‘Moral Instruction’, the fourth album of Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana which is heavy on socio-political commentary is achieving what its creators intended; conversation.
The nine-track album, released on Tuesday, has given life to new debates and discussions about transactional sex, feminism and same sex relationships in Nigerian.
On the record, the multi-talented entertainer talks about wide ranging topics; from bad governance to corruption, cyber crime to prostitution and jungle justice to religion.
Following its release, the rapper has earned praise, criticism, and certainly new fans.
This is how some Nigerians reacted on Twitter.
Falz "Anikulapo-Kuti" just dropped the talk.
No jokes, he's the Fela of our time #MoralInstruction
— Baba Ibeji (@Marapolsa) January 15, 2019
Just like FELA boldly criticized the ills in the Nigerian society during his time, Falz has been critical of the larger issues bedeviling our country and his latest album #MoralInstruction is Moral compass to chart back our course to sanity.
Don't condemn him, APPRAISE him ! pic.twitter.com/fztSiXXGMz
— AURA❤️COOL (@TWEETORACLE) January 15, 2019
Music shouldn't always be about shaking of booty. Sometimes, it should be about shaking of social, moral, religious and political tables.
Thank you Falz for #MoralInstruction 🙌
— Paul Olarewaju (@Consecratedp) January 15, 2019
Finally done listening to all the tracks on Falz’s #MoralInstruction .
What better way can you use your craft to combat societal Ills?
Falz is the kind of student that knows book more than the teacher.
— Habib Lateef O. (@SIREHABBIIBB) January 15, 2019
Fela Abami Eda
Falz the Bahd
Falz the Bahd Guy.
I’m sorry Falz dear. Fela would be proud of you. I’m so emoshional right now 😭😭😭. The torch has been passed on to you. This moral instruction album is what fela stood for. ✊🏾 https://t.co/ABeEQ0pVa5
— PASTOR OLA 😇 (@Biisi96) January 15, 2019
Talked on MURIC.
Talked on 9ja Politics.
Talked on Pastors.
Talked on Jungle Justice.
Talked on Fraudsters & Runs girls.
Talked on NYSC Allawee.
This is the man who deserves his name in bigger fonts, deserves the bigger stage and deserves the bigger accolades.
Falz is the man.
— OurFavOnlineDoctor 🥳🏁 (@DrOlufunmilayo) January 11, 2019
Falz’s album would mostly be pushed organically. People are ready to help him post about it. Why? His contents are really amazing. A king.
— Taofeek Oseni (@HEAD_MASTA) January 11, 2019
Falz made an album solely to combat the ills in our society.
This is how you lend your voice to a cause that matters#MoralInstruction
— Don Boye (@DonBoye_) January 15, 2019
Jan 15, 1966: The first coup happened in Nigeria.
Jan 15, 2019: Falz launches coup against songs moral decadence in Nigeria
I doff my hat#TheBahdFela
— T U N M I S E 👑 (@olumurewa_) January 15, 2019
— DC_Ale (@beejhay8910) January 15, 2019
Many people don't deserve what they get while many don't get what they deserve. @falzthebahdguy deserves more recognition than he's already got.
— Adebayo 🔴 (@Tzadebayo) January 15, 2019
Some fans believe Falz has laid a marker for other artistes to follow:
So falz made an album just to discuss the ills of our society today
Other artistes please take note #MoralInstruction
— The Afin Boy (@dannyrez_) January 15, 2019
I love how angry Falz sounds on #MoralInstruction. Good angry.
Nigerian artistes, take note. See #TheseBuhariTimes too. Everything no need be gbedu music.
I know you think it. You see the bullshit daily too. Speak up. Use your platform. Change lives with your art, not money.
— mAvErIcK (@johnXtreme) January 15, 2019
This Falz #MoralInstruction Album is what you can buy on ITunes and be proud you bought something.
Not some logo Benz or some repeated soco chorus.
— Mr.┏̲O̶̲̅┓̲P ┏̲A̶̲̅┓ (@ogbeni_opa) January 15, 2019
While some fans praised the creative direction of the album, some were not keen on some of his views — and they didn’t hold back their frustrations:
Falz misogyny is very casual, it’s the type you hear and when you react, people say you’re being extra and over reacting but you know you’re not. It’s the type of casual misogyny that gaslights you, it’s passive aggressive. I am glad people are seeing him for what he is
— Biliquis (@Biliquis_X) January 15, 2019
When falz said “feminists in the house” I cringed…honestly thought he was more intelligent and more exposed.
— The t-shirt guy (@joeycrazype0ple) January 15, 2019
Falz says he hates transactional sex, but isn’t ‘Something Light’ about a girl that didn’t want to sleep with him even though he took her out and bought food for her? Isn’t that transactional??
— Ozymandias (@CHIZY_N) January 15, 2019
How Falz just equated sex work to sexual objectification of women is beyond me. So if I offer sex for money, this gives people the license to view me as a commodity? You can't translate this to common sense.
— Amarachi Nickabugu (@a_nickabugu) January 14, 2019
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