Folarin Falana , better known by his stage name Falz, is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter and actor. 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.
Folarin Falana Popularly well known as Falz (Falz the Bad Guy) is a Nigerian rapper, songwriter, and actor, Falz’s childhood dream wasn’t to become a singer. However, things changed while he was in secondary school, leading him to pick up music as a hobby.
As a result of his numerous contributions to the world of entertainment, Falz is widely awarded in both acting and singing categories. He owns his own independent record label and has released four studio albums to date.
Early Life & Education
Falz was born on the 27th of October 1990 in Mushin, Lagos. He is the son of Femi Falana, a popular Nigerian lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and his mother Funmi Falana.
Folarin attended St. Leo’s Catholic Primary School, Ikeja for his Primary Education. Afterward, he proceeded to Olashore International school Osun state, for his secondary school degree.
He graduated from Nigeria Law School in Abuja and was called to bar in 2012. He is also a graduate of the University of Reading, England.
Falz started his career way back in secondary school after forming a music group known as ‘THE SCHOOL BOYS” with his friends that was where he developed his love and passion for music.
In 2009, Falz dropped his debut mixtape titled “Shakara”: The Mixtape as a secondary school student.
Two years later (2011), Falz Dropped another single titled ‘Waz Up Guy’, and he later released ‘High Class’ and ‘Currency’. The singles made their way to the music industry and brought little fame for the singer.
Falz released his First studio album “Wazup Guy” on 30th May 2014. which was critically acclaimed by music critics, The album consists of 18 tracks including his 2011 single Wazup Guy, He featured artistes like Olamide, Poe, Yemi Alade, Phenom, and Show Dem Camp in the project. Some of the tracks are: See Me, Toyin Tomato, Senator, Right Now, Jessica, High Class, Marry Me, Oh God, The Advice, and Cool Parry.
Falz shot into Fame in 2015 with his popular single titled “Marry Me” featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade and was subsequently nominated for the Best Collaboration of The Year award at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards in 2015.
On the 31st of January 2015, Falz returned with an official single titled ‘Ello Bae’. Actually, it was his first solo effort after the release of Wats Up Guy and it won him several awards. Falz was strategic about the launch of the music as it was launched just before the valentine season.
On the 3rd of November 2015, Folarin Falz announced the release of his second studio album, titled “Stories That Touch”, which was released on the 17th of November 2015. it contained 16 tracks and 1 bonus single. He featured Chigurl, Oyinkansola, Simi, Reminisce, Sess, Reekado Banks, M.I., Shaydee, and Show Dem Camp.
The tracklist includes Kabiyesi, Soft Work, My People, Karishika, Soldier, Workaholic, Soupe, Time Difference, Mid-Flight, and Announcements, among others.
Falz collaborated with Simi to release Chemistry on the 27 October 2016, a seven-track EP (‘foreign’, ‘Want To’, ‘Show You Pepper’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Shake Your Body’ and ‘Enough’) solely produced by Sess. Falz had previously worked with Simi on the singles “Jamb Question” and “Soldier“.
Falz Dropped a new album on October 27 titled “27” to celebrate his 27th Birthday in 2017, The album shocked everyone because there is no hype, No promotion before it was released. It contained 17 tracks including hit singles like “Bhad Baddo Baddest”, “Wehdone sir”, and “Something light”. It featured 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 as an in-house producer, with some tracks were done by Maleek Berry and studio magic. The album did very well and it gained several awards and nominations, including a nomination for The Headies Award for Rap Album of the Year.
In May 2018, Falz released another single titled, ‘This is Nigeria’. The music video as gathered was inspired by Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’, an American actor and comedian. The song listed out the current happenings in Nigeria including bribery and corruption
Months later, The song was banned by NBC (National Broadcasting Commission) claiming it was a vulgar song. When Falz was asked, he said.
“If they ban this song, then I do not understand them because that song is definitely not a vulgar song,”
However, Falz sues NBC for N100 Million.
Falz Released another album in 2019 titled ‘Moral Instruction’. The album contained nine songs with guest appearances from Demmie Vee, Chillz, and Sees. Interestingly, Falz sampled three of Fela’s songs in the album to buttress the subject matter of his songs. The tracklist includes: Johnny, Follow Follow, Hypocrite, Talk, Amen, Brother’s Keeper, E No Finish and After All Said and Done.
The entertainment gossip mill was fussing about a possible relationship between the Falz and Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye but the two have severally denied the claim, insisting that they are just friends and have nothing special between them.
Though the couple looks cool together and could be easily mistaken for lovers, there’s no substantial evidence to prove they are actually dating or probably seeing each other behind the camera.
And while rumor detectives were busy trying to find out if there’s actually chemistry between the singers, Falz took everyone by surprise when he shared on his Instagram page that his “real bae” is Lagos-born singer Chidinma Ekile.
While many believe Falz’s revelation is yet another publicity stunt, others were of the view that the two could possibly be in a serious relationship, considering Falz’s Instagram video which captured him kissing Ekile on her forehead. Ever since the video made its way to the internet, nothing has been heard about the couple and they are yet to confirm if they are an item or not. No doubt, it’s only time that will tell if Falz’s video was actually a publicity stunt or not.
Falz Movie Appearances
Jenifa’s Diary, 2015
A couple of Days, 2016
10 Days in Sun City, 2016
New Money, 2018
Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons, 2018
Chief Daddy, 2018
Wazup Guy (2014)
Stories that Touch (2015)
Moral Instruction (2019)
‘Welcome To The Jungle
Pound Cake ft Chyn, 2014
Walk-In The Sky ft Chyn, 2015
Love & Liquor ft Chyn, 2015
This is Nigeria, 2018
Child of the World
Alakori ft Dice Ailes
Award & Nominees
Best New Act of the Year at Scream Awards 2014
Falz was nominated for the Best Rap Act of the Year, Best New Act to Watch and Best Collaboration of the Year (Merry Men) at 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Nominated at Best Street Hop Artiste of the Year at The Headies Award 2015
Falz won Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series (Jenifa’s Diary) at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2016
He won Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act of the year at 2016 BET Awards
In 2016 Falz won Album of the Year (Stories That Touch) at City People Entertainment Awards
Best Afro Hip Hop Video at 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards
He was nominated at for Best Music Video and Album of the Year at 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards
Falz was nominated at WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards for the Best African Newcomer Video and Best African Hip Hop Video
In 2016, The Headies Nominated Falz for Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, Best Street Hop Artiste of the Year and he won Best Collabo of the year
Alternative Artist of the Year at City People Music Award 2017
Nominated as Best Album of the Year and Best Rap Act of the Year at Nigeria Entertainment Award 2017
He got nominated at The Headies Award for Best Rap Single, Best Performer and Best Rap Album 2018
Best Supporting Actor at Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2018
Falz won Best Rap Single, Best Rap Album and Album of the Year at The Headies Award 2019.
Falz Net worth in 2020 was Estimated to be $1 Million.