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I single-handedly took Afrobeats to great heights – Singer, Speed Darlington

US-based Nigerian singer and rapper, Darlington Okoye popularly known as Speed Darlington, has said that he pushed Afrobeats to great heights.

Speedy as he is fondly said he contributed more significantly to the genre tha Grammy winning artiste, Burna Boy.

The controversial musician stated this during a recent episode of Be Grounded podcast as he noted that he is also a music producer.

According to him, most of the songs he released were produced by him, including the track with Zlatan Ibile titled I’m In love With My Hand.

Speed Darlington lamented that many Afrobeats artiste have not done as much as him yet they are more recognised and celebrated.

He noted that there is no way he will celebrate after seeing colleagues that he knows he’s better than, getting more work and growing bigger.

Watch him speak below:

Meanwhile, veteran Nigerian rapper, Babatunde Adewale, popularly known as Modenine, has shared his thoughts on the apparent rivalry between rappers and afrobeats singers.

He said that rap in Nigeria is no longer the same because Hip Hop artistes have switched to singing all in a bid to compete with Afrobeats stars.

Speaking with The Punch on the controversial comment by Wizkid that rap is dead, the Hip Hop star implied that Wiz is not an authority on the rap genre so he does not care about his opinion.

He, however said that Nigerians are the reason most rappers are switching from hardcore rap and started fusing their styles with singing.

Modenine said; “I don’t care what anybody says. As long as you are not an authority in hip hop, why should I care? As long as I perceive you as somebody who doesn’t have the right credentials, I am not bothered.”

He added; “I am not an authority when it comes to listening to new rappers. I live outside Nigeria, and I don’t have a radio. The little that I know is what I see on Instagram. There is a guy called Hipman, who I think is quite good. Most of the guys are in the battle rap league, including Hollyfield, Queen Mother, Damzy, and BlackLaid Pastor.

What they are doing is difficult, and I rate them above most rappers. Many rappers just record rap songs, but these guys write and memorise long verses. I think that is very difficult to do, and I give them props for that. There is also a female rapper called Fellow Music. She is good too.

From the guys that have been there, and are still ‘holding it down’, there is Terry Tha Rapman, Pherousis, Show Dem Camp, and Vector. All of them are still doing well.

People often complain that Nigerian rappers are doing more of singing now, but it is those same people that caused it. Rappers have to (do more of singing) because if they want to compete with afrobeats singers, they have to add some elements of afrobeats into their music.”

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