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The Basement Gig Showcases Raw Talents With Its “Sounds From The Basement Gig” Album

Just like The PGM Club, The Basement Gig has been fully dedicated to providing a platform for gifted burgeoning acts via its monthly mini-concert series headlined by the finest of these new acts. But now, the team is taking it a step further by releasing the first volume of its new compilation series titled “Sounds From The Basement Gig.” This is in commemoration of their 3rd anniversary and the 28th edition of the mini-concert. With this new project, The Basement Gig showcases some of the most talented acts and producers rising through the ranks in the country.

A 15-track project, “SFTBG”  features new and pre-released records from some of the outstanding acts that have graced the Basement Gig stage over the past one year. The wealth and depth of raw talents across this album is almost drowning. It features appearances from known names like Goodgirl LA, Alpha Ojini, Dami Oniru, Remy Baggins, Payper Corleone, Ogranya and Dapo Tuburna. It also introduces us to fresh talents like Gbasky, Attitude, Lyn, Wilfresh and others. The A&R of the compilation tape is handled by the capable Osagie Osarenz and Stephanie Okocha.

Listen to the album here

DAP The Contract Releases The Second Entry Off His CTIII Series Titled ‘Good Bad Bad Good’

Last week, DAP the Contract kicked off the third instalment of his Contract Thursday series with a solo effort titled ‘Prismcolors’. And now, premiering on the PGM Club, the rapper is joining forces with Sumner Becker on the second release off the CTIII series titled ‘Good Bad Bad Good‘.

DAP the Contract was on the PGM Radio Show a couple of weeks ago to discuss the string of weekly Thursday releases while also giving us a peek into two tracks off the series – ‘Prismcolors’ and ‘Bryn’s Interlude‘. He was also kind enough to drop a fire freestyle alongside other razor-sharp wordsmiths like Payper Corleone, Idris King, D-Truce and Ycee.

The American-based rapper, who tries as much to shuffle between his home and host country is now taking time amidst law-school work to put as much music. The Contract Thursday (CT) series finds DAP off album mode, as he experiments different ideas and explores diverse sounds, swinging in and out of genres over a stretch of weekly releases.

Good Bad Bad Good‘ is a very short affair. Spanning just below two minutes, it fades off just while you’re trying to getting into it, nudging you to promptly hit the replay button. Over a wavy instrumental with a mild trap bounce, rolling hi-hats and an ambient jazzy sax solo, DAP and Becker ponder upon the strapping pull and allure of the ‘bad’ side.

Enjoy the number above and tell us what you think.

Vader The Wildcard, Vector and Payper Corleone Come For Blood On ‘The Purge’

Vector tha Viper, Vader the Wildcard and Payper Corleone have come together for what they tag a ‘Masterclass Cypher’ to deliver a sizzling response to the week-old Martell Cypher 2 titled ‘The Purge‘.

With the opening verse, Vader the Wildcard recounts what down at the PGM Radio Show when Blaqbonez was challenged to defend his ‘BRIA‘ claim and he bailed, led by his label boss, A-Q. The rapper also addressed some of Blaq’s shots and also had enough rounds for his label execs.

A war-ready Payper Corleone, on the other hand, makes a good statement as to why his one of the most lyrical rappers in the game at the moment. Relaxed and assertive, he had enough shots for all the rappers with targets on their backs.

Coming through with a brutal closer, Vector tha Viper minces no words as he is in full battle mode, launching missiles at the former Chocolate City boss. Vector raps “But how do you go from Lebron to becoming a chairman this is insane” as he comes for M.I’s legacy with pristine bars for over two minutes.  This cypher, no doubt, delievers on an unsaid promise: it provides the rock-hard reply for the Martell Cyphers we have all been waiting for, giving the LAMB rappers a run for their money and could even be leaving them in body bags. LAMB-Martell, your move.

Listen yourself and let us know which cypher you think is better.

Stormatique Stretches Beyond His Comfort Zone In New Album, “Grains of Salt”

Nigerian music producer, Stormatique, known for his works with Modenine and MCskill ThaPreacha has released a new album titled “Grains of Salt.”

This is a 10-track album that finds the producer- who also doubles as a sound engineer- exploring sounds stretching beyond the hip-hop genre he is particularly known for. And on this album, Stormatique brings along a wide range of artists including Payper Corleone, TenTik, Freeborn, Awal – a Ghanaian rapper, Hertz from Uganda as well as MCskill ThatPreacha who also executive produced the album.

Check out the album above.

Dap The Contract, Payper Corleone and Edez discuss individual projects on PGM Radio Show

 

In this episode, Dap the Contract shares his vision of his Contract Thursday Series, while Payper Corleone breaks down the message behind his EP, The Fly Gangster from the ’90s and Edez plays us his new single Spirit on the PGM Radio Show.

Time Spot

0:17s – PGM’s Top 3 Of the Week – (PREYE, LADY DONLI, TEMS)

5:02 – Intro

9:40 – PGM Throwback

13:10 – Interview with DAP THE CONTRACT

15:13 – DAP and the PGM crew discuss SANTI’s Raw Dinner video

35:55 – EDEZ played us his brand new single SPIRIT

42:28 – Interview with PAYPER CORLEONE and we discuss his new (ep) Fly Gangster From The 90’s

56:41 – PAYPER CORLEONE defines the word, Clout Chaser

59:39 – PAYPER, DAP THE CONTRACT, IDRIS KING, D-TRUCE & YCEE all jump on the mic to spit some bars

1:15:14 – The show ends in a debate of the Top 5 Emcees currently doing it big in Nigeria.  Who are your top 5?

 

 

 

 

Payper Corleone Is One Rapper To Look Out For

Alongside Blaqbonez, one of the big winners in the ‘Best Rapper In Africa‘ conversation is Payper Corleone. His blunt and brutal response to Blaq’s audacious claims on ‘Everybody Dies‘ featuring Raezy Winston, and his knockout-punch, ‘Sacrificial Lamb‘, placed him on the radar of many as a rapper to look out for. And though many were just introduced to his talents these past few weeks, the wordsmith has been around for a minute and he has badges to show for it.

Since his debut mixtape, “BARS 1” released in 2014, Payper has been relentless with his releases, particularly since “Bars 2: Guilty as Charged” released in 2017. In the last three years, the rapper has dropped five stellar projects, the latest of which is his highly collaborative EP titled “Fly Gangsta From The 90s” released in May this year. This project houses ‘Sacrifices’, a standout cut which just had its gloomy video released just two days ago.

The quality of the project earned him a spot in Pulse NG‘s top 10 hottest rappers of 2019 (so far) list, describing the rapper as “one of the fast-rising under lords of street rap in Nigeria.” Ten tracks long, the EP features appearances from some of the most gisted rappers rising through the ranks including Alpha Ojini, Erigga, Paybac, Boogey, Abstraktt, Phlowetry and Eniggy.

Check out the stellar project above and let us know what you think.

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.

Payper Jumps on Ycee’s No 1 hit – Juice (remix)

If you ever wondered what Ycee’s number 1 hit record Juice would sound like with a rap verse, then here’s your chance to find out.  Payper (@paypercorleone) had to drop a ‘G’ verse to add his persona to this hit record that is buzzing all over the country.

We at ThePGMClub think it’s dope!  What do you think?

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