Falz’ video cover of ‘This Is America’ was a little rushed if you ask me. Although, it would not stop me from appreciating the art that Falz is, and the effort, and work of lyrics he played for ‘This Is Nigeria’.
He received a lot of criticism from several Nigerians who weren’t impressed, and has released a clip in which he addresses the criticisms that trailed the release of his ‘This is Nigeria’ video.
The video, which has been described as a State of the Republic address, is the remake of American singer and actor, Donald Glover’s ‘This is America’ which was released on Saturday, May 5.
Known by his stage name, Childish Gambino, Glover’s video sparked discussions on gun control, racism and violence within the American context.
In a similar fashion, Falz’s video, which was released last weekend and mirrors Glover’s, touches on issued that boggle the Nigerian system, including political hysteria, internet fraud, the state of the economy, insecurity, religion, lack of medical facilities, herdsmen crisis, and others.
However, criticism trailed the Nigerian artiste’s 3 minutes-42 seconds video for following the exact pattern of Glover’s video, employing the same visual concept.
Not one to take the criticism lying down, Falz responded with a 42 seconds clip in which he chided those who have chosen to ignore the message in the song.
“I just dey read comments online and I dey vex. And I dey vex because I dey see people dey talk say falz tha bahd guy is not original. You copied. Hello, do you think I’m not aware that Childish Gambino is the one that sang the original? You think I’ve not seen ‘This is America?’ Dude, that is the point.
“This is supposed to be a remake. It is supposed to be a cover. It is not supposed to be original. I’m not trying to make money off it. Now, the sooner you realise that you are supposed to pick up the message, or the numerous messages on the track , the better for your life, the sooner you start to act accordingly, the better for your own personal life. This is not business. This is a moral instruction. Wake up,” he said.
However, prior to Falz’s response, American rapper, Sean Combs, aka P.Diddy expressed his support for the track when he reposted clips of the video via Falz’s official Instagram page. “Sending love to Nigeria. So many great, beautiful artist changing the game!!!! @falzthebahdguy,” he wrote.
Also, former Education Minister Oby Ezekwesili was full of accolades for the singer’s effort. According to her, having watched the video on the instance of her son, she is more than convinced that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, referencing his activist father, Femi Falana.
“This apple did not fall far from the tree. This activist-artist brilliantly uses his music to fight for a just and good Nigeria. I love Falz’s brand of music. #FanClub,” she tweeted.
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