Urban Dictionary Definition of a Hater: “A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.”
Note in there, it says a “person that cannot be happy for another person’s success.” With that being said, if I’m a fan of your music, and you release a sub-par song or video, and I say “I don’t like it,” then I’m not a hater. It just means I don’t like it, and guess what? If a lot of people (your fans and non-fans included) don’t like it either, then it probably really sucks. Period.
I get a damn headache on twitter and facebook when I see artists claiming that people are hating on them for their song or video, for x,y and z reason. Oh please… how about you spend some of that time trying to figure out why you, all of a sudden, had so many “haters” spring up over night. It could very well be that what you just put out disappointed a lot of folks that expected more from you. After all, if you weren’t good at some point at what you do, you wouldn’t even have the “haters” you claim to have. No one would even notice you had a new song or video out. So please maybe we can spend some energy on upgrading our music and videos instead of releasing subpar material and claiming to have all these haters that are trying to bring you down. If you put out good shit, trust me, the “haters” will be few and far in between, and you’d definitely be able to spot them a mile away. The compliments will flow in till you’re tired.
Sometimes you end up hearing “Go and Do Your Own” from fans and sometime from the artist themselves. Really? Really? I should go and do my own? What kind of a response in that? When your phone doesnt work? Does Nokia or BB tell you to build your own phone? or does MTN say, “Go and Start your own network”? Or maybe one day M Knight Shyamalan will just vex and tell all of us to go and do our own movie. Please let’s all stop using that statement because all it shows is our ignorance and lack of willingness to take criticism.
I personally have not been too thrilled about a lot of Nigerian music videos released recently, and anyone that knows me well knows I’m a huge fan of the Nigerian music industry, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that I can watch the average music video, just once, and I’m not interested in watching anymore. Most of them never do justice to the damn near perfect songs, and sometimes it seems like there is a set formula for making videos and no one wants to dare to be different. No one seems to want to break boundaries. Does this make me a hater for feeling this way? Should I go and make my own video? Or give you money to do another one?…Maybe I should go and hug the transformer in my village (which coincidentally never has electricity so that might not be such a bad thing).
I love nigerian music, but I personally feel a lot of music material put out recently is getting very regular & stale, and the videos are seriously lagging behind. To be fair, the quality of videos has drastically improved over the past couple of years, but at the same time, the quality doesn’t really make the video a good video. Please don’t shoot me abeg… It’s all out of love. Ok I’m done… Catch us on the next “Truth Tuesday.”
So you tell me.. Am I tripping?
#onasimilarnote: Retweeting only the compliments from fans you get on twitter to make it look like the song or video is hot is not the way forward. #justsaying
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