Blakk Rasta has come to the defense of Shatta Wale amidst the recent criticism directed at the latter for his controversial remarks about fellow artists.
Shatta Wale faced backlash for undermining the efforts of some of his fellow musicians who are striving for international recognition. Additionally, his comments seemingly challenging Nigeria’s dominance in Afrobeats and making unnecessary comparisons have provoked strong reactions.
In response, various entertainment pundits and industry stakeholders, including Sally Mann, Vida Adutwumwaa, renowned video director Babs Direction, and others, have vehemently disagreed with Shatta Wale’s statements, asserting that he lacks the authority to question the success of artists who have outperformed him.
According to them, Shatta Wale hasn’t achieved the same level of success as the individuals he’s critiquing.
Nonetheless, Blakk Rasta holds a different viewpoint on this matter. The well-known radio presenter disagrees with this assertion, stating that Shatta Wale hasn’t received the recognition he deserves. He emphasizes that Shatta Wale has significantly contributed to the industry’s prestige and value.
Blakk Rasta believes Shatta Wale should be acknowledged for his remarkable resilience and determination in the face of various challenges and attempts to hinder his career.
“You can never take away from this man’s noise. What he has contributed to the industry. He brought a lot of respect to the music business in this country. He encouraged us to go for our worth.
“He came from nowhere to somewhere. There was a time when nobody wanted to play his music including me because he insulted me. That was when I was a little bit unprofessional. Right after he was blacklisted, blackmailed, and rejected, he found another route.
“He followed the youth in the ghetto and told them if the youth won’t play his song again, they should. Thankfully Facebook came and gave him a voice. In those days there was nothing like sponsorship. Doing Facebook Live, made his name and was able to blow.
“Of course, he can be controversial, of course, he can be vulgar but he gives credit to Facebook for his achievement. If radio was supposed to make people blow then Shatta would have died without becoming that person,” he stated in a video making rounds on social media.
Meanwhile, Shatta has reacted to Blakk Rasta’s comments.
He shared excerpts of his speech and wrote,
The truth is not bitter, it’s sweet. Thank you Black Rasta and May God open many many many doors for you in this life. It’s a shame they still fighting this guy !!!! GOD IS HERE !!!!!