Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Wizkid caused controversy on social media when he declared that the rap genre is dead. He defended his claim despite receiving backlash from rappers. Blaqbonez, Ajebo Hustlers, M.I. Abaga, Ycee, Erigga, Cheque, and Ladipoe were among the rappers who clapped back at Wizkid. Some artists reminded him of their talents and success, while others criticized him for undermining the rap genre. M.I. Abaga listed several rappers who have made an impact in the industry, and Ycee emphasized the lack of support for rappers. Cheque even hinted at a possible collaboration with Wizkid in his upcoming project.
Ibrahim Balogun Ayo, also known as Wizkid, recently caused a stir on social media when he declared that the rap genre is dead. In an interview, Wizkid expressed his boredom with the genre, claiming that current rappers all sound the same. This statement received backlash from several rappers who responded with diss tracks and criticism. Wizkid stood by his claim, even going as far as labeling Nigerian rappers as broke and irrelevant, except for Nasty C, Black Sheriff, and Sarkodie. This further angered Nigerian rappers, who took to social media to share their opinions.
Blaqbonez, a Nigerian rapper and songwriter, took a subtle jab at Wizkid by reminding him of his own qualities. Ajebo Hustlers, a rap duo, also clapped back at Wizkid, emphasizing their own style. M.I. Abaga, a Nigerian rapper, appreciated all the rappers who have been pushing the genre despite limited support from the Nigerian music industry. He also mentioned several rap stars who represented the genre well this year. Ycee, a Nigerian singer, rapper, and songwriter, expressed his frustration with Wizkid’s comments, highlighting the hard work and lack of support that rappers face. Erigga, a veteran street rapper, criticized Nigerian rappers for not supporting each other and dared them to confront Wizkid physically if they truly felt offended. Cheque, another Nigerian rapper, responded to Wizkid’s comments by bragging about his versatility and even hinted at a possible collaboration with Wizkid in the future. Overall, the rap community was divided in their reactions to Wizkid’s claims, with some defending the genre and others expressing their discontent.