Popular Nigerian rapper and comic act, Falz the “Bahd Guy” is known for his funny accent which he puts up to make a show. In an interview ‘The Bigger Friday Show’, the entertainer explained how he got this hilarious but unique fake accent.
Born as Folarin Falana in Lagos State, Falz began his career in a playful way while in secondary school. He formed a group called “The School Boys” with his friends and by 2009, what seemed like a joke turned out into a professional career for him. Falz came into limelight after his song titled “Marry Me” won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Subsequently, the 25-year old took to social media platforms to share skits of himself using his favorite faux accent to send sensible messages, which has brought him more popularity and increase in fan base. He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records, thus the nick name “Falz The Bahd Guy.”
According to the singer/comedian, the whole mimicking thing started at home with his siblings. They usually changed their voice and phonetics just for fun while trying to act like someone they are not. Falz says his sisters are even better than him when it comes to faking an accent, however, he is the one well-known in the family as “accent falsifier.”
The Lagos-born Ekiti state indigene holds a LLB honors degree in Law. He actively practiced law and represented clients in court for two years before he diversified into full-time entertainment.
Falz is the son of Femi Falana and Funmi Falana. Funnily, both parents are Law practitioners and his father is a human rights activist also and a politician, who once contested and lost the governorship election of Ekiti State in 2007 on the platform of National Conscience Party.
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Falz has created a rare niche for himself with what he calls “Wahzup music,” a fusion of comic lyrics with the contemporary hip-hop in a faux Yoruba accent. Aside his personal songs, “like High Class,” “Whatz Ap Guy,” “Toyin Tomatoes” and “Cool Parry,” among others, Falz has done some notable works with other Nigerian artistes including Simi. Their collaboration on “Soldier” and “Jamb Question” is epic as Falz delivers hilarious punch lines in his self-made accent while complimenting the soft voice of the female singer.