After the release of his most recent Album, Insulin, Nigerian Veteran rapper, Modenine has revealed that it will be his last album to be released in Nigeria.
It is always ideal to bow out of the stage when the ovation is highest and Modenine says his reason for this decision is due to the current situation of the music industry, as it is now more difficult to excel than it was years ago.
Modenine, also known as ‘Mathematical Sege,’ made this statement in an interview published by Punch News, on Saturday, September 10, 2016. He also watered down an ongoing rumour which suggested that he was planning his music retirement.
The rapper, who won The Headies’ “Lyricist on the Roll” award for seven times in a roll, has made timeless music over time, and will always be remembered for his works as his fans respect his decision to move his career out of Nigeria.
“After this last album, ‘Insulin,’ I am done releasing albums in Nigeria. I purposely did not make too much noise about this album, I just released it and those who appreciate it have been giving me positive feedback.”
“I don’t know if I would release more albums but I am very certain that I would not release any other album in Nigeria. I can release my album somewhere else but not here in Nigeria. I have not given up on Nigeria but did Nigerians not give up on me? Things are not like they were about seven years ago.
“Things are getting too difficult, so I decided to release this ‘Insulin’ album and I am done here. I already have my next chapter planned out. I am not retiring from music and Nigerians should not worry about me. I have left a lot of materials for them and they can always go and buy and listen to them.”
“I am happy this last album made an incredible impact especially on my core fan base. This is the most airplay I have got in a while ever since I became an independent artiste. It is always good to step aside when the ovation is loudest,” he said.
Born as Olusegun Babatunde, Modenine combines music and presenting. He’s oratory skills is next to none and his slaying words are evident in the lyrics of his music.
His style is unique and of world standard and although younger rappers have somehow taken the space he once occupied in the Nigerian rap sphere, the dexterity of his punch lines will keep his music alive even in decades to come. All the best Modenine in this new journey!