Illgod & Xplain D Don – King Jaja Bars

Hip hop in Nigeria has become a controversial topic . Every one has an opinion about what Hip Hop should sound like . Honestly , there is actually no formula but the basic fact is music should sound good regardless of it’s genre .

King Jaja Bars by illgod & xplain is one song i recommend Hip hop heads in Nigeria should listen to . In my opinion , this is what African Hip-hop should sound like. I am a believer that Africans should tell their story through their art , be it music , painting or movie making . The fact that we have left our history to foreigners to document is disgusting . The reason i was not a fan of Wakanda . The narrative of that movie did not develop in the mind of an African child . It was the narrative of people who have probably never stepped foot in Africa. An African child will never conceive a super hero dressed in a cape or suit and mask. Super heroes in Africa are in the form of Princess Amina , Jaja of Opobo , Fela , Sango , Amardioha , Ebubedike, Yaa Asantewa, Haile Selassie etc . Also, there will be no reason to work with the CIA or build centers in foreign lands . There is also an element of false or bad publicity in there for Nigeria . The producers claimed the movie is fictional , but the proceed to name places like “ Sambisa forest ” . My problem with this is that , like coming to America starring Eddie Murphy , American movies make people conceive false ideas of Africa and hide behind the fact that it is fictional or they exaggerate the problems in Africa in the name of fiction. They also make it seem that all Africans need to come to America to have hope , education or a life . These views are totally false, unacceptable and very bad publicity for Africa.

I have no problems with Foreigners expressing their opinions about Africa in their arts as well, the problem is Africans should be aware of these false / foreign narratives and realize they have a duty to make their counter perspectives known . We need to tell our own story .  Imagine reading or watching the African narrative of Slavery or Colonization devoid of European influences or narratives. It will be way different from what we see on TV .



When you write a song about your environment and experiences , it never gets old. illgod and Xplain D Don are aware of this fact and they exploit it in all of their tracks . Although  the general opinion is that the days of Boom-bap hip-hop are behind us, illdagod will always awake it’s spirit because he is telling his story and that of his people, the narrative is original . I replayed this song a minimum of 10 times (no kidding ). One was because it felt like i visited my beloved Port Harcourt again. The slang and terminology was basic Rivers State lingual . It’s like seeing a documentary of your favorite city . The references they made through out the song reminded me of my back ground . I really do not pay attention to rappers who talk about things they know nothing about or who try to tell a tale from a foreign perspective, lingual or ideology. You are not being original .

This song is titled King Jaja Bars , after King Jaja of Opobo (full name: Jubo Jubogha; 1821–1891) . He was a merchant prince and the founder of Opobo city-state in an area that is now the Rivers state of Nigeria. Born in Umuduruoha, Amaigbo, in Igboland, he was sold at about the age of twelve as a slave in Bonny. Jumo Jumofe later took the name “Jaja” for his dealings with the British.

Jaja proved his aptitude for business at an early age, earning his way out of slavery; he also dominated the Palm oil trade and was a real super hero because he resisted the British from controlling his people until he was arrested , exiled , and poisoned .

I dominate beats like Jaja dominated the oil trade .




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