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LIVE INTERVIEWS

Join us as we feature guests on our Weekly show. 

Vector Breaks Down CROSS ROAD (EP) & Paybac ACTIV8s on PGM Radio

On this episode of The PGM Radio Show, we had award-winning rapper Vector da viper and Headies nominee Paybac on the show.

We did a live listening of Vector’s new project with veteran music producer and certified music head; Masterkraft. A scintillating body of work titled ‘Crossroads’. They called on the virtuosity of DJ Neptune and DJ Magnum to deliver a truly profound EP. Vector also touched on some trending issues on the Nigerian Music scene and gave some relevant tips on navigating the industry, drawing from almost two decades of experience.

We also had Headie nominee; Paybac on IG and he talked about his recently released project; ‘Cult’, his plans for the future, and he also Vector to do an acapella version of his song, Activ8. He also offered some insights into his music process.

We listened to some new beautiful music from a bunch of talented acts as always.

From all of us at The PGM Club, we continue to admonish you to stay indoors, wear your face masks if you absolutely need to go out and wash and sanitize your hands.

Stay safe.

ACE PRODUCER – ADEY & PORH HARCOUT SON – KIIENKA FEATURE ON PGM RADIO

 

In this episode of The PGM Radio Show, Douglas Jekan had an IG live interview with two amazing artists. We had the amiable Adey; record producer and certified music head, and rising young talent from Port Harcourt; Kiienka.

Adey played us his new tape titled AKIBA and shared some valuable insights on his journey working with Odunsi, Santi, and the rest of the Monster Boys, as well as with the young L.O.S boys (Tomi Thomas, Zamir, Bridge & Bris). He also shared some key lessons he learned working with Ycee and Tinny of Tinny Entertainment and how he currently navigates the Nigerian Music industry.

Our second guest was a young act called Kiienka who recently released a body of work titled ‘Spaceman 2.0’. The mixtape which features Psycho YP and Libianca is a follow up to his previous project titled Spaceman and is an 8 tracks project laced with heavy trap beats and flows that show influences from Travis Scott and Don Toliver.

We also listened to some beautiful music from new acts and introduced new music as always.

From all of us at The PGM Club, we continue to admonish you to stay indoors, wear face marks if you absolutely need to go out, wash and sanitize your hands frequently.

This too will pass. Stay safe! 🙂

DWATCHLIST

NEW ACTS

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

Zamby Reassures Himself In His Stirring ‘Die Young’ Rendition

About three years ago, Felix George had a brush with death. On June 10, 2017, the emerging singer, better known as Zamby, was involved in a ghastly motor accident that’s forever etched in his memory.  Turning his lemons into a syrupy lemon juice, the experience has since pumped him with a new drive and a fresh outlook to life. But after several let downs and false starts in trying to break out in the industry, Zamby felt so small. Inconsequential. Intimidated. This led to a recent deep and stimulating conversation with his mum which has since reignited that drive in him.  It is all this and more that he brings to bear on his cover of Roddy Rich’s highly successful single, ‘Die Young’.

Zamby’s ‘Die Young’ plays both as a victory lap as well as a manifesto of his impending success. Over the all too familiar instrumental, Zamby delievers his smooth assertive verses, declaring “I can never die young ’cause I got GOD”. He reassures himself that he’s destined for greatness and even though things might not be going as planned now, he has no choice that to press on till he gets what he craves.

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Garey Godson Celebrates African Beauty On ‘Koko’ With SDC

Barely two months after his Maya Angelou-inspired album, “Still I Rise”, Garey Godson has gifted yet another single without warning in celebration of his birthday. For this celebratory single, Garey Godson takes us straight home as he joins forces with two of Nigeria’s finest wordsmiths, ShowDemCamp to rework ‘Koko’, one of the highlights off his sophomore album.

This record inspired his mother is a toast to the Black woman and the adulation of her beauty. Produced by a capable duo of Niickii and Hkmk, Garey takes a full dive into afrobeats exploring the powerful and independent nature of the African woman. Ghost and Tec also bring their Palmwine sound and flow to bear on the track, spicing it up with enough Naija flavour.

Speaking about the single, Garey says, “I grew up listening to SDC it was a great opportunity witnessing their creative process and them gracing this record”.  This single comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Enjoy above.

MUSIC

NEWS

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

DJ Spinall Taps Omah Lay For His New Single ‘Tonight’

DJ Spinall is well known for his prowess on the turntables. The celebrity who sports his signature traditional cap everywhere he goes is celebrated as one of Nigeria’s biggest DJ’s who can turn to a room full of wallflowers into a sweaty project-x-type party with a couple spins. But Top Boy, as he’s often called, has also recently made a name for himself as a certified hitmaker. Over the years, he has teamed up with some of the country’s biggest and brightest stars to churn out steaming anthems for the streets and clubs. From ‘Baba’ with Kiss Daniel, to ‘Gba Gbe’ with Burna Boy as well as the Wizkid-assisted ‘Nowo’, Spinall has been serving us hits for years. Now, he has joined forces with the rave of the moment, Omah Lay to serve us another uplifting Afropop banger titled ‘Tonight’.

Over the soft and easy afrobeats production laid out by Spinall himself, Omah Lay declares his intentions to just have the time of his life and enjoy his success. Across the first verse, he details his sweet romance with his sweetheart. “I dey for plane, she be pilot” he sings. He confesses that they are just the right fit for one another, “me I be her bad habit o, say she get Acappella for my beat o/ Say she get e paper and I get bic o”.

The second verse is more tailored to his career journey as he soaks in the adulation he’s been getting for a while now. A self-assured Omah Lay also reminds his detractors that he can’t be put down. DJ Spinall describes the record as “a combination of charming, melodic Afrobeats flow…a stimulus for fans to enjoy life and make the most out of all the negatives moments,” and that’s exactly what it plays out to be.

Enjoy the single above.

IllBliss Collides With Phyno, Yemi Alade, Niniola & Johnny Drille On “Illy Chapo X”

Veteran Nigerian rapper IllBliss has a very enviable work ethic. The quality of his discography isn’t one many of his colleagues can boast of. Yet, he’s working even harder than ever. Last year, he blessed his fans with two solid releases; “IllyZilla” his joint tape with seasoned hip-hop producer Teckzilla and “Illosophy”, a seven-track EP that gave us a peek into the mind of Oga Boss, the revered wordsmith. But Illy isn’t stopping there. Just this morning, he opened the doors to his long-teased sixth studio album “Illy Chapo X”, and there are also rumours of a joint EP with Bigfoot in the works. With this LP, his 10th body of work, Illbliss is easing into his elder statesman role, and  solidifying his legacy as one of the best to ever do it in these parts,

This album contains 17 tracks, with a total run time of 54 minutes. It also guests some of Nigeria’s finest acts, Phyno, Yemi Alade, Niniola, Johnny Drille and the YBNL general, Olamide.

For the production of this monumental album, he works with a long list of producers including Toye Aru, Kezyklef, Legendurybeatz, Majorbangz, YoungD, Bigfoot, Benjamz, Kwenubeats, Johnny Drille and Shay-who.

Listen to the album above.

NEW VIDEO

FRESH VIDS

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

Maison2500’s Video For ‘Dirty Fanta’ With Odunsi Features Cameos From Deto & Teezee

Maison2500 has been the name on everyone’s lips for the past two weeks. The rapper starred in the highly celebrated DRB Lasigi debut album “Piooners”, delivering a stunning apperance on the Genio-produced ‘Salty’ alongside Santi. That same day, Maison2500 also released his new 5-track EP titled “Turnpike”, and it proved to be a very timely release. For everyone whose first encounter with the rapper was the DRB album and asking who this guy was, he had a whole new material out to provide the answers.

But that wasn’t all. Just about a couple of weeks after their duet on ‘Dirty Fanta’, Maison and Odunsi(The Engine) reunited on two tracks on the latter’s surprise EP, “Everything You Heard Is True”. It almost seems that you can’t escape his voice this month.

And yesterday, one of Maison’s dreams came true as the visuals for his EP closer, ‘Dirty Fanta’, premiered on Fader. The video which was shot with an iPhone also features cameos from Teezee and Deto, who is currently riding on the reins of her standout feature on ‘Body Count’, the empowering anthem on Odunsi’s new tape. Directed by Chuwkwa Nwobi the video plays true to the record as a theme song for hedonism. Maison and Odunsi can be seen having a crazy night out in Lagos, hanging out with friends at the beach, games centres and a nighttime cruise.

Enjoy the video below.

Reekado Banks And Parker Ighile Enjoy Their Private Party In ‘Options’ Video

Reekado Banks has unveiled the visuals to his latest single ‘Options’ with Parker Ighile. The video finds Reekado Banks on a boat cruise with several amazing models. Parker Ighile on the other is hand is found chilling by the beach, delivering his verse while surrounded by damsels. The video wraps up in the night time, with both acts have a private party with women all dressed in white.

Enjoy the video above.

EDITORS

PICK

Our editors are hard at work everyday to bring your the best releases of the week. 

From Davido To Adekunle Gold: Lessons On Adaptability

We’d never forget Davido. Not just because of his decade-long dominance in the Afropop space, but because he’s that superstar whose hands are always stretched. “We rise by lifting others,” he’s often quoted; and for the longest, he has tried to live by this maxim. Davido is the guy who doles out money to fans on social media, hands out millions of Naira to fans on stage, helps strangers fund their schooling, projects young acts into the limelight, and pulls stranded artists out of bad deals. He’s always been one to reach out.

“I think it’s something I learned from my father. That’s just how he was growing up. From everybody in the family to his friends. I don’t know man, it’s just a natural thing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t help everybody.  But I won’t lie to you, God has blessed me that I’m able to take care of my friends, my family, and also spoil myself, spoil my woman, etcetera. We are not complaining, but I do what I can for the community, I do the most I can,” he reveals in an interview with Joey Akan. 

Davido often seems like the best ally new-gen acts have in the Nigerian Afropop space. Interestingly, it is this self-imposed Santa-duty that has led him into new musical worlds. Despite being an Afrobeats giant, Davido doesn’t seem scared to leave his comfort zone when hopping on some of these tracks with new acts. Just last year, he pushed Lady Donli to new eyes and ears when he hopped on the remix to ‘Cash’ and invited her to join him on stage at his December concert.  The year before, he joined the alté frontman Odunsi (The Engine) on ‘Divine’, one of the highlights off the latter’s debut album, “rare.” 

These are not Davido’s natural sonic choices. At his core he is an Afrobeats act, playing as one of the genre’s biggest flag-bearers across the world. But he also isn’t scared to test new waters, and it shows in his willingness to work with these young acts on their turf. Davido has also served several international collaborations that have seen him stretching out of his comfort zone. ‘Dun Rich’ with Popcaan found Davido riding the Caribbean wave like a pro while blessing Quavo’s ‘Swing’ with a scene-stealing feature. 

In many of these fish-out-of-water situations, Davido doesn’t sound out of place. He meets these artists halfway, retaining his style while stepping into their world.  At the end of the day, you have a solid verse, a brilliant song. 

Most recently, the DMW boss featured on Khalid’s ‘Know Your Worth’ alongside one of Nigeria’s most promising singers, Tems. Meshed in a song with two intimidating vocalists, Davido’s vocal talents appear very limited.  Many insecure acts would shy away from such ‘set-ups’. But not Davido. He isn’t scared to try. When he wraps his pidgin-laced verse with the daring question “shey him dey treat you right, are you happy?” You search your soul, barely remembering it was delivered in a near-faint husky voice. 

Therein lies the makings of a great artist. You know you can always be better, so you step out of your comfort zone and push boundaries in your craft. And asides helping you explore new musical complexities, working with acts who create a different sound from yours also exposes you to a new fanbase.

Times are changing fast. Genre lines are getting blurred. Sounds are evolving and you can’t be caught slipping; not if you want to last long in the music space. The trick is to move with the times, while holding on to your core elements and unique style. 

The music game is so brutal and unforgiving. When people know what to expect from your new project, they lose a bit of the excitement. And once they ‘see you finish’ musically, they run off to where they can get their next thrill. Natural selection starts to take place. And before you know it, the world has left you behind. Forgotten.

Another Nigerian artist who has been open to the new generation of artists and music is M.I. While many of his peers are stuck in the boom-bap era, M.I’s recent releases have been sonically ambitious. While many are crying at how the world has moved on from “true” hip-hop, M.I appears to have found the fountain of youth.  

For his 2018 projects “Rendezvous” and “Yung Denzel”, the hip-hop elder sought the assists of the likes of Odunsi, Lady Donli, Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi to help keep his sound up to date.  He tapped into their talents, sound, and raw energy while in turn helping to shed the spotlight on them.  True, the former Chocolate City boss might not be rocking the clubs with bangers anymore but he’s ageing even better. M.I is still mutating. We are still excited to hear his music. He’s sounding as refreshing as ever. 

Look around. How many of his peers are still playing at his level?

Over the past year, Adekunle Gold has been shedding off his signature traditional sound for something more synth-led and poppy. All the sonic and aesthetic shifts we’ve been spotting from ‘Before You Wake Up’ down to ‘Something Different’ is building up to the next album aptly titled “Afropop”. Yet, he still retains his highly relatable pen, soothing vocals, and genuine personality that made many fall in love with him in the first place. 

It won’t be so shocking to realize that for Adekunle Gold, “Afropop” isn’t even the destination. In a recent interview with Afrobeats Intelligence, he revealed plans to even redefine his sound further right after this album.  Right now, I’m making Afropop’ because that’s where my mind is. That’s where I’m in my head and that’s where I am, sonically. In 2021, it’s going to be different again. With Adekunle Gold, you don’t know what to expect really. I guess that’s how it is with me.”

The international serial-hitmaker Drake is on a never-ending quest to find new sounds to tap into. No two Kendrick Lamar albums sound alike sonically. There are even rumours that his next album leans heavily towards Rock, and we won’t be surprised if that turned out to be true. J.Cole has recently been crossing generational lines with his sound and that earned him his first Grammy. Take a look at Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Prince, Snoop Dogg; the list is endless.

Truth be told; there are no guarantees. Nothing is promised. You might step into new frontiers and it might not just work for you. You might even lose fans in the process. But you can’t play it safe all the time. Self-development and the drive to evolve is at the core of every great artist. And even when it’s rooted in survival, the willingness to explore new sonic worlds and take on new challenges rings better than sulking at how the world has moved on from your one ‘true’ sound. Want to be a good artist? Play in your little safe box. But if you want to be more, study the greats and learn to evolve your sound with the times. 

Push your boundaries. Take that risk and succeed!

Now Let’s Talk About Sampling In The Nigerian Music Space

By March 2016, half the world was furiously dabbing to Desiigner’s monster hit ‘Panda’. But just about a month before, no one even knew he existed. Not until Kanye stumbled upon the hard-hitting jam, initially released in December 2015, and chopped it on ‘Father Stretch My Hands pt 2’ off his seventh studio album, “The Life Of Pablo.” People fished out this scene-stealing sample track in no time and started spinning it across clubs and dance floors.

In just a couple of weeks, the song was number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Desiigner the first rapper since Iggy Azalea to secure the coveted spot with a debut single. ‘Panda’ spent a total of seventeen weeks in the top-tens and even went on to score a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance. Kanye had unwittingly ushered the young star to the world just by sampling his music.

In recent times, however, Nigeria’s globetrotting star Burna Boy has gotten the stick from his countrymen for sampling Fela and Angelique Kidjo’s music. Many have used his recurrent interpolation of their lyrics to quibble about his artistry and originality. But a quick look at the credits of your favourite songs would reveal that this is a “crime” most musicians are guilty of. In fact, it’s no crime at all as long as permission is sought and due credits are given.

The process simply includes reworking the elements of older songs in the creation of new ones. Old songs and sounds are sometimes blended with new ones, thereby giving them new lives and sparking nostalgia. And just like in the case of Desiigner’s ‘Panda’, songs containing samples have helped introduce lesser-known songs and acts to a new and wider audience.

From 2pac’s ‘California love’ to Biggie’s ‘Juice’ down to Watch The Throne’s ‘Otis’, some of hip-hop classics are built off samples. Even ‘Mortal Man’, the closing track off Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album “To Pimp A Butterfly” features a Fela sample.

Now that we’ve established sampling as a standard practice, here is a list of some of your favourite Nigerian songs and the records they sampled or interpolated.

  1. Odunsi – Desire [Baba Dee – Gum Body]
  2. Mut4y x Wizkid – Manya [V.I.P – Ahomka Womu]
  3. Odunsi – Wetin Dey [Ruff Rugged and Raw – Wetin Dey]
  4. Wizkid – Sweet Love [Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Shakara]
  5. Olamide – 100 to Million [Rick Ross x Drake x French Montana – Stay Schemin]
  6. DMW x Davido x Dremo x Mayorkun x Peruzzi – Mind [Usher – Caught Up]
  7. Simi – Joromi [Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi]
  8. Santi x Bridge x Nonso Amadi – Freak [Ikechukwu – Shobedobedoo]
  9. T Classic x Mayorkun x Peruzzi – Where You Dey [Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are]
  10. Lady Donli – Suffer Suffer (Mama G – National Cake]
  11. Dami Oniru – See [Adewale Ayuba – Bubble]
  12. Remedies – Shakomo [MC Lyte – Keep On]
  13. 9ice – Photocopy [Craig David – Walking Away]
  14. Falz – Johnny [Fela – JJD]
  15. Dremo Nobody [M.I Abaga x 2baba]
  16. Wizkid – Holla At Your Boy [7even x Lil Kim – Girls]
  17. Burna Boy – Ye [Fela Kuti – Shuffering And Shmiling]
  18. Paybac Iboro – Boy Band [The Funkees – Acid Rock]
  19. Simi – Aimasiko [Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey – Aimasiko]
  20. Santi x Amaarae x Shane Eagle – Rapid Fire [Lyn Collins – Think About It]
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