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D-Truce And Bella Alubo Tell A Beautiful Love Story On ‘For You’

Nigerian rapper, Dusten Truce has teamed up with Bella Alubo on new love number titled ‘For You‘. This is D-Truce’s first post-“2 Bird 1 Stone” release, his debut album which was released to good reviews early this year. The 6-track album housed highlights like ‘Celebrity Champagne‘, ‘Oga police‘ and ‘City of Excellence‘ and also featured appearances from Paybac, Straffitti, 3rty, Slayvelli, Dewa and Tylerriddim.

On this new Jesse Alordiah produced cut, D-Truce and Bella Alubo are love-struck as they trade verses describing their affection for one another, promising themselves sunshine and rainbows in their blazing romance. ‘For You‘ is no doubt a soothing and melodious love number with wonderfully diced afrobeats percussions and an ambient scintillating guitar riffs.

Enjoy this record above and let us know what you think.

Alpha Ojini Is Bringing Along M.I Abaga, Ghost, GoodGirl LA, Ycee, Oxlade And More On “Chvmeleon”

Even if you do not know Alpha Ojini by name, you must have come across his work one way or another. Remember that sweet-toned “Focus” voice tag you hear at the end of most of your favourite 2019 rap songs? Yeah, that’s Alpha’s tagline for his sound engineering outfit.

A bundle of talents, Alpha is also a producer and a rapper – and he’s absolutely great at both. In fact, he was recently nominated in the Best Rap Single category of the 2019 Headies for his joint with Payper Corleone, ‘Sacrifices‘, one of the highlights off Payper’s stellar tape, “Fly Gangstar From The 90s.”

And now, it’s even more good news from Alpha as he announces the release of his sophomore album, “Chvmeleon,” which has been in the works since December last year. This is would be a follow-up to his well-received debut, “Half Price” that housed standouts like ‘Ocean Boy‘, ‘Ludo‘ and the cheeky ‘Yahooboy Muzik‘.

According to his recent tweet, this new album is scheduled for release on Friday, November 1st and it boasts a mouth-watering round of features, with appearances from some of the best wordsmiths in the game at the moment. On this self-produced project, Alpha is bringing along an a-team of M.I Abaga, Ghost (SDC), Paybac, Blaqbonez, Psycho YP, Ycee, Bella Alubo, Oxlade, Goodgirl LA and Kemi Smallz.

Now, tell me you’re not excited?

Watch Paybac and Boogey (The Lost & Found)’s Video For ‘Uwaka’

Earlier this year, a duo of Paybac and Boogey, known as the Lost & Found released their sophomore album “Alternate Ending” to rave reviews. Many have even dubbed it the best Nigerian rap album of 2019 and they won’t be wrong. And now, just over a day after their Lyricist On The Roll nominations in the 2019 Headies for their electric verses on ‘Implode‘, the duo has unveiled the much-teased visuals for ‘Uwaka‘ with Danladi, one of the fan favourites off the album.

Directed by XYZ, the playful video finds Boogey and Paybac having the best of times as they deliver their verses. The video opens with Paybac sporting a white agbada and a hooded scarf, rapping amidst friends in a dimly lit room. The 4-minute video is interluded with a short skit from Pastor Paybac dishing his two cents on what being a yahoo boy entails. Boogey, on the other hand, delievers most of his bars from a lectern with a white backdrop.

Although Danlandi was a no-show, the hook finds the rappers and their friends vibing and flashing fives in several styles. Enjoy the video below and tell us what you think.

Paybac Is Living Life On His Own Terms In ‘Boy Band’

After months of teasing, pulling a Wizkid, making us literally beg for the single, and then suspending the initial release date, Paybac‘s ‘Boy Band‘ is finally here. This is the much-anticipated lead single off Paybac’s upcoming solo album, “Cult,” and also his first post-“Alternate Ending” release.

Paybac rapped his ass off on the joint album with Boogey -an album-of-the-year contender by the way- such that he is taking a break off that with ‘Boy Band’ and perhaps “Cult” as a whole. He confidently sings with his raspy voice in his ‘if Fela, the Beatles and Kanye had a baby’ style about his carefree life over soft percussions and organ keys. The song samples ‘Acid Rock‘ by the 70s Afro-Rock Band, The Funkees and is produced by LearnTheCreator.

Opening with the disclaimer “I no dey for gang, this na Boy Band,” the record finds Paybac a rebel, living the life of a rockstar. He might not have all the money in the world, but he makes the best use of what is at his disposal to live solely on his terms, not giving a hoot about anyone’s approval. He wants no troubles either.

The hook is infectious one that’d have you humming or singing or even shouting along in no time. Enjoy ‘Cult‘ above.

P.S: Paybac, don’t make us choke to death as we hold our breaths for ‘Uwaka‘s video. Thank you. You’re welcome.

Payper Corleone Shares Video For ‘Sacrifices’ With Alpha Ojini

Nigerian rapper, Payper Corleone has released the visuals for his Alpha Ojini-assisted record, ‘Sacrifices‘. This is one of the stand-out cuts off his highly collaborative project, “Fly Gangsta From The ’90s,” released to good reviews in May 2019.

Sacrifices‘ opens with a 2pac soundbite over a scintillating jazz riff that continues to run throughout the sombre boom-bap record.  The song then finds the two rappers trading some of their gloomy experiences in our crooked music industry. Despite identifying how money is imperative to visibility in the industry, they both express scepticism towards deals offered by record labels and then further urged their fellow rappers to be cautious when taking or considering offers from these capitalists.

The XYZ-directed video finds Payper, Alpha and friends in a dark and heated room vibing and gambling on chess, perhaps symbolic for the game of wits prevalent in the grimy music industry. They also pay respects to some of the greats, the late legends who have paved the way musically for them as the wall is donned with murals and photos of late legends like 2pac, Biggie, Fela and more. The video also features a cameo appearance from Paybac who also featured on the EP.

Enjoy the video below.

Best Rapper In Africa Or Nah: What’s Next For Nigerian Hip-hop?

Immediately Blaqbonez crowned himself the best rapper in Africa, all hell broke loose on Nigerian hip-hop. The  100 Crowns rapper first made this audacious claim in the maiden edition of the AKtivated Sessions titled ‘Best Rapper In Africa and the reaction was volcanic.  The hip-hop community quickly spiralled into long polarising debates over the validity of Blaq’s claims. While some admired his confidence and assertiveness, others dismissed him as a nuisance and an attention seeker who had nothing to back such daring claim. 

If attention was the goal, Blaqbonez definitely got it.

The debates further diffused into claims and counterclaims, diss tracks flying around with not-so-subliminal shots, directed at the rapper and his associates. After a couple of weeks, the pink-haired rapper reaffirmed his claim in his latest release ‘Best Rapper In Africa’ where he took aim at rappers like TenTik, Holyfield and also called out some of his colleagues for being craven. This, in turn, generated swift responses from Payper Corleone, VaderDavid Meli and many others. Even the OGs aren’t left out of the frenzy as a video surfaced of AQ, Loose Kaynon and SDC’s Ghost in a heated debate on who was a better rapper. 

And all this just mean one thing to the fans, excitement. 

The last time Nigerian hip-hop got its fans this elated was in February when the scorching LAMB-Martell Cypher dropped. The culture has always thrived on competition and with projector missiles flying all around,  fans are ravishing in euphoria right now. It’s a common saying that when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. But in hip hop, when rappers square against each other, the only true winners are the fans.  But sadly, the euphoria is going to wear off soon. People are bound to move on. And when they do, what is left?

Nigerian hip-hop has been in a sorry state for years now and despite the several efforts being made for its rejuvenation, the future isn’t looking too bright yet. And this is not for a lack of talent – after all, we can boast of some of the best rappers on the continent – or creativity. Regardless,  it seems Nigerians have just moved on to drown their pain and realities in afrobeats. Enough has been said on what hip-hop needs to get itself on its feet again. Multiple articles have been written, plans drafted, discussions had and more. 

If not optimized, this excitement and attention Nigerian rap and rappers are getting at the moment will fizzle out back to where we started. But some things can be done to sustain some of the eyes and ears that have been captured in this whole episode for the good of the culture. 

To start with, Nigerian rappers simply need to put out good music. That’s where it all starts from, the music. The problem is that many are still stuck in the ‘golden days’ and as such have refused to evolve with the times. Each age has its demands. Some are stuck on 90s-type boom-bap beats all in the name of keeping it real, and then turn around to guilt-trip the fans and media for lack of support when the record simply doesn’t pop. This was what Blaq had in mind when he rapped “If the music ain’t good it ain’t moving/ Your aesthetics will not replace the music.

Snap out of your obsession with the past. Listen, research and understand the sonic demands of the times and let that influence how you make music. The music world today is big on bending and fusing/melding genres. The lines between genres are so blurry today that they might as well be nonexistent. Experiment with other sounds that appeals to new audiences. Approach other genres from a rap perspective. 

Show Dem Camp did this with Palm Wine Music to positive results. The move has been commercially rewarding as they have registered new fans who might have not even heard of their Clone Wars series. They’ve also held two Palmwine music festivals -which recorded impressive numbers – and are even about to take the festival to the UK.  Other rappers like Blaqbonez, Ladipoe, as well as the Lost And Found on their last tape have been fusing rap with other genres and it has been rewarding. Falz’s seminal album, “Moral Instruction” was heavily inspired sonically and thematically by Fela Anikulapo Kuti.

This is also one of the major reasons why the so-called indigenous or local rappers are more commercially successful. These guys can make music in a way that resonates with a wide scope of audience. They rap in their local dialects laced with street lingo thereby making their lyrics more relatable and easy to understand, as well as meddling rap with dance music and even introducing dance steps to go along with it. Zlatan is the poster boy for the wide-ranging Zanku dance and its accompanying sound and he is undeniably Naija’s hottest rapper at the moment. 

Rappers also have to learn to step out of their shell and work with others. While friendly competition is healthy, there is so much more that can be gained from working together. 

Nigerian rappers should be always ready to join forces with one another and synergize over records, projects and even concerts. Collaborations shouldn’t also be limited within the hip-hop circle. Rappers can reach out to acts from other genres like the alte community, soul singers and afrobeat and even Afropop. Step into their space and see their world. This would help to create much more dynamic sounds and also help to share the fanbase with their collaborators. 

Over the years, there has been a downturn of collaborations between Nigerian rappers and their pop counterparts. In fact, these pop stars tend to feature foreign rappers on their tapes much more often these days. There should also be much more joint efforts between the English rappers and the indigenous ones. 

Visuals also have to be taken seriously too. Yes, hip-hop is a word-oriented genre but videos are very much especially in the visually-driven world we live in today. And maybe as a result of a shortage in funding or whatever reason, hip-hop acts don’t seem to place much emphasis on their releasing music videos. You don’t believe me?  Take some of the best hip-hop projects in the past year as examples. “Crown”, “Yung Denzl”, “Bad Boy Blaq”, “These Buhari Times” and the Lost and Found’s “Alternate Ending” have only about two videos released at the moment. Projects with over 50 songs and only three videos out.

Even if proper music videos can’t be done due to financial constraints, rappers and their teams can take advantage of lyric videos and visualizers which can be promoted on social media. 

Now the spotlight is on Nigerian hip-hop and no one knows how long the excitement is going to last. Mere buzz or an abundance of talent isn’t enough to sustain the genre.  The best that can be done is to ensure that this rare opportunity should be optimized as much as it can. The community has to come together to create and promote premium quality content that can restore hip-hop and rap to the mainstream.

For all the dust rappers have raised in the past few weeks, it would be beautiful to see it all transcend to something bigger and not just fade out to another false start.

Boogey And PayBac Team Up Again Under Their Moniker, The Lost & Found To Release Sophomore Album “Alternate Ending”

The hip-hop duo,  The Lost & Found, made up of two of Nigeria’s finest wordsmiths, Boogey and PayBac, has released its sophomore album titled “Alternative Ending“. This album comes just three years after the release of their acclaimed 2016 debut album “Face Off” which got almost everyone in the hip-hop world talking and left them in awe of their amazing talent.

These two acts have proven themselves to be among the most prolific and hardest working rappers around, churning out project after project, while working alongside other skilled producers and industry colleagues.

Just last year, Boogey released his solo debut album “Nouveau Niveau” and “Never Enough” EP with producer Charlie X. Paybac on the other hand also released his debut album “Biggest Tree” as well as “Autopilot“, his collaborative EP with Charlie X to favourable reviews.

This album. “Alternate Ending” contains 13 tracks and features a wide range of artists. For this project, they recruit the efforts of Danladi, Mon Lee, Lyn, Aramide, Jazzz, Maka and Monki Bznzz. The pair appeared together on all but two records on the album. As Paybac delievers a solo performance on the ninth track “The Boogeyman”, while Boogey finds himself as a lone soldier on the tenth track “Paybac Time”. Both tracks are produced and engineered by SizzlePRO.

Just like their debut “Face Off”, the pair finds themselves in the able hands of Chalie X, Sizzle Pro and Black Intelligence as they maintain a steady production team in their second effort.

Enjoy.

CHx Is Back Again – With Paybac This Time

After releasing the heated collab with Boogey Never Enoughace producer Charlie x – stylized CHx – is back again with another project, this time in collaboration with rapper Paybac: AUTOPILOT.

 

 

We see CHx try something different in terms of production on this project; the simpler beats and movements are easy to appreciate and enjoy. Paybac isn’t hesitant to hurl fire on this project either, the storyteller comes uncensored for this compilation of emotion. The album keeps one oscillating between YOLO and a reminisce, and honestly it’s a mix you cannot help but enjoy. More talent comes from artist JazzZ, ODC, Djaji and Gigi.

Heavy Heart – Dwin, The Stoic

Edwin Madu – Dwin, The Stoic is a poet, singer, songwriter and 1/3 of the ‘Experimental Rock’ band Ignis Brothers (along with Ruth Zakari and Lamide Aranmolate).

In July, Dwin released his debut album Heavy Heart. The project is a multi-genre LP and honestly, this is the playlist for the times you can’t get a text back. The genres go from Folk to Soft Rock and we listen to Dwin artfully use this debut to draw attention to his voice – so raw and filled with emotion. Heavy Heart was exclusively produced by 3rty and features Paybac, Gido, Vader theBarelyAnyHook, Davina Oriakhi, Jamal Swiss and Nnayimovich (The Stoic’s alter ego). The album has the rollout singles Happy Song and Are You The One? and Ignis Brothers’ debut single Braveheart. For all the fun it may bring to being in the feels of not getting a text back, Heavy Heart is introspective and makes one think, exploring concepts from spirituality to love and heartbreak. The album’s lead single Happy Song is ironically unhappy telling the story of a lover’s loss brought to life in TheGrandVezir’s stop-motion animation video.

Heavy Heart is an amazing debut and this writer is looking forward to crying more tears.

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