Nigerian megastar Ayo Balogun, aka Wizkid, has insisted that the rap genre is dead and not worth listening to.
He was reacting to the blowback he received for saying he doesn’t listen to rap music.
Earlier in the week, the singer granted an interview to 10 Magazine, a British luxury quarterly publication, where he asserted that the Afrobeats genre is innovative as against rap music, which he said is boring.
Wizkid said he doesn’t listen to rap music because the genre is dull, dead and tired.
Following his assertions, the singer received backlash from rap proponents and lovers of the genre.
Starboy, who has been at the forefront of taking the Afrobeats genre to the world, however, did not take it lying down.
Taking to his Instagram Stories, Wizzy described rappers as broke boys, stating that he will not condescend to their level.
He further said that Ghana’s Black Sherif and Sarkodie and South Africa’s Nasty C are the only rappers in Africa.
“Can’t believe you all broke boys thought Big Wiz will talk abt you all. Wow! You all are not even rappers! Nasty C, Sarkodie, and Black Sherif are the only rappers in Africa.
” You all keep sending una popsy rap videos! I go dey watch maybe I fit help una mama life,” he wrote.
Wizkid’s post has generated reactions online, with many tackling the artiste who released his 5th studio album, ‘More Love Less Ego’ about a month ago.
Famous rapper Jude Abaga, aka MI, pointed out that the rap genre may not be where it ought to be, but it is on the rise.
He then listed Nigerian rappers who he said are winning.
His list includes names like AQ, SDC, Falz, Vector, Ladipoe, Odumodu, YP, BlaqBonez, Dan Dizzy, Ajebo Hustlers, Ice Prince and himself.
MI also subtly reminded Wizzy that the rap genre gave him a platform and was one of his early claims to fame.