Nigerian indigenous rap artiste, Olusegun Osaniyi ,popularly known as Lord of Ajasa, has said that he deserves an award for pioneering indigenous rap music in Nigeria.
Bearing his mind during an interview he granted The Punch in Lagos,Nigeria, he said the new generation of indigenous artists with the exception of 2face whose endorsements are well deserved,sing ‘nonsense’ and they still get endorsement, while artistes like him have been forgotten.
Below is excerpt of what he said…
“I pioneered indigenous rap music and today it has become lucrative and fashionable. Yet, these young musicians shy away from that fact. They try to hide it. If I don’t blow my trumpet, nobody will do it. But I deserve an award, recognition and endorsement because a lot of people look up to me as their mentor. Look at Idris Abdulkareem and 9ice, for instance. I’m saying they should take care of the pioneers, but what impact have these new artistes really made in the society to deserve all the endorsements they are getting? I mean, they sing nonsense songs while those of us who are pioneers do evergreen and clean music.
Lord of Ajasa, who shot to stardom in 2005 with his song “Otiya “ blamed his down slide in the music industry to some decisions he took then.
“I left the music scene after I got married in 2009 to delve into other businesses. I started this movement long before these small boys emerged on the scene and I paved the way for many of them. When I began, I didn’t know anything about music and entertainment. I was simply making music for the love of it, while 9ice and Olamide were following my footsteps. Whenever I made a mistake, they learned from it and got better. I was just a naïve village boy who came down to Lagos from Ondo State with no guidance. Most pathetic was the fact that I never knew the big names in Nigerian entertainment at the time,” he lamented.