Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Falz is a Nigerian singer, rapper, actor, and songwriter. He began his career while in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend before his professional career as a music artist began in 2009.
Falz shot into limelight after his song titled “Marry Me” (featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade) won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. He was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of The Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories at the same event. He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records which recently signed a new artist Sir Dauda.
Falz is the son of Femi Falana, a Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer. He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law School, Abuja.
Early life and education
Falz was born in Lagos State, mushin respectively South-Westen Nigeria to renowned lawyers Femi and Funmi Falana. He completed his basic and secondary school education at St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja and Olashore International School, Osun State respectively. He is an alumnus of the University of Reading England after graduating with an LLB honors degree in Law.
2009–2013: Early beginnings and Shakara: The Mixtape
Falz started music as a hobby while in secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called “The School Boys”. In 2009, while in high school, he released a compilation of some of his recordings as a mixtape titled Shakara: The Mixtape.
In 2011, Falz released a single titled “Waz Up Guy” before he went on to release “High Class” and “Currency” which gained him grounds in the Nigerian music industry.
2014–2016: Wazzup Guy, Stories That Touch and Chemistry EP
On January 2, 2014, Falz was listed in tooXclusive’s “Artistes To Watch in 2014”. On 30 May 2014, Falz released his debut studio album titled Wazup Guy which was received to critical acclaim among music critics. In 2015, Falz was nominated in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for his chart-topping single titled “Marry Me”. On 31 January 2015, he released a single titled “Ello Bae” which won him a nomination in the “Best Street Hop Artiste of The Year” category at The Headies 2015. On 3 November 2015, he announced the release of his second studio album titled Stories That Touch which was later released on 17 November 2015.
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”.
Falz Career 27 album and acting career
On 27 October 2017 which happened to be his 27th birthday falz released a new album title “27” to celebrate the day. This was a surprise album as it was not promoted before it’s release. The album contained 17 tracks including hit singles like “Bhad Baddo Baddest”, “Wehdone sir”, and “Something light” it also had prominent music acts like Davido, Olamide, Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Maleek Berry, Sir Dauda, Medikal, Terry Apala, and Ycee. The album was majorly produced by Sess is in house producer and some other tracks were done by Maleek Berry, and studio magic. The album did very well and it gained several awards and nominations including nomination for The Headies Award for Rap Album of the Year.
In May 2018, Falz released the music video titled ‘This Is Nigeria’ which was inspired by Childish Gambino’s ‘This is America’. It highlighted the issues of Nigerians including corruption and bribery.
On September 1, 2018, Falz won “Best supporting actor” at the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards for his role as Quam in Tope Oshin Ogun’s movie New Money, becoming the first Nigerian musician to have won the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards twice.
Falz describes his style of music as “Wahzup music”. It is the fusion of comic Lyrics with the contemporary hip-hop in a faux Yoruba accent. On 18 November 2014, Falz was ranked #9 on notJustOk’s list of “The 10 Most Gifted Rappers In Nigeria 2014” stating that, “Falz’s ability to maintain a thought and get his point across in 16 barz while switching accents, infusing funny punchlines and delivering all of it in a way that makes the listener follow along is nothing short of impressive”.
|2011||“Waz Up Guy”||Wazup Guy|
|“123” (featuring Oyinkansola)
|“Welcome To The Jungle”||Non-album single|
|2013||“High Class”||Wazup Guy|
|“Marry Me” (featuring Poe & Yemi Alade)
|“Pound Cake (Freestyle)” (featuring Chyn)
|2015||“Walk In The Sky” (featuring Chyn)
||Starsky and Hutch Project|
|“Ello Bae”||Stories That Touch|
|“Love & Liquor” (featuring Chyn)
||Starsky and Hutch Project|
|“Karashika” (featuring Phyno & Chigurl)
||“Stories That Touch”|
|“Karashika (Part II)” (featuring M.I & ShowDemKamp)
|“Celebrity Girlfriend” (featuring Reekado Banks)
||Stories That Touch|
|“Soldier” (featuring Simi)|
|“Clap” (featuring Reminisce)
|2016||“Bahd Baddo Baddest” (featuring Olamide & Davido)
|“Something Light” (featuring Ycee)|
|2018||“Next” (Featuring Medikal & Maleek berry)
(Featuring Sir Dauda)
|“Le vrai badt guy”|
|“This is Nigeria”||TBA|
|“Child Of The World||2018|
- Wazup Guy (2014)
- Stories That Touch (2015)
- Chemistry (with Simi) (2016)
|2015||Jenifa’s Diary||as Segun||Soap opera|
|2016||Tinsel||as kayode Beko-Williams||Soap opera|
|2016||10 Days in Sun City||as Seyi||Movie|
|2018||New Money||as Quam||Movie|
|2018||Merry men: The real Yoruba demons||as Remi Martin||Movie|
Awards and nominations highlight
|2014||Scream Awards||Best New Act of The Year||Himself||Nominated|
|2015||2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Rap Act of The Year||Nominated|
|Best New Act to Watch||Nominated|
|Best Collaboration of The Year||Falz for “Marry Me”||Nominated|
|The Headies 2015||Best Street Hop Artiste of The Year||Falz for “Ello Bae”||Nominated|
|2016||2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series||Jenifa’s Diary||Won|
|2016 BET Awards||Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act||Himself||Won|
|2016 City People Entertainment Awards||Album of the Year||Stories That Touch||Won|
|9th Nigeria Music Video Awards||Best Afro Hip Hop Video||“Karashika”||Won|
|2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best Music Video||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Stories that Touch||Nominated|
|WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards||Best African New Comer Video||Bahd Baddo Baddest||Nominated|
|Best African Hip Hop Video||Nominated|
|2017||City People Music Award||Alternative Artist of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|Nigeria Entertainment Award||Best Album of the Year||Chemistry||Nominated|
|Best Rap Act of the Year||Himself||Nominated|
|2018||The Headies Award||Best Rap Single||Something Light Light||Nominated|
|Best Rap Album||27||Nominated|
|Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards||Best Supporting Actor||New Money||Nominated|