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YEMI ALADE: Putting Quantity Over Quality?

It bothers me why Yemi Alade chose to
lose sight of her beauty sleep in place
of a mislaid rant on social media. It is
stale news… no news in fact that the
Nigerian music scene is a nursery
meant to feter the incredulously
idiotic. Popular music here, are not at
all for the impeccably sane and
erudite. Ms Alade coming out to make
an excuse that her foreign
counterparts dumb down their lyrics
so we can be coherent with their
music, otherwise admits to the fact
that her music has fallen short of the
basic doses in bright ideas and
concepts. Further more, that excuse
even is a terrible, big-fat-lie!
But hold up. Wait!
Can Ms Alade excel the test of
enumerating some of these
international pop stars and with
convicting instances of dumbed-down
lyrics on their songs? I bet that she
can’t. Thus I went ransacking the web
for her musical influences. I found
Beyonce, Whitney Houston and
Angelique Kidjo as some of her
mentions. They’re all pop stars, music
legends infact, and one in the world
music category. Yet it’s been pretty
exasperating trying to marry anyone
or the other over hers. The simple and
clear thought remains, how do these
artistes really reflect on or even
influence the kind of songs mama
Africa has churned out? Is it Johnny or
Tangerine? Perhaps Kissing, Nagode,
Ferrari or Want You? Obviously not!
So please let’s think again.
On the gender bias topic introduced
by Ms Alade in that video, everyone is
well aware how she prides herself on
the knowledge of evolving trends
particularly in Nigerian
entertainment, so it is perceived she
would know that in times past, “MEN”
like Wizkid, the Okoye brothers
especially, Kcee (I mean, I couldn’t
possibly leave him out of the mention),
Davido too, dear dear Ice Prince and
streets mafia, Olamide have been
slaughtered, then chopped and diced
into bits for several measures of
inexcusable lyrical fracas. So what
was it that she was saying again?
Nobody is looking higher than the
only way when it comes to female
musicians and their lyrics. Matter of
fact, the women are keeping it like 75
way up in that division. How often is
an Asa, Tiwa Savage, Omawumi or
Seyi… sorry (not Seyi Shay, I meant to
say Waje), how often are females
generally called out on account of this
lyrical bullshit? It has almost never
Lastly, laying claims to a fat bank
account as a mechanism of defense
over her obvious inadequacies was
plain unsound of her. This has even
become the trend for many celebrities
these days. Not only the “MEN” sef .
The fact still remains Yemi Alade will
have an unrivaled position for female
artistes with very corny lyrics. She
knows this. It was the winning
strategy on Johnny (which was her
telling a relationship travail in
lyrically dumbed-down style just so
we would understand it, abi?) and it
perhaps would explain why the feat
has continued on majorly, if not all
her songs, both those mildly successful
ones and the somewhat critically
acclaimed one….s!
So what was she really yapping on
about in that video? ‘Cos me, a’don
Clearly, I’m blightly at a loss for a
justification to give on why she smiles
to the bank every now and then, but
far as she is concerned, it is a premise
we can use to measure her success as
an artiste and also test her strengths
in feminism, for a world that
supposedly belongs to a man. Ngwa
clap for ya sef, akwiwu nneoma Africa.
As big boss Rick Ross dat you is now, e
was a tin of priding wen you were
counted the number of zeros on ya
bank statemen’ bet see as vex aff catch
you now dat e find out is only humpty-
dumpty using ya mizic to be dancing
koffi anan on the wall. Of course the
gavel has started to fall down hard,
and if anybolthy dare make piim about
it, the thunder… the thunder dat will
fire you, it will come in a three-part
harmony revamp of alto, tenor and
soprano, all singing aprokoto, ayakata
and ho-ha!

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