By Tunde Adediran
Most people have a love-hate relationship with Lagos, whether it is the Lagos traffic, or the ever bubbling night-life. Whatever you like or hate about Lagos, here’s 5 songs celebrating the Lagos life.
Lagos State Of Mind by Modenine
Bootleg cds mark every corner, pure water and kids selling gala/Taxis are for the rich so we climb okada
From the Pentium IX album, Mode 9’s Lagos State Of Mind gives you the perfect Lagos picture in 3 verses. Mode 9 raps about the everyday struggle of the average Lagosian. From spending all your day in traffic, to LASTMA and area boys harassing you, to turning up at clubs and the shrine, we get everything on this song.
Lagos City by CaZe
Put it down for Ikeja, down to Bariga up in Unilag then I’m down to Ojota, pick up shawty in Omole tete da’un senoirita o, she’s so fine I’m keeping her for ojo meta
CaZe takes you on a Lagos City cruise, over this Sarz produced beat. CaZe Montata as he likes to be called, waxes lyrical about his love for Lagos. From his humble beginnings in Surulere to his hustling days on the street of Festac. He also makes a detour to the streets of Unilag, Bariga and all the other hoods on the mainland.
Stylee by DJ Jimmy Jatt ft. Modenine, Tuface & Elajoe
‘I suggest you check rear view/ Be careful / Because an okada just might be near you/ Knock one of them down and the rest gon tear you/ into pieces Eh yo! Welcome to the jungle’
Off Jimmy Jatt’s 2007 The Definition album and produced by Joe Kenny, Stylee was the official Lagos anthem in 2007. The legendary Tuface, Modenine and Thoroughbreds’ Elajoe took us on a journey around the gritty and grimy streets of Lagos. As Tuface rightly said this Lagos wey we dey so (it’s our zone) these streets wey you dey see so (it’s our own)
I Love Lagos by Olamide
If I carry you go Banana, my guy you go love Lagos o! If I carry you go to Elegushi my guy you go love Lagos o!
If you want the face of Lagos you show to your colleagues ‘in the abroad’, you know, the one that doesn’t really reflect Lagos but at the same time reflects Lagos, then I Love Lagos by Olamide is the song. From the perfectly working BRT system, to the clean streets of Lagos to helicopters flying in the air, Olamide wants to take you around the good parts of Lagos.
Lagos Party by Banky W
Ain’t no party like a Lagos party cause a Lagos party we don’t bother nobody, we just throw our hands up, drinks in our cups, Lagos stand up cause we don’t give a
What’s Lagos without the night life and party? I really don’t know. Not only was Banky W’s first verse on this song one of the best verses from a Nigerian ever, Banky also showed us what his vocals are capable of. If you want to get a glimpse of the Lagos night life, then it is the perfect song. And by the way, he wasn’t lying when he said ‘ain’t no party like the Lagos party’.
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