With the rate rap music is growing in Nigeria, many have started drawing comparisons between Nigerian and American directions.
A Nigerian rapper, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, popularly known as Vector Tha Viper, has made his suggestions on the growing comparisons. The artist urged the public not to rate Nigerian rap music using American standards.
According to Vector, rap music is usually unique to a people, as it tends to focus on their history, experiences, culture, and tradition.
He told newsmen in Lagos on Friday, August 7, that rappers owed the fans the responsibility of producing good music for their listening pleasure.
“The purity of Hip-Hop is dependent on the person doing it. A Frenchman can only do Hip-Hop in a pure French form, so somebody who is doing Hip-Hop right now can only do, like me I’m only doing Hip-Hop how I know how to do Hip-Hop. Is it pure? To me, yes.
“We should stop trying to measure our rap here by American standards or anything, it’s just pretty much if you can rap, rap,” Vector said.
He continued: “How do you know how to rap, if it’s Yoruba do it well, if it’s Igbo do it well, if it’s Hausa, awesome, kill it. Which was the main idea in the ‘King Kong’ remix,bring all the major tribes together that know how to do their rap, how they feel. Validation is not needed that’s the point, just do the art form, if your audience accepts you and you make money off it, it’s fine, that’s it, if you accept you, that’s the most important thing.
“Validation is with the self, if you by yourself, you wake up in the morning and you like what you are doing and you are content with what you are getting from what you are doing, then its fine,” the rapper concluded.