Between A Legend’s Opinion and His Quest for Relevance

Nigerian rapper who gave the Nigerian music industry fresh jams in the early 2000s, Eedris Abdulkareem was recently seen making very vulgar statements in a video he had with Goldmyne TV and also giving Mr Eazi and Davido his bit.

According to many public opinions, Eedris was probably looking for an avenue to earn some name again after leaving the scene for a very long time. Some music and rap lovers most especially believe Eedris did no justice to the game after the coming of some very talented new school rappers. The former Kennis Music-signed artiste used to be in a group called ‘Remedies’ which he sang in alongside Eddy Montana and Tony Tetuila and according to the public’s perception, looked like the least talented of the trio.

The ‘Jagajaga’ crooner has always been a very explosive speaker, a trait which led him into being in the bad books of former Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo. On his return from Ghana where he reportedly fled to, it will be remembered that Eedris also dissed Tuface in his song, “Ijeta La Rira” where he likened himself to Fela Anikulapo Kuti and claimed Tuface wants to be like Obasanjo.

The ‘Mr. Lecturer’ crooner who was once Nigeria’s hot cake and hit master has been quiet for a long time in the industry, only watching proceedings from public’s purview till Mr Eazi and Davido irked his patience.

In the now viral video, Eedris Abdulkareem vulgarly asked or cursed Davido and Mr Eazi tagging them, “olóríburúkú”(unfortunate) and further asking if their mothers are crazy in Yoruba. The musician who hails from Kano State showed his displeasure to Mr Eazi’s public embrace of Ghanaian music and his perceptive opinion of the superiority and uniqueness of their sounds over the Nigerian sounds. This didn’t go down well with Idris who also sent fires and brimstones to Davido for once crossing path with Dele Momodu, CEO of Ovation Magazine and businessman who according to Eedris was important to the growth of the industry as he fought with his money and resources to make the music and entertainment industry. He further claimed that the duo are close to comfort and should go to the street to see what the street makes of them if they really believe they know their onions yet in the industry, a statement that might have been directed to Davido, whose career, some sections of the public believe is being aided by his father’s wealth and not the quality of his songs or talent bank.

 

Nigerians, who have made comments on the video expressed their displeasure about Eedris’ apparent lack of culture and labelled him as trying to seek some level of respite for his career which has failed to spark after his impasse with Obasanjo. The people’s court ruled that Eedris was merely trying to have a return to prominence through crooked means by aiming a dig at Davido and Mr Eazi who are doing pretty well in their career at the moment.

Eedris’ track record wouldn’t have been in his favour as he has always courted controversy with his highly flammable speeches and all-out manners of rendering his opinion. The fast-paced rapper has usually been in the public recently for political gatherings, rendering his support to those he feels may deliver the dream of a better Nigeria. The extent of Eedris’ vituperation is not positive of a man whose career path took several twists and turns and who himself, was very flamboyant with speeches as an artiste. He might have tendered his bit in the video but public opinions suggest he took it too far for a man of his legendary status in the Nigerian music scene but more astonishingly, he’s not apologetic after all, he just said his mind.

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