He always wanted to be a star, and that is precisely what ‘Attitude For Your Mind’ has made FJ the King. In June this year FJ treated fans in a Lagos club to a stirring performance as he dropped what would become a monster hit in Enugu and the larger Nigeria. The track, a mix of highlife, dancehall and hip hop, was meant to be an anthem for clubs and radios and it has clearly attained its goal. Built from two Igbo lines and four simple English phrases knitted together by a four-word chorus chanted over an energetic drum pattern, you won’t help but memorize the song.
The single is accompanied by a swanky video just shy of 4 minutes long. In it, FJ the King appears in his royal regalia, complete with a crown and leopard skin robe. All that glitters appears in the video and it’s plain to see that the Enugu native is out to project his own definition of swag. Calling and portraying himself as a king comes only naturally for this artist because he actually is royalty. There is actual royal blood coursing through FJ’s veins; he is a prince in an Eastern Nigerian kingdom.
So what is an heir apparent doing on stages or in studio booths instead of taking his place on a blinging throne? Well, FJ has always loved music, right from his days as a schoolboy. He now wants to put his own stamp on the game, give his unique twist to the tale. And at the end of it, reign over Nigerian music as well. Clearly his stage name was not plucked out of thin air. This is a man on a mission. He will accomplish it by filling dance floors with gyrating fans as he preaches the principles of his swag.
Tearing up stages is not uncharted territory for FJ. This is something he has already done and has been doing, starting from the time he was based in the Middle East. Somewhere in the UAE there is a group of fans that can’t get enough of FJ’s flow. But leaving his many followers in the Emirates behind, this ambitious MC decided to go back home and establish himself afresh. And he is not taking anything for granted. FJ is working hard to make a name for himself in Nigeria. He only recently returned from shooting the swagger-ific video for ‘Attitude For Your Mind’ in South Africa.
Though one can easily discern the influences of Shabba Ranks, Fela Kuti and FJ’s other musical heroes in his style, FJ brings his own attitude into the mix to produce something truly refreshing. And music lovers all over Nigeria now can’t wait for more of this royal flavor.
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