Why do Nigerian rappers fail to address political issues?

Posted on October 11 2017 , at 02:54 pm
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  • It's hard to find rappers who would go in on a politician like Eminem did on Trump today.

Eminem‘s raving BET Hip-hop Awards freestyle that saw the rapper firing unfiltered shots at American President, Donald Trump, for complaining about NFL protests instead of taking care of hurricane victims, has triggered an important conversation.


Why don’t we see Nigerian emcees stand up for the people and dedicate a few bars to subjects around the ills of our society? Why are Nigerian rappers failing to address political issues?

This question was thrown out on Nigerian Twitter this morning, and tons of users have been reacting.


While some think it is for fear of being implicated or incarcerated, others insist that most Nigerian rappers are loyalists and are often funded by these political terrorist, and are rarely concerned about the plights of the people.







A subset of people have however pointed that a few rappers have been fearlessly touching political and social subjects on their records.





Very importantly, a few people also pointed out how the absence of civil security and a guarantee of safety might have birthed the scare.




So what thoughts do you hold on this subject? Share them in the comments.


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