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I am a fan of artists that craft their music to address socio-economic, political or economic issues facing a group of people. I consider many of these artists historians given that many years after the music is released, we can go back the listen and gain insight about a particular period. There’s a long list of artists in Hip Hop that resonate with fans because of the depth of their lyrics. Artists such as Tupac, Nas, Mos Def and most recently J Cole and Kendrick Lamar have used their platform to address issues through their music. Sikiru Ayinde Barrister apparently was an artist I discovered used Fuji music in similar ways to the aforementioned artist.

Barrister is my favourite Fuji artist because his music had a lot depth. When I listen to his music he provided a lot of words of wisdom for me as a young woman about how to act as a human being. I remember him talking about birth control in music and also informing his fans not to be envious of others. When I compare him to the more recent Fuji artist, they lack depth in their songs. They don’t address any issues and are more concerned about the “fun” aspect of life and ignoring the problems. Barrister was a Muslim and he was good at making music that fused the teaching in the religion in his music better than other entertainers in the genre.

As remembered by a Nigerian Living in Toronto, Canada

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