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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.

DRB LasGidi x Odunsi Linkup – ‘Necessary’

2018 makes ten years of DRB LasGidi, the original Alté kids. The group – rappers Teezee, FreshL and singer BOJ – have given us solid gbedu over the years.

DRB recently came out with a compilation project of songs they’ve put out to celebrate a decade on the music scene – DRB10. They also hosted the DRB10 rave for fans to enjoy their favourite DRB LasGidi bops.

In ten years, DRB has faced some harsh criticism, especially from those who would rather see BOJ on the path to a successful solo career.

Their latest single Necessary, produced by GMK and featuring Odunsi proves though that these guys are strong as ever. Teezee and FreshL bring fire with heavy-hitting bars and BOJ never fails with his husky vocals.

Watch Necessary here.

Listen To Bella Alubo’s New EP – ‘re-BELLA’

Last week, Bella Alubo released Aiya as a teaser off her third EP re-BELLA and throughout the week, the artist has been sharing snippets of the tracks and the inspiration behind the music with her fans via social media.

The project is an insight to Bella’s personal struggles, and thoughts and how she addresses these things and it is stellar.

The EP is out people. After taking a little time off to concentrate on her music, this beautiful star has given us a gift. The EP has production from Remy Baggins, Syn X, Quebeat and Tempoe; mixed and mastered by Alpha, Focus Raman and Syn X. Complete with features from Efya, BOJ, Sho MAdiozi and Victoria Kimani.

Listen to re-BELLA here.

DRB, Idris King & Pretty Boy D.O feature on the Pushing Good Music Radio Show

In this episode, DRB LasGidi comes together on-air after 10yrs to discuss their past (with the controversy surrounding their hiatus), their present and future plans…

BOJ FT SKEPTA AND TEEZEE – LIKE TO PARTY REVIEW

Boj has had a solid run in 2018, from his collaborative EP with Ajebutter Make e no cause fight to being a Jameson brand ambassador.

He recently announced via Twitter that he’ll be dropping his new record with Skepta and fellow DRB mate Teezee.

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