…I don’t smoke but it’s okay to smoke.
The young, aspiring and talented artiste, Nuhu Zakari, famously known as Nuzak, who recently dropped the audio and visual of his much-awaited single, The Boy, featuring indigenous rapper, CDQ has called out fellow musicians who use their songs to promote drug abuse.
Nuzak, who is signed to Royal Empire Music and Art Label, owned by popular Lagos socialite, Prince (Dr) Kazeem Eletu-Odibo said; “as a musician, you shouldn’t be encouraging lewd lyrics in your songs if you care about its negative effects on your fans, majority of whom are youths.
He went on to berate artistes who take drugs for inspiration, saying, “It is not good to abuse drugs. We all should know that. You can only take drugs on the doctor’s prescription. Abusing drugs can endanger lives – be they musicians or other Nigerians.
“I have heard that some musicians take drugs, especially Marijuana and codeine to gain inspiration. This might be true, but I don’t do drugs and I don’t believe in drugs. Everyone has his own choice. For me, I don’t smoke and I don’t drink”.
When asked if he smokes, Nuzak said, “I don’t smoke but it’s okay to smoke. I wouldn’t stop other musicians who feel it is okay to smoke because I don’t do it. The smoking I mean is cigarettes, not drugs such as Marijuana or codeine. I don’t buy the idea. It’s just out of line.
“If one is to sing, it should be to make people happy or to preach to them, not to make them go on the wrong path. If you are preaching to the people to go into drugs, then you are just singing for the sake of singing. Your song will be meaningless even if it’s trending and accepted by your fans. Many people have reasons to smoke. It could be as a result of harsh weather, anything.
“Like I said, I don’t smoke but I believe it is cool. Everyone has what drives them. I don’t see it as a bad thing. Whatever you do and you don’t get addicted to it, that’s cool. It’s important not to abuse it or take it excessively.
‘Most smokers out there don’t take care about themselves. When you smoke, you should take care of yourself and check yourself medically and be sure of your health. When your liver is collapsing, you will know what to do. So to me, smoking is cool and I don’t run away from smokers because they are my people.”
He also blamed the fans who patronise the songs. He said: “Sometimes, however, the fans are the ones requesting for corrupt songs with lewd lyrics. The trend on the streets now is Shaku Shaku, and look at the madness in the stress? People are dancing to it.
“That’s why the likes of Brymo, Asha, Adekunle Gold and other conscious singers get low patronage from their Nigerian fans. Nigerians just want to dance and while away time without caring about the songs’ impact on the youth.”
Nuzak, who has worked with the likes of Sean Tizzle, Oritsefemi and Abdulala (Black Tribe), also dreams of working with the award-winning trio of Wizkid, Davido and Olamide in his future songs.
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