Album – Moral Instruction
Artiste – Falz
Features – Sess, Demmie Vee, Chillz.
Record Label – Bahd Guys Entertainment (2019)
Duration – 9 Tracks, (24 Minutes).
Folarinde Falana is a multi-talented Nigerian entertainer popularly known by his stage Falz. The rapper and top actor started out 2019 on a maximum frequency with an album he aptly dubbed ‘Moral Instruction’.
On his just released fourth album Falz merely brings more depth to what he started in 2018 when he released the viral record ‘This Is Nigeria’, a befitting description of the state of the country.
‘Moral Instruction’ is Falz taking his activism a notch higher sprinkled with profound truths many of his colleagues and millions of Nigerians know but rarely admit in the open. It’s no surprise since the rapper is a trained lawyer from the pedigree of popular legal mind and activist Femi Falana.
The project is timely because Nigeria heads towards another general election where leaders would be chosen to lead for another four years. The overall theme of the album is socio-conscious, cutting across politics, religion, education, interpersonal relationships, patriotism etc. He points out many crucial issues that have managed to keep Nigeria on its knees while other countries are taking big strides leaving us behind in the woods. Making a conscious album and publicly calling out faulty institutions as done in this LP requires lots of guts and inspiration hence he sought it from Fela Kuti. Falz with due permission sampled the Afrobeat legend on a few tracks to further amplify his message.
‘Moral Instruction’ begins with the track ‘Johnny’, a symbolism, of a typical Nigerian youth with dreams, hopes, and aspirations who is utterly let down by his country. ‘Johnny’ falls a victim to Police (SARS) brutality and high handedness shot dead for no just cause. ‘Johnny’ just drop, na popo shot am’.
Following in quick succession is a spirited track ‘Follow Follow’ which samples the late Fela. Falz talks about wrong crowd mentality, the neediness of those who seek crowd appeal and social media clout. The insecurity of his individuals who court attention by all and whose self-worth is closely validated by likes on social media.
Track three ‘Hypocrite’ is almost self-explanatory, the first track with a featured act Demmie Vee who takes the solemn chorus. Falz highlights the inconsistencies in what people say and what the actually do. Professed Christians and Muslims whose lives contradict what their beliefs. All man get him own fault, las las ‘everybody is a motherf**king hypocrite o’.
Next comes the punchy record ‘Talk’ produced by Willis. The track is very direct as the rapper fired shots without minding who is caught in the crossfire. Specifically, he questions his critic the MURIC, politicians, (maybe the presidency), yahoo boys posing as investors. Quick advocacy is done for NYSC members who earn a ridiculous allawee in 2019 and the transactional s3x for which he was called out for. Affluent clerics living the jet life were not spared by Falz. This track captures the total essence of the album in itself.
Falz extends his attack on Christian clerics on ‘Amen’. He points out the imbalance in the gospel they preach and their rich oppressive lifestyle, compulsive seed-sowing. Once again Agbami Eda is sampled from his record ‘Waka Waka’. The rapper clearly points out religion has created more problems than it has solved in this part of the world, an opium of the masses.
Track 6 is ‘Brother’s Keeper’ is a sombre reflective record which points out the inhumane ways we hurt each other. Our disregard for fellow human lives and unlooking of societal ills because it still far away from our doorstep. Falz preaches love for one another as God is father to all. A pause on this track is necessary to fully absorb the message.
‘Paper’ unravels the unbridled hanker by youths for the Benz, luxury, private jet life without the necessary equivalent of honest hard work and patience. The surge in money rituals, bribery, drug peddling and child marriage and embezzlement of government funds. Chillz who features on the track makes a weighty chorus ‘no go lose your center all because of paper’. Falz openly condemns the trend passionately.
The penultimate track ‘E No Finish’ is where Falz admits that the vices in society still prevails even though Fela talked about this many years ago. ‘Tell baba Fela, e too talk truth’ the problem never finish, it still lingers. A lot to say but no he possibly can’t exhaust the subject matter with ‘Moral Instruction’.
‘After All Said And Done’ the rapper admits nobody holy pass as he can ‘barely see through with the speck in his eyes’ he raises a ray of hope as he calls us (Nigerians) a ‘resilient bunch’ he proposes a way out of our collective quagmire.
Falz ‘Moral Instruction’ has to be the most society conscious album made in recent times. Indeed, like he said in of the tracks he is fighting for us, addressing anomalies that we have come to reckon as normal. It takes courage to be blatant with once music in addressing authorities and powers that be. The public would love Falz for it, but the overloads would disgust him for his guts.
For the music of it ‘Moral Instruction’ was brief and concise, without filler tracks. The message on the album was delivered without ambiguity. His style was simple, with each track carrying the right emotion. Falz did well to blend Afrobeat with hip hop seamlessly. His verses throughout the album told the story with clear imagery. He sampled the right dose of Fela. The late Agbami Eda couldn’t be prouder someone is finally using his music as a weapon against oppression. It simplicity gives it high replay value.