Hip hop music, also called hip-hop or rap music is a music genre developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans in the 1970s which consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.
Rap music has actually been doing good in the Nigerian music industry until some rappers turned to singers so as to “flow” with the trend and one of Nigeria’s biggest rappers, M.I Abaga had to pass a message across to the rappers with a song titled “you rappers should fix up your lives”, yea it has gotten so bad t0 the point that Nigerian rappers are been compared to the South African rappers You might want to give examples like Phyno, Olamide, Lil Kesh, Ice Prince just to mention a few. These guys started as rappers spitting dope bars but switched along the line into the “reigning” kind of music but can you actually blame these guys for switching styles?? Of course not.
These rappers are also humans, music is what pays the bills and puts food on the table and if rap music isn’t paying the bills anymore definitely you can’t blame them for switching styles. Definitely we all loved these guys when they were “”rappers” but would they have gotten all the recognition and endorsements they have now then?? I don’t think so. Just like Slimcase admitted in a recent interview, “I never believed that I would be this big within a short period of time. I have been in the industry for about seven years but when I started, I was a rap artiste, I did radio-friendly songs but my life and music changed when the Shaku Shaku trend came on board”.
While we blast rappers for switching styles, we should consider them as humans also. Nigerian rapper, Illbliss in a recent interview with Hip tv said hip hop is at a funny place right now in Nigerian music industry, its an identity crisis for hip hop music right now. The music industry is a reflection of the Nigerian economy. His statements couldn’t be more accurate. So instead of blasting these rappers for switching styles, we should hail them for their versatility, they also have to survive. So if they have to switch styles to survive, get awards, get endorsements, we have to support them.
Does this mean Hip Hop is gradually fading away??
I will leave you to think about that.