Veteran singer, Ahmedu Obiabo, popularly known as Blackface was a member of the ‘Plantashun Boyz’, a 3 member boy band group cofounded by Blackface in the early 2000s with other founding members 2Baba and Faze. The musical trio released 2 albums – Body and Soul in 2000 and Sold Out in 2003 before their first split in 2004. The group reunited briefly in 2007 and released one more album ‘Plan B’.
The singer maintained a steady relationship with co-member Faze but his rift with 2Baba widened, particularly over rights to 2Baba’s global single, ‘African Queen’ which he co-wrote. The singer at a recent interview with popular OAP, Nedu and co-hosts on The Honest Bunch Podcast attributed their ongoing feud to 2Baba’s “inferiority complex”.
Blackface has a history of calling out artists for acts of plagiarism. At this recent interview, he slammed popular rapper Olamide for illegally sampling his song ‘Killa’ on his 2015 ‘Don’t Stop’. He further alleged that Wizkid and Burna Boy’s ‘Ginger’ was inspired by his own single ‘Twist & Turn’. He also accused afrobeats singer Asake for copying his style for his hit single ‘Joha’.
In 2016, Blackface threatened to sue 2Baba for stealing his 2014 ‘Let Somebody Love You’. The song was released by 2Baba featuring American singer Bridget Kelly. Before this, both artists have had a major hatchet following 2Baba’s 2004 hit single ‘African Queen’. Blackface claimed he wrote the song but 2Baba released his version without his permission.
The singer also called out Nigerian artists for depicting immorality through their songs. He referenced Rema’s ‘Charm’ as unethical while pointing significantly to the ‘I get money pass your papa’ line from the song. He furthered that as an artist, what you speak comes from the heart and the lyrics to Charm depicted what Rema had in his heart.
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