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Bloody Civilian - Anger Management

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Bloody Civilian, government name Emoseh Khamofu, raised in Abuja, Nigeria, is a songwriter, musician and producer. During her childhood, she grew to fill her life with various genres of music from reggae, blues, instrumental jazz, Afro to RNB and others.




Inspired by music prodigy Asa and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, her desire to pursue music suddenly ignited by a school talent show, which led her to begin experimenting with different music production apps. Using plug-ins and software tools, she began recording vocals and creating songs. Soon after she relocated to to Lagos, Nigeria, to further network and develop her artistic muse.


She chose the name 'Bloody Civilian' to show her support for the people of Nigeria who are fighting against the corrupt government.

Two early releases reveals her talent as she struggled to make a name in the music industry. 'Moses'-an acoustic free style release September 13, 2018 and 'Goliath' released March 10, 2019 featuring Brum3h, BigShyRobot and Bobby Ibo

During her stay in Lagos, Bloody Civilian made a notable impact with the song "Wake Up" on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever album, collaborating with Rema, the track achieved over five million streams world wide. Signed by Tunji Balogun, CEO of Def Jam- the same man who discovered popular artists like Tems, SZA and Kendrick Lamar, and is managed by Seni Saraki (co-founder of NATIVE) who oversaw the music production for the Black Panther sequel.



The six track album-Anger Management, tracks include: 'Escapism', 'How To Kill A Man', 'Family Meeting', 'Mad Apology', 'I Don't Like You' and 'Come From'. She gives us rage simmering just beneath the surface, her music deftly engages with the injustices that taint daily existence. With the first track - 'Escapism', she channels her frustrations as she recounts in the lyrics, "My country gives me nothing / and economy is falling / Gimmie sorry / Should have smocked that shit this morning / Those are my options."



The track 'How To Kill A Man' serves as a sarcastic outlet for rage, without inflicting harm on anyone, irrespective of their gender. Bloody touches on her private troubles and informs that her siblings are aware of them before turning her attention towards the root of her issues. She articulates her desire to bury them "six feet under," frequently echoing the phrase "Go down, down go down, down." The music video was helmed and filmed by Blood. The song is both intense and revealing, as the engaging and alluring beat lures the listener in, magnifying the threats.



'Family meeting' is a short synopsis on conflict resolution within a family. Bloody Civilian describes herself as the subject of a gathering to happen. She expresses frustration, as she discovers her mother refuses to listen to her, with an aunt constantly checking her. She promises her family to make them proud, but chooses to do things her own way to achieve her goals. Deeply hurt, she is considers packing here things to leave.



Bloody Civilian sings, " Nigga stop you can put your feet up / No dey call we will never meet up / I gave you everything you had to fuck up / ..................../ You could be by my side for you to love me blind/ No you want to do me shade / And Now/ Cuz you could be by my side for you to love blind / No you want to leave me darling/ I gat no regrets ...regrets/ Mad Apology / You can put that shit to rest rest." The lyrics are repeated with a few tongue-in-cheek references and tapping into the popular afro rhythmic beat employed by many popular afro musicians today, giving the song a dance song tempo.



I don't like you, she uses Nigerian pigeon English (street language) in writing the lyrics, "If I hate on you let fire burn me now / If my mind on you let thunder strike me down / Your brain is co-dependent / That's okay / But I am not your friend / So you can call me loser / You can call me names / And you can call me Lucifer / But I cannot Relate / And I never talked to Abula / I never talked to James". The song's expression of indifference sounds harsh and is easily misconstrued.



And finally, 'Come From', explains the painful struggles of many Nigerians who are dealing with the rapid rise in crime especially drug felonies. Despite many difficulties, doubts, and setbacks, she maintains optimism and confidently declares triumph, realizing her vision.


She sings "I come from a place where the grass is green where is sky is purple / Codeine / Don't have to find drugs / That's the thing / Drugs will find you / .........I try to be the best in me / But I can se It's chasing me / ...... And the politics discouraging ohh / ..................../ I come from a place where they used to chill(rest) / Under the stars it was quite the thing / But everybody locked up / Because they heard the gunshot / Everybody just run / Nobody wants to go down ? But I can see it's chasing me / And the politics discouraging ohh / ". Humdrum, succinct, to the point, and heartfelt.



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