Victor Aderibigbe

Mr Eazi Teams Up With Major Lazer, Nicki Minaj & K4mo For ‘Oh My Gawd’

After feeding his local fans and lovers with his latest EP “One Day You Will Understand”, Mr Eazi is back on the quest for world domination and his proselytization of the “Africa to the world” movement of which he has been a vanguard. For his latest international single Mr Eazi teams up with music heavyweights Major Lazer, Nicki Minaj and K4mo on a record he titles ‘Oh My Gawd’.

“This record was really fun to make,” Eazi says in a press release. “And it’s crazy how it went from hearing a K4mo intro in the studio with Fred Again, to me jumping on it and then Diplo hopping in! And Walshy hitting me up to say it’s a banger—next thing Nicki is on it! Been a journey really, like two years in the making and I can’t wait to perform it at my next festival!”

‘Oh My Gawd’ is a dancehall record fused with EDM and coated with some Afrobeats spice, giving it an overwhelming international feel. It aure plays as a bankable party starter which positions itself as a go-to tune for clubs and music festivals all across the world.

Enjoy the record above.

Wande Coal Releases New 7-Track EP “Realms”

One of Nigeria’s most gifted singers and hitmakers Wande Coal has released a new project titled the “Realms” EP. This is a project that has been promised for a while now, starting with Wande Coal’s signing to American distribution company Empire. The singer announced the release of this project across his social media pages after rumours started flying across the internet a couple of days before.

Ladies and Gents, the wait is over! I present to you my EP #REALMS dropping in less than 48hours,” he revealed on Twitter a few days ago.

This project contains just seven tracks, including Wande Coal’s two well-received 2020 singles, ‘Again’ the midtempo love single and the upbeat party-starter ‘Naughty Girl’. The project would also feature appearances from ace producer, Sarz and American rapper, Wale. This project is also Wande Coal’s first body of work in five years coming after “Wanted” which dropped in 2015 with appearances from AKA, Wizkid, Burna Boy, 2Face Idibia and more.

Davido Is Back With A Word For Detractors On ‘Fem’

One of the biggest ambassadors of Nigerian music and a frontman in the Afrobeats to the world movement Davido is back with a new record titled ‘Fem’. And this single serves as the beginning of the road leading to the release of his highly anticipated album “A Better Time” which has been promised for release this year.

This record which serves as his first since the release of the star-studded “A Good Time” comes with a finger pointed at detractors shushing them of any further chatter.

“To the people talking about you because they don’t understand your shine, they don’t understand your grace, they don’t understand why they can never be what you are or have what you have… we say #FEM!” he wrote, announcing the release of the single on social media.

The accompanying video opens with him making a grand entrance into the city followed by an entourage of his 30 BG soldiers. It then continues as a show of strength and wealth, with a subtle message been passed that there’s always strength in numbers.

Enjoy the single above.

Listen To Amaarae’s New Single ‘Fancy’

Following the release of the dancehall-influenced riddim ‘Leave Me Alone’ a few weeks ago, the Ghana-born globetrotter Amaarae offers us ‘Fancy’ which races to the other end of the spectrum; accentuated drum patterns that swing hard with a trap twist reveal the other side to Amaarae: A boundless love for Southern bounce.

‘Fancy’ hangs on a loose string; it meanders between sing-songy rap, shoe gazing emo, and straight ahead trap – if these three forms hung out at a high-end fashion joint uptown. It’s rich and flavourful, a testament to Amaarae’s outstanding abilities as a songwriter.

“[Producer] KZ came up with that idea. He was locked up in a room [during album recording camp]. He came out and was like Ama, I need you to come upstairs and listen to this,” Amaarae reveals. “He played me fancy and I was like wait, when did I write this?!”

KZ had written and recorded the song, and emulated Amaarae’s voice and cadence in the process. He took his vocals off and asked her to write an additional verse.”That was KZ just getting in his bag about being a bad bitch, and I was immediately inspired. At that point my goal with the song was wanting to make all the girls feel as badass as I did when we were making the record.” she says.

Enjoy the record above.

Odunsi Surprises Fans With New ‘Luv Issa Drug/Flood My Wrist’ Leak

Barely with a days notice, Odunsi The Engine has made a new record available via his Fridaycruise account on Soundcloud which anyone familiar with his art know is a steady source of lossies or leaks. Titled ‘luv issa drug/flood my wrist‘, this is a two-in-one release of tunes that he couldn’t just bring himself to finish. This drop would also be one of the first we’ve heard from Odunsi musically since he released his resonant 7-track “Everything You Heard Is True” project earlier in the year.

The record opens with the ‘Luv Issa Drug‘ song which takes us back to the Odusi we encountered on his celebrated debut album “rare.“, released in 2018. It sounds like a record cut off from the same cloth as the Runtown-assisted ‘Star Signs‘ with a dominant 90s disco influence. He tries to get the attention of his distant love interest on the breezy record which ends mid-verse.

Flood My Wrist‘ on the other hand find Odunsi on the dancefloor and sounds like a loosie that could have made the “Everything You Heard Is True” project. It has a dominant afrobeats feel esp with the cadence and delivery but twisted and refined with the alte-esque sonic experimentation. Although both records seem quite far apart in sound and theme, they are well blended in a near-perfect mix as smooth a Jack Daniel and Coke cocktail.

‘Luv Issa Drug/Flood My Wrist‘ is exclusively available on Soundcloud. Listen above and let us know what you think.

Moelogo Takes Us Back To The Early 90s For ‘Koshi’ Video

A couple of months ago, one of Nigeria’s most promising acts on the rise and one of its finest songwriters Moelogo released a new EP titled “Me”. And this was accompanied by the visuals for one of the standouts off the tape, the uptempo ‘Koshi’.

The retro-themed video finds Moelogo as a rock n roll superstar with the afro and aviator glasses performing on television. He is later joined by his love interest who was singing aloud to the record and teleports right where he is.

‘Koshi’ is produced by the 18-year old producer P.Prime who has been behind some of our favourite tunes this year. Enjoy the video above.

Patoranking: King Of The Abule

Patoranking has been one of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports for the past few years. Blending the widely travelled dancehall sound with our local pop elements and maintaining enviable stagecraft has placed him as one of the most sought after performers across the continent. And just a few days ago, Patoranking was live at the studio PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan  to discuss his new album “Three” which he revealed stands as a celebration of three albums he has out there into the world.

However, before getting right into dissecting the album, he touched on his message-driven record ‘Heal D World’ which was released back in 2018. This is a record that alongside its highly cinematic video, provided insightful social commentary and called on humanity to put sentiments and biases aside and work together to get the world moving to a postion of peace. When discussing the drive behind that record, he expressed that “We need to sanitize the land with love… if I can speak for the people musically, why won’t I?”

He then discusses the juice behind the lead single for the new album ‘Abule’ which also happens to be a fan-favourite cut, already topping several charts across several DSPs. This is a record that finds Patoranking going back to where he began, celebrating his roots and humble beginnings. “I’m proud to be from my abule, because to have made it coming from there it’s only by God’s grace. It’s made me who I am today and it’s part of my story. So I waste no opportunity to let people know about my ghetto,” he told Ebro Darden in an interview on Beats1 Radio.

On the PGM Radio, he revealed the exact reason why he had that tune recorded and released.  ‘Abule’ which directly translates to village or hood was Patoranking basically documenting the party life and the rave in the ghetto. 

It’s a known fact that he has never been one to shy away from his humble beginnings, as he has taken every opportunity to let people know where he comes fro. Patoranking’s grace-to-grace story is one of defiance, and he has also used his music as a major tool for documenting this come-up story, a linear but progressive one he has told from the Timaya-assisted ‘Alubarika’.  When quizzed about the mentality that got him out of the trenches to the limelight, he credited it to his ability to dream beyond his present circumstances as well as his mind which is always open to learning. 

He also touched on ‘Brrr’ which is a high-octane dancehall riddim which is inspired by hypemen, MCs, DJs as well as the energy and vibes they bring to the dancefloor. He also did the record justice, giving us a mini live performance at the studio. On ‘Black Girl Magic’, Patoranking does his best to celebrate black women across the continent and all over the world, shedding light on their struggles.

The discuss was wrapped up with Patornaking expressing how grateful he is to be tapped by the Marley family for the remix of one of Bob Marley’s classics ‘One Love’, a record he loves dearly and has performed severally on his sets. 

You can check out the video of the interview above.  

Nsikak Recruits Show Dem Camp & The Cavemen For ‘Dance 4 Me’

For a while now, some of us have been imagining what a Show Dem Camp and The Cavemen jam would sound like. But thanks to Nsikak, we don’t have to spend times in our head anymore; we have it right in our hands. The guitarist and member of the Collectiv3 has teamed up with these two groups who have carved out sonic niches for themselves on his new record ‘Dance4 Me’.

Produced by Spax, this record is palm wine music meets neo-highlife, which provides a very smooth blend given that palm wine music is also rooted in highlife. The song opens with a chilled verse from Tec with hums from The Cavemen and littered with guitar licks from Nsikak. And after Tec’s lone verse, Nsikak goes into full show-off mode as he blesses our ears with a thrilling guitar solo that just takes you out of this world.

No doubt, this is a record that’d be a delight to watch being performed live. And if there ever gets to be a Palmwine Fest later this year, ‘Dance 4 Me’ will have you rocking with the SDC.

Enjoy this record above.

Ladipoe Taps Joeboy For New Record ‘Yoruba Samurai’

It’s very amazing to see how Ladipoe is working with more pop-centric acts to create radio-friendly jams while retaining his essence of bringing a premium level of lyricism to it. This is what many pundits and commentators have always offered as advice to rappers decrying the state of the culture, and it’s refreshing to see a wordsmith serving as a good example of this.

Still a work in progress, Ladipoe already seems as that rapper who has found a way to perfect the act of delicately balancing what the masses want and what hip-hop represents. We witnessed it over his recent releases, peaking with his Simi-assisted ‘Know You’ which dominated the charts in the first half of the year, even clinching the number one spot on Apple Music Nigerian – a feat many of his colleagues can only wish for.

Barely a week after teaming up with hitmaker Rexxie and Zlatan for the remix of their dance-centric jam, ‘Opor’, Ladipoe has joined forces with one of the leaders of the new school Joeboy for his new single ‘Yoruba Samurai’ produced by Ozedikus.

With this new record, Ladipoe attempts to run a damage control campaign over the propaganda and slander Yoruba men have suffered in recent times on Twitter. He tries to control and swerve the ‘Yoruba Demon’ narrative into what he calls the ‘Yoruba Samurai’, the all-out romantic who is ready to ‘go to war’ for his love interest. Joeboy on his part finds himself on hook-duty while the silver-tongued Ladiope tries to woo his interest with enchanting words, one that leaves his lady blushing uncontrollably.

Enjoy the record above.

Oxlade Is Crazy In Love In New Single ‘DKT (Dis Kind Thing)

After a series of impressive killer features, Oxlade is back with a new solo single titled ‘DKT (Dis Kind Thing). This comes about four months since his debut and introductory tape “Oxygene” which featured a sole appearance from Moelogo.

For his new single, Ox reunites with Spax who was instrumental in the production of his EP. This song an R&B-esque afropop jam that finds Oxlade in his feelings. He’s in strongly in love with his sweetheart and he’s scared its intensity can make him “lose my five senses.” The record was initially released exclusively on Soundcloud but was made available to all other major DSPs today.

Listen to the single here.

 

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