Tuesday, 10 April 2012
An angry fan's open letter to d'banj
Banjo, and an ardent fan isn't happy abourrit! Read his open
letter to the superstar below...
I love your work, I really do, I think you're one of the
greatest musicians of your generation, but I must say,
your new affiliation with G.O.O.D music seems to be
getting to your head.
For years you've been known by your official name,
Dapo Oyebanjo, even using it as part of your twitter
handle. Well all good things come to an end, and
your affiliation with your new label seems to have
brought that particular chapter of your life to an
D'Banj you've now gone from 'Dapo Oyebanjo' to
'Daniel Banjo'. All I can do is laugh, I mean, Daniel
'Banjo' ? What are you, a country music star from
Lol, country music star from Nashville indeed...continue
I mean, I get it, Daniel provides the 'D' and Banjo provides
the 'Banj', but negro please, you're hustlin' backwards. Why
abandon the successful person you are to become a less
successful version of what you're not? You're a Nigerian,
not an American, and no matter how hard you try, you'll
never be one, so be yourself and have faith.
Plus, truth be told, based on a fan base, you're the BIGGEST
artist in the entire G.O.O.D music family other than Ye'
himself. You don't need to become an Americanized version
of yourself to fit in, not to knock their hustle, but I promise
you, John Legend, Pusha T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi, Common and
your other label mates wish they had as many rabid long-
time fans as you do, they Don't. You've accomplished
something most of them will never get to do, they should be
insecure around you, not vice versa.
Either way, Dapo Daniel I'm sure you still have people who
can advice you. I'd suggest they step up and tell you to accept
who you are and not try to be something you're not. Truth
be told, your music is what people are interested in, not the
un-africanization / westernization of your name, heck, just
go study the life of Tupac Amaru Shakur to see how having
an ethnic name is immaterial to one's success. Or go further
back and study the work of one of your mentors, the late,
great Fela Anikulapo-Kuti who actually went from his
westernized "Ransome-Kuti" to the very Nigerianized
"Anikulapo". Till today his name still rings out in all corners
of the world, heck he was even immortalized with a show
Anyway, all I'm trying to say is people love those who keep it
100, please get back to that.
I've spoken my piece.
Deuces. Curled from lindaikeji