Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Falz is a Nigerian rapper.Â Â Â He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called â€œThe School Boysâ€ with his friend before his professional career as a music artiste began in 2009.
Falz shot into limelight after his song titled â€œMarry Meâ€ (featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade) won him a nomination in the â€œBest Collaboration of The Yearâ€ category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the â€œBest Rap Act of The Yearâ€ and â€œBest New Act to Watchâ€ categories at the same event.Â He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records.Â
Falz is the son of Femi Falana, a Nigerian human activist and lawyer.Â He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law School, Abuja.Â
Early life and education
Falz was born in Lagos State, South-Westen Nigeria. He completed his basic and secondary school education at St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja and Olashore International School, Osun State respectively.Â He is an alumnus of the University of Reading after graduating with an LLB honors degree in Law.
2009â€“2013: Early beginnings and Shakara: The Mixtape
Falz started music as a hobby while in secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called â€œThe School Boysâ€. In 2009, while in high school, he released a compilation of some of his recordings as a mixtape titled Shakara: The Mixtape.
In 2011, Falz released a single titled â€œWaz Up Guyâ€ before he went on to release â€œHigh Classâ€ and â€œCurrencyâ€ which gained him grounds in the Nigerian music industry.Â
2014â€“present: Wazzup Guy and Stories That Touch:Â
On January 2, 2014, Falz was listed in tooXclusiveâ€™s â€œAristes To Watch in 2014â€.Â Â On 30 May 2014, Falz released his debut studio album titled Wazup Guy which was received to critical acclaim among music critics.Â
In 2015, Falz was nominated in the â€œBest Collaboration of The Yearâ€ category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for his chart-topping single titled â€œMarry Meâ€. On 31 January 2015, he released a single titled â€œEllo Baeâ€Â which won him a nomination in the â€œBest Street Hop Artiste of The Yearâ€ category at The Headies 2015.Â On 3 November 2015, he announced the release of his second studio album titled Stories That Touch which was later released on 17 November 2015.
In 2016, Falz won â€œBest Actor in a Comedy Movie/Seriesâ€ at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role as Segun in Funke Akindeleâ€™s TV series Jenifaâ€™s Diary.
Falz describes his style of music as â€œWahzup musicâ€Â It is the fusion of comic lyrics with the contemporary hip-hop in a faux Yoruba accent.Â On 18 November 2014, Falz was ranked #9 on notJustOkâ€™s list of â€œThe 10 Most Gifted Rappers In Nigeria 2014â€ stating that, â€œFalzâ€™s ability to maintain a thought and get his point across in 16 barz while switching accents, infusing funny punchlines and delivering all of it in a way that makes the listener follow along is nothing short of impressiveâ€
The rapper who became an Instagram sensation with his funnyÂ â€˜ello baeâ€˜ skits,Â says he is not a comedian.
According to him, â€œI have a passion for film, so acting is something I would probably do sooner than later. I plan to have my own TV show. Iâ€™m not a comedianâ€
Falz who is still aÂ practicing barrister has decided to still keep that part of him alive and still goes to court when chanced.
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CREDITS: WIKIPEDIA, GOLDMYNE TV