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Eedrid Abdulkareem: I’m Proud; So What? I’m An Artiste

I’m Proud; So What? I’m An Artiste — Eedris•Says He’s Working On A Project With 50 Cent

Eedris Abdul-kareemThe history of hip-hop in Nigeria is incomplete without the contributions of Eedris Abdul-kareem. “I’m an elder statesman in the hip-hop music,” Eedris spoke with Weekend Ride recently on his sojourn to Ghana after his initial problem with a multinational three years ago on what was referred to then as a show of shame between him and the American Rap artiste, 50 Cent.

“I had problem with President Olusegun Obasanjo on my record, Nigeria jaga jaga but today, jaga jaga man don carry jaga jaga go. The king is back now because I have so many things to talk about. This prompted the release of my new 17-tracker album. What you are not, you can’t take. I gave birth to hip- hop music – whether anybody likes it or not. I went to fight for them and I’m back to take my position,” he declared

Going down memory lane on the actual cause of his problem with 50 Cent, he said, “His boys came to me inside the plane to ask me to vacate the seat I was occupying because the seat was meant for 50 Cent. I refused to vacate the seat. That was how the problem started. I was humiliated. Other artistes in the plane were watching them beating me. “And I said, ‘Guys, you are here looking at me, it could happen to anybody in the music industry in future.’

“Today, artistes are now enjoying the fruit of my struggle for the industry. The music industry needs to be regulated.” He continued: “Many people believe that I’m a strong-headed person, and I agree. I have pride, because I’m an artiste. Every artiste must have pride. The struggle is worth it. They are respecting us abroad now.” Eedris confirmed that he he suffered throughout the period he was abandoned by the corporate bodies , not having big concerts to attend; but he said it was worth it.

“I only suffered for two years. I’m from the North. They should never disrespect Nigerian artistes. I’m an icon of peace. Today, I don reconcile with 50 Cent and we are back together with a bang. Just watch out for my new project with him. “My new album, The King Is Back, is a revelation on many things that affect our social life and the entity called Nigeria. “You remember that Obasanjo once abused me and said, ‘Eedris, your mother, father and family na jaga jaga. Today, I have been vindicated. I love Yar’Adua and I’m ready to work to make him succeed.

“Once in the lifetime of a people, a sterling and unique opportunity presents itself begging to be tapped and appropriated. If such a people are imbued with deep insight and sense of discernment, they usually grab such an opportunity with both hands and coast home, fulfilled and enabled. “If on the other hand, they fail to realise and appreciate what has come their way and overlook, reject such an opportunity, their subsequent enterprises become polluted by that regrettable loss,” he concluded.

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I heard from a friend that Eedris was at AIT on Saturday, May 10, 2008.  The guy told me something about him (Eedris) going to show in Dubai or something like that. I did not watch the interview if anybody watched it, I would like to know how true this is (not that I don't trust my friend, but just curious to know more details).

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can you guys pls restrict the thread to Oko ashewo!!!

Personally, I think idris is a great rapper. But it's not easy for me to fight the whole world,

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@ lucabrasi

You are insane ooh i think dready is right for calling you a kid and i guess what she meant is that you reason like a kid and that you ain't matured

is your dad that is spoiling you imagine what you are saying you've got your dad's bar to spend i am way young but i know when i started hustling for myself at my age i am a millionaire my own money not my parents so when i say A i know what i saying coz i think before i say or do, so leave your comfort zone and strive for the best ,

to me you don't act arrogant but try to be matured inside you coz the day your dad's money will fail you, you will not believe as the grammatic blunder i think its because she does not read her sentences well before she clicks to reply, you tell me if you've never made any error here.

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lol,see you making grammartical errors again, we are all "small pikin"as you call it you know,if u r 40 years old,to your parents you r still a child,if your 20,30 yrs old you r still a child so you can see calling someone small pikin is a relative thing, unless you are as old as methuselah then u can say you r not a "small pikin"capische?

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@ lucabrasi

You are still kid trying to correct my english? omo i laugh you well well

one reason i like u is that u dont insult i have seen some of ya posts on other threads but one thing i go tell you be say u still be small pikin.

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Are you promising us an interview with Eedris in the next edition?

Still expecting your promise.

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I learnt some of his tracks were produced by snoop dogg

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Would like to see a recent interview with Eedris on his pain out of Nigeria?

Look out for the next edition of The Lyrics Mag Int'l. Meanwhile, the current edition feature the 'Lagi mo' guys, Rooftop MCs. Are they into gospel or hiphop?

The answer is in the Edition 4 of The Lyrics Mag Int'l. Ask your vendor for a copy.

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The king is back now because I have so many things to talk about. This prompted the release of my new 17-tracker album. What you are not, you can’t take. I gave birth to hip- hop music – whether anybody likes it or not. I went to fight for them and I’m back to take my position,” he declared

It is customary in music to claim titles. Ruggedman claims he is the pillar of Nigerian hip-hop then, Eedris Abdulkareem declairing himself as the King should not be seen as arogance. To me he is truly the King and he is back for good.

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@ lucabrasi see dey read well

i said if we never knew eedris back in the days how many people for buy he album, i never said i dont know him omo u are making me looking more jobless like you lol how do u feel?

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you r the one that never knew eedris back in the day,i wasnt in nigeria all through his jagagjaga song and from the part where i live o i know eedris is known here and he is known in nigeria as well,

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@ javalove

no ever talk to me for inside nairaland again coz if u direct any thing to me i ready find you come out from the crowd and thrash hell out of you

now i know the kind of music person u be i nor suppose to dey get time for you coz its shows wella you know nothing about music.

Its like telling someone you have no ideal what it takes to do an album.

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Dready Got Some Jobs to do and She is Got To Fulfil Her Mission,

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this post is old na what is the project with 50c? welcome to nigeria?

I will not say he is nobody i have to respect the new school pioneers and he is one of them but is Eedris really the king? To me he is no where near the front lines when it comes to rap or hip hop either ways eedris is far from been king.

It is one thing to be a pioneer and another thing which is hard work to be on top or be a king if we never knew eedris back in the days how many people for buy he album and he dey call him self King, i bought his album just to find out what he has to say and i don hear wetin he get to say and man i go say this album is flop

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i luv this guy!!!!!!!

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opinions are like assholes. i'm sure u got one dready

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