Wizkid at the center of controversy again as he claims Hip Hop is dead

Wizkid has caused yet another uproar on the internet with his recent opinion on Hip Hop.

In the interview published on 10 Magazine, a quarterly publication in the US, Wizkid gives his opinion about Hip Hop and why he does not listen to the genre. As published on 10, Wizkid is quoted saying:

Afrobeats is the new pop. I sold two million copies in America off of one song! Even some American artistes don’t have a diamond record. If I’m being honest, I don’t listen to any other genre of music anymore.

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.

With this statement, Wizkid becomes one of the two most controversial artistes in Nigeria at the moment. Since the release of his album, he has intentionally displayed a side of him that will court attention as well as raise questions.

Although, his speech is addressed to American rappers, some Nigerian rappers have taken the insult as a general one, with Oladips going live with a freestyle targeted at downplaying Wizkid. In his lines, Wizkid whose penmanship is very lowly is in no position to judge or make a statement about rap music. He did question if Wizkid has ever helped bring up any rapper.

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Wizkid’s statement is disastrous, especially because it is a direct insult to the Americans whose main music is Hip Hop. It is more worrisome when one tries to picture what the reaction of the whole American industry will be.

Wizkid’s statement also places Afrobeats above Hip Hop. The world generally has reached a point where they instinctively accept Afrobeats; won’t Wizkid’s statement attract some sort of resentment from the fans at the global front?

The heavyweights of the rap game in Nigeria are yet to respond too. We may be witnessing another spark in the existence of Hip Hop if these rappers choose to respond. This will do the genre a lot of good than harm. It will be a new era entirely built on the blushes of Wizkid.

Rappers generally find it insulting when Hip Hop is condemned in favour of Afrobeats. Cheque addressed this same claim of Hip Hop being dead on 12th October, 2021. He wrote:

The reason they say Hiphop is dead in Nigeria is because most heads fail to recognize the vibe has changed, they still wanna rap like it’s 2010 or previous! Well, it’s 2021 and it’s all melodies now. Get with the program and help your culture.

In April, 2022, YCee, Yung6ix and MI publicly berated the organizers of Rick Ross’ Easter show in Lagos, Nigeria after the American rapper held a concert that featured Afrobeats singers like Davido, Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, DJ Obi, The Cavemen, Fave and many others, excluding rappers. YCee wrote:

Bruh, this ain’t even about me cos I haven’t put out rap music in a while but how do you have a Rick Ross show in Nigeria and not have ONE SINGLE NIGERIAN RAPPER ON THE LINE UP??? And tomorrow you wanna come on Twitter and ask why rappers are switching genres.

MI complemented YCee’s rant:

Lot of rappers would have ate if they listened to me. Not every opinion is equal.

That’s how I created the wave the first time! Every single time I gave them music I never cheated them. I made classic after classic and I am relentless still. The guy is my best album yet coming soon! Classic! Give your best and the music will grow!

Lastly, I was invited to meet Rick Ross. I responded by saying if I could do it one on one. Of course, they declined. The Afrobeats industry will not respect Hiphop just because… that’s fine. Let’s accept it as what it is and make GREAT MUSIC FOR THE ONES who do care.

My first big gig ever was in 2008 with Jay Z and Rihanna and Usher. How I was treated that day taught me a valuable lesson. Dem no go respect us until we respect ourselves.

Let’s support each other. I just posted a Paybac verse. Let’s see how many other rappers will repost. Push the culture and inevitably push yourself. Give the fans quality.

Sam George Mac is a music journalist known for the reviews of several music albums and songs. He is a singer and songwriter of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Highlife and RnB with the stage name SGM — a graduate of Mass Communication from The West African Union University, Cotonou.

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