In celebration of the ‘420’ day, we curated a list of Nigerian songs you should vibe to.
According to Wikipedia, 420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is cannabis culture slang for marijuana and hashish consumption, especially smoking around the time 4:20 p.m., and also refers to cannabis-oriented celebrations that take place annually on April 20 (which is 4/20 in U.S. form).
It is believed that the tradition was started by a group of high school students in the US during the 1970s who met at 4:20 pm for their ritualistic smoke session before the time was adopted into 4/20 for calendar purposes.
Way Before Naira Marley started dominating the street-hop music scene in Nigeria, he was once a grime act in the UK. Released in 201 “Marry Juana” was the first single that shot him prominence.
The song is proof that the change wasn’t as drastic as you probably imagined as you can already catch a feel of his unapologetic attitude and hear some of the street-lingo taking form on the tribute song to marijuana.
While to some people taking weed or cannabis is to help deal with anxiety issues, abuse of these substances have been found to have dire consequences.
The DMW crew of Davido, Dremo and The Flowolf teamed up to deliver their own warning against drug abuse as they plead for people to stay away from drugs over the street-hop beat produced by Nakademus. The song was released in 2020.
Drugs aren’t the main theme in this song but having a good time is. Released in 2019, Boj call on Kwesi Arthur, Joey B and Darkovibes for the melodious “Awolowo” which is produced by GMK.
Over the course of his career, Olamide has released controversial songs that has made him a scapegoat with the Government. In 2019, he released the controversial “Science Student” which attracted outrage for its lyrics. Olamide was accused of promoting the abuse of drugs with the song.
However, He defended himself saying that the song was a protest song against drug abuse, thankfully the video made his anti-drug abuse message clear. The nightmare-ish clip following Olamide through a broken-down asylum shows the need for facilities to foster properly rehabilitation rather than treating addicts like criminals.
Off his debut album, L.I.F.E, Burna Boy makes a special tune for weed smokers. The song is a reggae tune that can make one forget the lyrics and dance along. The song is more like a freestyle.