For the past two years, one of the recurrent protest hashtags on social media has been the #EndSars as more and more stories are told of the recurrent brutality and harassment of the Nigerian police, particularly the Special Anti Robbery Squad across the country. And Hip-hop, known in its early days as a medium to air out the discontentment of the masses against authority, is here again to remind us of this menace in our society: one that rears its ugly head at every single turn. Dark Poet has returned from his self-imposed hiatus to provide an insightful social commentary with his new single, ‘Ripple Effect‘, bringing along two of Nigeria’s most successful rappers, Falz and M.I Abaga.
Across the sombre record, the three wordsmiths lend their voices to the growing call against police harassment brutality and impunity in our society. Dark Poet opens the record with impressive storytelling that humanizes this menace. Falz takes it a step further with his verse, one reminiscent of his earlier foray in this theme with ‘Johnny’ off his critically acclaimed and award-winning album, “Moral Instruction.” As they say, it’s isn’t over till the fat lady sings, as M.I comes through with the standout verse on this record, painting a vivid grim picture in the first person.
Listen to the record here.