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E-news: How I Contributed To The Decay In Nigeria With My Song ‘Big Boy’ – Eldee The Don

Rapper, Eldee has dropped a shocker. The rapper who is known for his rich perspective on social topics, shared on Twitter how his hit song Big Boy contributes to the Nigerian societal decay.

The then Tribes Records patron, took to Twitter to reflect on the impact of his 2008 hit single titled Big Boyon which Olu Maintain & Banky W were featured as guest artistes. The rapper put up a lengthy post about how the song is in contrast with his usual social conscious music. He stated that he intended to inspire Nigerians to aspire for success with the song but it ended up promoting materialism and oppression which has become craze in our society today causing people to involve in criminal activities like Internet fraud aka yahoo yahoo.
See his thread below.


eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

One day in 2010 while doing a red carpet interview, an interviewer asked me: “I listened to your song big boy, while I do like and enjoy the song, don’t you think the lyrics are a little misleading? I mean you’re glorifying a materialistic lifestyle…”

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

She contd…”How do you reconcile that with some of your previous more socially conscious music?” Without thinking deeply about what she said, I immediately responded that I wrote the song to motivate young people to be successful.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

I added that I don’t understand why anyone would try to suggest a negative meaning to this amazing song that is doing so well at inspiring young people to be everything they can be.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

We didn’t have time to talk any further because we had to move along quickly and do another interview and but I noticed as we walked away that she looked disappointed.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

I didn’t think much of it at the time. I mean, she fell right into the category of the “haters” I was describing on the song, so I just moved on.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

There was a part of what she said though, that stayed with me and continued to echo in my head. It was the part where she asked how I was able to reconcile “big boy” with some of my previous more socially conscious music.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

A few years before, I had released another successful record titled “I go yan”. I go yan is a socially conscious song that tackles the shortcomings of African leaders.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

When you place those two records side by side, the contrast is evident. The more I thought about what that interviewer said to me on the red carpet that day, the more clarity I had about the contradiction.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

How can I care so much about the plight of my people and at the same time promote oppression and materialism? I struggled with it for a while but I eventually developed a coping mechanism that helped me get past the feeling of guilt.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

My coping mechanism was that in the expression of art, it is ok to have contradicting positions from time to time so I thought it ok to one day feel like Bob Marley and another day feel like Diddy.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

We have a society that today finds justification for corruption, armed robbery and fraud…because it doesn’t matter anymore how you get it, just get it, and for no other reason than to flaunt it.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

I made the song “big boy” and unwittingly contributed to the decay…I know better today ☹️

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

Even the late great Tupac Shakur made records that if placed side by side are contradictory. Compare “Dear mama” to “Hit em up” for example, same artist, different emotions. That was how I coped with my own contradiction. 🤷‍♂️

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

Truth is, people who are close to me know that I’m more of a Bob Marley😇 than a Diddy😎. In my natural state, I’m more socially conscious than flashy. Much of my music doesn’t give off that vibe though, primarily because a lot of my music was made to cater to my audience.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

Recently, I started wondering,…why do people connect so well with materialism? What is it about a flashy lifestyle that is more exciting? Why is more respect given to people who are considered to be rich and wealthy in society? 🤔

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

The answer may seem obvious but the more I learn about human behavioral psychology, the more I realize that a lot of it lies in our personal insecurities.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

Our insatiable need for acceptance and regard in our society drives much of how we perceive ourselves and the decisions we make in our daily lives.

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@eLDeeTheDon

And because of that, our perception of who we are and what we are worth has become one of our most basic human needs, right after food, and security.

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@eLDeeTheDon

Poverty has a strong impact on our self esteem as a people. The need to fill a low self esteem gap with material things is what has led our society as a whole to where we are today.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

Today, we have a society that doesn’t respect honest work. A society that insists on the display of wealth for social status. A society that has raised the bar so high for everyone that even the rich have to lie about their true financial capacity.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

We have a society that today finds justification for corruption, armed robbery and fraud…because it doesn’t matter anymore how you get it, just get it, and for no other reason than to flaunt it.

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

I made the song “big boy” and unwittingly contributed to the decay…I know better today ☹️

eLDee

@eLDeeTheDon

For the record, I do not consider “big boy” a Yahoo-Yahoo song.
What I feel bad about is that I promoted materialism and oppression.

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