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Alpha Counts Down To Christmas With ’12 Days’

One of the most gifted rap acts on the rise, Alpha Ojini has released his first post-“Chvmeleon” record, a Christmas themed number titled ‘12 Days‘. Just over a month ago, Alpha released his stellar 14-track sophomore album “Chvmeleon” to good reviews, and it featured appearances from M.I Abaga, Ghost (SDC), Paybac, Blaqbonez, Psycho YP, Ycee, Bella Alubo, Oxlade, Goodgirl LA and Kemi Smallz.

Across this self-produced cut described as a “Christmas tale,” Alpha underscores the spirit of the celebration which is centred around giving and showing love to family, friends and others around us. Aptly released twelve days before Christmas,  the multi-gifted rapper urges share love, give out and enjoy the holiday season as well as we can even we don’t have much.

This is no doubt a Christmas song that most of us can relate to, one told from the perspective of a Nigerian hustler in a tongue common to all. Merry Christmas in advance and remember to spread love always. Enjoy the record here.

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. Blaqbonez – Best 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.

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.

PsychoYP’s New Tape “YPSZN 2” Features Ladipoe, BOJ, Dami Oniru, Skales, Terri & More

Just a year after his debut and introductory release “YPSZN“, PsychoYP is back with a stunning sequel, “YPSZN 2” which was released yesterday, November 4. This mixtape contains 16 tracks, including ‘City Of Kings‘, ‘Elevate‘ and ‘No Chaser‘ released about a week ago.

For this highly collaborative tape, burgeoning rapper, YP recruits a capable team of some of the most gifted youngsters on the rise. It features appearances from Dami Oniru, Blaqbonez, Terri, Ladipoe, BOJ, Zilla Oaks, Na7halie Sade and Skales who appears on the celebratory 14th track, ‘T.G.I. F‘.

Released just over 24 hours, the mixtape has generated rave reviews on Twitter and currently sits at the top of the Apple Music album charts in Nigeria.

thank you to everyone who worked on this project and helped me finally give it to the world. it’s been a long wait but I promise the music will compensate. ⠀
I love you all for bringing me this far. ⠀
szn2 link in my bio. ⠀
love x light 🌍🤝☔️💕” he wrote on Instagram.

Listen to the mixtape above.

Blaqbonez Releases Second 2019 EP, “Mr. Boombastic”

100 Crowns‘ flagship artist, Blaqbonez has released his long-promised EP, “Mr. Boombastic.” Just yesterday, the belligerent rapper dropped a comical 4-minute freestyle directed at Kanye West and Davolee who had taken shots at him a while back. This new project comes about eight months after “Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up” which was released to good reviews in February.

With this EP, Blaqbonez fully unveils his Mr Boombastic persona, a more pop-leaning, patios-speaking, and ragga-loving alter-ego. However, there are still flashes of lyrically-shrewd Blaqbonez throughout this tape. The EP contains just 7 tracks, including its pre-released lead single, ‘Shut Up‘ in which he had a few choice words for his detractors and naysayers. The project also features stellar appearances from Falz and the much-missed Blackmagic.

Listen to the tape above and tell us 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 his 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.

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?

Prettyboy D-O Calls Out Blaqbonez For Jacking His Style

Just over an hour ago, Prettyboy D-O took to his Twitter page to call out Blaqbonez for jacking his style in his latest release ‘Shut Up‘. Although it was a subtle shot, the message was very clear: stop jacking my style!

A plain-speaking D-O wrote on Twitter, “Tell a man shut up ?
If you want to sound like PRETTYBOY, make you feature PRETTYBOY
@BlaqBonez
🎯

And this accusation is not unfounded. In fact, it serves as a confirmation to many as they have also been drawing similarities between the new single and D-O’s ‘Pull Up‘ and ‘Dem Go Hear Wehh‘. And after a careful examination of the songs in question, their inference would be justified.

Shut Up‘ produced by Tempoe finds Blaqbonez in new terrain, ragga, which is well different from the hip-hop and trap he is well known for. To even make this transition smoother, Blaq ushered the single under the moniker, Mr Boombastic, which appears to be his more Afropop-leaning alter-ego.

However, sonically, thematically and in terms of delivery, the new number bears a striking semblance to D-O’s ‘Pull Up‘. These songs find the acts in an impudent air as they both come at their detractors while flashing their vigour and successes. “Tell a man cool off tell a man cool off/ Tell a man pull up if he wanna pull up” D-O sings in the Santi-assisted ‘Pull Up‘ Off his 2018 well-received project, “Everything Pretty“. Blaq, on the other hand, also appears to open his record with “Tell a man shut up!

This actually wouldn’t be the first time Blaqbonez is spurring this kind of conversation as people have also drawn sonic similarities between his ‘Best Rapper In Africa (BRIA)‘ cut and Stormzy‘s smash hit single, ‘Vossi Bop‘. So can we say Blaqbonez is bereft of originality and going around just jacking people’s styles without giving due credit?

Listen and let us know what you think below.

 

Vader The Wildcard, Vector and Payper Corleone Come For Blood On ‘The Purge’

Vector tha Viper, Vader the Wildcard and Payper Corleone have come together for what they tag a ‘Masterclass Cypher’ to deliver a sizzling response to the week-old Martell Cypher 2 titled ‘The Purge‘.

With the opening verse, Vader the Wildcard recounts what down at the PGM Radio Show when Blaqbonez was challenged to defend his ‘BRIA‘ claim and he bailed, led by his label boss, A-Q. The rapper also addressed some of Blaq’s shots and also had enough rounds for his label execs.

A war-ready Payper Corleone, on the other hand, makes a good statement as to why his one of the most lyrical rappers in the game at the moment. Relaxed and assertive, he had enough shots for all the rappers with targets on their backs.

Coming through with a brutal closer, Vector tha Viper minces no words as he is in full battle mode, launching missiles at the former Chocolate City boss. Vector raps “But how do you go from Lebron to becoming a chairman this is insane” as he comes for M.I’s legacy with pristine bars for over two minutes.  This cypher, no doubt, delievers on an unsaid promise: it provides the rock-hard reply for the Martell Cyphers we have all been waiting for, giving the LAMB rappers a run for their money and could even be leaving them in body bags. LAMB-Martell, your move.

Listen yourself and let us know which cypher you think is better.

Blaqbonez Introduces His Mr Boombastic Alter-Ego With New Single, ‘Shut Up’

100 Crowns artist, Blaqbonez, has released his second post-“Badboy Blaq Re-Up” single titled ‘Shut Up‘, coming just over a month after the controversial ‘BRIA (Best Rapper In Africa)‘. This is also the first single of his soon-to-come project that has been in the works since early this year.

In this new single, Blaqbonez is out of his element, pushing his sonic boundaries as he introduces a new alter-ego, Mr Boombastic: a more Afropop-minded personality of the gifted rapper.

Produced by Tempoe,Shut Up‘ is a mid-tempo radio-friendly jam with a huge crossover potential as that finds an impudent Blaq bragging about his successes and the allure of luxury and excess over the scintillating production.

This might just be the hit Blaq needs to fully break into the mainstream and become a household name. However, give it a listen and let us know what you think.

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