This is just a list of all the things I hated about Naija hip hop in 2010
1. DA GRIN’S UNTIMELY DEATH
There ain’t enough words to describe how painful Da grin’s death was, words like shocking, untimely, unfortunate are just a few that come readily to mind. What I can’t stop thinking about is the way the cold hands of death snatched him away at that point in time when he was naija’s hottest and most in demand artiste. If he was alive now only God knows how far he would have gone. He would live in our memories forever.
2. 9ICE VS TONI PAYNE/RUGGEDMAN
Most of the time last year, 9ice was in the news for the wrong reasons. Despite releasing videos of singles off his junior album “tradition” and several new songs off his upcoming project “Bashorun Gaa & Versus”, 9ice failed to win over the listening public and majority of his fans because of his ongoing feud with Ruggedman and family tussle with his estranged wife Toni Payne. All the twittering, Interviews and diss records contributed to make Adigun, one of the most hated artistes of 2010.
3. KEKE OGUNGBE SINGING
Keke being a label head is something I am not quite cool with, keke producing, (I never bought into that idea). When he started directing videos, I acted as if I didn’t see him but when he started singing and doing ad libs, it became unbearable. I am finding it difficult to control the deep resentment I feel towards that. I hate it when people don’t know when to stop and Keke doesn’t know when to stop. Someone please tell uncle keke not to destroy naija hip hop and everything he has worked for.
4. ABSENCE OF A CERTIFIED HIT
In a year where renowned and established artistes like D’banj, 9ice, Tuface, Asa, Ruggedman, MI, Terry da Rapman, Durella, Darey, Timaya, Eldee, Sauce Kid, YQ, etc all put out music and in some cases albums. It’s hard to fathom why we couldn’t have a genuine/certified hit. When I say genuine or certified hit I mean something of yori yori/yahoozee/gongo aso/tongolo/olufunmi/fokasibe proportions. Frankly speaking 2010 was subpar. Songs like Oti yan yan (Slim Joe), Implication (Tuface), Mr endowed (D’banj), 10/10 (Naeto C), My life (Durella), etc were just marginal/regional hits.
5. ST. JANET
When the infamous St Janet introduced Nigerians to sinners’ chapel, St bottles cathedral, not a lot of people were impressed with the vulgar gospel she was preaching which includes yours truly. To say the least, her brand of music was not only unbelievably raw and lewd, it was also embarrassing. It is something you don’t want to be caught listening to. As tempting as the shortcut she took to success and fame is, I only hope and pray that some upcoming artistes don’t follow in her footsteps.