Veteran Rapper, Modenine bares it all regarding his reason to be a musician. In a recent interview with one of Nigeria's best online and offline news platform, Punch, where he shared the reason why people don't know about his love life, the Nigerian rap titan made it clear that his venture into music wasn't because he wanted to be famous but because he's good at it.
I am not going to answer personal questions and if you notice my modus operandi, I guard my personal life with my life. I tell my family members to shy away from the press. My interviews are about my works; I drop an album and I want you to buy it. I don’t want people to know about my personal life, because I am an artiste and not a celebrity. I don’t do music to be famous. Everybody has a reason behind their action and I do music because I am good at it.Why do I need to be famous? It is a lie that the person in my life may feel bad that I don’t talk about her during interviews. If your wife works in a bank and you are an artiste, you don’t go to her bank and sit down. Likewise an entertainer; your spouse may come for a few shows but not every one of them because she knows you would not give her all your attention. Some people like to put their family in the limelight like the Kardashians but others don’t because they are private people and the fans need to respect that fact.I follow rappers like KRS One in America and I have never woken up one day to find out who his wife is. I don’t care about any other thing but his music because I am a fan of his music. There are some people that are just too nosy and want to know everything about a person. You cannot know everything about me. I am from a different era, and in my era, we only follow the music and ignore every other thing.- Modenine to Saturday Beats.
Modenine have been criticized by many for choosing to do what they regard as imitation of the Americans, pure hardcore hip-hop, rather than Africa's Afro-Hip-Hop. Something which have affected his music from selling in this part of the planet earth. He have even went on to state that he won't be releasing any album in Nigeria since his work is never appreciated here.
Now you know the reason he still stayed rigid, not ready to make a switch to Afro-Hip-Hop, one he believe is not the pure hip-hop. But is his reason really in line?
One obvious question here is; "can artist sell album(s) and shows without being famous?"
I guess the answer is hell NO. I do believe that fame help artist to have the required fan base that will in-turn help to facilitate massive album sales as well as sell out shows.
First thing in the mind of every artist is to raise a formidable fan base, become a household name, which invariably means that the artist is pursuing fame. So, I still don't get it, the point he's trying to make when he said he want to sell album but not to be famous.
Please can someone put me through? What do you think of his statement? Let hear from you at the comment section below...