I heard from two of the OG’s who thought me the game of hip-hop, that rapping in my dialect would increase my chances of going commercial. I queried the last OG, and asked if it was the same for all tribal rappers. This, he answered in the affirmative.
As a kid, I asked further “What of Dagrin?” He simply smiled and told me.
“He’s one out of a million. He never even lived the full span of his career”
Lastly, I asked him why it was so and he was unable to answer because he probably didn’t even know why. As years rolled by and many other tribal rappers sprang up, I have discovered this to be true. With time, they eventually abandon the rap game.
Their other environmental and cultural influences makes it so easy fro them to switch from lyrical to nonsensical. Until their rap gets diluted and that has been the case.
But in 2014, a young and hardcore Yoruba rapper by the name Oladips came to light and he seem to followed the path of Dagrin. He rapped from corner to corner. And like Dagrin he preached the “gospel of the street”. He did lyrically sound songs, and he definitely was a rare gem.
But all that zeal was soon gone, and indeed, after he secured a deal with Reminisce’s LRR company. The guy had to water down his content for the market. And he kept dumbing it down till we couldn’t recognize him anymore. But, why are we suddenly talking about it?
A Facebook user, who is also a rapper from Warri, South Sultan, called our attention to this development in a post;
“2014, I could swear that Zlatan Ibile Coded and Ola Dips Illiterate would revive hiphop in naija. That they would die for it. But 2017/2018 their songs taught me to stay on the money side”
Another rapper who has also left the game (somehow) for the money is Zlatan Ibile. The big question is, is hip-hop not bringing money? That’s definitely a story for another day!
About the author
Quasar Miami is a young rap artiste and an outspoken music industry commentator. He writes in a very controversial manner and is known to “never let the sleeping dogs lie”. In October 2017, he was inducted into HipHopHead as a contributor.
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