Indigenous rap is the current trend in Nigeria’s
music industry as rap artistes have taken to
spitting out rhymes in their native languages.
One of the biggest hits to come out of this trend
is ‘Local Rappers’ by leading indigenous rappers,
Reminisce, Phyno and Olamide. It has generated a
lot of buzz and was applauded by critics.
With this success for Nigerian native languages in
the face of normative English raps, some have
wondered why a hard core rapper like Mode 9
(real name, Babatunde Olusegun Adewale ) has
not made a single track exploiting and promoting
his native Yoruba.
In an interview with Vangaurd, the rapper gave
reasons for sticking to his preferred English
When he was asked if he would ever rap in
Yoruba, he said:
“No, I can’t do that, you know why? If there are
people doing something and they can do it better
than you, there is no point in doing it too because
they are already way ahead of you.”
He humbly stated some of his shortcomings,
saying: “It is harder for me to write a Pidgin
English song than a normal English song. I can
rap in English effortlessly. I don’t just write
anything, I try to be clever with words like when I
said, ‘ They be bungalow brains, nothing upstairs; ’
it’s a punch line, but it was done in Pidgin
He finally spoke on his relationship with the three
leading indigenous rap artistes, Olamide, Phyno
and Reminisce.



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