Mr. Eazi Opens Up On How He Was “Cancelled” For Highlighting Impact Of Ghanaian Music In The Nigerian Industry

Mr. Eazi, a well-known musician and entrepreneur, recently reflected on his experience of receiving criticism after expressing his opinion that Ghana had influenced Nigerian music. In his tweets from January 11, 2017, Mr. Eazi highlighted the significant impact of Ghanaian music on contemporary Nigerian music, but his statement received criticism from some quarters. Despite threats, Mr. Eazi believes expressing his opinion is essential and supports his statement.

In a recent episode of the Afrobeats Intelligence Podcast with host Joey Akan, he spoke about the need for respectful conversations and constructive criticism in the music industry rather than people being “cancelled” for their views. Mr. Eazi expressed disappointment that some friends he considered had joined the criticism instead of engaging with him directly. He also hoped for a more collaborative and supportive music industry where diverse views are welcomed and respected.

In his words,

“When the whole issue with me being cancelled, even till tomorrow, I see people come on my profile and still throw hate. They said, ‘Oh, yeah, you said that.’ I’m like, ‘Fam, really? This energy take it to your local politician wey dey run you street.’ You feel me? I didn’t kill anybody. I said what I said.

“And I said it many years ago. If that is the reason you hate, then you hate me for something else. It’s deeper than that. And realising that just make me feel free. That’s the lens to which I look at e everything. Because I was seeing guys I was saying ‘Hello’ to, coming out to say, ‘F*ck Mr Eazi.’

“And I was like, ‘Bro, you could have called me and say Eazi, I just saw this interview, you shouldn’t have said that. This is what I advise you to do.’ But it just became a thing of let’s all band together. And that’s why in my song ‘We Dey’, I said, ‘Twitter fingers steady showing fake love.’ Because it’s crowd mentality. It’s trendy to hate you, and now it’s like for clicks.

“There are people making art and nobody is caring about their life whether they jump or sit. It’s like they are invisible. Love and hate is acknowledgement of your existence, I’m even blessed to be able to invoke something.”

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