Naira Marley should’ve won award given to Mayorkun, CDQ insists

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Olajide Samuel

Earlier in the week, rapper, Sodiq Yusuf, popularly known as CDQ, lashed out at the organisers of the Headies Awards for giving the Best Street-Hop Artiste category to Mayorkun over Naira Marley. Mayorkun won the award with his 2020 hit song titled, Geng.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, CDQ stated that he was surprised Mayorkun was announced as the winner of the category. He said, “I was not there (at the awards show). I was in Kwara State for the launch of my foundation. I was watching the television in my hotel room when I saw the nominees for the Street Hop category― Naira Marley, Reminisce, Olamide and Mayorkun. To my utmost surprise, the award was given to Mayorkun. Do the organisers have any conscience at all? I am not sure anyone has had as much ‘street hop’ songs as Naira Marley in the past two years. Why would they, all of a sudden, give the award to Mayorkun, who is a singer and not even an indigenous rapper? However, it is not about him being a singer. We all know Naira Marley has many street hop songs.”

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The rapper also maintained that there was a lot of politics in the Nigerian music industry. He added, “There is a lot of politics in the industry and we all know that. Some engage in occultism and if one does not belong to their clique, they would not recognise one. They believe one has to belong to them or be under their shoes. At the end of the day, realness wins, because as long as one does not stop, one’s talent would come to light and no man would be able to stop one.”

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Shedding light on his plans for 2021, Yusuf said, “I have a lot of plans. It has been a long time since I ‘dropped’ a street banger. I am planning to go to South Africa to shoot a video for one of my songs. I am also promoting the song, Could Have Been Worse. I would also be working on some international collaborations this year.”

Asked if he was under pressure to get married, the 35-year-old rapper said, “I am not under pressure to get married. Marriage is not something anyone should be pressured into. That has caused a lot of issues for many people who thought they needed to get married at all cost or at a particular age. Meanwhile, marriage should come naturally. No man can pressure me to do anything.”

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