Folarin Falana was born on October 27, 1990. Better known by his stage name Falz, he’s 26 years old. He’s mostly called is one of the most talented rappers and Hip-hop recording artiste that Nigeria has now. He is a Nigeria rapper, actor, songwriter, who started pursuing his dream career while he was in secondary school after forming a group called “The School Boys” with his friend. His professional career as a music artiste began properly & professionally in 2009. He became known as an upcoming Nigerian rapper after his song titled ”Marry Me” with a guest appearance from Poe and Yemi Alade won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of the Year” category at 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. The ace rapper was also nominated in the “Best Rap Act of the Year” and “Best New Act to Watch” categories at the same event.
Years Active:2009 – Present
His career in music started when he was in secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called The “School Boys”. He joined the choir in church and released a mixtape in 2009 which was a compilation of all his work just to get his name on the board. After that, he released about five singles and a mixtape titled Shakara. In 2011, Falz released a single titled “Waz Up Guy”, thereafter he went on to release other tracks like “High Class”, “Currency” which gave him grounds in Nigeria music industry. In 2014, he was listed to into tooexclusive “Artiste to watch in 2014”. On 31 January 2015, he announced the release of his second studio album titled Stories That Touch which was later released on 17 November 2015.
The following year was a huge success for him as he kept winning in all areas, he won “Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series” at the 2016 Africa Viewer’s Choice Awards for his role as Segun in Funke Akindele’s TV series Jenifer’s Dairy. Also in June of 2016, he was crowned the winner of the Viewer’s Choice Best “New International Act” category at 2016 BET Awards.
He used to reside outside Nigeria but returned to Nigeria to pursue a rap career. He is the son of Femi Falana, a Nigerian human activist and lawyer. He was called to 2012 after graduating from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja.
He has gotten various brand ambassadorships such as Webmall an online shopping store for clothes, footwear, electronics, mobile phones, laptop, books, toys as well as a giant telecommunication company, MTN and Cheki.
Awards and Nominations
He was several awards at numerous events and has also been nominated for several awards in different categories including Scream Awards, 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, Headies 2015, 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards, 2016 BET Awards, WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards, 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards 2016 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, 9th Nigeria Music Video Awards of 2016 City People Entertainment Awards.