Michael Stevens known as Ruggedman is one of the most popular musicians of today. Unlike most of today’s musicians whose claim to fame is a handful of singles, Ruggedy Baba as he is called has produced four albums. One in 2004, another 2007, 2010 and 2012.
He was one of the artistes that talked to Vanguard on the issue of ‘ a lot of lyrical nonsense and danceable beats’. Hear him: “I agree with Vanguard about the beat and no lyrical content part, but it is not all the music of today that falls in that category. We still have artists who have messages in their songs, though they are being overshadowed. Music is an art form that is used to entertain and at the same time pass messages. So it definitely should not be all about beat and shallow lyrics” he explained.
On whether today’s musicians are more successful or not than musicians of old, the ever opinionated rapper toed the cautious line and explained why we have more affluent singers today.
“Depends on what you mean by poor. If you are talking finances, I think the today’s successful musicians are getting it good. Old Nigerian musicians did not have the influx of corporate bodies coming in with fat wallets and endorsements today’s musicians are enjoying. My idea of a good song/music is solely determined by the listener and the listener’s choice of music. A good dance track is one where the artist is able to find the balance between a good beat and message and still get people singing along and dancing”.