Since Wasiu Alabi Pasuma broke into the hip-hop music scene from fuji and dropped his debut hip-hop album “My World” in year 2015, we’ve seen more fuji musicians delve into hip-hop genre. Some of them are Obesere, Adewale Ayuba, just to mention a few.
In a recent interview with Showtime, the veteran fuji musician cum hip-hop artiste, Obesere spoke on why he decided to switch into the hip-hop world, relating it to him showing his professionalism and securing his future as a musician.
“I’m doing hip-hop to prove to the world that I’m a professional in what I’m doing. It doesn’t mean that because I’m a Fuji artiste, I cannot sing anything else.
Whatever music turns itself to, I’m ready to do it. A Yoruba proverb says that you should face the same direction that the rest of the world is facing, so you won’t be displaced by time.
I don’t want to give any chance to anybody to push me aside to irrelevance because I want to continue being relevant. The good thing is that people have accepted my work.
They appreciate me because they’ve known me already. It is an opportunity to prove that I deserve my title as ‘Paramount king of music.”
On why he established his record label, he said,
“I established Sidophobia Entertainment to promote upcoming artistes, and to promote myself, and work on my future. I may say I want to retire, and its my label I’ll retire on.
I have a lot of artistes like M4 and Fayrous under my label. Many artistes come to me, but I have to select the ones that are really talented. All my artistes are capable as far as music is concerned.”
Obesere also allayed fears that Fuji music is facing imminent extinction. He asserted,
“Fuji music can never die. It is traditional, but hip-hop is a borrowed culture. As a matter of fact, most hip-hop songs have a bit of Fuji in them.”
Alhaji Abass Akande Obesere who is preparing to shoot the music video of his collaborated single with Timaya has released quite a number of hip-hop singles featuring other renowned and fast rising hip-hop singers in Nigeria.