Posted by trae_z on 27th February 2005
“If life’s a bitch, procrastination is a cheap ho
I’m the president of rap so I address my people
Every time I grab the microphone I make my teeth show
It’s excitement like watching sex through a peephole”
Yep that’s how I feel right now, like addressing my people. Sort of like that Wyclef “If I was president” shit. Although I ain’t the president am a still talk to y’all on politics and of course rap.
Of recent a lot of people have been mailing me their songs in MP3 format to listen to or referring me to sites where I can hear their stuff. And I’ve been listening and liking some. This coupled with the numerous hot tracks I hear on radio these days (Abuja sure has a lot of promising upcoming stars) makes me wanna go record my own song straight away. Shit I’ve been foot dragging for too long. It’s been almost two years since I last recorded. I even missed a chance to record with my boy Dramatik some weeks back due to some school shit. But I think I’ll finally do it. Record like three songs hopefully before my 22nd birthday on April 17th (Yep it’s the same old shit like last year: “they say a TRAE flow is the very thing/and April is the Seventeenth/). I ain’t really going for the big time publicity thing, but if it comes no probs. I Just wanna fulfill a personal ambition of making tracks that people will really feel and enjoy. And in the process contribute to something I believe in and love so much: Hip hop. But I guess all this will come to pass if only I can get past procrastination which has a knack for frequently tying me down (yeah it’s a cheap ho like Modenine said. We fuck with it so easily). I’m also awaiting an instrumental/beat from a cyber pal to see what I can do with it/kind of music I can make out of it. I’m also considering applying for a job at an Abuja FM station that just started broadcasting. At least to remain useful while hustling for my degree and the NYSC call up thing.
Now for some of my thoughts on politics. If it’s within the scope of reference for the upcoming National Political Reform Conference in Abuja I suggest those guys suggest the rotational presidency thing for Nigeria. Right now the political atmosphere is charged over the battle for the presidency in 2007. God knows what will happen next year when the campaigns get in full swing. A five-year single presidential term rotated among the six geo-political zones will be well welcomed by all if you ask me. I believe it’s the best way to solve the problem of who should rule. Nigerians are so open-eyed that the only way to satisfy everyone is to let everyone have a piece of the cake in turn. Let it start with the presidency going to the South South in 2007 (Let’s be honest they definitely deserve it based on marginalization grounds in the past) and then other top post be zoned according to the federal character idea.
Also I must say rest in peace to General. Abdulkarim Adisa (Rtd), a former Henchman of late Nigerian head of State Sani Abacha. Memories of him that remain in my mind are at the Oputa panel in 2000 and more recently at the Funmi Iyanda’s “New Dawn” show on NTA. He appeared on the show sometime in late 2004 where he had a tough time answering questions from Funmi and her co-female presenters on his role in Nigerian Politics in the past and why he wanted to enter politics again. He sure was a funny man with a heavy Yoruba accent. He didn’t sound intelligent and articulate at all. I wonder how and why people like him ever made it to the top political offices in Nigeria. Rest in peace too to my uncle who died last month. Life’s so unpredictable man. One week we was with him running around to properly bury a relative, the next week we find ourselves practically planning his own funeral. God knows best anyway.
Last word, check out my man Fishe’s site and listen to some of his songs. He’s a Nigerian rapper based in the United States who’s about to release his debut album. For real the brother is a real lyrical wordsmith. And for my Nigerian GSM users www.mobilenigeria.com is a must site for you. There you can let your feelings on the industry be known to fellow users and your mobile telephone company executives.
I’m signing out with this pic Modenine sent to me personally. It’s him rocking the stage on February 4th at “Ek’abo” an MTN sponsored gig organized by the French cultural centre in Lagos. Sorry guys Modenine is now based in Lagos. But no probs Abuja still rocks. Ask Six Foot Plus, Terry tha Rapman and OD and they’ll tell you.