Victor Aderibigbe

Nigerian-American Singer, Olayinka Ehi Is Worthy Of Our Undivided Attention

Despite spending most of her adult years in the United States, singer and songwriter Olayinka Ehi was born and raised in Nigeria. A burgeoning R&B-alternative act, Olayinka’s sound is very much influenced by her African culture; evident in the way she weaves pidgin and English in her lyrics as well as the African percussive elements often embedded in her sound.

An example of this is her 2018 release, ‘Jeje‘.  On this penultimate track off her debut EP, “Story“, Olayinka hops on an airtight Afropop sound which sports a strutting a guitar lick. Across the record, she enjoins her listeners to feel the groove and move their bodies softly to the rhythm. Over the 4-track EP, she flutters across genres, even exploring EDM on the project’s closer, ‘B.G.S.N‘.

Olayinka Ehi initially ensnared us in 2016 when she was thrust in the public eye with her emotive cover of the late Nina Simone‘s definitive record, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood‘. Coming 53 years after its initial release, Olayinka uses her rendition to highlight society’s repulsion to a spirited and opinionated black woman. And ever since, she has been fairly consistent with her releases coming through with ‘Like I Do‘, ‘Feel‘ and ‘If You‘ in 2017. The next year saw the release of her well-received debut EP “Story“. And picking off where she left off in 2018, she has dished out two offerings this year with ‘No Love This Summer‘ being her latest. Released in July, ‘No Love This Summer‘ finds the singer ready to fully enjoy her summer with no commitments and no relationship-induced drama. It closes with an amusing soundbite of friends making plans to enjoy a wild and free girls-only summer.

Olayinka Ehi performing on stage (Instagram/olayinkaehi)

Olayinka Ehi performing on stage (Instagram/olayinkaehi)

For Olayinka Ehi, however, music isn’t all just about entertainment. She uses her gift and its perks as a tool to drive real-life changes in our society. Generally, her’s songs are centred around love and life. But with highly sinkable melodies, her songs are also usually laced with underling messages that articulate some of the women-specific struggles. In a recent interview with Voyage LA, she revealed how she used her EP rollout to help raise funds to build an all-girls school in Tanzanian.

I am very big on female empowerment and I believe that education plays a huge role in that. When I released my first EP, I dedicated the event to raise funds for an all-girls school being build in Tanzania. We were able to raise more than 2000$ online and at the event. The school is planned to open in 2020. I plan to start up my own non-profit to continue events like this where I link my music to global awareness.” Olayinka discloses in the interview.

We at the PGM Club are very excited about Olayinka Ehi and her music. Check out her EP above and let us know what you think.

M.I Abaga Replies Vector On ‘The Viper’

Just a few hours after celebrating his 38th birthday, M.I Abaga has finally given his fans what they’ve been demanding for the past two weeks; his reply to Vector‘s ‘The Purge‘. The former Chocolate City boss finally makes good of his “seismic event” promise on the Martell Cypher 2 with this much-awaited diss track aptly titled ‘The Viper‘.

This is also the first track off M.I’s new “Judah” EP, scheduled for release on Wednesday, October 9. This 5-track project finds the rap veteran bringing along some of the sharpest MCs in the game at the moment, Blaqbonez, Alpha Ojini, Kauna,Buckyraw and Nawe.

Tracklist For "Judah" (Twitter/MI_Abaga)

Tracklist For Judah

Over a gloomy and ominous self-prouced beat, a calm and collected M.I comes through with witty rebuttals of Vector’s previous jabs on ‘The Purge’ and ‘Tetracycling‘ while also coming through with blunt and brutal shot that might just be fatal.

M.I also accompanied this release with a personal message directed at the Lafiaji rapper where he accuses Vector of being a selfish, jealous and envious “snake.”

 

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Viper The Viper has hated me for years as is its inevitable nature. The serpent has been thus since the beginning of time. Would always smile in my face but I could smell the envy and bitterness. Whatever he may use as his excuse for his career long actions it is simply jealousy beneath it all. This is why his career has never quite taken off and he has never lived up to his obvious potential. Search my tweets, or interviews you will see me praising him over the years, how come he has never said one good thing about me.. ever. Instead of responding in hate I have chosen to give the snake the secret to my success.. ‘help people’. You are the only rapper that has done nothing to bring anyone else up.. from your first producer LayLow to your former manager Michael (who now works for CC btw) to AQ your friend that year.. all you do is use people.. Olamide has given so many a platform, Ice Prince the same, Falz just an all round angel, Reminisce bringing up young legends.. don’t even compare yourself to me.. I am a fucking industry on my own!! see this is why you have always been a tier beneath the rap aristocracy! Because you are a jealous and envious person. Your fans are great sha.. because despite it they love you so much.. I pray you open your heart and let the message from God through me in.. it is time for you to live up to your full potential.. to enlarge your coast my son..enlarge your heart ♥️your music brand and career will blossom.. The VIPER available on my Youtube page – MI Abaga Link in Bio

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Check out ‘The Viper‘ above and let us know if you think this is the killshot.

Davido Links Up Again With Chris Brown On ‘Lower Body’

Barely two months after their initial collaboration on ‘Blow My Mind‘, Davido and Chris Brown have teamed up yet again on Chris Brown’s new record titled ‘Lower Body‘. This joint is off the just-released extended version of Chris Brown’s latest full-length, “Indigo,” which was outstretched to a total of 42 songs from its original 32 tracks.

Produced by the globetrotting beatsmith, Kiddominant,Lower Body‘ finds Davido on familiar terrain as he opens the record with a well-written verse and a commendable delivery. The DMW boss also lays down a delicious hook for the strutting Afropop record.

Chris Brown in usual fashion comes through with an airtight delivery wrapped in his powerful voice that makes you conclude that he has -in a short while – unlocked several levels to this sound that is fast becoming a rave across the world.

Davido has also taken to his social media to tease a joint project from the two. And if ‘Blow My Mind‘ and ‘Lower Body‘ are anything to go by, we might just be in for a special treat. Enjoy the record above and let us know if it’s a worthy offering from the two bastions

Erigga Brings Along Zlatan, Magnito, M.I, Ice Prince, Victor AD And More On His “The Erigma II” Album

The self-ascribed paperboy, Erigga has released his new full-length tape titled “The Erigma II.” This is the long-awaited sequel to his stellar album, “The Erigma I,” which was released to good reviews in 2012. On this new project, the Warri-based rapper brings along a super team of household names like M.I, Ice Prince, Zlatan, and Victor AD.

This album which Erigga describes on Instagram as “historic” contains 18 tracks, with its total runtime spanning just over an hour. Other acts featured on the highly collaborative tape include Sami, Sipi, Funkcleff, Oga Network, Dr. Barz, Prinx Emmanuel, Graham D and Yung Zee Onos.

With “The Erigma II“, Erigga – whom many have dubbed as the King of the South – seeks to solidify his legacy and secure his rightful place in the Nigerian Hip-hop pantheon. Give this Warri-inspired album a spin and let us know what you think.

Rema Releases His Third 2019 EP, “Bad Commando”

The Mavin Records star, Rema who just got activated this year has no doubt had a rapid ascent in the Nigerian music scene, with one of the year’s biggest songs to his name. On his debut and introductory “Rema” EP, the young singer showcased his talent, versatility and knack for melodies just across four tracks. With cuts like ‘Why‘ and ‘Corny‘, and Headies-nominated ‘Dumebi‘, Rema established a foothold in the industry, quickly registering himself as a household name. And ever since, the growth has been sporadic with Rema topping charts and dominating the airwaves all year long.

Following up with incessant viral freestyle videos and his trap-dominant “Rema Freestyle” EP, the young singer proved he was no fad as he swiftly established himself as frontliner in what journalists have referred to as a “change of guard” in the Nigerian music scene.

And now, just a few days after his nomination in the coveted “Next Rated” category at the 2019 Headies award, Rema is making a strong case for himself by releasing a new EP – his third in less than eight months – titled “Bad Commando.” In usual Rema fashion, this 4-track EP is an entirely solo effort that finds him swinging between genres and experimenting with diverse sonic complexities.

Standout cut – ‘Bad Commando‘ & ‘Lady

Stream this record above and tell us what you think.

Teni Wants The Best Things Of Life In New Song, ‘Billionaire’

As she promised last week, Teni has released a new single ‘Billionaire‘, the first single off her 6-track debut EP of the same title. This new record comes just a couple of months after her last offering, the romantic ‘Power Rangers‘ where she wished for superpowers to help secure the affection of her love interest.

Billionaire’, is an up-tempo record, rich in instrumentation and overflowing with ambition which provides a perfect blend of a 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.

Remember, the “Billionaire” EP comes out in just a week from now, on Friday, October 11.

Watch Paybac and Boogey (The Lost & Found)’s Video For ‘Uwaka’

Earlier this year, a duo of Paybac and Boogey, known as the Lost & Found released their sophomore album “Alternate Ending” to rave reviews. Many have even dubbed it the best Nigerian rap album of 2019 and they won’t be wrong. And now, just over a day after their Lyricist On The Roll nominations in the 2019 Headies for their electric verses on ‘Implode‘, the duo has unveiled the much-teased visuals for ‘Uwaka‘ with Danladi, one of the fan favourites off the album.

Directed by XYZ, the playful video finds Boogey and Paybac having the best of times as they deliver their verses. The video opens with Paybac sporting a white agbada and a hooded scarf, rapping amidst friends in a dimly lit room. The 4-minute video is interluded with a short skit from Pastor Paybac dishing his two cents on what being a yahoo boy entails. Boogey, on the other hand, delievers most of his bars from a lectern with a white backdrop.

Although Danlandi was a no-show, the hook finds the rappers and their friends vibing and flashing fives in several styles. Enjoy the video below and tell us what you think.

DAP The Contract Releases The Second Entry Off His CTIII Series Titled ‘Good Bad Bad Good’

Last week, DAP the Contract kicked off the third instalment of his Contract Thursday series with a solo effort titled ‘Prismcolors’. And now, premiering on the PGM Club, the rapper is joining forces with Sumner Becker on the second release off the CTIII series titled ‘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‘. He was also kind enough to drop a fire freestyle alongside other razor-sharp wordsmiths like Payper Corleone, Idris King, D-Truce and Ycee.

The American-based rapper, who tries as much to shuffle between his home and host country is now taking time amidst law-school work to put as much music. The Contract Thursday (CT) series finds DAP off album mode, as he experiments different ideas and explores diverse sounds, swinging in and out of genres over a stretch of weekly releases.

Good Bad Bad Good‘ is a very short affair. Spanning just below two minutes, it fades off just while you’re trying to getting into it, nudging you to promptly hit the replay button. Over a wavy instrumental with a mild trap bounce, rolling hi-hats and an ambient jazzy sax solo, DAP and Becker ponder upon the strapping pull and allure of the ‘bad’ side.

Enjoy the number above and tell us what you think.

Burna Boy, Teni and Adekunle Gold Top 2019 Headies Nominations List

Considered by many to be the biggest and most prestigious Nigerian music award show, The Headies has released the highly anticipated nominations list for its 13th edition set to hold on October 19. As expected, Burna Boy who has been enjoying an amazing run since 2018 tops the nominations list with eight personal nominations including Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Making him the artiste with the highest nominations ever in just an edition since the inception of the award show 13 years ago. The African Giant is closely followed by Teni who secured six nominations and Adekunle Gold, competing in five categories.

For the coveted Next Rated award, newcomers Rema, Victor AD, Lyta, Zlatan, Joeboy and Victor AD battle it out in the category which traditionally comes with a car. It is important to note however that the year in view stretches from January 2018 to June 2019.

Check out the full nominations list below.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. About 30 – Adekunle Gold

2. Outside – Burna Boy

3. Moral Instruction – Falz

4. No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

2. ‘Dumebi’ – Rema

3. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

4. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

5. ‘Case’ – Teni

6. ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

7. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

8. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

1. Burna Boy

2. Wizkid

3. Davido

4. Tiwa Savage

5. Falz

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

1. Adekunle Gold – Ire

2. Patoranking – Heal D World

3. Brymo – Olanrewaju

4. Teni – Uyo Meyo

5. Burna Boy – Ye

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

1. Mr Eazi

2. Burna Boy

3. Teni

4. Fireboy DML

5. Rema

6. Joe Boy

7. Wizkid

8. Davido

BEST RAP SINGLE

1. ‘Talk’ – Falz

2. ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

3. ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

4. ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

5. ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

BEST RAP ALBUM

1. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

2. ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

3. ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

4. ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

1. YCEE – ‘Balance’

2. Boogey – ‘Implode’

3. Paybac – ‘Implode’

4. Ghost – ‘Crown’

5. Tec – ‘Crown’

6. AQ – ‘Crown’

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

1. Phantom – ‘Ye’ b Burna Boy

2. Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

3. Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

4. Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

5. Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

1. ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

2. ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

3. ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

4. ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

5. ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

BEST COLLABO

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

2. ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

1. Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

2. Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

3. Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

4. Funbi – ‘Serenade’

5. Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

1. GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

2. Waje – ‘Udue’

3. Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

4. Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

5. Falana – ‘Repeat’

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

1. ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

2. ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

3. ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille

4. ‘Heya’ – Brymo

5. ‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

BEST PERFORMER.

1. Falz

2. Tiwa Savage

3. Brymo

4. Yemi Alade

5. Adekunle Gold

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

1. Erigga – ‘Motivation’

2. Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’

3. Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

4. Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

5. Lyta – ‘Time’

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

1. Odunsi

2. Mayorkun

3. Wurld

4. Humblesmith

NEXT RATED

1. Rema

2. Joeboy

3. Fireboy DML

4. Victor AD

5. Lyta

6. Zlatan

BEST COLLABO

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

2. ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST R&B SINGLE

1. ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

2. ‘Serenade’ – Funbi

3. ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

4. ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

5. ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

BEST POP SINGLE

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

2. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Case’ – Teni

5. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

6. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Crayon

2. Buju

3. Barry Jhay

4. Oxlade

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

1. Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

2. Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

3. Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

4. King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

5. DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

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