Nigerian hip-hop artist, Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has revealed why he does confrontational music.
In a recent interview with Arise TV, Falz said he was not afraid of death, stressing that life in Nigeria is not meaningful.
The multi-talented entertainer featured on the programme ‘Music as a Socio-political Tool’, on the heels of his latest song with his colleague, Vector – ‘Yakubu‘, titled after the chairman, of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
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The rappers, in the song, called out INEC, its chairman, and other political parties allegedly involved in the electoral malpractices in the just-concluded general elections.
According to Falz, he would rather go down fighting for justice than remain silent and die from the failed system of the country.
The rapper, who joined the programme via Skype from the United Kingdom, explained that he was not abroad because he was afraid of confrontation from state actors over the controversial song.
He said, “I knew that was going to come up when you announced that I was doing this from London. As I said earlier on, this is not the first time, this is not the second time, and this is not the third time.
“I have released tons of records that are very confrontational. And I was on the ground. I’m always on the ground when I released these records.
“It is not to say that I’m running anywhere. Absolutely not. Everyone knows where to find me. If anyone wants to find me. But I have no reason to fear anything. And I always say this when people ask me ‘How do you do these things without any fear of consequences?’
“And this is the same answer that I always give: the kind of life we are living already is one which we are more or less fading away already. It’s not a meaningful life that we have in Nigeria as a country.
“What’s the worst that could happen? It’s death. I don’t fear death. I would rather go down fighting for a just cause. I would rather be remembered as someone that lived a life that was meaningful rather than someone that for example was walking down the road and got run over by a danfo [bus] because he was driving recklessly.
“Or, someone that got a heart disease and could not save himself because there are no hospitals capable of saving him in Nigeria,” Falz added.