Wizkid had in a recent interview with 10 magazine said he doesn’t listen to rap because the genre is ‘dead, boring and tired’. He deemed Afrobeats to be the new pop, ranking it higher than other music genres.
“I don’t listen to rap – that shit is boring to me. It’s dead now, it’s tired. These guys do the same shit, rap on the same beats and the same flows,” he said.
His comment elicited a flurry of reactions from Nigerian rappers and lovers of the genre.
Reacting to the comment, veteran rapper, MI Abaga, urged his colleagues to focus on their craft and provided a long list of rappers who are successful in their respective fields.
“The energy around HIPHOP right now feels right.. I know most rappers are still not the most popular yet.. but right now is time for us to focus on the craft.. just keep getting better.. this year we did so well as a genre and next year we grow!!!!” He wrote in part.
Similarly, actress, Uche Ogbodo, also reacted in a series of posts on her Instagram stories lambasting the “More Love Less Ego” star.
She tagged his statement as insensitive and noted that his colleague, Davido wouldn’t make such statement.
“Wizkid was wrong! Too wrong! How could you say such about your people! Who do us this thing sef? Which Babalaolwo mix this juju wey say Nigerians must hate fellow Nigerians! No loyalty to your people! To your country! Only selfishness everywhere! Abeg make all of them getat! This is not nice! All Nigerian rappers y’all are the biggest and the greatest. Abeg! David would never do this! Lai Lai”. She wrote.