Falz Falana – “I Am Not Afraid of Death, I’d Rather Die Fighting”
Written by maxfmeditor3 on April 11, 2023
Nigerian rapper and actor, Falz Falana, has explained why he releases controversial songs.
In a recent interview with Arise TV, the artist, whose real name is Folarin Falana, stated that he is not afraid of death and that life in Nigeria is meaningless.
Falz’s most recent song, “Yakubu,” with fellow rapper Vector, is named after the chairman of the Independent National Election Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
In the song, the rappers criticized INEC, its chairman, and other political parties for allegedly engaging in electoral fraud during the just-ended general elections.
Falz emphasised that he would rather die fighting for justice than keep silent and perish as a result of the nation’s broken system.
He said, “the kind of life we are living already is one which we are more or less fading away already. It’s not a meaningful life what we have in Nigeria as a country.
What’s the worst that could happen? It’s death. I don’t fear death. Would rather go down fighting for a just cause.
I would rather be remembered as someone that lived a life that was meaningful.”
I Didn’t Run Away
Rapper Falz Falana claimed that he was not overseas because he was afraid of conflict with state actors over the contentious song. He said, “I’m always on the ground when I release these records. It is not to say that I’m running anywhere. Absolutely not. Everyone knows where to find me. But I have no reason to fear anything.”
Falz has released several controversial songs in the past, including “This Is Nigeria,” which addresses the country’s social and political issues. The song, which samples Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” was criticised by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for its lyrics, which they deemed “vulgar” and “unfit for radio.” The NBC also fined a radio station for playing the song.
In the aftermath of the 2023 Nigerian general elections, which were marred by gross irregularities, Falz and Vector’s song “Yakubu” gained widespread attention. The rappers called out the electoral body for allegedly rigging the elections and disenfranchising voters. They also criticised the ruling party and the opposition for their roles in the electoral malpractices.
The interview with Arise TV focused on “Music as a Socio-political Tool.” Falz explained that music was a powerful tool for addressing social and political issues. He said, “Music is a language that everybody understands. It’s something that can connect with people on an emotional level.”
Falz’s music has resonated with many Nigerians who feel disillusioned with the country’s political leadership and the state of the nation. The rapper has become a voice for the youth and a symbol of resistance against oppression and injustice. He has used his platform to speak out against police brutality, corruption, and other social ills.
Falz’s music has been a powerful tool for addressing social and political issues in Nigeria. The rapper’s willingness to take on controversial topics has earned him both praise and criticism. However, Falz remains undeterred and continues to use his music to speak out against injustice and to advocate for change in Nigeria.