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DJ Cuppy: It’s scary putting out music in Nigeria… we’re highly critical


Florence Otedola, a disc jockey better known as DJ Cuppy, says it’s scary releasing songs in Nigeria, describing the country’s music audience as being critical.

The 27-year-old, who doubles as a daughter to Femi Otedola, a billionaire businessman, had earlier released her debut album ‘Original Cuppy‘, enlisting prominent singers like Fireboy and Rema.

In a chat with Apple Music, the video to which was shared via her Twitter page on Thursday, Cuppy noted that there’s often the comparison of her likes to globally recognised Nigerian stars.

In May, the US music and video streaming service had announced her as host of its first-ever radio show in Africa.

“Nigeria can be a peaceful place but it’s also quite highly critical. When you have people like Wizkid, Burna Boy, Davido, and some of the top artistes internationally, it’s kind of scary,” the vocalist said.

“You know when trying to put yourself out there. But I don’t care what happens from now. The album is out and my story is out there. It’s all about me. That’s why it’s called original Cuppy.

Cuppy had also raised many eyebrows after she revealed that ‘Original Cuppy’ album took her back to her roots.

She said she had to visit her family’s farm just to record animal sounds for inspiration.

“I went back to my roots, where I am from; Epe and mixed with the locals for inspiration, I visited my family’s farm and recorded lots of ambient and animal sound samples,” the DJ had said.

“If you listen very carefully you can hear these in each track. I am so proud that the album is now out. For me, it’s not about numbers and statistics and charts.

“It’s about the fact that I was able to focus and actually achieve my dream of having an album.

“So honestly, I’m already happy regardless of what happens. Nonetheless, I encourage everyone to join this journey and I hope they enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making this album.”