Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana was born in Lagos Nigeria on October 27th 1990. He attended St Leos Catholic Primary School in Lagos Nigeria and later went to Olashore International Secondary School, Osun state Nigeria before obtaining and LLB degree from the University of Reading in the UK. He went to the Nigerian Law school and officially became a barrister in February 2012.
Falz journey into music started from his secondary school days. He took it to another level in 2007, when he stung together a mix tape titled:’ Shakara’. He has been identified as a great talent by music veterans like Eldee, Don Jazzy and M.I.He is known for his trademark witty punch lines, infusion of local dialects, and comedic lines which seem to stand him out.
With the release of his single ‘High Class’ produced by Studio Magic, Falz is gearing up for rap domination.
Falz took up Rap as a hobby towards the end of his secondary school education. Growing up listening to the likes of Nigerian legends Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Trybesmen, Plantashun Boiz, he gradually unravelled his talent in music.
He continued to release hit singles like ‘Wazup Guy’ (2011), ‘High Class'(2013) and ‘Currency’ (2013) before officially releasing his debut studio album titled ‘Wazup Guy’ in May 2014. The album features the likes of Olamide, Yemi Alade, Dr Sid and many more.
Falz’ trademark style has been described as a fusion of witty lines and comedic tones on indigenous Nigerian sounds thus setting him in a lane of his own.
During an Interview ….. Falz was asked about his views on The Nigeria Music Industry and the level of competition he is experiencing.. this was his reply;
“I believe what you have to do in a scene such as this is to be unique. And I think my music is very unique. The infusion of comic lyrics, which people can easily relate with, with a lot of old school jam and the contemporary hip-hop is what makes my brand of music very unique. It is very different from what any other artiste out there does”.
Recognition and Releases
In 2016, Falz won “Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series” at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for his role as Segun in Funke Akindele’s TV series Jenifa’s Diary. In June of 2016, Falz was voted the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act” category at the 2016 BET Awards. On October 27, 2016, Falz collaborated with Simi to release Chemistry, a 7-track EP solely produced by Sess. The EP was released after he had previously worked with Simi on two singles titled “Jamb Question” and “Soldier”.
Awards And Nominations
Scream Awards 2014 (Best New Act). Also he was nominated for the 10th edition in the the Best New Act Category for the Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2015
Fast rising singer, rapper and comedian, Falz The Bahd Guy signed an endorsement Car sales site Cheki, he went ahead to pen yet another deal with WebMAllNG. as an official brand ambassador of the online shopping store for clothes, footwears, electronics, mobile phones, laptops, books, toys. On February 2015 he signed a deal with online Fashion retailer, Jay Osibe.