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Rappers need to show self respect, high values in music



By Ifeanyi Ndukwe

IT IS true that the acclaimed classic ‘Rick Ross Live Concert’ rocked the boundaries of Lagos environs and still trends as a topic on the lips of entertainers and stakeholders alike.

  Rick Rozay, a top Black American rapper set the walls of Eko Hotel and Suites on fire last Thursday, as he performed his hit tracks which includes ‘Bugatti ‘, ‘BMF’, etc,  thrilling the audience with his electrifying stage charisma. Nigerian acts who featured along the lineup artists included DMW boss, Davido, Tiwa Savage, the legendary Cavemen, among others.

  However, some artists have expressed their disappointments on the low turnout of rappers in the event.

  Festac breed, Oludemilade Martin Alejo, known by the stage name YCee writes,

  “Bruh this ain’t even about me cos I haven’t put out rap music in a while but how do you have a Rick Ross show in Nigeria and not have ONE SINGLE NIGERIAN RAPPER ON THE LINE UP???”

  He said this is the one reason why musicians are leaving the genre for RnB and Highlife.

  He continues, ‘And tomorrow you wanna come on twitter and ask why rappers are switching genres.’

  Supporting this, indigenous rapper, MI Abaga emphasised the need for respect and self esteem for rappers in the country;

  “I was invited to meet Rick Ross. I responded by saying if I could do it one on one. Of course, they declined the afrobeats industry will not respect Hiphop. Let’s accept it as what it is and make GREAT MUSIC FOR THE ONES who do care, he said. “

  MI shot into limelight after releasing an EP, ‘Crowd Mentality’ in his Jos town in 2006. His fame blossomed after release of his studio album, ‘Talk About It’ in 2008. Just last week, the 40 year old set the internet abuzz after news reports of his engagement and soon wedding to his US based lover.

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