Did These 12 Nigerian Songs Copy Foreign Musicians?


September 17, 2015


You know how they say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”? Well, these 12 songs certainly do a whole lot of flattering.

1. Wizkid’s ‘Holla at your Boy’…

https://youtu.be/dYU69cToSQ8

…sounds a lot like Se7en’s Girls (feat. Lil Kim).

2. Banky W’s ‘Ebute Metta’…

…is basically Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’.

3. The chorus of Eldee’s ‘I’m Leaving’…

…sounds a lot like the rap version of John Denver’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’.

4. Black Reverendz’s ‘Ayangba’…

…is pretty much Busta Rhymes’ ‘Dangerous’.

5. Maintain’s ‘Catch Cold’…

…is identical to Ludacris’ ‘Area Code’.

6. …and their ‘Ni Bo Lawa’

…really sounds like Nas’ ‘You Won’t See Me Tonight’ (feat. Aaliyah).

https://youtu.be/06bUoBG4-pg

7. P Square’s ‘Omoge Mi’…

…might as well be Westlife’s ‘Soledad’.

8. …and their famous Bizzy Body

…borrowed a lot from The Fugees’ ‘Ready or Not’.

9. Tope Alabi’s ‘Baba Mimo’…

…is really the Christian version of Magic Systems’s ‘1er Gaou’.

10. Rasqie’s ‘Soji’…

…sounds an awful lot like DMX’s ‘Ruff Ryder Anthem’.

11. P Square’s ‘Temptation’…

…is unmistakably similar to Nathan’s ‘Come into my room’.

12. …and their hit ‘Last Nite’

…is almost identical to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’.


Well, talent imitates and genius steals.

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