Rap music is struggling in Nigeria- Ruggedman


Micheal Ugochukwu a.k.a Ruggedman needs no introduction. His song, Ehen, released in 2003 revolutionized the Nigerian rap scene. The rapper who isn’t as sought after as he used to be has declared that no one can be ‘hot’ forever.

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In his words: “Everybody has his or her time. If people say I have not been ‘buzzing’ like I used to when I first came out, I would tell them that it is almost impossible for anybody to stay on top of the industry for such a long time. We all have our times to shine and it’s important to use it well. It is wrong for anybody to say I have not been consistent. I’m doing music and working with trending artistes; that is consistency. I have had songs with top artistes such as Wande Coal over the years,” he told Punch.

When asked about the state of rap music in Nigeria, he said:  “Right now, rap music is struggling because everybody is singing. I don’t blame rappers who are now singing because it is what the people want. Radio stations would rather play more of singing tracks than rap songs. The hip hop culture is not very strong. Have you ever heard of a rap show in the country? Most companies that sponsor shows want artistes who are the raves of the moment, and most times, they are singers”.


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