A popular rapper, Michael Stephens, aka Ruggedman, is of the opinion that the dearth of edifying lyrics in the music industry is worrisome.

Speaking during an encounter with Sunday Scoop, he said, “The absence of edifying lyrics is bad. In my time, more importance was paid to the art aspect than the glamorous side. But, right now, more importance is paid to the flashy side. Many artistes are no longer creative. Beat makers (producers) are more creative these days.

“That is why we have different types of beats. Back in the day, there were deeper lyrics, but now, it is more of ‘lamba’. Unfortunately, this trend will lead to a reduction in the number of evergreen songs produced in the country. Songs such as African Queen (2Baba), Crisis (African China), Baraje (Ruggedman), and Oruka (Sunny Neji) that were recorded about two decades ago are still remembered by many. But, there are some songs that were released just six months ago that people cannot remember.”

Ruggedman also advised artistes to move with the times in order not to be left behind. He said, “It is either one shapes up or shapes out. Things always change. Right now, amapiano is the buzzing sound. At different times, it was kwaito, azonto, and makosa. If one wants to continue doing music, one needs to adapt.”

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