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Alpha Ojini’s ‘Pop’ Is A Sizzling Trap Cut Without The Mumble

Amidst the earsplitting noise surrounding the M.IVector beef reignited by Vector’s latest jab, ‘Judas The Rat‘, Alpha Ojini gave us the first taste of the material he has been working on since last December. Earlier today, the multitalented rapper dished out a new number titled ‘Pop‘, his first offering since his celebratory ‘Madagascar‘ freestyle. This release officially kicks off the rollout of his sophomore album, “Chvmeleon,” which is set to be released in just a matter of weeks.

Just two days ago, he announced the released date and also revealed the mouthwatering tracklist featuring appearances from M.I Abaga, Ghost of SDC, Oxlade, Blaqbonez, and more. Apparently, ‘Pop‘ is only one of five tracks off the 14-track album on which Alpha appears solo.

On this self-produced record, Alpha is simply just having fun. Confidence and enthusiasm radiate throughout the dazzling production with a dominant trap bounce, as he employs cheeky and goofy bars enwrapped in prodigal wordplay. True to its name, ‘Pop‘ is a bop to kick off your weekend, and definitely one to keep us on our toes for the arrival of the imminent tape. Remember, “Chvmeleon” drops on Friday, November 11.

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

 

Vector Bounces Back With New Diss Track, ‘Judas The Rat’

Diss Track Backstory

One of the most exciting things in these Buhari times is the belligerent energy hovering across the Nigerian hip-hop scene. What started with a daring declaration by Blaqbonez ascribing himself as the best rapper in Africa has now degenerated into a warzone where anyone could catch a bullet. “For the culture” has now slowly morphed into something way more bitter and grubby with inflated egos and (re)opened sores.

However, the most exciting of these battles has been the M.I vs Vector main-event which has resulted in now a total of four diss tracks in just about three weeks. And it doesn’t seem to be over. Not just not yet.

New Diss Track

In response to M.I Abaga’s petty and brutal missile,’The Viper‘, Vector has also decided to step his boots in the mud in his new ‘Judas The Rat‘. With his gloves off, Vector doesn’t mince words as he comes for M.I’s legacy. He brings up personal dirt surrounding the former Chocolate City boss especially strained relationship with his brother, Jesse Jagz.

Vector "Judas The Rat" New Diss Track

What We Expect

For all it’s worth, we hope these rappers can put their beef aside for a minute and make good of their promise by releasing their much-anticipated EPs, “Judas” and “Vibes Before Teslim.” But till then, listen to this new diss track above and tell us who you think is winning this battle.

D-Truce And Bella Alubo Tell A Beautiful Love Story On ‘For You’

Nigerian rapper, Dusten Truce has teamed up with Bella Alubo on new love number titled ‘For You‘. This is D-Truce’s first post-“2 Bird 1 Stone” release, his debut album which was released to good reviews early this year. The 6-track album housed highlights like ‘Celebrity Champagne‘, ‘Oga police‘ and ‘City of Excellence‘ and also featured appearances from Paybac, Straffitti, 3rty, Slayvelli, Dewa and Tylerriddim.

On this new Jesse Alordiah produced cut, D-Truce and Bella Alubo are love-struck as they trade verses describing their affection for one another, promising themselves sunshine and rainbows in their blazing romance. ‘For You‘ is no doubt a soothing and melodious love number with wonderfully diced afrobeats percussions and an ambient scintillating guitar riffs.

Enjoy this record above and let us know what you think.

MCskill ThaPreacha Releases Joint EP With Teck-Zilla “Nucleus”

Seasoned Nigerian rapper, MCskill ThaPreacha has joined forces with legendary hip-hop producer, Teck-Zilla to take it back to the basics on their new EP titled “Nucleus.”

A 4-track EP, “Nucleus” appears to be a short but sweet affair as the two vets bring their A-game across the tape. It opens with ‘Positive Energy‘ where MCskill flexes his lyrical muscle over a soul-tinged boom-bap beat, while the second track ‘Fantasy rap‘ has a more solemn feel with MCskill delivering outlandish verbal illustrations.

From the ground up‘ finds the duo kicking it old school as they trace their way back to the boom-bap essence with a dark flute-like sample and hard-hitting drums plus an energetic MOP sample. ‘Dreams‘ closes up the project the elder statesman urging the listeners to maintain a laser focus on their dreams regardless of the obstacles they might encounter.

Listen to the EP above.

Teni Releases New EP, “Billionaire”

After her multiple nominations at the 2019 Headies including Song Of The Year, Teni is making good of her promise by treating us to her “Billionaire” EP. This is Teni’s debut project and it comes exactly a week after the lead single, ‘Billionaire‘, which is already gaining traction on the airwaves.

This EP is only 6-tracks long and features no guests despite her streak of killer team-ups in 2019. Also absent from the tape is any of her previously released singles. Even her smash hits, ‘Uyo Meyo‘ and ‘Askamaya‘ are notable exemptions and only means one thing: Teni isn’t resting on her oars as she seeks to provide a fresh listening experience for her fans, and we are absolutely here for that.

Listen to the EP described on Apple Music as “a dose of Teni’s light, whimsical Afropop” above.

Asa Releases Her First Album In Five Years, “Lucid”

Ace Nigerian soul singer, Asa has released her long-awaited fourth studio, “Lucid.” This comes five years after her last album “Bed Of Stone” which houses highlights like ‘Eyo‘, ‘How Did Love Find Me‘, and ‘Satan Be Gone’.

In usual fashion, this 14-track project is entirely a solo effort as it features no guests. “Lucid” is led by previously released singles ‘The Beginning’, ‘Good Thing‘ and ‘My Dear‘, all centred around love and heartbreak.

Listen to the album above.

DAP The Contract Taps Rozwell Fitzroy For ‘Thank God I’m Not Famous Yet’

For the third release off his ongoing CTIII series, DAP The Contract teams up with Virginia rapper,  Rozwell Fitzroy on the new record titled ‘Thank God I’m Not Famous Yet‘. The rapper kicked off the third instalment of his Contact Thursday series two weeks ago with ‘Prisimcolors‘, followed up by last week’s ‘Good Bad, Bad Good‘.

DAP the Contract was on the PGM Radio Show a couple of weeks ago to discuss the string of weekly Thursday releases while also giving us a peek into two tracks off the series – ‘Prismcolors’ and ‘Bryn’s Interlude‘. At the end of the show, he also kicked bars alongside other razor-sharp wordsmiths like Payper Corleone, Idris King, D-Truce and Ycee in an impromptu freestyle session.

The Contract Thursday (CT) series finds DAP off album mode, experimenting different ideas and exploring diverse sounds. The weekly releases which are then compiled into tapes are usually deeply fascinating as they have the multi-talented rapper swinging in and out of genres over a stretch of weekly releases.

On ‘Thank God I’m Not Famous Yet‘, DAP reflects on how far he has come with his music over an electric hip-hop beat with a trap bounce.

Enjoy the single above.

Alpha Ojini Is Bringing Along M.I Abaga, Ghost, GoodGirl LA, Ycee, Oxlade And More On “Chvmeleon”

Even if you do not know Alpha Ojini by name, you must have come across his work one way or another. Remember that sweet-toned “Focus” voice tag you hear at the end of most of your favourite 2019 rap songs? Yeah, that’s Alpha’s tagline for his sound engineering outfit.

A bundle of talents, Alpha is also a producer and a rapper – and he’s absolutely great at both. In fact, he was recently nominated in the Best Rap Single category of the 2019 Headies for his joint with Payper Corleone, ‘Sacrifices‘, one of the highlights off Payper’s stellar tape, “Fly Gangstar From The 90s.”

And now, it’s even more good news from Alpha as he announces the release of his sophomore album, “Chvmeleon,” which has been in the works since December last year. This is would be a follow-up to his well-received debut, “Half Price” that housed standouts like ‘Ocean Boy‘, ‘Ludo‘ and the cheeky ‘Yahooboy Muzik‘.

According to his recent tweet, this new album is scheduled for release on Friday, November 1st and it boasts a mouth-watering round of features, with appearances from some of the best wordsmiths in the game at the moment. On this self-produced project, Alpha is bringing along an a-team of M.I Abaga, Ghost (SDC), Paybac, Blaqbonez, Psycho YP, Ycee, Bella Alubo, Oxlade, Goodgirl LA and Kemi Smallz.

Now, tell me you’re not excited?

Mojo Is Still In Full Chop-Life Mode On ‘Shawarma’

Mojo‘s message on his Prettyboy D-O‘s assisted ‘Chop Life Crew‘ is very simple: you’ve only got one shot at life, so enjoy it as much as you can. And on his latest offering ‘Shawarma‘, Mojo is bent on doing just that.

Rapping predominantly in Yoruba, the dreadlocked rapper describes having the best of trips after treating himself to a jumbo-sized joint which he metaphorically dubs shawarma. This DaRe Kasali-produced cut is no doubt an enjoy-the-moment anthem that hits the hardest when shuffling with a blunt in hand to the rhythm thumping from loudspeakers, and occasionally faking a jump-kick.

The rapper came around last week Wednesday to preview this record on the PGM Radio Show. The show also guested Godwin Tom and Akinyemi Ayinoluwa, where they discussed the nuts and bolts of the music management as well perversive menace of the culpable SARS operatives.

Enjoy ‘Shawarma‘ above and tell us if you think this is the next street anthem.

Listen To Ilaye’s Beautifully Crafted “Pneuma” EP

A few months ago, we had the gifted soulful singer, Ilaye on our D’Watchlist for her emotive single, ‘Metaphors’. And now, she is making a stronger case for herself by releasing her poetically rich and beautifully crafted debut EP, aptly titled “Pneuma.”

This a 6-track EP led by her previously released singles ‘Binoculars’ and ‘Metaphors’. And although “Pneuma” is entirely a solo effort, she works with a superb team of producers including Tiwa Dara, IBK, Tejiri, Sirbastien and Atta Otigba to impeccably execute this project.

Give this project a listen and you won’t even have to get past the first track to figure out why we speak so highly of it.

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