Skally joins an ever-growing list of artists who have made it to fame and riches by singing what I think I would rightly call rubbish. And I don’t blame them. The blame lies on the entire Nigerian populace.
Most Nigerians do not know why they listen to music. Most Nigerians don’t even know what music is. As far as they can dance to it, it’s good music. As far as they can groove and dance alanta to it, it becomes a f**king classic. This is the mentality of most Nigerians and it seriously has to change. Because if it doesn’t, people with virtually no talent at all end up becoming superstars.
I remember when I first listened to Mode 9’s E Pluribus Unum. This guy dropped bars so hard, I had to get a dictionary to understand what he was saying at times. The flow was mad, the lyrics were sick. All in all, a classic album. Yet, only a minority of Nigerians know such an album existed. Then another guy comes along, and sings “Meji l’oyon, okan l’oko” and gets airplay round the country. A song that I can’t play in front of my parents. Shit.
The only way this fiasco can be corrected is if the populace changes their orientation and demand good music. The more we patronize crap, the more crap is produced.Music is not just what makes you dance. Music should be able to calm you when you're angry, elevate your spirits when you're down, make you reflect on your self and your environment.
And to the artists, please y’all can do better. We’re not saying “don’t go commercial”, we’re saying “Make sense”. M.I.’s Action Film and Naeto C’s Ten Over Ten are commercial tracks that still make a hell lot of sense. Because we Nigerians have a dancing addiction doesn’t mean you should exploit our frailty. Although the occasional madness required (Terry G’s Sangalow wouldn’t be as special as it is if not for the madness), do not do it every time. There are so many things to sing about.
This is an official plea to everybody in the music industry, because I know we can do so much better. I shouldn’t have to listen to Nas or Ghostface Killah when I want to hear quality punchlines.
A true Nigerian.