Inspired by his parents, who are well-known human rights activists, Nigerian rapper Falz spent several years working as a lawyer while building his music career.
∙ His breakout hit, “Marry Me”—from his 2014 debut album, Wazup Guy—showcased the smooth flow and comedic lyrics that made him a radio staple.
∙ Falz attracted global attention in 2018, when Diddy shared the video for “This Is Nigeria,” a riff on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America,” which now has nearly 20 million views.
∙ 2019’s Moral Instruction, which features several Fela Kuti samples and a more socially conscious sound, won a trio of honors at Nigerian music industry awards show The Headies.
∙ He earned a pair of Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for his roles in the TV series Jenifa’s Diary and the film New Money, which also includes several of his songs.
∙ Nigeria’s version of televised singing competition The Voice tapped him as a celebrity judge for its third season.