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Davido’s Sophomore Album “A Good Time ” Is Finally Here

As promised, Davido has finally released his highly-anticipated sophomore album “A Good Time” today, November 22. This is the long-overdue follow up to his hit-packed 2012 debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo (O.B.O).” It also comes three years after his 5-track “Son Of Mercy” EP with was met with middling success despite appearances from Nasty C and Tinashe on the project. Even Davido was quick to put the project behind him as it appeared that he really didn’t have really his heart in it after all. But “A Good Time” already looks poised for commercial and cultural success. This is given its impressive roll-out, premium packaging and far-reaching lead singles.

This new album isn’t a brief one as it’s 17 tracks long with a total runtime of an hour. It also boasts big-name collaborations with Chris Brown, A Boogie With Tha Hoodie, Popcaan, Gunna, Summer Walker, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Dremo, Yonda and frequent collaborator, Peruzzi.

Listen to the album here.

Vector Enlists Davido For New Love Number, ‘Comfort’

Despite his lyrical prowess, Vector hasn’t been one to shy away from stepping out of his comfort zone to bend genres and collaborate with popstars to cater to a diverse market. One of the highlights of his debut album, “State Of Surprise” was ‘Get Down‘ featuring 2Baba which gained much traction on the airwaves. On his sophomore album, “The Second Coming” he also tapped 9ice on ‘Angeli‘, a prayerful anthem that dominated the streets for some time. And now, ahead of his imminent EP, “Vibes Before Teslim,” the Lafiaji rapper has recruited one of Nigeria’s biggest exports, Davido for a groovy love record titled ‘Comfort‘.

The Vstix and Mr EFF-produced number finds both acts hopping on an Afrobeats instrumental diced with Alujo elements that jump at you right from the beginning of the record and nudges you to dance. The song finds the silver-tongued superstars in their feelings as they promise their love interests good loving and the finer things of life.

Enjoy the record here.

Davido Unviels Appetizing Tracklist For Sophomore Album, “A Good Time”

The project we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. In less than 120 hours, we’d finally have our hands on one of the most anticipated tapes in recent years: Davido’s sophomore album, “A Good Time.” This would be the long-overdue follow up to his culturally and commercially successful debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo (OBO).” A groundbreaking album that housed hits like ‘Dami Duro‘, ‘All of You‘, ‘Ekuro‘ as well as his Naeto C-assisted debut, ‘Back When‘.

Just yesterday, the DMW boss took to his social media accounts to share the tracklist of the album scheduled for release on Friday, November 22. The tracklist pays respect to his late mother, as the tracks are listed over an illustration of Davido and his dad admiring an effigy of his late mom. Davido also promised that the album cover art would even be more elegant.

Tracklist for "A Good Time" (Instagram/Davidoofficial)

Tracklist for “A Good Time” (Instagram/Davidoofficial)

According to the released tracklist, “A Good Time” will contain 17 tracks with features from an all-star cast of local and international acts. The project boasts big-name collaborations with Chris Brown, A Boogie With Tha Hoodie, Popcaan, Gunna, Summer Walker, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Dremo, Yonda and frequent collaborator, Peruzzi. The album is led by pre-released singles ‘Risky‘, ‘Assurance‘, and the Chris Brown-assisted ‘Blow My Mind‘.

It’s been a journey to get to this point and I am so grateful to God and everyone who has contributed to my success.
This album was recorded between Lagos, Atlanta, Accra, London and Los Angeles and I had the best time of my life creating it.

To all the producers, songwriters, engineers and featured artistes I am eternally grateful to you guys for working with me.
November 22nd we let the world know why it’s “A Good Time”. LETS FUCKING GO !!!!!!” he posted on Instagram alongside the tracklist.

You can pre-order the album here.

Ycee’s Debut Album “Ycee vs Zaheer” Is Finally Here

After years of waiting, fans finally have their hands on Ycee’s debut album “Ycee vs Zaheer.” Undeterred by Tinny Entertainment‘s attempts to sabotage this release by leaking tracks off the album, Ycee has dropped the much-teased project today, November 8. This comes after three straight weeks of releases including, ‘Dakun‘, ‘Mo Salah‘ and last week’s ‘Wahala Dey‘ that have helped revamp anticipation for the project.

Evident from its cover and title, this album is a direct face-off between his alter egos: the icy cold singing Ycee and the blazing hot rapping Zaheer. On Instagram, Ycee describes the album as a “portrayal of two sides of the same coin.”

It’s Ycee vs Zaheer because I’m my only worthy opponent” he concluded.

Ycee vs Zaheer” is a 15-track LP that features an all-star cast of Davido, Phyno, Niniola, M.S Banks and former labelmate, Dapo Tuburna. Ycee also works with a long list of producers for this album including Syn X, Krizbeats, KO, Willis Give Dem, Jay Popping, Fanatiz, BeatsByKarma, Buzzing Producer, Twoseven, Elmore, J.Bids, Ballartosh and longtime collaborator, Adey.

Listen to the album here.

Listen To Ycee’s New Single, ‘Mo Salah’

Ycee has released the second single off his soon-to-be-released debut album “Ycee vs Zaheer,” scheduled for release on Friday, November 8. This new single which is also the eighth track on the album titled ‘Mo Salah‘ is a follow-up to the album’s lead single ‘Dakun‘ which was released last week.

This record, titled after the after African best player and top EPL scorer, Mohammed Salah is produced by Buzzin Producer. And on the hard-hitting beat with a trippy trap bounce, a relaxed and assertive Ycee repeatedly compares himself to the Liverpool striker over snarky punchlines and chest-thumping affirmations. With this track, one thing is evident: Ycee has got this melodic rap thing on lock.

Remember that the coming album also features appearances from an all-star cast of DavidoPhynoNiniolaM.S Banks and former labelmate, Dapo Tuburna.

Listen to the single above and let us know what you think.

Pretty Boy D.O premieres new video – “Dey Go Hear Wehh” on PGM Radio

In this episode, Pretty Boy D.O stopped by to premiere and discuss the concept of his new video – Dey Go hear Wehh.  We also discussed the Headies and the controversy surrounding it.

 

Davido Is An Alchemist In His Popcaan-Assisted ‘Risky’

Yesterday, Davido effortlessly pulled off what some of many greatest thinkers have failed to for centuries: turning lead to gold. When his infamous Hot 97 freestyle hit the internet earlier this year, the DMW boss was the subject of ridicule for weeks to come. Our pride, our beloved Davido was dragged shitless on the gritty Twitter streets. The might head of 30BG became a meme.

But Davido won’t just let that go. Not without a win.

In his latest single ‘Risky‘, the first single off his highly anticipated “Good Time” album, Davido crafted a beautiful hook from the disjointed and grating freestyle. Just a few hours before its release, Davido gave us a fair warning on Twitter “What you all laughed at!! You will dance to!!” and he couldn’t have been more accurate.

Produced by Speroach Beatz, ‘Risky‘ is an infectious Afropop record – with dancehall elements – that finds Davido turning a meme-worthy freestyle into a radio-ready record with an overwhelming hit-potential. Talk about turnovers. This is a come-back reminiscent of the 2005 Magic of Istanbul. It’s just a few hours old and the record is already gaining traction of the airwaves and generating rave reviews all over the internet.

Popcaan‘s contributions, however, can’t be overlooked as he also came through on the record, complementing it with a well-fitting patios-delivered verse. Check out the Top-Boy inspired cinematic video for the sizzling record above.

Zlatan and Rexxie Have A Lot To Thank ‘Able God’ For

In September 2018, Chinko Ekun finally scored his long-sought hit. The Dek-Niyor rapper fielded a team of Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile over a scintillating Rexxie production and released ‘Able God’ to the warm embrace of the streets. Over hard-hitting percussions, the three rappers call on to God for blessings while providing slang-laced commentaries on street hustles. Its accompanying video shot largely in a church featured a new dance that entailed repeated rhythmic hopping, punctuated occasionally with a faux jump kick. It instantly became a street anthem and before long, the record found its way to the clubs, dominated the airwaves, and remained on the lips of music lovers. A hit was born. 

Able God’ which recently picked up the Street Hop award at the 2019 Headies was an enormous success that ushered in the Zanku dance to the mainstream as the successor of the globetrotting shaku-shaku. For Chinko Ekun, it was the much-needed hit single that eluded him since his YBNL days. But over a year since it’s release, the biggest winner of the monster hit record was Zlatan and Rexxie the producer for whom the club banger served as a launchpad to stardom. 

Yes, Chinko Ekun had a hit to his name, pushed him in conversations that he never existed before, and had a good run of stage performances in the last quarter of 2018. It even got him his first Headies award. But he has since struggled to replicate the success of ‘Able God’ or even something close. His last two singles, ‘Calling‘ and ‘Mafo‘ have been met with middling success – and that’s being generous. 

But for Zlatan, ‘Able God’ was the beginning of something way more massive.

Prior to its release, Zlatan was a balmy indigenous rapper seeking to thrust himself into mainstream consciousness. Yes, he had a couple of hot tunes on the streets but nothing strong enough to propel him to stardom. But with the release of the smash, Zlatan who many never knew existed just a year ago has grown into a household name. His standout verse on the record was the first of his run of killer features that is still on. That was where many of us first heard his tongue-twisting mantra, ‘kapaichumarimarichopaco’ that left us probing for its meaning and origin till the year’s end. Along with his heralded Zanku dance being the dominant step in the country for almost a year now, Zlatan has simply moved from obscurity to stardom in the space of just a year.

 It is almost irrefutable that Zlatan is the hottest rapper right now. Perhaps rivalled only by his friend and frequent collaborator, Naira Marley. Both are gradually unseating Olamide as the go-to guy for street anthems, haunting verses, candied ad-libs and pop slangs. As it stands, they could even give Burna Boy a run for his money as the hottest Nigeria act in 2019.

And just like the YBNL general, the green-haired rapper has comfortably positioned himself as a staple for both the gritty corners of Agege and the wavy waters of Lekki. He has been on a spree of killer-features, bringing the Midas touch to almost every single he blesses particularly with his infectious ad-libs.  Even our biggest superstars, wanting to get a slice of the Zanku pie have continued to tap him for assists. Zlatan has teamed up with Davido, Tekno and even Burna, in their award-winning duet,‘Killin Dem’, which is still one of Naija’s biggest songs at the moment.

Another winner is Rexxie who has now moved from a producer seeking validation to a certified hitmaker. Ever since ‘Able God‘, Rexxie must have crossed some things off his bucket list, having worked with some of Nigeria’s biggest acts like Davido and Tiwa this past year. He has also been on a streak of bangers especially on his team-ups with Naira Marley. Even his bio on Twitter says it all: “Hits Only”. Now when you hear his ‘Yo Rexxie pon dis one‘ as any song kicks in, you know that you’re in for a treat. 

The young producer has been beatsmith behind smash hits like Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy‘, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy‘ as well as the most recent DMW‘s ‘On God‘ with Dremo, Mayourkun and label boss, Davido. 

Able God’ is more than just another hit. It was the ignition that propelled acts into the mainstream consciousness after years of underground dominance. This doesn’t imply that it is single-handedly responsible for their present successes. No, but it gave them the visibility that Zlatan and Rexxie particularly have leveraged upon to take their careers to the next level. While Chinko Ekun is slowly fading back into obscurity and Lil Kesh is almost nowhere to be found.

Teni Is The Star Of The Night At The 2019 Headies

After a night full of surprises, impressive live performances and disappointing rounds of no-shows, Teni emerged the biggest winner at the 2019 Headies. The singer who recently released her “Billionaire” EP walked home with four awards out of her six nominations including Best Pop Single for her 2018 monster hit, ‘Case‘. She was closely followed by Falz who bagged three awards including Best Album for the critics’ darling “Moral Instruction“. The biggest surprise of the night was Burna Boy who secured only two awards out of his eight nominations as well as Adekunle Gold who didn’t win any awards of his five nominations.

For the coveted Next Rated Award, Rema edged over Victor AD, Lyta, Zlatan and Joe Boy to secure the category that traditionally comes with a car. The Mavin Records‘ superstar, therefore, joins the ranks of Wizkid, Davido, Wande Coal, Asa, Reekado Banks who have won that award.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Revelation Of The Year: Mayorkun

Producer Of The Year: KillerTunes

Best Performer Award: Yemi Alade

Best Collaboration: Burna Boy x Zlatan -Killin Dem

Best Rap Album: Falz -Moral Instruction

Lyricist On The Roll: A-Q

Best Alternative Song: Johnny Drille

Best Rap Single: Falz -Talk

Best Street Hop Artiste: Chiko Ekun – Able God

Best Vocal Performance (Male): WurlD

Best Vocal Performance (Female): Teni

Rookie Of The Year: Barry Jhay

Best R&B Single: Seyi Shay – Give Me Love

Best Pop Single: Teni – Case

Best R&B Album: Mayorkun – Mayor Of Lagos

Best Music Video: Clarence Peters – Dangote

Next Rated: Rema

Artiste Of The Year: Burna Boy

Best Recording Of The Year: Teni

Song Of The Year: Burna Boy – Ye

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice: Teni

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)

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