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Background information
Birth name Folarin Falana
Also known as Falz The Bahd Guy
Born October 27, 1990 (age 27)
Lagos State, Nigeria
Origin Lagos
Occupation(s) Singer-Songwriter, Rapper, Actor, TV Presenter
Instruments Vocals, rapping
Years active 2009–present
Labels Bahd Guys Records
Associated acts

Folarin Falana (born October 27, 1990 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Falz is a Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter.[1]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 artiste began in 2009.[2] 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.[3][4] He currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records.[5]

Personal life

Falz is the son of Femi Falana, a Nigerian human activist and lawyer.[6] He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigeria Law SchoolAbuja.[7]

Early life and education

Falz was born in Lagos State, 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.[8] He is an alumnus of the University of Reading after graduating with an LLB honors degree in Law.[9]


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.[9]

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.[9]

2014–present: Wazzup GuyStories That Touch and Chemistry EP

On January 2, 2014, Falz was listed in tooXclusives “Artistes To Watch in 2014”.[10] On 30 May 2014, Falz released his debut studio album titled Wazup Guy which was received to critical acclaim among music critics.[11] 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”[12] which won him a nomination in the “Best Street Hop Artiste of The Year” category at The Headies 2015.[13] 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.[14][15]

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.[16] In June of 2016, Falz was voted the winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Best New International Act” category at the 2016 BET Awards.[17][18] 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”.[19][20]


Falz describes his style of music as “Wahzup music”.[21] It is the fusion of comic lyrics with the contemporary hip-hop in a faux Yoruba accent.[22] On 18 November 2014, Falz was ranked #9 on notJustOks 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”.[23]


Selected singles

Year Title Album
2011 “Waz Up Guy” Wazup Guy
2012 “Cool Parry”
“123” (featuring Oyinkansola)
“Welcome To The Jungle” Non-album single
2013 “High Class” Wazup Guy
2014 “Jessica”
“Toyin Tomato”
“Marry Me” (featuring Poe & Yemi Alade)
“Pound Cake (Freestyle)” (featuring Chyn) Non-album single
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) TBA
“Karashika (Part II)” (featuring M.I & ShowDemKamp)
“Celebrity Girlfriend” (featuring Reekado Banks) Stories That Touch
“Soldier” (featuring Simi[24]
“Clap” (featuring Reminisce)
2016 “Bahd Baddo Baddest” (featuring Olamide & Davido) 27
2017 “Wehdonsir”
“Baby Boy”


  • Wazup Guy (2014)
  • Stories That Touch (2015)
  • 27(2017)



Year Film Role Notes
2015 Jenifa’s Diary as Segun Soap

Awards and nominations

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
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 [25]
9th Nigeria Music Video Awards Best Afro Hip Hop Video “Karashika” Won [26]
2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Music Video Nominated [27]
Album of the Year Stories that Touch Nominated [28]
WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards Best African New Comer Video Bahd Baddo Baddest Nominated [29]
Best African Hip Hop Video Nominated [30]


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