Lyrically: An Open Letter To Nigerians and Artistes

In the wake of Nigerian musicians coming out to say very strange things in a bid to clap back on criticism or to fan the flames of social media war between neighbouring countries, it really makes one reflect and ask whose fault it really is that such artistes have the confidence to come out and say such ‘derogatory’ statements.

To be honest, we, Nigerians, allowed it to happen with our many choices, statements, and ‘blind’ loyalty to the trash that has been put out for years in the industry while closing our eyes and not recognising the truly talented people in the industry.

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Yemi Alade came under fire for the poor lyrics in her song ‘Tumbum’ and she clapped back by saying, she is getting attacked because of her gender and the fact that international pop artistes always dumb down their lyrics so that feeble minds like ours can understand it. *laughs in The Weeknd, Beyonce, Ciara, Sam Smith, and Jon Bellion*.

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Some days ago, next-rated artiste Mr Eazi, said that Ghana sounds influenced Nigerian music. Not that Naija artistes haven’t sampled, used, and gotten inspiration from Ghanaian music over the years, but to come out and use words like ‘influenced’ and “cannot be over-emphasized” is more like a slap to legends – dead or alive- who have carried the industry from the shit it was, to the great heights that it currently is now (even though the new age artistes are taking a huge piss at the achievements of the great legends with their trashy lyrics and awful sounds).

These problems and the many more – if we continue on this path – that’s to come are all our faults. And until we change the industry with our choices, we have no right to attack the musicians for whatever they say.

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At the Headies, Wizkid won artiste of the year, and instead of Nigerians to be appalled and angered at how a musician who didn’t even release any single worthy of note all through the year could win the award, we cheered. While the likes of Darey and Falz, whose songs were blasted daily on every radio and TV station in 2016 missed out on what would have been a glorious recognition for their hard work.

The likes of Asa, Darey, 2face, Kiss Daniels, Brymo, Burna boy, Adekunle Gold, Waje, etc. who are trying to keep the flag of “originality” that Faze sang about, aren’t getting their names halad as expected. Instead, we are cheering musicians with the most shallow and piss-poor lyrical depth the musical industry has ever seen.

Isn’t it time we raised our standard? Isn’t it time we accepted nothing less than the best from the musicians we rate so highly? Why should “Daddy Yo” be the white noise on twitter when “Ariwo” barely made the cut to “Nigerian standards”?

This is a letter for us to patronise those who really deserve to be. this is a call for us to rise up and appreciate good music. songs that will have a deeper effect on our lives. The kind of songs that will inspire us, the kind we will want our children to listen to, just like the way our parents played Fela Kuti, Daddy Showkey and Lagbaja’s songs for us while growing up.

Signed,

Anonymous.

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