The entertainment sector is universally associated with controversy, glamsquad reports
Only a few entertainers, however, have been able to capitalize on it in a “positive” way. Folarin Falana, generally known as Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, singer-songwriter, and lawyer.
Falz’s upbringing as the son of a legal luminary and strong social justice champion, Chief Femi Falana, SAN, exemplifies the adage that “an apple does not fall far from its tree.”
His thought-provoking music has drawn comparisons to Fela Anklápó Kuti, the late afrobeat pioneer and political crusader.
Glamsquad examines how the lawyer-turned-rapper has sparked controversy with his combative tracks.
Nigeria Is Here
Falz has been making confrontational music for a while, but it was his 2018 version of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’; ‘This Is Nigeria’ that first identified him to most people as a socially conscious performer.
The rapper tackled a variety of sociopolitical concerns in the song.
“Extremely Deplorable. The medical facilities are inadequate. “We operate a predatory, neocolonial capitalist system based on fraud and exploitation, so corruption is unavoidable,” he raps in the song’s first stanza.
Falz singled out Philomina Chieshe, a sales clerk at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, Benue State, who claimed a mystery snake swallowed N36 million in cash she was carrying.
“How do you do, Madam Philomena?”
36 million dollars have vanished from your office.
You say na animal when you communicate.”
At the 2018 Commonwealth Business Forum in London, the UK-trained barrister also called out bogus pastors/prophets and addressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s notorious description of Nigerian youths as lethargic.
“We are in Nigeria.”
Praise and worship are being sung now, as the pastor is plucking demons from the breasts of his congregation.
Every day, there is no electricity.
Your people are still working numerous jobs, and they complain about how lazy we are.”
However, it was the singer’s usage of hijab-wearing ladies in the video to depict the abducted Chibok girls that sparked the most controversy, not the song’s contents.
Falz’s most recent confrontational song, ‘Yakubu,’ which featured ‘Vector tha Viper,’ is named after Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Yakubu presided over the contentious presidential election on February 25 and named APC Presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President-Elect. Many people have denounced him for alleged electoral irregularities, violence, and a lack of openness.
On March 30, 2023, the song was released. The rapper questioned the INEC Chairman’s decision on the recently concluded 2023 general elections in the song.
“Mr Yakubu! n se bi fraudster!”
You do not wish to prosper.
Come and get Oscar.
A hundred billion te gba lw ijba
Sir, k le fi se ná? (A ti fi je mossa)
Twitter is a social media platform.
This one is going to be a hit.
Other chairmen are corrupt, but not this one.
Youths are always talking.
They shot at us as we protested.
Make sure we have PVC.
In the first lyric, the rappers lament, “Make we see wetin go sup (Go sup) Suddenly, e scatter.”
“Mr Yakubu who is not like Gowon (No) He’s not head of state (No) He doesn’t need a gun (No, no) He took the results verified by a lot (Yes) The honorable court even ruled back then that all parties can go ahead and access the source of their claims,” Vector raps in the second verse.
Falz stated in a recent interview that he is opposed to President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s victory because “the rules and regulations that were supposed to guide these elections were not applied.”
He further stated that he makes aggressive music because he is not frightened of death and believes that life in Nigeria is meaningless.
He went on to say that he would rather die fighting for justice than keep mute and perish as a result of the country’s dysfunctional system.