Ruggedy Baba sheds more light on the seemingly ongoing beef between him and Modenine.
Two of Nigeria’s finest rap acts, Modenine and Ruggedman had been at loggerheads for sometime and their beef is easily traceable to the song, ‘Death Blow pt. 1’ off Modenine’s “Paradigm Shift” album released back in 2008.
Ruggedman says he first met Modenine at a video shoot for a song ‘Recipe’ in Abuja at a certain Solo D’s house. On how the rumoured beef started with Modenine, Ruggedman replies saying “The way you heard it is how I heard it and then I went to listen to about five, six songs that I could have said he was subbing me”.
And when asked why this could have come to be, the rapper said: “I am not the one you ask because like I said, I met him, I met everyone, we were cool, I left, that was it, but you know, if you ask me to say, maybe that was part of the…Why is he like that, why is he bigger, why is he making money and why not us, why not we the Hip-hop heads, that’s the only angle I can see it from”.
It was learnt that Modenine worked at Rhythm 94.7 FM in Jos, and was rotating Ruggedman’s ‘Ehen’ record too often which seemingly got him into trouble with the management querying him why that was. Pulse TV asks if Ruggedman knew Modenine at that time, but he said he didn’t, that they knew when he came down to Lagos.
Ruggedybaba then quickly went on to thank all those who had ever had his record on constant rotation and got into trouble for it, praying that someone would return the favor.
On the buildup to his sophomore album, and people begging the question why Ruggedman hasn’t dropped it yet, the interviewer was of the view that the rapper needed controversy to drop the album as evident in the first album, adding that it’s not beef, just that he has been built that way or the industry has built him to always address controversy.
Ruggedman replies “I am a very vocal person, and I am a very confrontational person, If there is an issue, what I do is, I need you to let me know it’s me, then I will talk to you.”
About his second album being about Modenine, the ace rapper said it wasn’t chiefly about Modenine really, but the rebel in him that wanted to address the controversy won the inner battle. He then said that to address the issue, he doesn’t like to sub or be subbed, that it only prolongs the matter unnecessarily, he believes in coming out straight and calling out names, that real men don’t hide under subs but come out direct to iron out issues bothering them. He further said it’s either you sort out the issue face or fight over the issue.
That was why in his “Ruggedy baba” album he had to address the issue but not directly to a named specific person, in the diss song which went as follows, “To whom it may concern’, if you want to talk about me talk am make I hear, I no get two heads so make you no fear.”
Watch the Pulse TV interview below: