Someone predicted it, that the year 2018 will be filled with drama. Subsequently, there’s been like one drama for each month, From accolades to the snake swallowing money saga, to the na dem dey rush us, every month has been one thing or another. It’s December and how else to leave than with a bang, right? In this final month alone, there’s been drama like just waiting to happen, one after the other, but let’s talk about the one involving Olamide for a minute.
Apparently, Olamide who is the king of Indigenous rap, recently released a song with Lil Kesh and in the days following, has come under heavy criticism for it.
About time, No?
Social media is coming for them hard, because this song seems to glorify getting money by any means necessary, as in, they sang,
I dey pray to jesuu (jesuu) ko wo wole (kowo wole o)
If money no enter i go do blood money o…
I dey pray to Allah, (allah)
kowo wole o… (Kowo wole o)
If money no enter i go do blood money o.
Bo patalá le fun won jo…Pata ni logo benz . Ah afe wa benz
In a bid to douse the accompanying vitriol, the artistes claimed to be creating “awareness” , stating that it wasn’t a crime to create awareness for what was already general knowledge.
W-wait, what in the PR flop???
Social media wasn’t impressed, however, as they came hard on them, claiming that an Apology would suffice instead of that excuse of a defense.
The artistes were cautioned that such a song was insensitive, in view of the current state of things in the country – a steady rise in internet scam, with many resorting to blood rituals. Similarly, they were cautioned to clarify if they were creating awareness for or against the trend.
Well, Olamide and Lil Kesh aren’t taking the trolling lightly, and it’s been a battle of tweets, over the past few days.
See, I like Olamide, and being a long standing fan of the late Dagrin, I have watched Olamide his underdog, blossom into an icon of his own repute.
Olamide is a niche of his own and the grand daddy that upcoming rappers, impressionable teenagers and youths look up to. He is somewhat of a demi god.
This, is why it is pertinent that his music be a message to the world. Be the change you seek, right?
I mean, we enjoyed the old tunes, Eni duro, sitting on the throne, Melo Melo, and many a times, we have applauded his video concepts for their originality and uniqueness.
However, at a point in his career, I began to get confused, take the poverty die song for instance, the video subtly portrayed the yahoo lifestyle, begging the question, as to whether Olamide subscribes to the nefarious activity or no. I guess this logo Benz song answers the question.
Before you think, Ahhhh, shebi las Las, you don’t have money, Olamide has money, so keep kwayet…
Na poor I poor, I no kill person (pun intended)
I want to state here also, that many times, people say,
“… The fact that an artiste sings about something doesn’t mean he glorifies it…”
“its just a song…”
“.. Did he send anybody to kill?”
“So, if they ask you to put your hand in fire, you will?”
People do not get it, your life is a message to the world, and so is your art, or it should be…
In America for instance, Artistes visit schools and chant the dogma,
“stay in school!”
They tell the kids, leave the streets and the hood life, whatever. However, these artists promote these streets, Gangs and hood lives in their songs, videos and social media.
Pray, tell. Which is it?
You don’t get inspired to go to college, watching cardi B shake for the bands and make your 10 year savings in one night, right??
You don’t tell people to do one thing and then you do another. These kids want to be you, you’re their icon and role model, they do what they see you do, not what you say, duhh!
Your life is your message to the world, live wisely!
Take Beyoncé for instance, she’s a demi god in her own right. If she begins to sing about drugs, a vast majority of her fan base will indulge in it, because you see, it’s Beyoncé, if she says it’s cool, it’s is.
Liver, what? Kidney? Geddifok!
It’s the same thing with Olamide.
People need to be held accountable for their actions and (mis) statements.
The other time, he released science student, a song which glorified the use of drugs and earned him a ban by the NBC.
That song has been used to defend the use of codeine and other intoxicants by impressionable youths, who live up to the expectations of their model. Coupled with the clowning dance moves that is the shaku shaku, being a science student is the in thing. Basically, if Olamide says it’s cool, then it is.
The thing that artists and all people in capacity to effect change should know is, people are watching your every move. Yes, you didn’t ask for the fame or that your life be used as a model, but it’s what it is, suck it up.
Be the change you seek.