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No 10: Folarin Falana ‘Falz’ – Top 30 Naija Most Successful Artistes in the year 2019



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The 2019 Naija Top 30 Artistes measures and ranks Nigeria’s prominent recording artistes by blending data from AC’s most influential charts, with album and track sales (both digital and physical), radio airplay, streaming, downloads from top African (Nigerian) entertainment sites, social media fan interaction, as well as YouTube and Eflex9jablog’s views.

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In short Top 30 Naija Artistes provides a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of Nigerian recording artiste by popularity.


Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990), better known by his stage name Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009. Falz became more well-known after his song “Marry Me” featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade.

He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records. He released his debut album Wazup Guy in 2014. His second album Stories That Touch was released in 2015. He released 27 as his third studio album in 2017. On January 15, 2019, he released his fourth studio album Moral Instruction.

Early life and education
Falz was born in the local government area of Mushin, Lagos, to renowned lawyers and human right activists Femi and Funmi Falana. He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law School in Abuja.

Falz completed his basic and secondary school education at St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja and Olashore International School, Osun State respectively. He is an alumnus of the University of Reading England, having graduated with an LLB honors degree in Law.

Career
2009–2013: Beginnings and Shakara: The Mixtape
Falz started music as a hobby while in secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called “The School Boys”. In 2009, he released a compilation of some of his recordings as a mixtape titled Shakara: The Mixtape.

In 2011, Falz released a single titled “Waz Up Guy”, then released “High Class” and “Currency”, which gained him grounds in the Nigerian music industry.

2014–2016: Wazzup Guy, Stories That Touch and Chemistry EP
On January 2, 2014, Falz was listed in tooXclusive’s “Artistes To Watch in 2014”.

On 30 May 2014, Falz released his debut studio album titled Wazup Guy, which was critically acclaimed by music critics.

In 2015, Falz was nominated in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for his chart-topping single “Marry Me”. It won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of The Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories.

On 31 January 2015, he released a single titled “Ello Bae”, which won him a nomination in the “Best Street Hop Artiste of The Year” category at The Headies 2015.

On 3 November 2015, he announced the release of his second studio album, titled Stories That Touch, which was released on 17 November.

In 2016, Falz won “Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series” at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role as Segun in Funke Akindele’s TV series Jenifa’s Diary. In June 2016, Falz was voted the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act” category at the 2016 BET Awards.

On October 27, 2016, Falz collaborated with Simi to release Chemistry, a seven-track EP solely produced by Sess. Falz had previously worked with Simi on the singles “Jamb Question” and “Soldier”.

2017-Present: 27 and acting career
On 27 October 2017, his 27th birthday, Falz released a new album titled 27 to celebrate the day. This was a surprise album, as it was not promoted before its release.It contained 17 tracks including hit singles like “Bhad Baddo Baddest”, “Wehdone sir”, and “Something light”. It featured prominent music acts like Davido, Olamide, Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Maleek Berry, Sir Dauda, Medikal, Terry Apala, and Ycee. The album was majorly produced by Sess as in-house producer, withand some tracks were done by Maleek Berry, and studio magic. The album did very well and it gained several awards and nominations, including a nomination for The Headies Award for Rap Album of the Year.

In May 2018, Falz released a music video titled “This Is Nigeria” which was inspired by Childish Gambino’s “This is America”. It highlighted Nigerian issues including corruption and bribery.

Months later, the song was ban by the NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) claiming it was a vulgar song. When Falz was asked, he said: “If they ban this song, then I do not understand them because that song is definitely not a vulgar song,”. However, Falz sues NBC for N100 Million.

On September 1, 2018, Falz won “Best Supporting Actor” at the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for his role as Quam in Tope Oshin Ogun’s movie New Money, becoming the first Nigerian musician to have won the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards twice.

Awards and nominations

YearEventPrizeRecipientResultRef.
2014Scream AwardsBest New Act of the YearHimselfNominated
20152015 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Rap Act of the YearNominated
Best New Act to WatchNominated
Best Collaboration of the YearFalz for “Marry Me”Nominated
The HeadiesBest Street Hop Artiste of the YearFalz for “Ello Bae”Nominated
20162016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsBest Actor in a Comedy Movie/SeriesJenifa’s DiaryWon
2016 BET AwardsViewer’s Choice Best New International ActHimselfWon
2016 City People Entertainment AwardsAlbum of the YearStories That TouchWon[27]
9th Nigeria Music Video AwardsBest Afro Hip Hop Video“Karashika”Won[28]
2016 Nigeria Entertainment AwardsBest Music VideoNominated[29]
Album of the YearStories that TouchNominated[30]
WatsUp TV Africa Music Video AwardsBest African Newcomer Video“Bahd Baddo Baddest”Nominated[31]
Best African Hip Hop VideoNominated[32]
2017City People Music AwardAlternative Artist of the YearHimselfNominated
Nigeria Entertainment AwardBest Album of the YearChemistryNominated[33]
Best Rap Act of the YearHimselfNominated
2018The HeadiesBest Rap Single“Something Light”Nominated[34]
Best Rap Album27Nominated
Best PerformerHimselfNominated
Africa Magic Viewers Choice AwardsBest Supporting ActorNew MoneyNominated[35]
2019The HeadiesBest Rap Single“Talk”Won[36]
Best Rap AlbumMoral InstructionWon
Album of the YearWon

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