Rapper Olamide is in the news again for a reason that is all too familiar – evocative lyrics that suggestively glorify social vices.
It happened on a new Lil Kesh single, Logo Benz.
“I dey pray to Jesu, ko wo wole o, If money no enter I go do blood money o…”, Olamide opened the track seemingly validating the harrowing act of money rituals.
The two went on to loosely endorse the use of female undies by cybercriminals for sacrifice – a ravaging trend that has reportedly caused a lot of ladies to lose their sanity and lives by extension.
This comes just days after Olamide released an equally suggestive video for his single, Poverty Die – a song that saw him waging war against lack and penury.
In the said video, some scenes found him pacing in a hall sort of like a teacher supervising an array of masked men, nodding in unison to the tempo of the song with personal computers on their laps – a reference to the act of internet fraud.
“Voice of the street” is what the rapper rightly calls himself as his music and movement is a portrayal of street culture.
He is also laudably positioned as the bridge between the street and mainstream, offering his wings for a crop of talented artistes to fly on – Lil Kesh is a product of his good will.
Olamide’s modus operandi is quite understandable but needful to note is that art can be used for much more.
Art can be reflective, destructive and corrective and by every stretch, music which has now become one of the most popularly consumed forms of art has the ability to perform the roles ditto on an exceedingly great scale thereby extending a duty of consciousness to singers and songwriters whose pen and voices capture and echo the tales that are told.
The rapper has overtime declared that the intent of his music is to create awareness around these damaging activities on the streets but in doing so, Olamide continues to, maybe unknowingly crawl along the edges of destructive art.
The rapper personalizes these social vices in an endorsing stance without making any concrete attempt to be corrective.
The said song was released to an uproar as a number of the listening public on Twitter were disappointed by the record.
Some have begun to suggest that fans boycott the forthcoming Olamide Live In Concert #OLIC as a penalty for the rapper’s negligence.