Victor Aderibigbe

Listen To Bella’s New Celebratory Zanku Anthem ‘Agbani’

In celebration of her birthday today, Bella Alubo has released a new single ‘Agbani‘. The celebratory record is titled after Agbani Darego who won the Miss World in 2001, making her the first native African to do so.

This is Bella’s third single in about a month, after releasing ‘Your Way‘ with Fasina and teaming up with Lady Donli on ‘Unavailable‘ which dropped just a week ago.

Produced by TUC, ‘Agbani‘ finds a jolly Bella hopping on the Zanku wave. Happy birthday Bella!

Lady Donli Releases Debut Album “Enjoy Your Life”

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to enjoy your life! About five years after dropping her first project, “Love or War,” Lady Donli has finally released her highly anticipated debut album, “Enjoy Your Life.”

In the last few weeks, President Donli has been appointing enjoyment ministers and reporters for the Federal Republic of Enjoyment and now its time for time to fully deliver.

This album which has been in the works for two years is a 15 track album, in which Lady Donli brings along a team of supremely gifted new-gen acts including Tems, Benjiflow, Somadina, Amaarae, Vanjess, Tomi Thomas, Solis and of course the Cavemen who executive produced the album alongside Donli. The engineering of the album is mainly handled by the grandmaster GMK, save for ‘Around‘ which was mixed by Tay Iwar.

Lady Donli

Tracklist for “Enjoy Your Life” (Twitter/LadyDonli)

Enjoy Your Life, is about spreading the message of happiness and love in the way that it should be, could be-and about treating people better,” she says in an interview with Indie Mag.

The album, however, comes with a caveat. “Please do not shuffle. Listen from start to bottom or don’t listen at all” she wrote in all caps in her final declaration before the release of the album.

Odunsi Takes Us Back In Time With Double Treat ‘Better Days/ Wetin Dey’

The poster boy for the Alte community, Odunsi (The Engine) is back with his second post-‘rare.” release after he dropped the scintillating ‘Tipsy’ with UK singer Raye. And this time, he is here with a double treat, releasing two new singles titled ‘Better Days‘ featuring Wani and ‘Wetin Dey‘.

For these records with are set to hit the streets, he finds inspiration in legends, Paul Play Dairo and Ruff Rugged and Raw.

Produced by GA, ‘Wetin Dey‘ interpolates Ruff Rugged and Raw’s classic of the same-titled which was one of the biggest street bops in the early 2000s. The song was also previewed on the PGM Live on Wednesday. ‘Better Days‘ is produced by P2j.

With this release, Odunsi takes us back to a time when -for most of us- our biggest problem was finding X.

Enjoy the records above.

Nonso Amadi’s “Free” EP Is Here.

One of Nigeria’s most promising acts, Nonso Amadi has released his new EP titled “Free.” This project is the long-awaited follow up to his sweeping “Alone” EP which housed ‘Suicidal’ featuring IBK.

Containing just six tracks, Simi and Mr Eazi are the only guests as Nonso Amadi appears solo on four tracks of the project. The EP is also majorly self-produced, with additional productions from Juls and AoD. Tyne Angela and Ghana’s Efya also make contributions to the album, assisting with additional vocals.

Speaking about the EP an interview with Pulse NG, Nonso Amadi revealed that “The title of the project is Free and it’s to express like being free; like ‘freedom,’ and all that. It’s just to say, you know, regardless of the pressure that most artists face and all that, this project was created out of a liberty of creativity.

Like I’m not trying to match or compete with anyone. It’s a very interesting sound to hear, and it’s something I want people to listen to while they’re driving or chilling, not when you’re trying to… It’s not made for you to go to the club necessarily. It’s a chill song, it’s Nonso.”

This project comes highly recommended by us at the PGM Club. Enjoy the project above and tell us what you think.

Lady Donli Has One Last Message For Us As She Unveils Savoury Tracklist For “Enjoy Your Life”

With just a few hours remaining to “Enjoy Your Life,” Lady Donli has unveiled the tracklist for her highly anticipated debut album. This comes with an accompanying declaration that sets the mental tone for the album scheduled for release tomorrow.

For the 15-track project, Lady Donli brings along a super team of Tems, Benjiflow, Somadina, Amaarae, Vanjess, Tomi Thomas, Solis and the Cavemen.

Forget all you knew about me” she warns in the accompanying declaration. She further revealed that the Donli we are going to be hearing on this tape is a reformed one that has been shaped by her experiences, feelings and a genuine desire to understand and perfect her craft.

“Enjoy Your Life” is, therefore, presenting a new Donli, one that is fueled by her desire to create a timeless piece that reflects herself and her culture.

Executive produced by herself and The Cavemen, the album is singlehandedly engineered by the grandmaster GMK, save for ‘Around‘ which was mixed by Tay Iwar.

One last thing. If you must listen to the album, enjoy it from start to bottom. In Lady Donli’s exact words, “DO NOT SHUFFLE!

Kida Kudz Taps Wiley For New Single ‘Bounce’

Kida Kudz is showing no signs of slowing down. Just a few days ago, the Disturbing London signee released ‘Moon Walk‘ and while we’ve still not gotten over the bop and he is already serving us a new monster jam titled ‘Bounce’.

On this record teams up with the East London rapper, Wiley to create yet another club banger that could get you in your worst behaviour. In the accompanying video, Kida Kida is found in a sexy car wash with the hot models cheerfully obliging his requests to ‘make it bounce’.

The raunchy video is directed by Capone and Guise.

A Defiant Tems Is Ready To Break Free In ‘Try Me’

Amidst her few and far between releases, Tems has done well to leave a lasting impression. It has taken her just two singles and guest spots on a couple of projects to convince us that she is one of the most talented singers in the country rising through the ranks. Many could even swear by the old gods and the new that she is the future of Afro-Soul and R&B. And she is now back to take it a step further with her new firey single titled ‘Try Me‘.

A follow up to her year-opening stunner, ‘Looku Looku‘, this single find Tems teaming up with Remy Baggins on the production with additional vocals from Dami Oniru.

Over a simple and laidback beat that lays a good ground for her thrilling vocals to shine, a spirited Tems is on a mission to set herself and her Rebel Gang free from oppression as she continuously asks why her subjugator keeps pushing her to the wall.  On Twitter, she explained that this new single is a breakout anthem for the oppressed, underrated and understated who have been suppressed from use and abuse.

With a powerful sing-along-hook, this song is so infectious such that’d get you in the zone right from your first listen. If there was ever any doubt about Tems skill as a dazzling vocalist and songwriter, ‘Try Me‘ puts that to rest.

Suffice to say that this song comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club. Enjoy.

Best Rapper In Africa Or Nah: What’s Next For Nigerian Hip-hop?

Ever since Blaqbonez crowned himself the best rapper in Africa, Nigerian hip-hop has gone bonkers. The 100 Crowns rapper first made the audacious claim in the maiden edition of the AKtivated Sessions and the reaction was volcanic.  The hip-hop community immediately spiralled into long polarising debates over the validity of Blaq’s claims. While some admired his confidence and assertiveness, others dismissed him as a nuisance and an attention seeker who had nothing to back such daring claim. 

If attention was the goal, Blaqbonez definitely got it.

The debates further diffused into claims and counterclaims, diss tracks flying around with not-so-subliminal shots, directed at the rapper and his associates. After a couple of weeks, the pink-haired rapper reaffirmed his claim in his latest release ‘Best Rapper In Africa’ where he took aim at rappers like TenTik, Holyfield and also called out some of his colleagues for being craven. This, in turn, generated swift responses from Payper Corleone, VaderDavid Meli and many others. Even the OGs aren’t left out of the frenzy as a video surfaced of AQ, Loose Kaynon and SDC’s Ghost in a heated debate on who was a better rapper. 

And all this just mean one thing to the fans, excitement. 

The last time Nigerian hip-hop got its fans this elated was in February when the scorching LAMB-Martell Cypher dropped. The culture has always thrived on competition and with projector missiles flying all around,  fans are ravishing in euphoria right now. It’s a common saying that when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. But in hip hop, when rappers square against each other, the only true winners are the fans.  But sadly, the euphoria is going to wear off soon. People are bound to move on. And when they do, what is left?

Nigerian hip-hop has been in a sorry state for years now and despite the several efforts being made for its rejuvenation, the future isn’t looking too bright yet. And this is not for a lack of talent – after all, we can boast of some of the best rappers on the continent – or creativity. Regardless,  it seems Nigerians have just moved on to drown their pain and realities in afrobeats. Enough has been said on what hip-hop needs to get itself on its feet again. Multiple articles have been written, plans drafted, discussions had and more. 

If not optimized, this excitement and attention Nigerian rap and rappers are getting at the moment will fizzle out back to where we started. But some things can be done to sustain some of the eyes and ears that have been captured in this whole episode for the good of the culture. 

To start with, Nigerian rappers simply need to put out good music. That’s where it all starts from, the music. The problem is that many are still stuck in the ‘golden days’ and as such have refused to evolve with the times. Each age has its demands. Some are stuck on 90s-type boom-bap beats all in the name of keeping it real, and then turn around to guilt-trip the fans and media for lack of support when the record simply doesn’t pop. This was what Blaq had in mind when he rapped “If the music ain’t good it ain’t moving/ Your aesthetics will not replace the music.

Snap out of your obsession with the past. Listen, research and understand the sonic demands of the times and let that influence how you make music. The music world today is big on bending and fusing/melding genres. The lines between genres are so blurry today that they might as well be nonexistent. Experiment with other sounds that appeals to new audiences. Approach other genres from a rap perspective. 

Show Dem Camp did this with Palm Wine Music to positive results. The move has been commercially rewarding as they have registered new fans who might have not even heard of their Clone Wars series. They’ve also held two Palmwine music festivals -which recorded impressive numbers – and are even about to take the festival to the UK.  Other rappers like Blaqbonez, Ladipoe, as well as the Lost And Found on their last tape have been fusing rap with other genres and it has been rewarding. Falz’s seminal album, “Moral Instruction” was heavily inspired sonically and thematically by Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

This is also one of the major reasons why the so-called indigenous or local rappers are more commercially successful. These guys can make music in a way that resonates with a wide scope of audience. They rap in their local dialects laced with street lingo thereby making their lyrics more relatable and easy to understand, as well as meddling rap with dance music and even introducing dance steps to go along with it. Zlatan is the poster boy for the wide-ranging Zanku dance and its accompanying sound and he is undeniably Naija’s hottest rapper at the moment. 

Rappers also have to learn to step out of their shell and work with others. While friendly competition is healthy, there is so much more that can be gained from working together. 

Nigerian rappers should be always ready to join forces with one another and synergize over records, projects and even concerts. Collaborations shouldn’t also be limited within the hip-hop circle. Rappers can reach out to acts from other genres like the alte community, soul singers and afrobeat and even Afropop. Step into their space and see their world. This would help to create much more dynamic sounds and also help to share the fanbase with their collaborators. 

Over the years, there has been a downturn of collaborations between Nigerian rappers and their pop counterparts. In fact, these pop stars tend to feature foreign rappers on their tapes much more often these days. There should also be much more joint efforts between the English rappers and the indigenous ones. 

Visuals also have to be taken seriously too. Yes, hip-hop is a word-oriented genre but videos are very much especially in the visually-driven world we live in today. And maybe as a result of a shortage in funding or whatever reason, hip-hop acts don’t seem to place much emphasis on their releasing music videos. You don’t believe me?  Take some of the best hip-hop projects in the past year as examples. “Crown”, “Yung Denzl”, “Bad Boy Blaq”, “These Buhari Times” and the Lost and Found’s “Alternate Ending” have only about two videos released at the moment. Projects with over 50 songs and only three videos out.

Even if proper music videos can’t be done due to financial constraints, rappers and their teams can take advantage of lyric videos and visualizers which can be promoted on social media. 

Now the spotlight is on Nigerian hip-hop and no one knows how long the excitement is going to last. Mere buzz or an abundance of talent isn’t enough to sustain the genre.  The best that can be done is to ensure that this rare opportunity should be optimized as much as it can. The community has to come together to create and promote premium quality content that can restore hip-hop and rap to the mainstream.

For all the dust rappers have raised in the past few weeks, it would be beautiful to see it all transcend to something bigger and not just fade out to another false start.

Zamir Is Blunt And Vicious On ‘Anti’ With Ycee

Zamir has teamed up with Ycee for his new single titled ‘Anti‘. This is Zamir’s first release since his year-opening Kida Kudz-assisted jam, ‘Jan 1st‘.

The new Tochi Bedford-produced single is no doubt one of the hardest hip-hop records out of Nigeria at the moment. It has this dark and intense feel to it with trippy keys and hard-hitting kicks.  Zamir sets the record straight that he’s anti-social and just wants his space and circle as tight as it can get. “I don’t like people, yeah I know” he declares as he opens the record.

In his verse, Zamir also recounts his musical journey and his emergence in the music industry. Ycee’s verse finds the ANBT Ceo delivering one of his best feature performances this year with a polished flow and airtight delivery.

Directed by Ademola Falomo, the video finds the wild and free pair chilling in the neighbourhood amidst bike and car stunts.

Listen To Mich Straaw’s New Three-Track EP “Untitled”

Barely two months after the release of his well-received debut album “255“, Mich Straaw is back with a new project, “Untitled.” Last week, the soul sensation treated us to the first single off the EP, ‘Smile Bright Pass That (LA Sun)‘ and now, we are being served the entire project.

On this body of work, Mich Straaw steps back from the boards as the production of the project is solely handled by Top Chief – who is a chef and a music producer.

A couple of weeks back, Mich Straaw premiered the tape on the PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan and Zed-Eye. When asked why this EP is coming so close to the release of his previous body of work, Mich responded that “I just wanted something that would be easy to listen to. The 255 album was for the world. This one is more for like Naija here. It gives me mainland vibes.”

Containing just three songs, Mich sees the project as a stream, flowing directly from the beginning to the end with the second track serving as a mild interlude.

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