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Mr Raw has always been one to air his opinions. He won't grab headlines like a 2face organized protest would, or attain global recognition in Falz esque ways. But even in the midst of much social commentary and thought provoking songs such as Everyday Cobhams Asuquo, there's been a sore lack of grown man rap in Nigeria's industry of late. 




A proponent of Igbo rap, he  influenced the likes of Bosalin and Phyno. The artiste, formerly known as Nigga Raw returns with 19, a song about the most dominating subjects of social and public discourse: the SARS epidemic. Many celebrities have spoken out about being harassed by these highway devils, petitions are being signed and every once in a while, there's a victory story about the defeated fate of the overzealous lots. Yet, for every victory story, five young men are robbed off their hard earned dough.  And following in the way of throwback Obodo (which featured the evergreen hook from Klint D' Drunk), Mr Raw presents 19, his first song in a long while.

The song begins with a comic sounding skit, a confrontation between a person and the men in black. In as little as twenty seconds, several laws are broken; human life is threatened, freedom of speech deterred. When the beat kicks in, one could be surprised by how enjoyable it is. Drums are the dominant sound, the kom kom of an Igbo instrument also present. Someone once promised to make us think and move whilst doing so. That person could easily be Mr Raw. You'll almost forget this is a "talking to" from a veteran who's seen organizations rise and fall. If there's bitterness in his heart, his voice doesn’t sound like it. Sometimes, this is the artist's genius but on 19, it rides the song carelessly to a path of separation. Mr Raw sounds detached to the issue he’s rapping about. You just can’t help but see 19 as a grown man's take at the suffering of the young.  

However, in an alternate universe, 19 thrives on Twitter for its quotables, "You see this table I'm shaking, many people are standing on it with rifles" and "You can do your job diligently, and you can also approach us very gently" 

Approaching this topic with a soft jab is a sacrifice at the altar of commercialism for the sakes of wider outreach. The hook is catchy and Mr Raw is Mr Raw but online discourses still trump the music for now and they seem like a safer bet if  we will ever #EndSARS.


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