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DRB Lasgidi’s Long-Overdue Debut Album “Pioneers” Is Finally Here

The alté movement has been a strong force in shaping the Nigerian music, art, and fashion spaces for the past couple of years. From Odunsi the Engine to Santi, Wavy The Creator, Lady Donli, and many others, the movement has been a strong force in shaping and redefining how Nigerian music is perceived all over the world. But “alté”, owes a lot of its roots to DRB Lasgidi, a collective made up of Teezee, Fresh L, and the serial feature-killer, BOJ.

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Fresh L, TeeZee, Boj

Today, the trio releases their long-awaited debut album, “Pioneers.” and reaffirms their pertinent role in the founding of the culture-shifting movement.

Speaking about the album in a recent interview with Native mag, they express that “as you develop yourself as a person, and if you care about your craft and what you’re doing, you realise that there are some certain things you need to do to get things done. Life happens and you become forced to take things more seriously. When you get to adulthood, you have to be forced to translate your passion into bar.”

As leaders of the new school, they bring along an all-star àlte cast of Santi, Tems, Lady Donli, Prettyboy D-O, Wani, and more on the 12-track album. The project also features an appearance from street generalissimo, Olamide who guested on ‘Shomo’ one of the lead singles off the album.

The album is credited with production works from an array of skilled producers such as Pheelz, Adey, Genio, Higo, and the Beatmeister himself, GMK.

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Drb Lasgidi Pioneers

One thing that strikes you as you try to give “Pioneers” a spin is its eccentric cover art. The Basquiat-esque album art titled Midnight Friends is designed by Nigerian visual artist Anedu Edozien. A perfect fit for the iconic album, it portrays the community, style, creativity, and the rebelliousness of Lagos youth culture.

This album comes highly recommended from us at The PGM Club.

 

 

Listen To DRB Lasgidi’s New Single ‘Softly’

DRB Lasgidi’s long-awaited debut album is almost here. Comprised of members Boj, Fresh L and Teezee, DRB has been key players in pushing the Alte culture with influence spreading across Nigerian culture, art and music. And after recording strides in their solo careers, the trio have reunited to release their album “Pioneers” on Friday, May 1 after teasing it for so long.

As a forerunner for the album, DRB has released its latest single off the imminent tape titled ‘Softly’. A gorgeous and innately catchy African love story, the track also features original artwork created by renowned new wave Nigerian visual artist Anedu Edozien, who was also responsible for the album artwork. The single artwork was inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s classic ‘In The Car’ while the album art entitled ‘Midnight Friends’ portrays the community, style, culture, cool kids, creativity as well as the rebelliousness of Lagos culture.

Speaking on the track, TeeZee says “softly in Nigeria represents being gentle. It’s a term that’s used for endearment. For example, when someone looks great or if someone is having a good time and relaxing you can say they are soft. Softly identifies calmness and gentleness, while delivering something fresh and brand new.

“We describe the song as an African love story and it’s coming at the perfect time – just before Easter. We wanted to mix the original sounds of afro beat but infused with the new wave of the Alté sound. The producer on the track Pheelz has made hit records through Nigeria like Billionaire from Teni The Entertainer.”

DRB Lasgidi Joins Forces With Olamide On ‘Shomo’

DRB Lasgidi, a collective of BOJ, Teezee and Fresh L has released it’s third and supposedly final single of 2019 titled ‘Shomo‘. And for this banger targeted at the clubs, they team up with YBNL boss, Olamide who has been the go-to guy for killer-hooks this year. This is a solid and impressive follow-up to ‘Based On‘ which was released a couple of months ago.

Produced by the revamped hit-maker, Pheelz,Shomo‘ is a cut targeted at the clubs and the streets for this festive December period. Olamide is on hook-duty once again on the fast-paced, with BOJ coming through on the chorus. The record is littered with cheesy bars from Fresh L and Teezee, ones fitting for a dance-centric number.

Enjoy the record here.

Fresh L Joins Forces With Dremo On ‘Head Dey’

One-third of DRB Lasgidi, Fresh L has tapped DMW rapper, Dremo for his latest single titled ‘Head Dey‘. This is is the lead single for his coming project “SUNS 2,” the sequel to his 6-track 2018 EP, “See U Next Summer (SUNS)” which included the Davido-assisted ‘Firewood‘.

Head Dey‘ finds the pair delivering playful brags over a dazzling hip-hop beat. While a relaxed Fresh L showcases his lyrical prowess while throwing jabs at soft targets, Dremo is in full beast mode, coming through with a bullish delivery both on the hook and his verse that helped to turn the heat up on the record.

Enjoy this record here.

Blaqbonez Backs His Recent Claims With ‘Best Rapper In Africa’

Ever since Blaqbonez declared himself the best rapper in Africa in a scorching freestyle a few weeks back, many have gone back and forth over the worthiness of his claim. But one thing was clear, Blaqbonez had guts. Right now, in fact, bold isn’t a word strong enough to describe his artistic drive. The 100 Crowns-rapper even put out several calls to rappers to challenge his claim since many felt he was undeserving of the self-ascribed title.  Tentik, Payper Corleone and other lesser-known rappers put diss tracks to that effect and now, Blaq, as promised, has replied them all in his latest release appropriately titled,  ‘Best Rapper In Africa‘.

On this new record, Blaq is blunt and brutal as he launches ballistic missiles at rappers like Tentik and Holyfield while dragging Naira Marley, Fela Durotoye, Jimi Agbaje and Blackfacae into the mix. He also had a few choice words for colleagues like Fresh L, Ladipoe, Boogey and more. Coming a day after it was initially promised, BRIA is no doubt a bop that finds Blaq showcasing his mastery as a lyricist over a dazzling Alpha production.

Hip-hop as a genre thrives on competition and a war-ready Blaqbonez is giving us a full dose.  Although many would not agree with his BRIA claim, it can’t be denied that he is a strong contender. And perhaps, the most exciting rapper out there at the moment.

Listen to Blaqbonez dishing out Ls to your favourite rappers above.

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.

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.

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.

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…

PGM Radio Show with Fresh L, Irene Ntale & John Networq

In this episode, we discussed Afrobeats and the once millennial-embraced word “Alte” and the controversy surrounding both as wildly perceived genre of African music. Also, we premiered new music by Fresh L, Irene Ntale (from Uganda), John Networq, Boj, Remy Baggins & Stiques The god.

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