After his recent legal troubles, Portable, the controversial Nigerian street-pop artist, has teased a new song titled “I Am Not A Prisoner.” Portable was arrested on March 31, 2023, and charged with assault and theft of someone’s musical instruments on April 3, 2023. He was given bail but was required to stay at the Ilaro Correctional Centre until his bail conditions were met. Portable boasts in his new single that he did not wear a prison uniform while in detention and stresses that, despite his recent experience, he is not a prisoner.
Fans and music aficionados have had mixed responses to the song’s release, with some praising Portable for using his art to express himself during a difficult time. Others have criticized him for exaggerating a negative experience and being unconcerned about the plight of actual prisoners. The case has been postponed until April 26, 2023, and Portable is facing a three-count allegation.
This isn’t the first time a Nigerian artist has published a song about their detention experience. After his brief stay in Kirikiri Prison, Naira Marley notably released his hit song “Soapy.” Nigerian musicians frequently use music as a form of protest or expression, especially those in the street-pop genre.
Portable’s new single is anticipated to spark even more debate, as the artist is known for taking a controversial and confrontational approach to issues. On the other hand, his fans stay devoted and have expressed their support for him on social media. More details about the incident that led to his arrest will likely surface as the case proceeds, and fans will be watching to see how Portable handles this difficult situation.