One Step Forward, Two Steps Back; Rick Ross Holds Nigeria Back
M-M-M-M-Maybach music! This is loud mind of an author who sees what everybody sees but fail to see before it gets real, if I were you I’ll pay little-bitty attention. If I were Superman, ignorance would be my kryptonite — allow me before my inner voice dies of agony and pain. This is an act of shenanigans through the use of Hip-Hop.
Rick Ross came down to Lagos, Nigeria for the Summer Jam festival. Bumped into the streets and asked the organisers to take him to slums (the worst part of Lagos) for a quick shoot of his single “Hold Me Back” off his new album “God Forgives, I Don’t”. Immediately I was like uh-oh!
Back to Rick Ross, immediately “Hold Me Back” Nigeria version was released I flipped. To me, It was like getting ready for October “Nigeria’s Independence Day” in February — hustling to put my family in good clothing ahead of time just to parade on that glorious remembrance day we got our freedom from the white people — and man who knows nothing about our struggle, plan, culture and government comes to parade my family in torn unappreciated clothes just for his own benefit and self interest. “Hold Me Back” is song about struggle from grass to grace. When he released the American version, immediately BET & MTV banned it. Only jupiter knows what Rick Ross and Def Jam did to lift the ban but my point is the video is improper (lyrics) to sell entertainment. Every country no matter the race has an image to protect.
My point is “Hold Me Back” is not the type of song where Nigeria’s government and history will be sold because of self interest to promote an international street struggle. Why? The song contents are vulgar “fuckin, niggas, pussy, hoe, pussy hoe”. In some years we want to remember the best tribute song of Nigeria’s image and the content is full of crap, not something sensible from King Sunny Ade or late Fela Kuti. Hip-Hop in the 90’s was a genre which wasn’t allowed to air on broadcast, for its violence, drug use, vulgar and now for it’s nudity — I’m a Hip-Hop head, XXL certified, allow me to scold the culture — How dare you parade a country’s pride on a song “pussy hoe, pussy hoe” music. Do it for your country leave others alone.
“I’m more pissed with a complete stranger using sensitive stuff like the biafran war to try n boost his cred n stuff..nobody can jst go to south africa n try to use Mandela’s legacy to do video to boost rep n street cred” – Anonymous
Yes! The video is the truth, it’s original, those are true Nigerians(average/low), no dispute. But it of self interest and not the nation. This is still the same thing we are fighting against in Nigeria; doing the right things for the wrong reasons, vice-versa.
Naeto C, son of the former minister of aviation, an hiphop artist in Nigeria put the hood in his “Ten Over Ten” video with better lyrics directed by Bobby Boulders — did an unpublicised concert for the hood. But Nigerians all called it wack and spat on it. Rick Ross (not a citizen) captured the hood/slum and Nigerian government for “pussy, ho, pussy ho” and we all embrace it.
D’banj wasn’t allowed more than 10seconds of “oh, oh, oh, eh, eh eh” jungle sound on the G.O.O.D Music “Cruel Summer” album all because too much Nigeria product won’t sell the project. We all dissed D’banj, rushed into his twitter to abuse & haze him to come back home. Now you think, selling our poverty side with terrible lyrics on Youtube world wide stream and screen won’t do worse? You’re playing yourself! Even black Americans are racial to Africans.
All said and done, I have to get to back to my little unit where I contribute to the development of Nigeria. It’s left to you to play your part. Stop taking one step forward and two steps back. God Bless Nigeria.