• I Never Did It – Peruzzi
• Who Wins: Authenticity VS Morals
• A Brief Read: The Controversy of Controversy
Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to be in the news. Everyone wants their fair share of dance with the limelight. If not, why write that song in the first place, why be the engineer to mix or master those vocals, why host that radio show or bring together fans and their idols?
There has never been a better route to achieving stardom or success other than by collaboration, making great content, and putting it out for consumption, engagement, and sharing; But not until the advent of controversy
In the past, everyone depended on a dent-free reputation in order to uphold a good name in the public’s eye, but that’s all gone now. What counts today is authenticity, credibility, and staying true to who you are – which invariably includes one’s faults, falls, favors, and fortunes. Let’s also add failures to that list.
Nonetheless, some faults are not so easily forgotten or easily wiped off the self-image or reputation of a person in public eye. As in the case of rape! Or any form of Sexual & Gender-based Violence (S.G.B.V) against either gender.
In today’s world, a felony is a more excusable offense than S.G.B.V. Burna boy who just dropped his highly anticipated album “Twice As Tall” which was executive-produced by Diddy can attest to this.
Infidelity too like we saw with Tiwa Savage in her marriage saga, Diamond Platnumz, and his estranged beau, 9ice and Toni Payne, Ubi Franklin, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, and of course the name that should have been first on this list 2Baba.Even theft or fraud whether alleged or in the case of proven guilt as we had with Sinzu, Naira Marley, or with the socialites Mompha and Hushpuppi. These are still not considered as grave offenses as forcefully laying hands on a woman or man; a woman in the case of Pastor Fatoyinbo, D’banj or Peruzzi without their consent ..as alleged
The reputation of the accused immediately stands questionable, even before their guilt or innocence is proven. For Peruzzi, he was initially accused of sexual assault by London-based singer Daffy Blanco in January 2020. Although the accusation sparked some grievances online, it was the second stroke of allegations on June 3 by another Twitter user, Princess with claims that he “took advantage of her innocence in 2012” that really ignited viral conversations around the subject. Although Peruzzi waved off the accusations as a plot by his former label boss Patrick Anyeane who he had unsettled scuffles with,
Once Twitter NG dug up previous tweets of him promoting and consenting to rape dating back to 2012, he immediately retraced his steps by deleting the old tweets and releasing a statement to counter the accusations.
For obvious reasons, he stayed off social media for months. The controversy also brought a halt to the budding promotion of his earlier hinted album “GAZA”, but Peruzzi would return with a tune to clear the air
Just as he helped his current label head Davido tackle the allegations surrounding the death of his close partners in 2017 on the song Fia,” Hola Hola, Mr olopa, am not here to cause wahala Hello diva, save your drama, you don’t need me in your Soap Opera”
..he came through for himself on his latest joint Lagbaja.
On this afro-fusion track built on heavy drums and percussions, Peruzzi makes his comeback to the music scene with hopes of self-vindication.On the song’s opener, he insinuates the need for external help in resolving his embattlement.“Call Lagbaja says the matter e don turn kasala”
He addressed his abstinence from social media too and the trauma of facing such allegations. He went on to note the potential damages and dangers surrounding the delicate subject of rape and his accuser’s plot to diminish his efforts, tarnish his image, and eventually end his sensational music career. Just before the end of his first verse, he reassured his fans of his innocence and tenacity.
“Na the matter we dey solve but e no gree solve Ask am wetin dey sup e no fit talk you want to finish want to finish me But e no fit work See oil dey my head the head too strong you can’t stop my shine you can’t spoil my P You can’t catch my trips no need to try but try if you please”
He continued by using a play on words to enlist the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola who was beloved as Governor of Lagos state during his two tenures from 2007 to 2015 to help his accusers ease the process of getting their supposed justice. Peruzzi otherwise wouldn’t have had the need for a radio edit if he hadn’t body-shamed his accuser by referring to her as a prostitute on the song’s chorus.“Abi you go call Fashola as roadblock don block ashana”
To wrap the entire press release, Peruzzi didn’t shy away from denying the accusations head-on “I never did it ohNo no no no no I never did it oh”
With this new tune, Peruzzi has further ascertained his unmatched music writing skills, gained a new train of followers, music streams, and this is as much another feather to his already colorful hat even before his guilt or innocence is ascertained
Although his accusers came out publicly to state their claims, most people think Peruzzi used the “Lagbaja” symbolism to connote his faceless accusers. But from music knowledge, I can assume that the Lagbaja symbolism was not to imply facelessness but to emphasize what he considers to be baseless accusations