CALM DOWN! IT IS TOTALLY OKAY FOR YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC STAR TO BUY SONGS FROM OTHER ARTISTES


By Minister Sam (Music Journalist, Critic and Pop Culture Enthusiast)

There are only four certain things in life; death, taxes, Skales getting trolled on social media, and Nigerians bashing their favourite music stars for hiring songwriters. For most people, especially listeners (and you reading this article), hiring a songwriter or buying an entire song to be re-recorded denotes laziness and lack of talent. Truth is, you're wrong.

The art of making music is a creative process. From the identification of beats, to the conceptualization, recording and mixing of a song, it is a sophisticated process that is both beautiful and tiring. This is where you begin to wear out, and lose inspiration. Everyone has creative limits. There is this mental glass ceiling you cannot push through once you've worked to a point. It is totally normal. It is as a result of these hard times that artistes lean on others to assist in the art-making process. They simply reach out to fellow creatives in the music business to help them write a verse, hook or entire song.

I vividly recall when the news of Davido buying his club hit, "Gbagbe Oshi", for a princely sum of one million naira from General Pype broke out. Music fans went crazy on social media. Criticizing the young man for this and that. All for what?

Without assistance from songwriters, we wouldn't have been blessed with what has become some of our favourite hits today. Harrysong wrote Kcee's smash hit "Limpopo"; Cobhams co-wrote Asa's "Fire On The Mountain" and "Mr. Jailer"; and forgotten pop star, Password, wrote Davido's "Gobe", and Praiz's "Mercy"!

Songwriting is even more common abroad. Rihanna's 2012 hit, "Diamonds" was written by Sia, Beyonce bought "Irreplaceable" off Neyo. Ryan Tedder (lead singer of OneRepublic) wrote Beyonce's classic ballad, "Halo", which is one of her biggest tunes to date. And the list goes on.  

Part of this problem lies with our Nigerian artistes too. They are proud, always want to steal the spotlight, and want to take credit for everything. They would go to any length to limit the exposure given to any contributors of their product. So when news of their collaboration leaks, they get bashed for being 'untalented', as they have already presented themselves to the public eye as independent and all-knowing. Shame!

While it is normal not to be creative, it is only proper that you give due credit to contributors of your work.

Regardless, hating on your favourite music star for buying songs is baseless, tasteless, and every other thing that ends with a '-less'. Songwriting and sharing of ideas in the music creation process should be encouraged, not only for versatility of sound, but to also improve the quality of music that is rapidly deteriorating in the country.

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