Do you all remember the rapper, Lord of Ajasa? For those who do not know him, let us juggle your memory a bit: In the 90s, Lord of Ajasa, whose real name is Olusegun Osaniyi, alongside the likes of Eedris Abdulkareem and Azadus, Lord of Ajasa was the bomb, as far as indigenous rap music was concerned.
He was an headliner and no event was complete without him. But back in the days, he and his contemporaries did not see the kind of money and endorsements the artistes of today are seeing; and he is angry.
The one time popular rapper says people like him should be the ones benefiting from the largess going round and not the small boys of today who, in his words, sing rubbish and end up getting all the accolades and the attendant largese.
In an interview with Punch Newspaper, Lord of Ajasa says he should be the one to be praised and rewarded because he was one of the pioneers of the music industry.
I pioneered indigenous rap music and today it has become lucrative and fashionable. Yet, these young musicians shy away from that fact. They try to hide it. If I don’t blow my trumpet, nobody will do it.
But I deserve an award, recognition and endorsement because a lot of people look up to me as their mentor.
Look at Eedris Abdulkareem and 9ice, for instance. I’m saying they should take care of the pioneers, but what impact have these new artistes really made in the society to deserve all the endorsements they are getting?
I mean, they sing nonsense songs while we (pioneers) do evergreen and clean music. Yet they keep discouraging us. 2face is an exception. I am okay with his brand of music, because his endorsements are well-deserved.