It ended before it really even started. The beef between Olamide and Don Jazzy lasted less than 48 hrs, but in that time span we saw some serious venom spilled out more so from Olamide, and some cunning disses from Don Jazzy. Yes if you were in the village (igbo people I’m talking to you), and had shitty internet service, then you probably completely missed the whole thing. But you can catch up here, here, and here too.
Now that the beef is officially squashed, we decided it’s a good time check out 5 things we learned from this epic battle of Olamide vs Don Jazzy.
Olamide Is Something Like A Legend Now
Yes he was belligerent and inebriated in his rant at the Headies, but you gotta love the balls it took to take on Don Jazzy with no kind of fear. Public opinion says he initial rant was not aimed at Don Jazzy, but the follow up on twitter was anything but indirect. But even better than his rant is the support of his fans on social media. Yes there were some that weren’t happy but for the most part Olamide got the admiration and 100% support of his core fans,. It might not be the best moment in his life from a behaviorial standpoint but years later we’ll still be talking about this moment when Olamide went HAM on Don Jazzy.
Don Jazzy Is Forever A Boss
We say it was a war of words but in all honesty, most of it was one sided. Don Jazzy said what he had to say, and didn’t say anything else even as abuses were raining down on him. It could be he was stunned, or as a Boss he let things calm down before making his next move. Now if I’m Don Jazzy I’m thinking to myself, ‘do I really want to go head to head with Olamide knowing that Olamide is pretty much the hottest musician in Nigeria right now?‘ You gotta think that this is not Wande Coal that he had one up on, or Dbanj who was really dependent on his production for a long time, or Kelly Hansome that couldn’t hold a candle to him or his work. This is Olamide and YBNL with 3 of the top 10 hottest names in Nigerian music. Why risk the effects of beef when you can squash it, and make plenty money. At least for now.
Beef Is Good For The Industry Sometimes
Were you not entertained? Let’s be honest with ourselves; we like peace and love, but too much peace and love becomes boring after a while. The Nigerian music industry is filled with folks that love themselves in public, but beef themselves in private, and that’s to be expected because in reality they are competitors. However every now and then it’s refreshing to see someone come out and “fuck it… I really don’t fuck with you, or I don’t appreciate xyz.” It’s part of what entertainment is all about. Not everytime kumbaya, sometimes fuck you.
The Real Winner Is The Headies Awards
The organizing committee of the Headies Awards might put out the front that they are disappointed blah blah blah, but you gotta think that they are just smiling behind the scenes. This is probably the biggest buzz they’ve gotten in a few years, and they owe it to that moment. Could it have been staged? Who knows? But we know that before that moment a lot of folks were kinda not really that interested in the award show, and after that, the interest went through the roof. We’re betting next year’s award show will gather a whole lot of interest… especially that Next Rated award.
It’s Not Over
Some of the things Olamide said on twitter, we know he’s been harboring for a while, and shaking hands on camera is not going to automatically erase that. So you gotta think that if anything bubbles up again, this might be reignited. However for now, we’ll call it a ceasefire. Kinda like North and South Korea.
Plus when you look at that picture sef, Olamide is not smiling. That diss track will just sit in the oven a bit longer.