Ruger recently discussed the controversies surrounding Mohbad’s sudden death in an interview. Mohbad’s death aroused many questions, especially given his rocky connection with his old record company, Marlian Records, which was run by Naira Marley.
Mohbad had constantly accused Marlian Records of taking his music rights and owing him money before to his unfortunate death, culminating in a caustic and nasty battle.
Ruger addressed the role of fans in an artist’s career in the interview, claiming that they may have played a role in Mohbad’s emotional state prior to his death. He emphasized that fans had some responsibility for an artist’s well-being.
Many fans apparently stopped supporting Mohbad’s music once he left Marlian Records. Ruger contended that if fans continued to demonstrate their love and support for artists even after they left their record labels, it would keep them from feeling depressed and inspire them to keep making music.
Ruger also brought up a concerning point: certain fans have been known to engage in confrontations with the artist’s family and close friends when disputes emerge. Ruger stated that this habit can exacerbate an artist’s mental and emotional state.
Nigerians have responded to Ruger’s statement in various ways. Some empathize with his perspective, understanding that fan support plays a crucial role in an artist’s career. Others, however, have criticized him, believing that if he has nothing positive to contribute, he should remain silent on the matter.