Mode 9, one of thr most celebrated rappers in Nigeria, claimed that he cannot rap in his mother tongue like Olamide and Phyno.
Popular Nigerian rapper, Babatunde Olusegun Adewale, popularly known by his stage name Mode 9, has declared in a recent interview that he cannot rap in Yoruba.
Mode 9 made this confession in an interview with Showtime, saying he cannot rap in his mother tongue like Olamide and Phyno.
No, I can’t do that, you know why? If there are people doing something and they can do it better than you, there is no point in doing it too because they are already way ahead of you.
It is harder for me to write a Pidgin English song than a normal English song. I can rap in English effortlessly. I don’t just write anything, I try to be clever with words like when I said, ‘They be bungalow brains, nothing upstairs;’ it’s a punch line, but it was done in Pidgin English.
On his relationship with other rappers especially Olamide, Phyno and Reminisce, who are considered his rivals, Mode 9 had this to say;
Reminisce and I are good. I believe if you visit someone, and you’re seeing the person’s kids and wife, it’s all good; you can consider yourself being good with the person, right?
But as for Olamide, I just know him in person. We see, have handshakes, but I’m not really close to him, though I do know him, but we don’t hang out. That’s the same thing with Phyno. Phyno even made a beat for my album, but he couldn’t come up with a hook on time so the album just came out without it.
Mode 9, born in London on June 14, 1975, who is one of the most talented rappers in Nigeria, has bagged seven Headies Awards for his distinguished career in the music industry.