moment, the sky appeared to be the limit for Douglas Mayanja aka Weasel TV and Moses Nakintigye aka Moze Radio. The boys who formerly plied their trade as singer Jose Chameleone back up singers had in a twinkle of an eye become men; celebrities; they were the hottest property on Uganda's music scene.
Everything they touched was turning gold from 2008 and 2009. They chumed out top hits after another from Nakudata, Zuena, Nyambura, Bread and Butter to duets like Ability with Rabadaba, potential with Zambia's Gen Ozzy and Where You are with Blu3 among other songs.
But since the turn of the year we have noted a downward trend in their musical graph, their performance price per show has lowered tremendously (they were recently paid Shs 1m at a show in Mbale; money they wouldn't take in their hey days) while their new songs are yet to win over their doubters.
Biff, Biff and More Biff
A saying goes "Be good to people on your way up the ladder because you are bound to meet them on your way down." Now the fact is, these boys have clashed with most guys in town.
From fights with their mentor Jose Chameleone(they baptised one of their dogs Chameleone recently) after they quit his Leone Island Crew; the never ending wars and battles with the Bebe Cool to top club Managers like AngeNoir CEO Charlie Lubega among many other top music promoters. They have clashed with them all.
At one point after their biff had gotten worse, they did a song 'Chidula' dissing Charlie; a thing that led to their music banned from ever being played at the club again(though Charlie later revised the punishment) while other clubs like Silk at one point had also put a ban on them ever entering because of the chaos they were causing.
Battles with Bebe
Their battles with Bebe Cool are well documented. To say it loud and clear their songs are based on fights with the Gagamel Crew owner. One music critic says: "The problem with the Goodlyfe is that most of their songs are talking about Bebe and his wife Zuena. You see people can take in such songs for a short time but over a long run they will get used to them and then you will eventually find there is nothing new to offer to your fans. That will signal your end to music.
Ego and Arrogance
There's no question that the boys are talented. But however much talented one is; discipline is paramount to success. And surely Moze and Radio's discipline leaves a lot to be desired.
The same audience that had embraced them now looks at them with contempt just a couple of years down the road. One fan wondered, why they don't respect fellow artistes they found in the industry. This is their number one downfall and it's the reason why most of their fans are fast running away.