“The Nigerian Music Industry Now Belongs To Yahoo Boys” – Baba Fryo

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Veteran Nigerian act, Baba Fryo, who is known for ghetto- street music opened up to Saturday Beats in a recent interview on why he decided to step down from the music industry.
Fryo also said he hasn’t really left the music industry and he’s into other businesses. According to him,
“There was no time I left music, but the system has changed. At present, we don’t have raw talents in the music industry; people doing music now are the ‘Yahoo’ and drug boys. They took over the industry.
“A ‘Yahoo boy’ can just enter the studio because music is easy now unlike before when you would have to pass through many processes to release a song. Then you would sing from the beginning of that track till the end, but they cut corners nowadays which also explains why their songs don’t last more than six months. When they play some of my songs like Denge Pose and Notice Me, people still dance to them and remember the lyrics. Many things have changed.
“It is not true that I quit music out of frustration. It can never be so. When I was growing up in Ajegunle, I became used to gossips. I cannot be moved by dirty talks because I have been hearing it all my life, especially when my music was famous. I am not the only artiste that has gone silent over the years; we have many but I am not willing to mention names. If they said I left music out of frustration, they should describe frustration. If I was frustrated out of music, I would tell people myself.”
Baba Fryo also said, “I am still doing my music obviously; I go to shows. Also, it is not only Yoruba who are land speculators (Omo Onile) in Lagos. I collect my entitlements too, I sell lands. It does not matter that I am from Delta. Was I born in Delta? I was born and bred here, so I have the right to collect entitlement. I have lived in Lagos all my life,”