Offensive Lyrics: The People Versus Olamide
Olamide Adedeji, known by his stage name Olamide but popularly called Olamide Badoo or BaddoSneh has recently come under fire for his explicit lyrics in a song titled “Logo Benz” by his former prodigy Lil Kesh on which he was featured.
The cover art was the first red flag as it was a customized Mercedes logo with female underwear (G-string) instead of the star emblem and this is coming at a time when tension in Nigeria over ritualists using ladies underwear for money rituals is alarmingly high.
People are outraged and have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment and in extreme cases disgust at the song and the artistes. The line “If money no enter I go do blood money” has stirred a lot of controversy as people have started to point out instances in the past where the artiste has promoted wrong ideals as this isn’t the first time he has been in the spotlight for unremarkable reasons.
Earlier in the year Olamide faced backlash for his song “Science Student” which a lot of people felt was glorifying drug abuse.
“If money no enter I go do blood money”
LOL I have been shouting for years but people seem unbothered. Can we all come together and tell Olamide and Lil Kesh that “enough is enough”???
If they want to perish, they should perish alone and not drag other youths along.
— Bhadmus Hakeem (@Bhadoosky) December 20, 2018
I like Olamide. I really do. But promoting blood money is basic bulshit. South West Nigeria is already messed up with this nonsense. Young people want to drive the latest cars, flex everyday and carry premium olosho without working hard. This is madness. We have lost it.
— Dr. Dípò | The Career🔌 (@OgbeniDipo) December 21, 2018
This singular act isn’t only attracting online backlash as it might also affect his income this holiday season as fans have started indicating plans to boycott his show in protest.
Olamide is a cancer to the Nigerian music industry and youths in general
This new song with lil kesh is just rubbish
What kinda lyrics is this ?
“If money no enter i go do blood money”
Are you freaking kidding me ? ? ?
Super wow !
Nah! Olamide is canceled!
— Terry (@Terrybrainz) December 20, 2018
Although a lot of fans are upset at the lyrics and the message, some still insist that Olamide is simply an artiste reflecting the reality of present day Nigeria and a few have even compared him to Fela and how he spoke on political issues in his time.
Music is usually a reflection of the society from which it originates at the time it is produced.
So, Olamide and Lil Kesh are just producing music that reflect our society at this point in time just as Fela's music in Fela's time.
— Faisal (@JajaPhD) December 20, 2018
Despite the fact that the comparison to Fela is quite a reach, we sincerely just hope that the artiste’s heart is in the right place as he claims.