In an interview with H Steph, the Port-Harcourt-born singer discussed his struggle with depression and how it influenced his work.
Omah Lay said that it was providential for him to experience depression in order to assist people who are now depressed.
“I was on the verge of…” he said. Mahn, I was suicidal. Believe me, I was f*cked up.
“But I think I need to be there to help the people who are there right now get out of there.” It’ll take a genuine person like me to go there and then create music out of it and speak about how I’m a mess, how I think, how I’m f*cked up, and everything.
“I’m not sure there are any afro beats artists doing that right now.” Everyone is arguing that Afro beats aren’t very profound, that they’re simply vibrations and sh*t. Nah. That’s why everyone is simply making up stories. “True music is dying.”
Omah Lay went on to say that he would continue to develop genuine songs based on his experiences.