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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.

Triple Threat: PsychoYP Releases New Singles Off “YPSZN 2”

PsychoYP is finally treating us to a taste of his soon-to-be-released project, “YPSZN 2” with three singles all at once. Just last week, the rapper announced the release date and tracklist of the follow-up to his stellar tape, “YPSZN” which was released to good reviews and has even amassed over a million streams – an impressive feat for an artist on the rise. And with the release of the three new tracks off “YPSZN 2“; ‘City Of Kings‘, ‘Elevate‘ and ‘No Chaser‘, we have a feel of what to expect on the coming project.

According to the unveiled tracklist, the project will feature appearances from Ladipoe, BOJ, Dami Oniru, Skales, Terri and more across 16 tracks.

City Of Kings‘ which happens to be the album opener is a worthy introduction to the project as it finds PsychoYP in his element, riding for his city over rolling hi-hats and hard-hitting kicks. The record is also littered with striking ad-libs reminiscent of Desiigner‘s 2015 monster hit, ‘Panda‘. On ‘Elevate‘ Afropop meets hip-hop as PsychoYP interpolates Olamide‘s ‘Motigbana‘, coming through with a relaxing melodic rap over a laid back instrumental.

But of the three releases, the Terri-assisted ‘No Chaser‘ takes the cake. This song enjoys a brilliant and catchy hook from Terri with PyschoYP stepping up with playful brags over the radio-friendly tune.

If these records are anything to go by, the sophomore curse has nothing on YP as the tape is already sounding like a worthy sequel. Remember, “YPSZN 2” drops on Monday, November 4.

BOJ Teams Up With Tiwa Savage On ‘Your Love (Mogbe)’

One-third of the alte-pi0neering DRB Lasgidi, BOJ has tapped Tiwa Savage for his latest release titled ‘Your Love (Mogbe)‘. This continues Boj’s string of team-ups having worked with Teni, Falz, Fresh L, Kwesi Arthur, Joey B, Darko Vibes and Ycee in his previous 2019 releases. The song was premiered yesterday evening on Ebro Darden‘s show on Beats1 Radio.

Over the laid back record, both acts profess their love for one another. They both detail how well they admire and each other, also reminding themselves of their hopelessness if they decide to leave each other. With a very catchy sing-along hook, the song peaks at its final moments when Boh’s gruff voice synergizes with Tiwa’s syrupy vocals, making you fumble immediately for the repeat button.

This is a song that would be best enjoyed in the silent nights spent in your lover’s arms while slightly intoxicated. And this weekend appears to be the best time for such.

Enjoy this record and tell us what you think.

Falana Kicked Off Her Chapter One (EP) Tour With A Night Of Indelible Artistic Experience

On Friday, August 16, Falana kicked off her Chapter One Tour. The Neo-Soul and R&B singer had fans, family and friends gathered at the Terra Kulture, Lagos, for the first stop of her tour which is set to hit other African cities like Accra, Kigali, and Abuja.

Falana

The star of the night, Falana, performing live (Falana)

Anchored by Douglas Jekan, the event hosted a long list of celebrated guests and influencers like Denola Grey, Pamilerin, Godwin Tom as well as colleagues: BOJ, Teezee, Wavy The Creator, Odunsi (The Engine) and many others.

AYLØ serenading on stage

AYLØ serenading on stage

After thrilling performances by opening acts, Deena Ade, Celeste and Aylø -who just put out an impressive project “Dnt Dlt“- the star of the night, Falana was ushered on stage to a rockstar’s welcome, as she quickly takes us to church with “O God, here I am...”

Backed by her beaming six-piece band, the Nigerian-Canadian singer took us through her recently-released “Chapter One” EP, delivering acoustic renditions of some of the standouts of the well-received project, thereby giving them a flavor different to the way they were consumed on the tape.

Radiant and commanding on stage, Falana ran us through a run of old picks such as ‘To Zion‘, ‘Feel Your Energy‘, ‘Start Again‘ and ‘Dynamite‘. One of the highlights of the night was her performance of ‘Woman’, her somber record centered around women empowerment, highlighting the outstanding contributions of women in our society. Mid-performance, she broke into a monologue that accentuates the grim realities of single women in a patriarchal society such as ours.

Falana saved the best for the last as she closed her 1 hour 30 minutes set with her popular single ‘Ride or Die‘. The live rendition of this song filled the room with a gripping air of nostalgia, inciting the already captive audience to sing along to the standout record.

That wasn’t the end of the fun though, as everyone headed to Club 57 for the Culture Custodian-hosted after party.

Douglas Jekan

The host, Douglas Jekan (Falana)

The Lagos show was indeed a night to remember loaded with a pure and indelible artistic experience that left the audience roaring in appreciation. Her next stop is Accra where she would be treating unsuspecting Ghanaians to her thrilling performances. What a way to kick-off a tour!

 

BOJ Enlists Falz, YCee & Fresh L For ‘Awolowo’ Naija Remix

Ever since ‘Awolowo‘ dropped a few weeks ago, it has been one of the hottest releases in 2019, steady dominating the airwaves and generating frenzy both on and offline. For the record, the acclaimed hook-killer, BOJ recruited a Ghanian all-star rap team of Kewsi Arthur, Darkovibes & Joey B who delivered such impressive performances that still has fans debating who had the best verse yet.

Well, BOJ has finally yielded to the call for a Naija version of the Alte-meets-hip-hop record. Fielding some of the biggest names in the Niaja rap scene, BOJ enlists a team of Falz, Ycee and Fresh L for the ‘Awolowo‘ Naija Remix. And as you know, Naija no dey carry last. The rappers came through with remarkable verses and polished flows that breathes a new life to the dazzling production from GMK. This ‘Awolowo‘ remix also features additional vocals from Zamir and Joey B.

Listen and let us know which version you prefer.

BOJ Teases New Joint EP With Ajebutter 22

Alte pioneer, BOJ has teased a follow-up project to his 2018 joint EP “Make E No Cause Fight” with friend and longtime collaborator, Ajebutter 22. This news comes to the delight of fans as many have expressed their anticipation of a sequel to the well-received 5-track EP that housed records like ‘Tungba‘, ‘Yawa‘ and ‘24‘.

BOJ took to his Twitter yesterday, May 29, to confirm the rumours of the untitled EP in the works with Ajebutter. “New Boj x Butter ep loading” he posted, alongside a black and white picture of the pair performing live on stage which Ajebutter retweeted.

Ever since the release of the joint EP last year, each of the pair has been busy churning out sizzling singles among which includes the raving ‘Awolowo‘ and ‘Lagos Love‘ which have been gaining much traction on the airwaves.

We are keeping our fingers crossed as we await more information on the anticipated upcoming project.

DRB Lasgidi Releases New Culture Defining Single ‘Alté’

DRB Lasgidi, a collective made up of Teezee, Fresh L and BOJ is back with a new single titled ‘Alté‘. This record is named after the sub-culture they pioneered. In fact, BOJ is credited with the coinage of the term and is often referred to as the “alte daddy”.

Produced by 2Kriss, this uptempo fire jam is the second single off their forthcoming project titled “Pioneers.” This comes a few months after the Odunsi-assisted single, ‘Necessary‘ which is the first single off the project.

With this single, the super trio seeks to celebrate and set the record straight about the movement that has been misconstrued by many. Alté is a way of life that promotes self and confidence in our unique ways. It is so much more than a music genre.

The accompanying video finds DRB Lasgidi, Blaqbonez, Prettyboy D-O, Ycee, Wavy The Creator and many others having fun and sipping Jameson at a cool party. This wavy visual is directed by Ademola Falomo.

BOJ Links Up With Ghana’s Finest On ‘Awolowo’ With Joey B, Kwesi Arthur & Drako Vibes

One of Nigeria’s finest hook killers, BOJ, has teamed up with an all-star cast of young, talented and vibrant acts across Nigeria and Ghana to produce his latest offering titled ‘Awolowo‘. This new single is named after late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of Nigeria’s most iconic politicians credited with introducing free primary education and health care in the Western region of the country.

Produced by the acclaimed ‘alte playmaker’, GMK, BOJ recruits a team of Ghana’s finest acts Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes and Joey B who did not fail to bring an international flavour to the scintillating jam. The song also features additional vocals by Zamir and guitar by friend-of-the-family, Tomi Thomas.

Awolowo‘ is BOJ’s first release since he paired up with the self-acclaimed ‘sugar mummy’, Teni the Entertainer on ‘Obe‘ in January. One of the first things that would catch you about this record is how the faces of this young acts-pushing the limits of their crafts in their respective countries- replace the face of Nigeria’s revered politician, Awolowo, on the 100 Naira note issued by the “Alte Bank Of Africa“. However, he is not totally out of the picture as his face can be seen beside Ghana’s most respected political figure, Kwame Nkrumah at the top left corner of the cover art.

The song itself even does much more justice to the memory of the legend as BOJ is on full alchemist mode as he delivers a chilled golden hook with his gruff voice over the simplistic but dazzling GMK-production. Kwesi Arthur, Joey B and Darko Vibes also did not disappoint as they deliver their impressive 16s in English, pidgin and their native languages’.

This is no doubt a jam that is going to last a while on your playlist. Enjoy

Bella Alubo Releases Lyric Video for ‘Ask Bolaji’ Featuring BOJ

Burgeoning sensation, Bella Alubo has unveiled the lyric video for her banging single in which she joins forces with BOJ titled  ‘Ask Bolaji’, one of the standout cuts from her latest EP “re-Bella” which was released in December last year.

 

This song finds Bella in her bad-girl persona as she delivers as electric performance over a banging and dazzling production. BOJ himself matches her energy as he brings his ever-present Midas touch to the smash with so much hit-potential.

 

The lyric video just shows the animated images of both Bella and BOJ on the sides with the lyrics flashing in between them.

 

Blaqbonez Takes It A Step Further On “Bad Boy Blaq – Re-Up”

Blaqbonez struck gold in 2018. The burgeoning rap sensation has been tirelessly putting in work ever since the release of his mixtape “HipHop In Blaq” in 2013, such that hardly has a year gone by without him releasing a body of work. However, despite the quality of these releases, they were not enough to shed him off the “underground rapper” tag; not until last year when things started to turn around.

 Backed by 100 Crowns and Chocolate City, his debut album, “Bad Boy Blaq”, propelled him into mainstream consciousness. The final project of the game-changing 2018 LAMB August rollout is an experimental and deeply fascinating “Bad Boy Blaq,” which gave Blaqbonez the mainstream acceptance and recognition that had eluded him for years. With the album, he established a foothold in the industry as one of the most talented rap artist rising through the ranks.

Now, barely five months after the release of the breakout album, Blaqbonez is treating us to a follow-up project titled the “Bad Boy Blaq Re-UP.” And as the title implies, this project is built on the successes of its immediate predecessor.

It is not a Part II. It was just due to the fact that we did a lot with the original project, it almost got there but there was like a little bit extra we could do to get it over the line, which is why I worked on the re-up.” He explains in an interview with Pulse.

Ever since the release of the last album, Blaqbonez has continued to maintain a high level of fan-engagement on social media with tweets, hilarious video clips and hot takes on trending issues. As a result, Blaqbonez can boast of one of the most organic, dedicated, and ever-growing cult-following among the young acts today and perhaps the best for hip-hop at the moment.

Blaqbonez may not be popping as much on the streets but mans is pulling quite impressive numbers on the streaming platforms. And now, the release of the Re-Up seems to be Blaq’s latest strategy at maintaining and optimizing his audience retention especially given the short attention span albums are given these days.

The Re-up contains a hazy mix of fresh cuts and remixes of some of the Bad Boy Blaq‘s standout records. Blaqbonez enlists the efforts of an all-star cast of young gifted acts who help to provide several moments of brilliance on the project and also helping the remixed cuts to have a refreshing feel.

The project is arranged in such a way that the remixes off  “Bad Boy Blaq”, come right in between the new songs. This provides a sense of familiarity while listening to the project such that it’s new but doesn’t feel so new. Also, the remixes maintained the exact order by which they appear on the album.

All but two tracks feature guest verses. On the opener and the final track of the project which also happen to be the most personal cuts on the project, Blaq is a lone ranger bringing it all to bear on the records. Both songs are polar opposites, reflecting two different sides of the pink-haired rapper. On ‘No Longer Stupid‘, Blaq is introspective, apologetic and appreciative all in the same breath. Through a reminiscent style of detailing, he recognises how far he has come in the industry and acknowledges the naive mistakes he made on the come up. Acknowledging his growth in several factors, Blaqbonez also appreciates some of those who helped set him straight and those who still showed him loved despite him doing them wrong.

On the flip side, ‘Bxtch’ finds a stone-faced Blaq coming all out at his prior detractors and doubters. On the second verse, he had some not-so-subtle jabs for who many have perceived to be Yung6ix. Although he does not name-drop the rapper, with lines like Somebody stole your lines, okay/Somebody stole your shine, I did it/ Guess Somebody stole your balls/Cos you ain had the guts to try be specific he might as well have as all fingers point to Yung6ix following his reaction to the LAMB Martell Cypher.

Another side of Blaqbonez, the comical and playful one that is hard to miss on his social media pages these days comes to bear on the track ‘Good Boy’. On the tongue-in-cheek anthem for the “nice” guys, Blaq makes up for his limited signing talents by recruiting the efforts of BOJ and CKay who didn’t fail to deliver intoxicating performances. Despite his voice sounding raspy, Blaq also delivers an infectious sing-along chorus that makes record one of the standouts of the project. The playful Blaqbonez also shows up in brief moments in tracks like Denied and Play Remix.

Blaqbonez has come a long way. It’s undeniable that Blaqbonez raw talents are fast being forged into shining diamonds.  He has proven himself time and again as one of the most talented and promising rap artists rising the ranks with a solid and enviable fanbase and this tape is a solid addition to his catalogue. In fact, he is just a hit single short of being a household name.

The “Re-up” might have been birthed from “Bad boy Blaq“, but it breathes a life of its own. The short and sweet project is a showcase of his level of talent and versatility and also a promise of better things to come.

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