One of Nigeria’s hip-hop pioneer Ruggedman says he’s stopping at nothing to continue to promote the growth of hip-hop music culture both locally and outside the shores of Africa.
In a chat with Showtime, Ruggedman took a swipe at the state of music in Nigeria, urging the government to establish the country’s music acts to encourage the creation of more conscious music that will be acceptable at the international scene.
“Unfortunately, Nigerian music today is not as deep as we used to have in my days. But it’s still good music because we can see all the achievements they are making internationally. But I just wish they can put more effort into making a few conscious music to also take to the global stage.
It’s not only the dance, shake your body, bend down low kind of music that should be going international. If you remember vividly, America had the ‘We’re the world’ song, Michael Jackson had the ‘Earth’ song at one point, and the whole world heard about it. So, nothing stops us from doing that kind of music. I’ve done my bit and I’m still doing it. But because it’s not the ‘bend down low, ‘shake your bum bum’ kind, it doesn’t go viral like that. But others, especially the reigning ones should do theirs too”, he said.
The veteran rap artiste who is currently preparing for his forthcoming concert tagged ‘The Foundation Concert’ shared what inspired it.
“The concert is an unprecedented music concert designed to celebrate, recognize and reward the achievements of notable entertainers and media personalities who through their remarkable works laid the foundation for Nigerian music as it is today. These are individuals whose music/body of work inspired and continues to inspire a generation of Nigerian creatives, who have since gone on to achieve global recognition and acclaim, hence, the title ‘The Foundation Concert’.