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LIVE INTERVIEWS

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Sirbastien plays his new tape “MANGO” & Vader and Dolapo discuss their ep “LAGOS IN JULY” on PGM Radio

In this episode, we introduced Sirbastien and his EP “Mango” to the PGM Club and we also got a chance to play and discuss with Vader and Dolapo about their collaborative tape “Lagos In July.

Please, let us know what you think by dropping a comment below.

Vector discusses xenophobia and his journey through self discovery on PGM Radio

In this episode, we discussed the xenophobia crisis in Africa, the retaliatory domino effect it is having in Nigeria and how if left unchecked it can further divide the unity between Africans.  We also got a chance to exclusively listen to Vector’s forthcoming Ep titled ‘ Vibes Before Teslim’ due to drop soon.

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NEW ACTS

New acts are popping up every week and it’s our mission to unveil them as it happens. 

Stormatique Stretches Beyond His Comfort Zone In New Album, “Grains of Salt”

Nigerian music producer, Stormatique, known for his works with Modenine and MCskill ThaPreacha has released a new album titled “Grains of Salt.”

This is a 10-track album that finds the producer- who also doubles as a sound engineer- exploring sounds stretching beyond the hip-hop genre he is particularly known for. And on this album, Stormatique brings along a wide range of artists including Payper Corleone, TenTik, Freeborn, Awal – a Ghanaian rapper, Hertz from Uganda as well as MCskill ThatPreacha who also executive produced the album.

Check out the album above.

Garey Godson Reflects On His Brief Romance In ‘Cairo’

Garey Godson seems to be touring the biggest African cities and has absolutely no problem taking us along. A few months ago, he detailed his romance in Lagos on ‘Private Trips‘ and now, the German-based act further takes us up north in his latest number, ‘Cairo‘. Teaming up with DONMD who assisted with an emotive Travis-type hook, Garey Godson comes through with a modern R&B vibe, punctuated with underlying Spanish guitar riffs.

On his visit to the historically and culturally rich city, Garey comes across a love interest and tries to detail his brief romance with the damsel. He is immediately blown away by her charm and confidence and tries to open up his heart to her. Apparently, she just wants to have a good time and not down for any commitments, as she slowly fades out of his reach. Garey is therefore left with a cherished souvenir from the beautiful city: his memories of her.

Spanning just over two minutes, ‘Cairo‘ is a short but sweet affair that’d most likely have you fumbling for the repeat button immediately it ends. Garey comes through with a polished flow and airtight delivery that projects the soulful realness in his lyrics.

With monthly releases since ‘Chosen One‘ in May, Garey has proven that he has an impeccable work ethic. The frequency of his releases makes it look like there might be a new project on the horizon. And we are absolutely here for it.

Enjoy ‘Cairo‘ above and let us know what you think.

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NEWS

What’s new in Music this week? That’s the question we aim to answer. 

Teni Assists Stonebwoy’s New Single ‘Ololo’

Teni has been on a streak of impressive features from her cheeky bars on Skiibii‘s star-studded ‘Daz How Star Do‘ to her stand-out appearance on Phyno’s ‘Ka Anyi Na Ayo‘, a standout off his recently released LP, “Deal With It.” Even though her 2019 singles have been released to middling success, no one can deny that Teni has had such a good run when it comes to guesting this year. And her string of killer-features has been extended with her appearance on Stonebwoy’s new single titled ‘Ololo‘.

This is a love number that finds both acts professing their affection to their respective love interests. No doubt, this is a record that looks ready to dominate the airwaves particularly with his captivating production and sing-along hook.

The Prince Dovlo-directed video finds Teni as a painter who is quite protective of him, as she follows him to the club and yanks him away from his admirers who are all over him on the dancefloor.

Myoa Releases Debut Album “Beautiful Journey”

Houston-based Nigerian singer, Myoa has released her debut album titled “Beautiful Journey“. This is a 12-track LP in which the eclectic singer showcases her distinct sound characterised by a fusion of soul, pop and jazz, laced with African influences.

This album has been in the works for a while now as she describes the project as “a collection of songs written over many years that expressing my journey in life…“. With “Beautiful Journey,” she seeks to share a piece of her heart with her listeners thereby giving them a “euphoric experience.”

In life, there are ups and downs, but each moment is part of your journey and you can choose to look at it in a beautiful way and see beauty through the ashes and enjoy the simple and little things in life.” She says.

Led by ‘You‘ and ‘Star Power‘, this is a very personal project as it features the sweet singing-Johnny Drille as the only guest throughout its 12 tracks. Production-wise, however, Myoa seeks assistance from BigFootInYourFace, Cobhams Asuquo, Eddie Ferguson, Johnny Drille and Robert Eibach who helped co-produce the solo LP.

Listen to “Beautiful Journey” above and tell us what you think.

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FRESH VIDS

Let’s plug in and review freshly released music videos. 

Burna Boy Unveils Visuals For ‘Gum Body’ With Jorja Smith

Burna Boy has released the video for his duet with UK Singer, Jorja SmithGum Body‘, one of the fan-favourite cuts off his “African Giant” album. This is the seventh visual from the 17-track culturally and commercially successful, coming less than a month after the style-rich video for ‘Pull Up‘. This comes just a couple of weeks after the release of  their link-up on ‘Be Honest‘, Jorja Smith’s first official release since her 2018 album, “Lost & Found.

This video is directed by Meji Alabi who has been garnering praise recently for his work with the symbol-laden video for Tiwa Savage‘s UMG Debut, ‘49-99‘. The seasoned director also brings his brilliance to bare on this video, matching the song’s elegance and bringing it to life with its accompanying visual. The video opens with a sad and pensive Burna singing in the living room after what is assumed to have been a bitter quarrel between the couple.

Enjoy the video above.

M.I, A-Q, Loose Kaynon & Blaqbonez Rain Hailstones In New Martell Cypher

Even though A-Q stole the show at the first instalment of the LAMB Martell Cypher, M.I‘s words were more profound. In his closing verse, the veteran suggested a team-up again with Loose Kaynon, A-Q and other lyrical titans “who deliver product” and make the cypher episodic. Well, exactly nine months after what will go down as one of the 2019 highlights of Nigerian hip-hop, Martell Cypher 2, ‘The Purification‘ is finally here. And although we expected this second instalment to feature new faces in the lineup, we still can’t complain.

This comes just about a month after the Hennesy Cyphers which was released to middling success. M.I had previously taken jabs at them in the first Martell Cypher that has recorded about half-a-million views on Youtube,  and he is back to show them how things are done. It also comes in the wake of the combative air in the hip-hop community following Blaqbonez’s controversial “best rapper in Africa (BRIA)” declaration.

This new cypher finds the LAMB rappers, Blaqbonez, A-Q, Loose Kaynon and M.I all suited up at the bar flexing lyrical muscles over the laid-back beat. Blunt and brutal, all four rappers come through with their braggadocio rap, whilst launching projector missiles at random targets. In his verse, M.I also paid respect to the late hip-hop legend, B-Elect

Enjoy the cypher above.

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Cameey: A Dream Chaser Denied By Death

“One of the most amazing people you’d ever come across. First of all, he has an infectious energy. He is the kind of person that would enter a place and everybody almost immediately likes him. Very playful. He plays a lot. Very energetic guy. We used to call him the energy god. During his performances, he jumps, flys off stages. The guy’s energy is next level. Extremely loyal, super guy.” – Nonso (Cameey’s Manager)

On Wednesday, August 21, Cameey‘s team desperately called out for help. They revealed that burgeoning rapper, Cameey was battling liver cancer, and needed $100,000 (N35,000,000) for a transplant. In the flyer, the usually vibrant and energetic singer could be seen bare-chested with a bloated stomach, lying helplessly on a hospital bed. Many were shocked and so moved that the picture started to make rounds on social media, echoing the call for support and donations. 

But barely 19 hours later, hopes were shattered as Cameey was pronounced dead. “Breaking News We Lost Cameey…R.I.P Please Stop All Donations Right Now!!!” read the latest post on his Instagram pages, confirming rumblings and suspicions. Immediately, tributes and condolence messages started pouring in all over social media, particularly from industry insiders. 

Born Joel Essoumam in Cameroon, Cameey had always wanted to be an entertainer. For years, he had admired the Lagos music scene from afar, which at the time was mainly dominated by the dual forces of 2face and D’banj, and he wanted to be a part of that space. 

In 2009, Cameey and two other friends decided to leave the warmth and comfort of Cameroon for Nigeria to pursue their lofty dreams in the city of excellence without having any relations or friends in the country. They practically knew no one in Lagos. But that didn’t stop them.

At the time, Cameey used to perform with celebrities as a dancer. But he wanted to be bigger. He wanted to be a star. And dance couldn’t get him there, so he decided to fully invest in his music career.

He and his friends formed a crew named the SK Boys. But the road to stardom was not as smooth as they envisaged. Talent and passion weren’t just enough. In an industry like ours, it’s just the starting point. They had to keep hopping from place to place, sleeping outside people’s homes. About five years later, the group dissolved. One of the defunct group members had had enough and returned to Cameroon while Cameey was then focused on pursuing a solo career.

A highly energetic Cameey performing on stage

A highly energetic Cameey performing on stage (Instagram/Cameeygram)

Cameey caught a huge break at a gig in Surulere in 2015, where he came to the attention of Nonso Odigboh who later came to be his manager.  Nonso began to seek ways to help this young talent whose energy was so infectious. “So I saw Cameey perform, we exchanged numbers. I now said I’d see what I can do to help you. And we started helping him get gigs and shows to perform.

“Then he was staying with a producer Jaybeatz, somewhere in Aguda. So basically, I was just coming in the capacity of assistance like recording, paid for recordings, all that stuff, lifestyle generally, feeding, helped with clothes when I could. Just in my small capacity, I was assisting.” Nonso tells me over the phone. 

A year later, Nonso partnered with an investor to set up A1 Muzic, an imprint which was then used to push Cameey’s career. A couple of months later, he released his official debut single and video, ‘Better Days‘, a gloomy story-so-far record, beaming with the hope of imminent success. And it did quite impressive numbers across platforms. This was followed by ‘Supernatural’ which currently has over 75k views on Youtube

In 2018, A1 Muzic secured an affiliation with Chocolate City to promote Cameey as an artist. On the PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan and City Monstar sometime last year, Cameey also confirmed that he had only signed a distribution deal with the label. It was under this deal he released the Otis-assisted ‘Juice’ alongside its video in June last year.  

Cameey kicked off 2019 with one goal in mind: recording and releasing his debut project. In fact, he had already started building a buzz around his 5-track EP originally scheduled for release this week.  But it was in preparation for this project’s release that he fell ill with what was thought at the time to be a mere fever. 

A couple of weeks ago,  he just started complaining of fever, thinking it was normal malaria or typhoid. So he just used normal drugs and the rest of that. Then he was better.” Nonso recounts.

Even Cameey himself felt that all this was behind him and wanted to immediately get on with the roll-out for the EP. On Tuesday, July 30, he shared the cover art and the title of the project “O.H.S (Only Hit Songs).” “Been a minute guys and I have been working on an EP of 5 songs , the title of the EP is “O.H.S” …… in the process I seriously fell sick but I thank God am back on my feet again 🙏🏼 … this EP will speak for its self and I do this for “YOU” ❤️ my Friends aka my Fans aka my Family ❣️❣️❣️ Art by @uchay_of

EP is coming soon …………” he wrote on Instagram. 

The cover art for Cameey's soon-to-be-released debut EP "O.H.S" (Instagram/Cameeygram)

The cover art for Cameey’s soon-to-be-released debut EP “O.H.S” (Instagram/Cameeygram)

But this lasted only a short while. In a few days, Cameey was down again. The label got him an apartment in Surulere. I barely ever go there anyway, so when he was sick I didn’t even know. One day, I was at the mall and someone bumped into me and went, ‘this guy was really down o’. So I went there, saw him, he was on a drip. I asked what was up and they were like ‘The thing don weigh am down again o’. 

With the drip, he was actually getting better. They now ran a lab test, that what they were suspecting because his eyes were a bit yellowish was Hepatitis B. Hepatitis generally. So the next day, the lab results came out and they found it was actually Hepatitis so they started immediately treating. They said the treatment was a load of IVC* to flush out the system and to the best of my knowledge, he was getting better real quick.“ Nonso continues. 

Again, everyone it was all behind them until Saturday, August 16,  when things took a turn for the worse and he had to be rushed to Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). By this time he was already losing so much weight and was developing a protruding stomach. After carrying out a series of tests, the doctors found out that his liver had been damaged and needed immediate attention. Friends began to make frantic movements to arrange how he can get flown out to India for a liver transplant. 

In Nonso’s words, “We tried to get in touch with some hospitals in India to send us feedback on the pricing and all. So we waited on Monday, Tuesday, it didn’t come. By Wednesday, we were already getting frustrated. We agreed that we can’t just keep waiting for these guys to send a mail and this guy is just depreciating. 

So, let’s just start a campaign immediately because they had told us verbally that it should be within the rate of 100 thousand dollars. We were waiting for an official invoice because you know Nigerians are quite sensitive with money. But considering that and the risk of losing someone, I didn’t even care. I was just like let’s start this campaign quickly, let’s start raising money so that hopefully, within a week or two, we should have gotten somewhere really good.

Immediately, his team kicked off a campaign on social media to raise the estimated funds needed for the liver transplant. Nonso was quite shocked at people’s swift response because, by the next morning, they had already raised about 1.2 million Naira. 

But it was perhaps a little too late.

Cameey’s condition continued to worsen. He was in really terrible shape, wallowing in pain and discomfort and grew hysterical. The fear of the inevitable filled the air but this was dispelled with hope.  However, their unspoken fear was confirmed when the consultant taking care of Cameey called his friends to side and told them “guys, let me be straight with you. This guy is not going to make it.” She further told them that “even this transplant thing you’re talking about, this thing has gone way beyond it. The guy’s system had packed up.” She then advised them to surround him with love by gathering family and friends around him in the time he has left. This was around noon on Thursday. 

No one gives up on a loved one on a sickbed. Even when the doctors had moved on since it was concluded that his system had shut down, friends and family were holding on to hope and giving it everything they could. 

We were just trying to do anything, the pastors were there, they were giving him coconut water, they were giving him lemon. There was a drug we got, it was like a supplement, food and all that in powdered form, anything just to help him and keep him alive. All those things didn’t work o. We just kept trying, so it kind of just dawned on us that what the doctors were just saying was actually true.”

Slowly, Nonso’s tight grip on hope was loosening as he was constantly confronted with the reality of the situation. At that point, people were reaching out from Yankee that ‘create a GoFundMe account so we can put in something’. My guys were telling me to create something. But I didn’t know how to tell them that there’s no need. So I just kept stalling. They were so upset. I just said, there’s no point collecting people’s money. At the same time, part of your mind doesn’t want to lose hope. We just didn’t want to believe all the things the doctors were saying. So I was like let me just watch this guy, if I see that he is more stable, I’d ramp up campaign times ten, like go really really hard.”

Sadly, Cameey passed away sometime between 2 and 3 pm. And upon the official announcement, people started to pay their tributes.  A gem had been lost, a dream chaser denied.

 

His family has decided to bury him in Cameroon, his home country, where he can rest in peace with family, not in a land where he had spent his youth chasing his dreams of being a superstar. And while at it, he had also created a family here. Not one of blood but one of shared struggles, values and experiences.  The money raised was partly used to settle Cameey’s hospital bills and the rest expended to his family.

Nonso assures me that the EP is eventually going to be released although he isn’t exactly sure when. For now, family and friends are all focused on the burial rites and when that is over with, they’d have to make key decisions as regards of the project and its release. One of which is the proposed title of the project, as some feel that it should be reworked into something more befitting for Cameey’s legacy, while others maintain that the original title is left exactly the way Cameey wanted it.

Regardless of what is eventually decided upon, the posthumous project will always be cherished for what it truly represents: Cameey’s last gift to us.

One Year After: Revisiting M.I Abaga’s “Yxng Dxnzl”

M.I was on a mission. Alongside Loose Kaynon, A-Q and Blaqbonez, the self-ascribed rap messiah decided to take on a noble quest to force a re-awakening for Nigerian hip-hop: a once-celebrated genre now relegated to the background.

Probably taking a cue from the Kanye-led 5-album Wyoming releases, these rappers came together under the acronym L.A.M.B -coined out from the first letters from their names-to stage a series of album releases in August. Tagged the LAMB August releases, albums “Crown“, “Yung Denzl” and “Bad Boy Blaq” were the projects with which these rappers sought to restore and ensure the survival of the culture. 

All three projects were executive produced by M.I himself.

Exactly a year ago today, we finally got our hands on the long-teased and highly anticipated fourth studio album by Mr Incredible, “Yung Denzl,” the second offering in the string of LAMB August rollout. But that was not his only release last year. 

A few months earlier, the revered rapper released a  highly collaborative surprise ‘playlist’ titled “Rendezvous,” that boasted appearances from an all-star cast including  AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Wande Coal, Ghost(SDC) and introduced many to talents like Chillz, and many others. Perhaps this 2018 dual release was in celebration of the tenth anniversary of his 2008 classic, “Talk About It,” his debut and introductory release which many claim to have ‘democratized’ Nigerian hip-hop.

A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl” would be the first of a said three-album series that would include yet-to-be-released LPs, “A Study of Love” and “A Study of Society”. However, despite the anticipation for the project, the exhilaration surrounding it faded rather quickly for a project of such quality. This could have been as a result of the fact that unlike his last two albums, “Yung Denzl” did not rely on pop or radio-friendly formulas as he explored and experimented with new sonic complexities on the album. Also, regardless of the laudable acclaim it got from critics given its depth, a huge number of listeners found it a bit too sombre, with some dismissing it as “TED Talk music“.  The promotion for the album was also rather deficient – perhaps trying not eclipse ‘Crown’ and ‘Bad Boy Blaq’ given his huge star power- such that even a year later, we still haven’t gotten any visuals off the project despite rumours of its existence. 

This, however, takes nothing from the brilliance of the project. Well-timed, M.I lent his voice to the growing awareness about mental health and self-worth in the country. Over ten songs, he explored in several layers issues like self-doubt, low self-esteem and even more extremely, depression that many youths are battling in silence. A year later, this album is relevant as ever, spurring conversations in small corners. It might not seem like much, but the album is doing its bits.

He passed his messages not only through verses and hooks but also with fiery monologues and therapy sessions alongside the music to get his message across. Soundbites from his therapy sessions were prevalent throughout the album often coming at the end of a track, serving as a prelude to another. By putting his vulnerability out there, he shows fans and listeners that it’s okay to seek help when you need it.

For the most part, M.I works with a wealth of young talents on the album, shedding the spotlight on these acts and in turn tapping into their talents, sound and raw energy. A number of them like Odunsi, Lady Donli and Tay Iwar have gone on to drop their debut albums.

The album opens with a gruff whisper questioning our sense of identity, “do you know who you are?” it asks. Sticking to a simple rhyme scheme, M.I charges the black man to begin his journey to self-awareness and discovery.

On songs like ‘Last Night I Had A Dream’, ‘Stop Never Second Guess Yourself’ and ‘I Believe In You’, M.I is concerned about our self-confidence, repeatedly nudging us throughout these songs to let go of our insecurities and self-doubt and find comfort in our skin.

Love Never Fails‘ reflects on missteps taken to check mental health in this part of the world largely as a result of culture and religion-induced ignorance.

Perhaps the most pop-leaning record on the album, ‘+/-‘ finds M.I alongside Odunsi and Lady Donli -new-gen frontliners- ridding themselves of all negativity vibes, focusing solely on the positives. 

In full elder statesman mode, M.I attempts to force a change with ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up’, fuming at the sorry state of the art. And say what you will about this record, it’s inarguable that it defibrillated a pulse back into the Nigerian hip-hop scene howbeit temporal.  

The penultimate track, ‘Self Evaluation Over Yxng Dxzl’ is the standout record off this project. Over a gloomy instrumental,  M.I drowns in darkness, picking up escapist vices to numb the pain. He does a good job taking a first-person narrative on the song putting himself in the shoes of a depressed creative, despite revealing that he actually hasn’t had a personal experience.

Picking up where he left off on ‘Everything’ off “Illegal Music 3“, M.I in ‘Do Not Be a Groupie‘ emphasises the importance of loyalty while decrying the deterioration of the virtue in today’s world, an issue he still touched on in his verse on SDC‘s ‘Respect, Loyalty and Honour‘.

It’s been one year since the “Yung Denzl” dropped and it’s still as relevant as ever. The LAMB August releases did not save Nigerian hip-hop but with this album, the legacy-focused veteran did something more remarkable. In his mature and most refined self, he contributed to the growing awareness about our psychological well-being, a theme that rappers have come to be more open about this past year.  While Yung Denzl might not be his best or most popular album, it is by far the most important.

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