Yung6ix: Rapper’s tribe did not influence his failure to make the Headies list

By on November 15, 2016
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Yung6ix’s talent is evident, and surely if he does it right every year, he will definitely get his time at the biggest stage. Right now he isn’t on it, and his tribe didn’t influence his exclusion.

The release of the Headies awards nomination list has been trailed with controversies, as many have found it unsatisfactory.

Yung6ix leads the pack, as he called out the organisers of the awards show, accusing them of tribalism. The Warri rapper is definitely unhappy with the fact that he got no nominations, despite his musical efforts throughout the year.

Yung6ix took to Twitter, to bare his mind on the issue. The 26-year-old argued that the organisers have intentionally overlooked his efforts, which he attributes to tribalism. Yung6ix is also convinced that his hit single, ‘Respek On My Name’ deserved to be nominated in the ‘Best Rap Single’ category. According to him, “‘Respek On My Name’ is the Biggest Hip Hop record this year #jstknw.”

 As a young person operating in this industry, it can be quite galling to be passed over by awards and platforms designed to cater to that need. It’s a rough competition out in these streets, where everyone looks out for themselves and the ruthlessness that is manifested behind the scenes is heart-breaking.

But to complain, you have to have worked. The Headies is designed to celebrate Nigerian music via the award ceremony. This they have done for the past 11 years, and effectively rewarded the best of the best that have passed through this industry. Name your favorite artistes. They all have Headies to their name.

This edition has the year in review slated for ‘July 2015 – June 2016’. There’s not a lot of rocket science about it. If your material that was released within the period in review is entered into the competition, then it stands a fair chance to be nominated and perhaps to win. But you don’t win if you aren’t playing the game.

 Within the year in review Yung6ix put in work and dropped the 6-track “Billionaire Ambitions” EP. But the failure of any single from the EP to make the nominations list does not affect him. His chief concern lie in the failure of ‘Respek My Name’, a single released on July 31, 2016. The song is produced by Disally, and features DJ Timmy.

A Trap-influenced song, “Respek On My Name”, has a vulnerable Yung6ix rapping on his exploits and how much he needs to be respected for doing his job right. It’s a great single to listen to, as Ying6ix, a credible MC,  who claimed to have had a brush with death at the hands of fellow musician P.R.E brings it home.

 But the promotion faltered. Not a lot was done for the single, with the video appearing uninspired. It never charted, neither did it push the genre forward or possess some of the most defining raps that the year has seen.

Yung6ix accuses the Headies of tribalism, but a flip through the category for Best Rap Single shows:

  1. EYAN MAYWEATHER – OLAMIDE

  2. ASAMALEKUN – REMINISCE

  3. JAGABAN – YCEE

  4. CHUKWU AGOZI GOGI – ILL BLISS

  5. AGU JI NDI MEN – A-Q

  6. SHOW YOU SOMETHING – BOOGEY

Olamide, Reminisce and Ycee are Yoruba, with very deserving singles. Illbliss is from the East, and he has a very enviable record on the list. A-Q (Gilbert Bani) who has worked his heart out this year with a standout “Rose” album is from Abia State, and Boogey is from Cross River. Although tribalism does not officially affect the selction of nominees, but this particular category is one of the most tribally balanced.

It’s understandable to be hurt and feel bad when excluded from the biggest stage. But any reaction and accusation of foul play has to be steeped in facts and figures.

Yung6ix’s talent is evident, and surely if he does it right every year, he will definitely get his time at the biggest stage. Right now he isn’t on it, and his tribe didn’t influence his exclusion.

originally posted on pulse.ng