When FalztheBahdGuy aired his opinion on Nigerian artistes glorifying fraudsters with their music, he certainly made no mention of 9ice. But somehow the internet helped fellow artiste, 9ice find his “sub” in Falz’s comments.
Before we could think too much about it, Falz became the subject of backlash across social media platforms and especially Twitter.
Exactly my point since latide .. why na only fraud the guy dey address ? Just be selecting evils ..falz the good guy
— Jürgen Aüss Windcaller (@austinekele) June 23, 2017
A yahoo boy with sleepless nights, buys a laptop and pays for data steady and you're saying he started yahoo because it's an easy way out?
— KING MULLA (@TheZinoMulla) June 23, 2017
Then 9ice also got to respond since it had become clear that his recent single “Living things” contained the exact type of content Falz was preaching against. This controversy was a major that got the entertainment industry buzzing for days so we reached out to our Insiders for expert opinion on the matter.
An Insider who lent his voice to the topic said “The negative reaction of some young Nigerians to Falz’s comments tells a lot about the problems we face as a nation. One would almost be sure that young people will rally to support Falz and boycott music with misleading lyrical content like the ones he condemned but what he gets is flak for speaking the truth unashamedly. We have a very long way to go in this country and it starts with each of us, not just the government”.
This Insider shared a similar perspective. He said, “There’s a serious dent in the mindset of youth not only in Nigeria but across the globe. Our minds have been buried so deep and there’s a cocoon full of filth that produces nothing but dirt. For young Nigerians, everything answers to money and everyone has been enslaved by money. Education has been rubbished and thought concepts are no longer valued. For those who claim Falz had no business condemning fraudsters because he is privileged, they need to understand that the young man works hard regardless of his father’s seeming influence.”
The controversy between Falz and 9ice runs deeper than music, content and the entertainment industry for a number of people and this Insider who is an entertainment writer shares a distinct view. “Nigeria is desperately suffering from harsh economic conditions and an information deficit. When joblessness meets illiteracy and frustration, the outrage against Falz is usually the result so I will not place any blames on those who are against him. Leaders of industries are silent on their winning strategies and not campaigning on how they made it. Also, artistes need to understand that music is a popular tool to glorify anything as it is very emotional and powerful. That said, artistes need to be more careful”.
These are the members of YNaija’s Pop Culture Insiders, not all of whom participated in this week’s survey:
Bizzle Osikoya (Bee Entertainment), Jim Donnett (TooXclusive), Ehiz (MTVBase), Timini Egbuson (Actor), Bayo Omisore (Platonique PR), Jide Taiwo (NET), Ayodeji Rotinwa (ThisDay), Edwin Okolo, Sensei Uche (City FM), Joey Akan (PulseNG), Timilehin Bello (Media Panache), Edward Israel (Chocolate City), Uche Briggs, Oreoluwa Peters (Doble Seis Entertainment), Ubi Franklin (TripleMG), Eromo Egbejule (The Guardian), Freeze (Cool FM), Godwin Tom (Godwin Tom Company), Asa Asika, Dotun Kayode (Cool FM), Femisoro Ajayi (BahdGuys Entertainment), Lekan Olanrewaju (Mnet), Latasha Ngwube (AboutThatCurvyLife), Funke Babs-Kufeji (ThisDay), Isioma Osaje (Agency 106), Jola Sotubo (PulseNG), Tosyn Bucknor (Top Radio), Tosin Ajibade (Olorisupergal), Ifeoma Areh (WildFlowerPR), Foladele Falana (TV Continental)