Ghanaian awards CEO, Sadiq Abdulai Abu has blasted BET organizers for nominating Nigerian rapper, Falz in the same category with other established rappers.
Days back, Falz was named alongside other international artistes as nominees for the 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
He was nominated in BET’s new Best International Flow category alongside Nasty C (South Africa), Sarkodie (Ghana), Tory Lanez (Canada), OG Ghetts (UK) and Little Simz (UK).
Sharing his reaction to the nomination list in a recent interview on Hitz FM, Sadiq disclosed that going by how good Sarkodie is, Falz should not be in the same category as him.
His words, “What’s Falz doing in the BET’s Best International Flow Category? I think it is disrespectful to Sarkodie for Falz to be in the same category as him, looking at the standard Sarkodie has set.”
“Sarkodie is been there, and done that. There is no slowing down. I hope he wins.”
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Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990), better known by his stage name Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009. Falz became more well-known after his song “Marry Me” (featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade) won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of The Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories.
He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records. He released his debut album Wazup Guy in 2014. His second album Stories That Touch was released in 2015. He released 27 as his third studio album in 2017. On January 15, 2019, he released his fourth studio album Moral Instruction.
Falz was born in the local government area of Mushin, Lagos, to renowned lawyers and human right activists Femi and Funmi Falana. He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law School in Abuja.
Falz completed his basic and secondary school education at St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja and Olashore International School, Osun State respectively. He is an alumnus of the University of Reading England, having graduated with an LLB honors degree in Law.
Falz describes his style of music as “Wahzup music”. It is the fusion of comic lyrics with contemporary hip-hop in a faux Yoruba accent.
On 18 November 2014, Falz was ranked #9 on notJustOk’s list of “The 10 Most Gifted Rappers In Nigeria 2014”, stating that, “Falz’s ability to maintain a thought and get his point across in 16 barz while switching accents, infusing funny punchlines and delivering all of it in a way that makes the listener follow along is nothing short of impressive”