Popular Nigeria rapper, Sodiq Abubakar, also known as CDQ, has released his second music album titled, Ibile Mugabe.
In an interview with Punch, he narrated the difficult times he has been through in his music career, he revealed that he never thought that life would be this rosy for him.
He recalled that the most painful experiences of his was when a top-rated artiste manager in the country told him that he would not succeed as a rapper.
“He told me that my style of music was too local and lacked commercial value. But I believed in myself and I kept working hard. When you know your strength, you just need to dwell on it,” CDQ said.
CDQ, stated that he decided to name his new album after the former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, to show how his stubbornness had helped him to fulfill his dreams as an artiste.
“ ‘Ibile’ in Yoruba language means ‘grassroots’ and we know that the acronym Mugabe symbolises stubbornness. The title of my album has to do with a boy from the grassroots who was determined to succeed by all means.”
The likes of Wizkid, Davido, Kizz Daniel, Mr. Eazi and Tiwa Savage are featured as guest artistes in the new album, apparently to enhance its value in the music market.
CDQ admitted that he had intentionally requested their inputs on the album. “I believe that there is more that one can achieve when two heads come together. When you try to embrace other artistes and do music that will appeal to their own fans, it makes your album more marketable,” he said.
However, the rapper waved away the insinuation that his music style attracted only ordinary street folk. He said, “I do music for everybody. My song, Flex, has been out for more than a month and the National Broadcasting Commission doesn’t have a problem with it.”