Nigerian music sensation Mr Eazi opens up about facing cancellation and the lasting impact it has had on his career in a candid opinion.
The artist reflects on the hate he still encounters, emphasizing that the cancel culture experience has given him a unique perspective on the dynamics of social media and public perception.
“When the whole issue with me being canceled, even till tomorrow, I see people come on my [social media] profile and still throw hate,” Mr Eazi states,
acknowledging the lingering repercussions of being the target of cancellation.
Undeterred, he asserts, “I said what I said,” highlighting a commitment to authenticity and standing by his words, regardless of the backlash.
Addressing the persistence of negativity, Mr Eazi suggests that those who continue to harbor animosity may be doing so for reasons beyond the initial controversy.
“If that is the reason you hate, then you hate me for something else. It’s deeper than that,” he observes, revealing a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted nature of public perception.
Realizing the complexity of the situation, Mr Eazi expresses a sense of liberation. “And realizing that just makes me feel free,” he shares.
This newfound freedom, he explains, comes from viewing the cancel culture experience through a broader lens, recognizing that the hate is not solely about the initial incident.
Reflecting on the lack of constructive engagement, Mr Eazi expresses disappointment in the approach taken by some individuals.
“You could have called me and said, ‘Eazi, I just saw this interview, you shouldn’t have said that. This is what I advise you to do,’” he laments.
The artist highlights the importance of genuine dialogue over the trend of banding together to fuel negativity.
In his song ‘We Dey,’ Mr Eazi subtly addresses the prevalence of cancel culture, noting, “Twitter fingers steady showing fake love.”
He attributes the backlash to crowd mentality and the trendiness of hating on someone for clicks, revealing the challenges artists face in navigating the social media landscape.
In a poignant reflection, Mr Eazi recognizes the duality of love and hate. “Love and hate are the acknowledgment of your existence,” he states.
Despite the challenges, Mr Eazi finds a silver lining in the acknowledgment, noting, “There are people making art, and nobody is caring about their life whether they jump or sit. It’s like they are invisible. Love and hate is the acknowledgment of your existence, I’m even blessed to be able to invoke something.”
In sharing his journey through cancellation and the subsequent self-discovery, Mr Eazi’s story reflects the resilience and introspection required to navigate the complexities of the modern music industry and social media landscape
Mr Eazi’s journey through cancel culture serves as a testament to the complexities artists navigate in the digital age.
His resilience and introspection shed light on the evolving dynamics of fame, social media, and the delicate balance between authenticity and public perception in the world of music.