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7 cues to follow when writing a Nigerian song | Must read for all upcoming artists

by Micheal Ace

Forget your seriousness now and let’s be insane and factual. You know you can’t blow with sanity here right? So we will be talking about 7 cues you must follow and maintain when writing your songs. I know how much studio session costs now and it’s not every one of us that have producers as cousins and uncles. So relax, take a sip of alomo bitters, pick your pen and let’s go…

1. Grab a very good beat:

Take it or leave it, that’s what we eat here and that’s what we want to hear. Check Ice prince’s stat on youtube, you will notice none of his songs has views more than Oleku. Why? Because the instrumental is crazy like that. Same reason why people still compare Daddy yo and Mad over you even when wizkid sounds like a forsaken homeless child. You remember Stupid love by Olamide? Those are mad beats you need. If your instrumental is wack, you will just keep wasting money on packaging; hairstyles and clothes. Nothing good will come. There are good producers out there who can help you if the one you use knows nothing than the normal PepperDemGang’s instrumental (One reason the song didn’t blow much)

2. Give us a title:

You can do this whichever way you like but I think it’s better giving a title first. Your title doesn’t have to relate to the song at all. Remember If by Davido? You can say if appears in the song but it doesn’t denote what the song is all about. So give any title that you think people will love as long as it’s pronounceable. It doesn’t have to make sense too. Just give us any short slang or word that bloggers, radio stations and listeners can relate to, what we can chew like gum.

3. Insert a prelude or Intro:

You think Lil kesh’s Skiborobo skibo skiborobo skibo ooose baddest is just there for design? Oh no. That’s why I said you can’t write a Nigerian song with your right sense if you want to blow. Think about one madness people can’t tap into and recognize you with. It might be a proclaim of your name like It’s dotman kuraja (Dotman) and it can also be the gingering of your beats and sounds like Gbedu wey dey burst brain (Reekado bands). Don’t forget to own your liberty, just make sure it’s raw and loud, like You can call me small doctor akeweje oga n la hain (Small doctor). You get that? Let’s move on…

4. Begin your chorus:

Have you noticed we haven’t talked about theme? Yes, you don’t need one. Just start your chorus talking about how hard it was for you to back then (though it’s still hard for you but pretend like you have blow). Talk about how you are now making money, how ladies want you more than anything. Keep it that short. Don’t worry about your grammar, Nigerians will understand.
5. Your verse matters:

You can easily piss your audience off if your verse is off it. Don’t bother about what you say, what matters is how you say it. You can give us stuff like:

Look at me now o, God don bless me
Enemy wan kill me, they wan rest me
My pocket is heavy, I spend like shit
Sexy ladies all around, haters don’t diss

You see that? Just write anything, say anything, as long as it trend with the beat and you are loud enough, people will grab. Put rhymes too, you can force the shit out if it doesn’t come freely.

6. Repeat the chorus:

Run a mime underneath. Just sing along, don’t bother if you are off key or not. We know who to go to when we need a good, well arranged and managed voice. You can make it clumsy too as long as your producers is good at mastering. Give us another verse or do it anyhow you want but follow the fifth rule.

7. Insert your Outro:

I once produced a track and what people complained most about is my outro. For someone to take his time and listen to your cooked up track to the end, he deserves some share of madness too. Imagine what Olamide did in Jale. He went ranting, mentioning names and giving credits for about two minutes before he let go. That’s what you need. Living things by 9ice is a wonderful example too. We are in this together so don’t just finish your track like you pay us to listen to it, cook up a fine and well weaved jargons and give it to us raw. We love it like that.

Note: I do not mean you can’t blow with a good song here in Nigeria. Timi Dakolo is a very good example but for your own sake, especially if you are the type that refuse to go to school or drop out because of music, you deserve to blow earlier than others. Take this medication with the correct dose and you will find yourself on international tour and Forbes list very soon. Thank me later.