Olamide repping the streets, sailing waters of art reflection and the dangers of catfishing

Let’s get one thing and one thing alone straight. An artist who centers their music around obscenity, nudity and (or) all forms of vanity depicted as “things of the flesh” by any theistic faith, will always raise eyebrows when social media posts are captioned with long bible verses or when award acceptance speeches are divided between thanking fans and mini praise and worship sessions. No. That is down right ridiculous.

We’re not in any place to cast judgmental gazes at the rich and famous nor do we demand they stand on a morally upright pedestal defined by society’s definition of right and wrong. But we at least demand that artists have the common decency to unapologetically live what they portray in their music. We did not ask that they make songs about nyansh, alcohol, and illegal money, they came to as that. Corresponding life and music by showing us who they really are instead of a perceived image — that miraculously vanishes the moment they exit the booth —therefore shouldn’t too hard a task to accomplish.

Music as an art form is very personal and in itself  very self-revealing. Very much like using social media, much of what artists sing about no matter how mundane is often a reflection of how they view the world. Yet many artists all over the world covert behind their true selves for controlled public images with volatile means that can crash and splatter into pieces of damaging scandals.

A great instance is in the recent incursion between Taylor Swift and the Wests (Kim and Kanye). The singer came under fire after Kim Kardashian leaked a video of a conversation between her husband and Taylor Swift about his infamous ‘I feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex/I made that bitch famous’ lyric. The line had been a source of controversy after Kanye released his song Famous and the adjoining video. Taylor’s team in a reaction had released a statement saying Kanye West neither sought approval nor had the conversation with their pop star, even though the rapper repeatedly claimed he did. The video evidence did not only vindicate Kanye, it also puts T.Swift in the place of a liar.

Taylor’s biggest failure here is her inability to uphold the ‘good girl’ image of a victim often oppressed by the world around her. An underdog shtick she has embedded in her music and brand since her 2006 self-titled debut album. If she’s suffering from accusations of dishonesty now, it is because her music always portrayed her as the sweet girl who can be inherently cool but will never do so much to hurt a fly as to back stab another person — especially Kanye who she has had a rocky relationship with in the past.

The value of upholding a persona that fits the music bares a more honest artist to the audiences. Doing this may not always be the best way to get fans who don’t fully approve of all the pricks that come with this kind of exposition, but it will present an artist who can defend anything that gets out in the media.

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Olamide’s Headies outburst and the subsequent thrashing of the Hip-Hop Awards green room by his crew was by all definition a questionable act of vandalism. But it fits into the jigsaw of a thuggish persona  his music has been branded with. Fela another artist also fits this description, lived as a man of controversy who married many wives, used illegal drugs and violently challenged state authority with his music and influence. These men are flawed and imperfect but more than anything they’re humans who demanded to be seen as they are.

The representation of even distasteful shades to their public image in their music cushions them from the hard falls from grace because they have nothing to hide. This way even scandals that would have run some careers into the ground are persisted by the sheer shrewd ability to boldly defend who they are and who they claim to be with their music.

If you have ever wondered what it means to be real, this is it.


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