Our weekend celebrity scan is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. His eccentric style of music has made him outstanding in the music industry. He goes by the name Folarin Falana Populary known by his stage name as Falz tha bhad guy. This young talent was born in Lagos, Nigeria into the family of famous lawyer and human rights activist Mr &Mrs Femi and Funmi Falana on October 27,1990. He attended St Leo’s catholic primary school Ikeja, from where he moved to Olashore International school in Osun state for his secondary education before leaving the shores of Nigeria to the United Kingdom to pursue his tertiary education. Falz bagged an LLB. hons in law from the University of reading in UK before moving back to Nigeria to attend Nigerian law school in Abuja and was called to bar in February 2012.
Although Falz music career could be traced back to his secondary school days when him and his friends formed a defunct music group called “The school boys”. His professional music career kick started in 2009, when he released a compilation of his records as mix tape titled “Shakara”. In 2011 Falz released 3 singles titled “Waz up guy”, ” High class” and “, “Currency” which he used to announce himself into the Nigerian Music Industry. on January 2, 2014, Falz released his first studio album which he titled WAZUP GUY.
In 2015 Falz went on to release another hit single titled “Marry Me” which he featured Yemi Alade and Poe. “Marry Me” won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of the Year” category in the Nigerian Entertainment Awards of 2015. At the same event he was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of the Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories. Falz released another hit single titled “Ello Bae” in same year which won him a nomination in the “Best Street Hop Artist of the Year” category at the headies of 2015. He released a second studio album titled stories that touch on November 17 2015.
in 2016, Falz won “Best Actor in a comedy movie/series at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards of 2016, for his role as Segun in Funke Akindele’s TV series Jenifa’s Diary. Falz was voted the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act ” category at the 2016 BET Awards. In October 27, 2016, Falz released a 7-track EP in collaboration with Simi titled “Chemistry” produced by Sess. On September 27, 2018. The rapper released a surprise Album for his fans titled “27” to mark his 27th birthday. The surprise album featured so many big names in the music industry such as Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Ycee, Terry Apala, Davido, Olamide, just to mention a few.
Falz has continued to churn out hits upon hits upon hits. His latest single titled “This is Nigeria” is a satirical song which was inspired by Childish Gambino – This is America. The song has got all tongues wagging about how he was able to highlight the issues faced by Nigerians today including killings, corruption, fraud and bribery. Falz is indeed a strong force to reckon with in the Nigerian Music Industry.
it is correct to call the young star a lawyer by training but a musician by profession who has won so many awards in and outside the country