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Ycee Has Davido, Niniola, Phyno, M.S Banks And Dapo Tuburna Colliding With Him On “Ycee vs Zaheer”

Ycee has announced the release of his much-teased and highly anticipated debut album, “Ycee Vs Zaheer.” The album which would be his first post-Tinny Entertainment project is scheduled for release on Friday, November 8 with its lead single ‘Dakun‘ coming out tomorrow.

The rapper who also doubles as a singer shared the album cover and the tracklist that includes appearances from an all-star cast of Davido, Phyno, Niniola, M.S Banks and former labelmate, Dapo Tuburna.

As the name implies, this album finds the ANBT boss in a battle against self, as his rap persona and his pop-leaning side tug it out for dominance across the 15-track album.

Check out the tracklist below.

Tracklist for "Ycee vs Zaheer" (Instagram/Yceevszaheer)

Tracklist for “Ycee vs Zaheer” (Instagram/Yceevszaheer)

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

On Davido’s Laudable Pro-Songwriters Crusade

In a private listening session for his long-overdue sophomore album “Good Time” scheduled for release next month, Davido had a few choice words for his colleagues: “Give your songwriters credit“.  Barely ten days after, on Saturday, Septemeber 16, the singer took to twitter to appreciate Adekunle Gold who he revealed, co-wrote one of his (Davido) favourite songs off the coming album. 

This wouldn’t be the first time Davido publicly admits to employing the use of songwriters or even going further to appreciate them. In fact, he is fast becoming one of the key voices in the advocacy for the proper treatment and remuneration of songwriters. In recent times, the singer who is one of Nigeria’s biggest acts and music exports is often praised in industry circles as exemplary for paying songwriters their due and openly giving them credit.  

And despite all the backlash received for his continuous use of songwriters, the DMW boss has emerged bolder and even more resolute. When a fan responded to his Saturday tweet, suggesting that Davido needs to learn to write his own songs, the singer simply replied, “Maybe more artist[s] should learn to tell the truth.”

Except you’re in denial, it’s now common knowledge that many of our biggest superstars are guilty as charged. Most of them purchase songs from songwriters but refuse to credit them openly – and in some cases even pay them. Davido is just the most vocal in a long list of creatives that employ the use of songwriters. 

However, the bulk of the Nigerian audience hasn’t come to terms with the fact that singers adopt the use of songwriters. For all our fervent demands for depth and poetically rich lyrics, it’s quite unfair that Nigerians remain highly critical of the patronage of songwriters.  Many see it as a sign of laziness, a dearth of ‘real’ talent or a symptom of the absence of originality or authenticity.

Nigerians’ resentment toward the embrace of songwriters is probably matched by the American hip-hop community’s hostility to using ‘ghostwriters’.  ‘Real’ rappers simply can’t have their verses written by anybody else. And although fans have – in more recent times -grown more accommodating to the use of ghostwriters, it still remains one of hip-hop’s most deadly sins. Remember 2015 when Meek Mill claimed he would have taken Drake off ‘R.I.C.O’ if he knew his verse was written by someone else.

In the early years of his career, even Davido was much more discreet about his patronage of songwriters. In 2013, it was reported that Davido had bought his chart-topping smash ‘Gobe‘ from Password for ₦350,000. This was revealed after a mild controversy when an impostor accused Davido of jacking his single which had been released earlier. 

Three years after, Davido allegedly acquired the lead single for his “Son of Mercy” EP, ‘Gbagbe Oshi‘,  from General Pype to the tune of a million Naira. 

Most recently, Teni – a burgeoning act at the time – came under fire when she excitedly disclosed that she was the brain behind Davido’s 2017 closer, ‘Like Dat‘. Describing her stint with Davido as a bitter-sweet experience in an interview with Notjustok TV, Teni revealed that “In the first place, I wasn’t even doing it for praise. I was just excited that in my lifetime, I have been able to do something that has challenged me and that has made me grow which is writing for one of the greatest artists in Africa. It was a big deal for me and it was something I was very proud of myself for, so I tweeted it and some people took it badly and some people took it wrong but nevertheless.

Nigerian industry, we still have a long way to go in terms of writers and us being able to come out and say this is what we have done and I feel like we will get there someday. I feel like most artistes because of the mentality of the people, they think if you have a songwriter then that means you are not good but that’s not true because I have read books that have four authors. Two heads are better than one.”

In the Nigerian music industry that strictly operates on the mechanism of natural selection where anything goes, where copyright laws aren’t respected, songwriters are easily exploited and are often on the losing end. Stories of cheated songwriters pop up on blogs from time to time, but we simply move on to the juiciest stories. And when they complain or demand credit, Nigerians are quick to shut them up, tagging them as “ungrateful”. “You no even dey thank God say him even use your song” you’d hear. 

Many of these songwriters are recording artists themselves who are okay with taking the backseat so long as they are paid and credited for their work. Some have even grown so successful at it that over time, they abandon their quest for the spotlight to fully make a career out of helping other artists in crafting records for a fee. Others have used their songwriting stint as a launchpad to further their own careers as recording and performing acts.

There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with using songwriters. It’s standard practice all over the world. The only time a problem arises is when they aren’t paid for their services or given due credit. One good thing, however, is that the awareness about the salient role songwriters play in the recording process and how well they should be compensated is growing. But there is still so much to be done. 

Davido is no doubt doing the Lord’s work, using his platform to shed light on the abuse of these songwriters that contribute a tangible quota to the industry. His message is simple – give them credit for their work. Over the years, he has benefitted enormously from their services and it’s fair and admirable that he is looking out for their interest. And since it’s not coming from songwriter, a critic or a fan but a musician – a very successful one at that- maybe they’d listen. Songwriters are grossly cheated, underpaid, and often bullied into silence. It’s high time we put an end to that.

Wonder Woman – Davido

It looks like Davido is winning the fave vs. fave battle with a respect for women. 

The DMW boss and Afro-Pop singer’s just-released single Wonder Woman is an appreciation anthem for the women in his life and every other strong woman fighting to get hers. 

The video, directed by Twitch features the mothers of his daughters Amanda and Sophia and his girlfriend Chioma alongside Tokini Peterside, Kah-Lo, Tara Fel-Durotoye, Uche Pedro, Omwumi, Adetutu, Hauwa Ojeifo, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Betty Irabor, Kaffy, Nadine Ibrahim, Misi Africa, and Fisayo Longe. Women who are all power houses in their respective fields and social media has been in a tizzy since.

Watch the video and find out why. 

Meet the Mayor Of Lagos

Since the release of his debut single Eleko, DMW signee Mayorkun has become one of the few artists with no bad songs. The singer has continued to feed Nigeria good music and it is with joy inna mi left breast that I bring the good tidings of the release of his debut album The Mayor of Lag0s (TMOL).

Fever – Wizkid

On Independence Day, Wizkid dropped two hit songs Master Groove and Fever amid all the recent drama.  They were the Pop star’s first official releases this year as teasers off his upcoming album Made In Lagos.

 The singer has been in the headlines a lot this final quarter of the year for both good and bad reasons, most recently defending his Best Male West Africa title and winning the Video of The Year (for Soco) award at the recently concluded AFRIMMA. The singer had also recently been called out on social media by the mother of his first child for being a “social media dad” and the just-released Meji Alabi-directed video for his single Fever is sure to stir up more controversy. The video for the up-tempo Afro-Pop track is colorful and stars Tiwa Savage as Star Boy’s love interest (sparking up more interest in their relationship: a PR stunt, a statement or both?) creating a very sexy vibe. Since its release this morning, the video has received a myriad of reactions with most fans trolling Wizkid (with his less-than-stellar fatherhood) and Tiwa’s ex-husband Teebillz (for his relationships with Wiz and Tiwa) and others comparing the video to Davido’s Assurance

Tiwa’s appearance in this particular video at this time was definitely intentional; Wizkid and Tiwa have been attacked a lot on social media this year for an alleged love affair (particularly since Wiz posted pictures of Tiwa on his Instagram page on her birthday in February). Her appearance may just be a publicity stunt – which fans will find hard to believe because the pheromones literally jump at you as you watch the video – but it definitely makes a bold statement akin to throwing the middle finger. The video is very sexy and in this writer’s opinion is in no way a ripoff of Assurance (with or without the controversy surrounding it), as it is a less stiff interpretation of when money enter, love is sweeter.

With Fever, Wizkid and Meji Alabi masterfully pulled a Kardashian and created a hit video with just enough controversy to keep tongues wagging. You should see it.

A rare. Debut – Odunsi’s First Album

Pulling off a debut project that will make history books is hard. Making music that is inter-generational is even harder, but Odunsi has done it. The singer’s debut album premiered on the PGM Live radio show last Wednesday, an amazing private listening party on Thursday and the official public release on all platforms finally came through on Friday.

rare. is Odunsi’s first debut and it’s taken this vanguard two years to come through with this project. While some fans were mad that it’s taken their fave so long to put out a compilation, one listen to this superstar quality debut and you’ll understand why. The project samples the Funk/Disco sounds of the 70s/80s and some spins on 90s Hip-Hop and this has to be the best spin on the sounds produced this year and with such a superb blend of sound, you can’t really hate Odunsi’s music. With rare. we see Odunsi take sole charge of his brand aesthetic, adding to the redefinition of what it is to be an African artist in this age.

 

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rare. is successfully inter-generational and will go down in history as one of the best things to happen to Nigerian music since Fela

 

The album boasts features from mainstream and New School heavyweights: Runtown, Davido, Nasty C, Zamir, Tay Iwar, Lady Donli, Santi, Duendita, Amaarae, Hamzaa, Solis and 234Jaydaa. All the tracks on rare. are produced by Odunsi (save for Alté Cruise which was produced by Yinoluu, Take Me There produced by Le Mav and Outcast produced by Genio Bambino) with help from GMK, DJ Yin, Nosapollo, and Davido.

We waited two years to receive this piece of heaven and it should not by any means be squandered. Listen to rare. here.

 

Riton & Kah-Lo Are Serving With Foreign Ororo

British EDM producer Riton and Nigerian ‘monotonous rap’ artist Kah-Lo are a match made in heaven and they’ve proven that over and over again and now, they’re out with Foreign Ororo.

An unlikely pair, Riton & Kah-Lo made waves in 2016 when Kah-Lo was featured on Riton’s Rinse & Repeat. This was also the first time the world heard Kah-Lo’s sound and the song peaked at number 2 on the UK Dance Charts and went on to be nominated at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording. In 2017, Kah-Lo released her debut single Fastaproduced by Riton and the hits haven’t stopped coming.

Foreign Ororo is a joint mixtape by both artists that features previous hits: Rinse & Repeat, Fasta, Ginger, Betta Riddim and Money (featuring Davido and Mr Eazi). The 14-track tape also has new party-movers like Catching Feelings (featuring Mr Eazi) and Up & Down. Foreign Ororo is exclusively produced by Riton and this tape is saying to us “Summer isn’t over”.

Listen to Foreign Ororo here.

Odunsi feat. Davido – Divine

Afro-fusion rising star Odunsi The Engine has finally put out the much awaited single that he once tweeted about working with Davido on.  The single titled ‘Divine’ brings together two very talented artists who are very much alike.  Both are producers, artists, and leaders in their own right,  championing their respective genres and sounds. This fusion of Odunsi and Davido is simply ‘Divine.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nwa Baby – Davido

DMW boss, Davido released the audio and video of his new hit Nwa Baby in the early hours of August 10, 2018. The song which premiered exclusively on the PGM show on Wednesday evening is described as the star’s biggest hit yet.

The video, directed by Meji Alabi sees Davido and his girl in the classic Bonnie and Clyde relationship; only this time, Bonnie has no qualms in driving off with the loot and leaving Clyde behind to take the fall when the police get really hot on their tails and naturally, Davido ends up behind bars.

Love is a literal crime here and we love it.

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