At the peak of his career, Eedris Abdulkareem once got the attention of then-president Olusegun Obasanjo through ‘Nigeria jaga jaga’, a song which implied that the country was in disarray.
Several years down the line, Abdulkareem’s lyrics are still as political and socially conscious as ever.
On his new single ‘Trouble Dey Sleep,’ which was simultaneously released with a video, the rapper-singer is all about calling names and stirring the hornet’s nest.
After a clip of Lai Mohammed’s infamous interview with Richard Quest where he handed Senegal victory in the jollof rice superiority war, Abdulkareem says: “Fellow Nigerians, listen carefully, I bumped into Atiku Abubakar in Dubai, him talk say we need to restructure Nigeria and when I met Major Al-Mustapha at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, he said: “Eedris, how old is corruption.”
As he concludes his opening speech, he belts out: “How old is corruption… na who be corruption age mate? na who born corruption? Shey no be bad leaders”.
As the song progresses, Abdulkareem goes on to call out the minister of information over his comments on the shooting of music videos and movies abroad.
The rapper also criticises political and government leaders who patronise foreign establishments, while lamenting the Biafra and Niger Delta agitations, corruption, and poor infrastructure in the country.
Although the song which subtly sampled Dino Melaye’s ‘Ajekun Iya’ may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it does touch on all the right topics.
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