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The PGM Club presents World Music Day. Join us as we celebrate music.

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LIVE INTERVIEWS

Join us as we feature guests on our Weekly show. 

Alpha Ojini, DJ Yin & Tolani discuss “Indie vs Signed” on PGM Radio

In this episode, DJ Yin premiered her new single ‘Let Go’, while Tolani walked us through the motion of recording her smash hit single ‘Maybe Baby’ and Alpha Ojini stopped by to play us his amazing album ‘Chvmeleon.’

JOEBOY, RIC HASSANI & DBYZ Stop by PGM Radio to Premiere new Projects

This week on the PGM Radio Show, Joeboy exclusively premiered his debut EP Love & Light and talked about the inspiration behind it.  DJ Java also stopped by to play us his new singleDeeper’ and finally to wrap up the show, Ric Hassani and DBYZ performed a live acoustic set of their new singleDo Like Say’.

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NEW ACTS

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

Listen To Vader The Wildcard & Teck-Zilla’s Joint EP “Confluence”

Teck-Zilla has been quite busy this year. The veteran hip-hop producer who also doubles as a DJ has worked with both IllBliss and MCskill ThaPreacha to release “IllyZilla” and “Nucleus” EPs respectively. And the producer is still not done yet as he teams up with 2017 Henessy VS Class winner, Vader The Wildcard to release a new project titled the “Confluence” EP.

Across the three tracks solely produced by Teck-Zilla, Vader showcases his penmanship and technical abilities, seeking to erase any shred of doubt about his skill set. The final track, ‘Tobi’s Song‘ features insightful storytelling as he takes us on a brief journey into his past, touching on his childhood, growth and the loss of his father.

Listen to the record above.

Muyiwa Akhigbe Introduces His Afro-Futurist Sound On ‘Outta My System’ With BankyOnDBeatz

Three months after their initial team-up on their soothing love record,’Bamilo‘, Muyiwa Akhigbe and BankyOnDBeatz have joined forces on a new number titled ‘Outta My System’. Earlier this year, he also dropped a stellar joint EP with Rhye Ali titled “Conversations.”

With this new record, Muyiwa Akhigbe attempts to introduce his branded afro-futurist sound. Produced by BankOnDBeatz, ‘Outta My System‘ is reminiscent of Daft Punk’s futurist sonic aesthetic prevalent on ‘Motherboard‘.

This is a sad tale of a love turned sour. The romance has run its course and an exhausted Muyiwa is done having it. He calls it quits as all he wants now is to move and get over his jilted lover.

Listen to the record above and let us know what you think.

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

Listen To Maka’s New LP, “It’s Not You; It’s Me”

Super gifted Soul and R&B singer, Maka has released a new full-length project titled “It’s Not You; It’s Me.” This is a 10-track album that features only two guest appearances from Blaqbonez and Pepenazi.

The entire album is produced by Jay Blakez who also solely engineered the project, while Maka retains co-production credits.

Listen to the album above.

DJ Yin Ushers In African Dance Music With ‘Let Go’

The DJ who also doubles as a singer, DJ Yin has released a new single titled ‘Let Go‘. This is her first post-“Life of Fatima” record, her 5-track EP released to good reviews in March. This new record was exclusively premiered on the PGM Radio Show yesterday with Douglas Jekan and Tolani.

This song features DJ Sketch and Echo who also produced the record. With this single, she introduces what she calls African Dance Music (ADM), which appears to be a smooth blend of EDM and Afrobeat elements.

Let Go‘ finds DJ Yin showing off her soothing vocals as she croons about her romance with her sweetheart. They appear to be going through a rough patch which threatens the survival of their relationship, but Yin isn’t ready to let go. Not just yet.

Listen to the infectious record above.

FRESH VIDS

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

Watch Teni’s Dream Become A Reality In The Video For ‘Billionaire’

After a brilliant eye-catching rollout all week long, the video for Teni‘s ‘Billionaire‘ is finally here. This is the lead single for her recently released 6-track debut EP of the same title. Although the project was released to mixed reactions, Teni turns the tide in her favour with this brilliantly directed video: a strong video of the year contender.

Produced by Pheelz, ‘Billionaire’ is an up-tempo record, rich in instrumentation and overflowing with ambition. This, therefore, provides a perfect blend of a stunning dance record with a declarative and prayerful lyrics. Proudly weaving together Yoruba and English over ‘alujo‘-laced percussions, Teni sings of her lofty dreams of being a billionaire as well as the luxury and excess that comes with being one. In the accompanying video, that dream is realised.

The TG Omori-directed video opens with Teni daydreaming of being a star and billionaire at a family get-together. She is then seen preparing hard for her shot at the reality tv game show, Who Wants To Be A Billionaire with Frank Edoho. She finally gets her chance as a contestant and she ends up with the star prize of a billion naira. The video peaks with a hilarious appearance from Instagram comic, Broda Shaggi when he is called on to help Teni with her quest via the “phone a friend” lifeline.

 

Rema Is A Willing Captive In The Video For ‘Lady’

Rema‘s story is one like no other. Ever since he was activated and unveiled by Mavin/Jonzing World, the young lad has been a star. His debut and introductory self-titled EP, “Rema” which housed smashes like ‘Dumebi‘ and ‘Corny‘ kicked off his rapid ascent to fame and mainstream success, and it has been a joyride from there. In less than a year, the singer has released three EP, won the coveted Headies Next Rated award, featured on the Obamassummer playlist, and looks poised for even more international exploits.

On this high-speed journey, Rema has made a quick stop to unveil the visuals for ‘Lady‘, a fast-paced standout off his third 2019 EP, “Bad Commando.”

Directed by Tadas, the video finds a veiled Rema strapped to a chair with arms behind. He is the captive of a dancing damsel who at a point opens his eyes to a world of romantic hedonism. Rema himself looks to be a willing captive as throughout the ordeal, he doesn’t for once show any sign of discomfort or even attempt to escape.

Check out the video above.

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

The 5 Best Nigerian Diss-Tracks of 2019 So Far

Over the past few months, Nigerian hip-hop has been at war with itself. What started as a playful but audacious ‘Best Rapper In Africa’ brag spiralled the entire scene into a Royal Rumble-type frenzy that found rappers aiming for each other’s heads. From Blaqbonez to Payper Corleone to Davolee, everyone was churning out tracks laced with not-so-subliminal shots and outright name-drops. Even the OGs were not spared: a video surfaced online of A-Q and Ghost (of SDC) engaging in a presumably heated debate about who the superior wordsmith was.

All these eventually snowballed into an M.I Abaga vs Vector The Viper showdown. This beef which had been brewing for quite some time finally found the perfect climate for a face-off. In what will go down in history as one of the spiciest Nigerian hip-hop beefs, their back-and-forth resulted in a total of four diss tracks in just three weeks. Climaxing with M.I’s ‘The Viper‘ and Vector’s ‘Judas The Rat‘ and its bordering antics, hip-hop which had been playing second fiddle to Afrobeats in recent years was – howbeit briefly – restored to mainstream consciousness.

But now that the dust seems to have settled, Let’s look back to highlight some of the hottest diss tracks off this 2019 Nigerian rap civil-war.

5. Davolee – Give Away

This might not be as polished or popular as some of the other songs on this list, but it’s one of the hottest on the streets. Disgusted by Blaqbonez’s audacity to crown himself the best rapper in Africa without the credentials to back such claim, indigenous rapper Davolee attempted to devour the 100 Crowns rapper. The abrasive rapper aims with a submachine gun flow, with enough rounds for whoever is lurking as he also had choice words for M.I Abaga, Loose Kaynon, A-Q, Dremo, Falz, and Ycee. In fact, ‘Give Away‘ also led to a quick back-and-forth with the DMW rapper, Dremo.

4. BlaqbonezBest Rapper In Africa

After declaring himself the Best Rapper In Africa in a scorching freestyle, many came out to counter his claim as to many he just wasn’t worthy to crown himself with such title. Several rappers released diss tracks to that effect, including Tentik and Payper Corleone. In his combined reply, ‘Best Rapper in Africa‘, Blaq reaffirms his claim as he tears apart his adversaries. He also came through with his ‘Control‘-moment, teasing and calling out his peers for a face-off.

3. Vector – Judas The Rat

When M.I Abaga dropped ‘The Viper‘, everyone thought it was over. The question on everyone’s lips was “how is Vector going to come back from this?” But Vector did the impossible and pulled a comeback reminiscent of 2005’s magic of Istanbul. With ‘Judas The Rat‘, Vector digs up more personal dirt on M.I, particularly pointing at his strained relationship with his brother, Jesse Jagz. He also highlighted some of M.I’s antics, painting him as a rat who favours only himself. The ripple effect from this diss was so strong that it provoked M.I’s fall from grace, reopening sores inspiring many to share some of their bummers with the former Chocolate City boss.

2.  M.I Abaga – The Viper

After quick successive jabs from Vector with ‘The Purge‘ and ‘Tetracycline‘, M.I just had to respond. And when he finally did, the self-acclaimed rap messiah did not disappoint as he delivered perhaps the best song off the entire pack. Over a gloomy and ominous self-produced beat, an assertive and gruff-voiced M.I comes through with witty rebuttals for Vector’s previous jabs. He further paints the Lafiaji rapper as a snake who has been envious of his success from the jump.

M.I turned things up a notch just a few days later at the 2019 Big Brother Naija finale.  Sporting a black shirt with a bold “No Snakes” imprint, M.I performed his brief set metaphorically stomping over a viper image projected on the stage.

1. A-Q – Distractions 2

A-Q has been having quite a good year. After years of churning out critically acclaimed personal projects including “Rose” and ”Blessed Forever”, A-Q came to many’s radars this year off the strength of his stellar verses on the Martell Cyphers. Also this year, he finally picked up the coveted Lyricist on the roll award at the 13th Headies which eluded him for years despite picking up nominations. 

Of all the diss tracks released this year, A-Q’s heinous Vector-aimed ‘Distractions 2‘ takes the cake. The belligerent rapper who had built a name for himself as a war-ready gladiator fit himself right into the Vector-M.I beef and came through with the most brutish diss track in the pack. On ‘Distractions 2’ the 100 Crowns boss brought a grenade to a knife fight, coming for Vector for with a swift jab-cross-left uppercut-cross combo that gave him the knockout in less than five minutes.  It’s a joy to know that his recent status as a label president hasn’t robbed him of his viciousness on the mic.

Ilaye’s ‘Barbecue’ Is A Must Listen

The Tiwa Dara-produced ‘Barbecue‘ is, no doubt, a perfect opener to an emotive and beautifully crafted 6-track opus that has drawn adulation from several corners. Over an acoustic guitar loop and scintillating lead guitar riff, Ilaye delivers a soothing and melodic ode to her teenage love. Over the years, they have grown apart, moved on and probably even totally lost contact, but whatever they shared is still alive and relived in distant but charming memories. With a heartfelt reflection, she details some of the memories and lofty dreams they shared as kids. And just like on the remaining songs on the  “Pneuma” EP, she employs remarkable songwriting that projects a soulful realness in her artistry.  

This song could be a soundtrack to our young and naive romances filled with pipe dreams and wide-eyed promises, motivated by a childlike optimism that things will always go according to plan if we simply stay true. A time when we sincerely believed in “happily ever after.” But over time, we tend to shed this innocence and enthusiasm as we are repeatedly reminded of the uncertainty and dubious nature of the world as we grow through life. But in the second verse, Ilaye reminds us alongside her “special barbecue,” not to get caught up in the frenzy and try to hold on to our enthusiasm as much as we can – for ourselves and for those we claim to love.

Barbecuecomes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Listen, enjoy and share.

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