Shola Idowu, popularly known as Weird MC, is Nigeria’s pioneer contemporary female rapper who is renowned for hits like ‘Allen Avenue,’ ‘Ijoya,’ and numerous awards.
Three years ago, an incident forced her to move to the UK and not much has been heard from her in recent times.
The artiste, who is also called the Rappatainer, is currently in the country, and in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, she speaks about her career, personal life, and the state of the nation.
Are you fully back in the country?
Weird MC: Nigeria has always been based on foundation, this is the mother ship, this is where everything sprouted up from.
I was partly raised in the United Kingdom and in Nigeria, so I have always gone back and forth. I always had that opportunity to embrace both cultures. I was born abroad; I am British – Nigerian. My parents are in England. I’ve been away for about three to four years.
Was it a deliberate decision to go away for a bit?
Weird MC: It was a deliberate decision, I wanted a breakaway. I had suffered a major loss in the person of my friend, Nomoreloss. I think that really affected me so much as well.
But I also felt like everything was working out for my good. It pointed to something else and it brought me to my creator, getting to know the Lord Jesus. It just took me from my place of pain, darkness, and confusion and brought me into a place of light. It gave me that opportunity to just keep back shame and reprioritise what’s next for me.
It was a good time to spend away, and I was able to pick a new skill, learned some things. There was a period of pruning, of unlearning when I was away and it was a brilliant time for me to also look inwards, to reflect and redirect my priorities and just come out fresh again.
Let’s come back to the present. Having been away for three years, a lot has changed in your industry. I’m sure you are aware of some of the new entrants. Thoughts?
I’m absolutely abreast. I think we haven’t even scratched the surface. There is so much that we are going to do, I love the fact that all eyes are on us now, it’s amazing, all eyes are on Burna, Wizkid, Davido. You now hear our artists doing things, like going to the Grammys, doing international projects, and the rest.
We haven’t even started. The potential is enormous and it’s hard not to be part of those who will be the beginning of the story, the evolution. There are beautiful things to see, even 2021 is going to get better.
15 years after, do you think you want to drop a remix of IJOYA?
Weird MC: Oh no. I truly believe that there are some songs that you don’t touch. So, I won’t do it. Some songs are classic; you don’t touch them.
You haven’t recorded an album since you dropped ‘After the Storm’ in 2006.
Weird MC: I have not recorded actively after that and I just went into hibernation but album-wise, hibernation is over. but I have not been hibernating for 15 years, technically. I have been doing things, performing, touring, collaborating. I did a collaboration with PSquare on ‘Bizzy Body’ and others.
Going forward, do we expect songs, new albums?
Weird MC: Yes, songs contents, books. I will like to tell my story, there are some things I feel like people have not been able to grasp. It will be a good thing to just share my journey, I truly believe that I appeal to a wide base of people, male and female, cut across different age groups. It will be good to just narrate my story, share the challenges, the wins, the experiences, just tell my story
Will you do gospel songs or deeper songs?
Weird MC: Definitely deeper songs, songs that edify, songs that will pull people away from darkness into the light of Christ. Definitely yes, it is only natural. In fact, that’s the new normal for me. These are tools, capacities which have been given unto me, so it is only natural for me to use them in that direction
Okay, so do we expect to see that rub-off in your music?
Weird MC: Absolutely. It is already rubbing off; you know right in the midst of it. It is only natural, therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, naturally. The prayer that I pray every day is when people see me, I don’t just want them to see me, I want them to see Christ in me.
So what I do in terms of music, movies, writing of books, and I even interact with people, it’s my prayer that it will always rub off.