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Why Do Nigerian Artists Have Poorly Written Songs?

hi guys, ladies,

i believe the music here can improve if artists try and get some music education!

what do you think.

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There can be many reasons why they do it, but the top one is: just because they can! If no one would listen to low quality music and no one would buy it, or share it online, then they would be pressed to write better. But since they can make some good money with the low quality texts and music, why try harder? Unfortunately, not all the people respect their own selves enough to do an excellent job no matter what. Apparently, writing poor texts, these folks disrespect themselves as well as those, who listen to them.

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Wat pains me da most, is dat da good ones aint even recognised, da literate consumers disappoints me alot cos they tend 2 be da ones enjoyin da songs da most, da mentality of common consumers contributes to emcees makin meaninless records/ if dey dont buy those garbage called songs. The musician will go back to da drawing board. Big ups 2 DARE, ASA,MODENINE, BANKY W. & everybody dat likes good music.

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They now call themselves commercial artist.God will deliva our airwaves.

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laziness and a bigoted sense of importance which, once again, is a result of a fan base which doesnt know the difference between quantity and quality.

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Cause they try to imitate the foreign musicians and go away from the God-given talent

given to them by God.

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because their audience keeps being satisfied with whatever they churn out.

No serious critiques.

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They simply lack intelligence. Unfortunatly they are d ones with mo cash thus they they frequent studios n get steady plays.

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I thank d almighty God 4 people like Excetera, Tuface, Asa, African China, Prince Wadada,  Psquare and some few others i didnt mention.

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music music music,Naija got talents,but this days the dude with good lyrics and good beatz find it difficult to hit limelight,most times after these artiste realease their first hit ,all they cld do is do rubbish ,for sure no lyrics is new that doesnt mean they cant re-arrange the lyrics to create possitive impact.every body's saying same thing "swagger this swagger dat"money this money dat" abeg jare while the upcoming keep coming the starz keep storming, crazy music nfor crazy people , kool music for kool music , lol

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Abeg, song na song. As long as I fit dance to am. Go America go see the silly lyrics wey all those stars dey write wey una all dey dance to. Naija still better jare

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pop does not have to make sense anyway, it is about noise making. however, that does not mean one cannot improve in noise making. look guys, hiphop is all about hip and hop, it is about all the nasty clips and girls and sex and guys and money. that is what teenage music is all about.

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Most of the Nigerian songs lack good english, 1st to speak of. Then we all buy them thinking its the 'in thing', SAD

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Cos most of these Guys got low IQs.

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you guys apparently don't know more about the music industry to come to such conclusion. An artist's primary goal is to make a hit record. That way the artist can please his superiors and execs in the record label. The American hip hop industry, just like the Nigerian hip hop industry, has witnessed the emergence of main stream artists like Gucci Mane, Soulja Boi, among others. In both industries, many mainstream artists are high school dropouts and don't generally write quality music. As a result of consumer taste, artists who painstakingly write good music have now been relegated to minority status.

With the global recession and increased environmental stress, the average music listener wants a song with a catchy beat and chorus while not particularly concerned with how good the song is written. In short, artists make songs in response to consumer demands; that is to say, many consumers do not particularly care about good written songs.

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Sumone's song-->'i don tire to make sense,infact i wan yan nonsense'

u go blame them?

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not so big on naija muzik bt m.i lyrical content made meaning while being catchy

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I'm an upcoming artist. So glad you brought this issue up again. Hot tears strolls down my face each time I feel my next written lyrics won't do fine. It takes me time, serious times, to agree that i've written well enough. It kills my emotion whenever I discover one might not make it without some slant, composed, stolen or borrowed. So I give up. I give up just writting just like others. I do study online on how to write a better song, and at such, I feel it is wise to meet the opinions of people. I believe in good music, and want to belong to the few class of good lyricists and song writters. I need a manager, or a director who can make my best quite know and also promote himself/herself through me. Music Listeners' opinions are really welcomed. My contact address is muelzik@gmail.com. Any relevant advice and support would do. Mind you, i'm not after money yet.

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I'm not all that into music, but ME thinks, BANKY W too is one of the few that takes time to make sense. Seen 2 of his videos that were also a notch different. Yeah, my baby JEREMIAH GYANG too. . . Hmmm. . .

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The lack of creativity in the industry is alarming.

The singers are singing nonsensical word all the time. The producers are using the same type of 'dance-all' beat ( i am sincerely tired of hearing that dance-all beat every musician is using nowadays).

We need people who are creative & inspiring. Music that makes you want to try something new yourself.

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I think this poor lyrics thing is a worldwide phenomenon and I believe it's because a lot of young folks who patronise these artistes do not have the ears and patience to listen to good lyrics instead they prefer songs they can dance 'alanta' to. As long as the beat is good people will buy the cd even if all the artiste is saying is dem mama, kolomental, swagga and other nonsense. Bottomline, we enjoy mediocrity.

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Yes, most Nigerian artistes aren't really good song writers, I think the industry is more about entertainment and money makiing than the quality of your material. Which is why most of the hottest artistes now will fade away in a couple of years because their music has no deep meaning. But artistes like Dare, Tuface, Sasha, Pype, Asa and a few others will be respected, not just because they're are top selling, but because the quality of their music is very good.

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cant tell over all tht auto tune

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The standard of music in any given society is a refletion of that society. Majority of Nigerian artistes are not versed and knowledgable enough about the rudiments of music. Like some rightly mentioned, good musics with good lyrics are not appreciated in Nigeria and therefore are less popular and less commercially viable when compared to the "ghetto kind" of music we see/hear on air on daily basis. Not withstanding this fact, I belief Nigerian music has come a long way to be widely regarded as the best in Africa, therefore the artistes should be appreciated and encouraged.

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the music industry is booming & they want 2 part of it, thus the blah blah lyrics.

Hardly will u find them not screaming d name of d beat makers & their record labels.

those wu know their stuff dont do that. Asa, Tuface, Darey (& sm others) r the few with d lyrics

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Cause Nigerian musicians are always trying to be like American musicians

instead of being themselves.

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They try marketing the ''rough work'' on a trial and error basis and they surprisingly make sales. Tho excellent finishing sales greatly,they dont wana giv it a second thot

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The same can be said about the music scene in the USA, all the so called artists with good lyrical content never get good sales/recognition. Instead you have artists like lil wayne and soulja boy making all the dough. So stop knocking the naija artists. As long as these guys arent out there robbing people or on the 'net pulling 419 schemes they are all right with me. They do a very good job making use of the little technology they can afford.

When was the last time beyonce said something that made sense in a song? But artists like India Arie remain in the shadows.

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If some of the songs cre bad. Why do you see 'lots of ladies' dancing to it? A beg. Leave them and let them make their moooooooneey

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I think the word 'Swagga' went around the world if you listen to American songs too, but wat can i say when people enjoy those songs mostly in the club

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I totally agree with you, Poster.

The lyrics from some Nigerian music are very disorderly. Some of the music just turn commonsense into nonsense.

It should not be about quick market.

A little bit more effort will bring better delivery on our player.

The musicians know themselves, especially those who need better education before jumping on the recording machine.

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I understand music is business. School is business too but what they impact is knowledge. Music should show a good deal of creativity because by classification it is art. Painting picture with words (literature - wordplay, metaphor and punchlines) and presenting it to the audience with listenable tune on an accepted instrument

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If the beat is ok, forget about the lyrics. Thats naija for you. That's why we still see those that should be in super-market as singers/musicians.

Another thing, we need good earpiece in our life so we can get the real sounds. I'm tired of NEC earpiece! Does not bring out the real sounds.

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To me i feel it is the market that has an influence on them.We all know that 'nonsense' sells in Nigeria.Our dear D'banj even made mention of it on his track 'The Entertainer' when he said you don't even have to make sense!So instead of writing songs rich in lyrical content,all they try to do is to come up with the next catchy word like 'the koko', 'let's go there', etc

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education is the problem

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most of dem r frm mushin wat do u expect,al dey no is igbo & makin niose dat doznt impact anytin 2 humanity.

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Even tho i agreeee with the subject, buh please we gats to respect 2face idibiaaa, not only can he sing, his lyrics r tyte nd dey make sense

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IN MY OWN OPINION NIGERIA MUSIC STILL STANDS AS NUMBER 1 IN THE WHOLE OF AFRICA SO I THINK THE GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT WORK PERHAPS SOME MIGHT NOT HAVE SOUNDS EDUCATION CONCERNING MUSIC , BUT I GUESS THEY WILL UPGRADE WITH TIME

SORRY ONCE MORE FOR THE CAPS

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the number of naija tracks that had the word 'Swagga' as one of the words in the title of the song last year was alarming.

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Music is the opium of the masses and in a country with the level of suffering as Nigeria the dumber it is, probably the better. Don't think, just chineke me, moet, champagne, unu ga ebgu madu le, swagga, etc the list is endless.

If the song actually has good lyrics and a good melody, nobody will want to buy it.

Or if your a rapper, you need a fake american accent as standard. It's ridiculous

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Yes.

fokasibe

dem mama

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As long as it's a dance track, it's bound to appear as the best thing since slice bread.

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Funnily it is the poorly written ones that get recognition in the country eg terry g's songs,timaya's songs,Ofokasibe,etc

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Yes, yes and yes, your typical Nigerian lyric is more often than not just a few slants below the standards of a nursery rhyme, and not even the kinds for toddlers, more of the newborn/infant range. Then there's the uncontrollable need to scream 'chei' or 'ehh' every few minutes in between, it's either they're spazzing out or they couldn't think any line to place there.

One of the reasons I don't particularly look forward to new Nigerian tracks, one of the worst offenders is Timaya.

Don't get me wrong, there are a few good ones out there, just that the space between the group few good ones and the group army of potties does slightly leave room for concern.

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GBAM!!! Flavor Flav is my prime example. looool

but a lot of people are so talentless nowadays, its ridiculous.

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Most of them are not really musicians. Having a nice voice is not the same thing as being a musician. It takes a lot of training and practice. Most of them are in it for the immediate money that never last.

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Music is now being treated as a business in Nigeria. It's not about songwriting or making a classic record, it's about making a record quick and making as much money as possible. There are a few good artists out there releasing really good material, but they are very few.

The truth is, most of the people in the business can't even sing talk less of write a good song. Autotune has now become a blessing, but also a bad curse at the same time.

Take it away and most peoples careers will be over

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YES, I TOTALLY AGREE!! 60%OF NAIJA MUSIC SUCKS!! really. the songs make no sense, they sing/rap about the same thing, most of their videos are tired dry repeated club scene videos.

they are only a selected few that i like.

they really need to work on their song writing skills, then i think the rest will go from there.

and more creative directors need to emerge. all these same dry tired videos. if its not in the club, the person is standing in front of a green screen and they make special effects in the backround. lol

more videos need a story, thats it. and the story needs to come from the song.

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yep i totaly agreee

but its one fing 2 spot a problem,bt another 2 sugest solutions

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