Falz, who released the clip on Friday, borrowed the similar spare setting and shirtless delivery that Gambino (aka Donald Glover) used in his widely shared commentary on violence and oppression ― but the African rapper managed to make it his own.
Falz told CNN: “The primary motivation was to trigger an awakening among the Nigerian people about the numerous political and social ills that we constantly face as a country. And more importantly to spark a reaction in the positive direction.”
Count Diddy among the impressed. The rapper and impresario shared Falz’s clip on Sunday, calling him and other artists game-changers.
“This is Nigeria, look how I’m living now, look how I’m living now. Everybody be criminal,” Falz sings, addressing such issues as violence, drugs and corruption in his version.