Following the controversy that surrounded the release of his music video “I Love You”, rapper, ClassiQ, has sent out an apology letter to the public.
The video, which was criticised by some in Nigeria’s conservative north as being immoral, led to the suspension of Kannywood actress, Rahama Sadau.
Sadau played ClassiQ’s lover in the song, and they cuddled in the video.
In the letter, the singer said his art had never been directed at any particular person or group.
“As much as we all have the liberty to set our individual or collective principles and ethical standards, my work is never directed at any particular person or group,” he said.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES, ClassiQ said his next body of work which is an EP (Extended Play) would have a dedicated single which would address the ongoing controversy.
The letter reads:
A Message from ClassiQ: Letter to the Public
The release of my latest single “I Love You” featuring Avala, as well as its official video, with a cameo from the very talented Rahama Sadau, has garnered widespread acclaim in just a short time. However, the video has also been met with strong criticism from certain quarters.
I am, first and foremost, an artist and a creative. Music is my art; music is my platform. Music is also my method of telling stories, painting pictures and bringing out both the real and the imaginative. We are all ambassadors of art, in one way or another, even the fans!
It has come to my knowledge that my music has caused an issue in certain parts of the Nigerian creative industry. As much as we all have the liberty to set our individual or collective principles and ethical standards, my work is never directed at any particular person or group. It is therefore, not intended to offend, ridicule or challenge any standards that have been set anywhere, most especially when I am not a part of that group.
To this end, I empathize with those who have been on the receiving end of the criticism and judgments passed as a direct result of my music. I implore the entire global creative industry to encourage, appreciate and accept art in all of its different forms.
Thank you to all ambassadors of art. We are family.