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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?

Dapo Tuburna, PsychoYP and Ycee Synergize On ‘Penthouse’

In the wake of his exit from Tinny Entertainment, Dapo Tuburna reminded us of his talents with his jubilant 3-track EP “Gingo Vibes” which was released to good reviews. And now, the singer is taking it further as he reunites with his former label mate, Ycee and PsychoYP, the Abuja-based rapper on a new record ‘Penthouse‘.

Produced by Quebeat, ‘Penthouse‘ is trap record that features impressive performances from the trio and a catchy hook. It finds the acts having the best of times in their chill-spot, the penthouse. It also features some underlining Zlatan ad-libs.

Enjoy ‘Penthouse‘ above.

Blaqbonez Takes It A Step Further On “Bad Boy Blaq – Re-Up”

Blaqbonez struck gold in 2018. The burgeoning rap sensation has been tirelessly putting in work ever since the release of his mixtape “HipHop In Blaq” in 2013, such that hardly has a year gone by without him releasing a body of work. However, despite the quality of these releases, they were not enough to shed him off the “underground rapper” tag; not until last year when things started to turn around.

 Backed by 100 Crowns and Chocolate City, his debut album, “Bad Boy Blaq”, propelled him into mainstream consciousness. The final project of the game-changing 2018 LAMB August rollout is an experimental and deeply fascinating “Bad Boy Blaq,” which gave Blaqbonez the mainstream acceptance and recognition that had eluded him for years. With the album, he established a foothold in the industry as one of the most talented rap artist rising through the ranks.

Now, barely five months after the release of the breakout album, Blaqbonez is treating us to a follow-up project titled the “Bad Boy Blaq Re-UP.” And as the title implies, this project is built on the successes of its immediate predecessor.

It is not a Part II. It was just due to the fact that we did a lot with the original project, it almost got there but there was like a little bit extra we could do to get it over the line, which is why I worked on the re-up.” He explains in an interview with Pulse.

Ever since the release of the last album, Blaqbonez has continued to maintain a high level of fan-engagement on social media with tweets, hilarious video clips and hot takes on trending issues. As a result, Blaqbonez can boast of one of the most organic, dedicated, and ever-growing cult-following among the young acts today and perhaps the best for hip-hop at the moment.

Blaqbonez may not be popping as much on the streets but mans is pulling quite impressive numbers on the streaming platforms. And now, the release of the Re-Up seems to be Blaq’s latest strategy at maintaining and optimizing his audience retention especially given the short attention span albums are given these days.

The Re-up contains a hazy mix of fresh cuts and remixes of some of the Bad Boy Blaq‘s standout records. Blaqbonez enlists the efforts of an all-star cast of young gifted acts who help to provide several moments of brilliance on the project and also helping the remixed cuts to have a refreshing feel.

The project is arranged in such a way that the remixes off  “Bad Boy Blaq”, come right in between the new songs. This provides a sense of familiarity while listening to the project such that it’s new but doesn’t feel so new. Also, the remixes maintained the exact order by which they appear on the album.

All but two tracks feature guest verses. On the opener and the final track of the project which also happen to be the most personal cuts on the project, Blaq is a lone ranger bringing it all to bear on the records. Both songs are polar opposites, reflecting two different sides of the pink-haired rapper. On ‘No Longer Stupid‘, Blaq is introspective, apologetic and appreciative all in the same breath. Through a reminiscent style of detailing, he recognises how far he has come in the industry and acknowledges the naive mistakes he made on the come up. Acknowledging his growth in several factors, Blaqbonez also appreciates some of those who helped set him straight and those who still showed him loved despite him doing them wrong.

On the flip side, ‘Bxtch’ finds a stone-faced Blaq coming all out at his prior detractors and doubters. On the second verse, he had some not-so-subtle jabs for who many have perceived to be Yung6ix. Although he does not name-drop the rapper, with lines like Somebody stole your lines, okay/Somebody stole your shine, I did it/ Guess Somebody stole your balls/Cos you ain had the guts to try be specific he might as well have as all fingers point to Yung6ix following his reaction to the LAMB Martell Cypher.

Another side of Blaqbonez, the comical and playful one that is hard to miss on his social media pages these days comes to bear on the track ‘Good Boy’. On the tongue-in-cheek anthem for the “nice” guys, Blaq makes up for his limited signing talents by recruiting the efforts of BOJ and CKay who didn’t fail to deliver intoxicating performances. Despite his voice sounding raspy, Blaq also delivers an infectious sing-along chorus that makes record one of the standouts of the project. The playful Blaqbonez also shows up in brief moments in tracks like Denied and Play Remix.

Blaqbonez has come a long way. It’s undeniable that Blaqbonez raw talents are fast being forged into shining diamonds.  He has proven himself time and again as one of the most talented and promising rap artists rising the ranks with a solid and enviable fanbase and this tape is a solid addition to his catalogue. In fact, he is just a hit single short of being a household name.

The “Re-up” might have been birthed from “Bad boy Blaq“, but it breathes a life of its own. The short and sweet project is a showcase of his level of talent and versatility and also a promise of better things to come.

Listen To The Remix – Alpha’s Ocean Boy

The epically talented rapper/producer Alpha has teamed up with Blaqbonez, Dremo and Psycho YP to bring the remix of the single Ocean Boy.

This Alpha-produced recreation brings more heat to an already fire track.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter …

Dropping FACTZ Only, It’s OluAndTheCoconut

Pretty Boy D-O is known for bringing out our inner agberos, but this one will have you believing you’re The Hood Pablo Escobar…

Listen To ‘You’ By Zarion Uti

Zarion Uti is set up to end the year on a great note.

The singer has stayed adequately consistent with his music this year to keep us listening with his singles Rebel, Ayé (featuring Psycho YP) and Finito (featuring AYLØ), the singer has done enough to keep his presence tangible throughout this year.

On Wednesday, Zarion Uti came out with his latest titled You, produced by Chillz. The song has Zarion giving his crush undivided attention and showing an equally intense desire to meet her with lyrics If Uber no dey work/Make we call Taxify.

The song is a catchy one with just enough feel-good to lift your spirit.

Love Like This – Trill Xoe ft. Tonero & Rilwan

We cannot overemphasize how much we enjoy finding new music; it’s probably starting to sound like a scratchy vinyl record, but here we are. Another gem has been found.

The leading single off producer Trill Xoe’s debut EP Blood, Sweat and TearsLove Like This is beautiful. The R&B joint produced by Trill Xoe features fire vocals from Tonero (especially) and Rilwan. On the hook, Tonerolays some piercing melodies and descriptive lyrics as he discovers love in the club and how much more it can become while Rilwan struggles to get a hold of his current situationships and is conflicted between affection and isolation. For such an amazing track, it’s no wonder Love Like This is such a fan favourite and the love struggle is just one of the many themes expressed on the amazing compilation of work that is Blood, Sweat and Tears which features vocal talent and flow from Nessa, PsychoYP, Barelyanyhook, Foresythe, Bryan the Mensah, Zirra, Ocho, Kizz Ernie, Oma Mahmud and of course Tonero and Rilwan.

Listen to Blood, Sweat and Tears here.

Straffiti Hurls Fire – Molotov

Last year, he released his debut EP Vanilla Sky with heavyweight features from M.I. and Afri. He was also featured on Ice Prince’s Hit Me Up (off the C.O.L.D EP) and on M.I.’s Rendezvous playlist (featured on Slow with Blaqbonez)

Today, Straffiti released his debut album Molotov. After the success of the leading single 100benz (featuring Blaqbonez and Psycho YP), Staff fans must’ve expected nothing less from the photographer/videographer/rapper/producer and Straff has delivered. The album gets its amazing music production from Straffiti (the man himself), Remy Baggins, Rexxx, GCl3f, Jay Blakez, Johnson IP, Isaiah and Veen and it features fire collabos from Psycho YP, Blaqbonez, Titxn, Jaiye, Remy Baggins, Tide and Gldyla. Molotov is such an amazing project seeing the artist explore all separate sides of his music ingenious, from Hip-Hop to Trap and even a little R&B.

Listen to Molotov here.

Mango Juice & Bad Decisions – Ayüü

Abuja-based artist Ayüü Safi has released his third EP after H.E.R (His Emotions Recorded) and ØÜ By ØÜ both released in 2017This one is called Mango Juice & Bad Decisions and it’s beautiful.

The EP is the artist’s first 2018 project and it’s a vibe. Mango Juice & Bad Decisions provides just the right amount of nostalgia with samplings of songs like Sisquo’s Thong Song (00 Nostalgia), Nelly and Kelly’s Dilemma and Cardi B’s Ring (In 2 Ü) and others. The project is another one that explores the woes of a complicated relationship and shows off Ayüü’s versatility as a singer/rapper. The EP enlists production from Higo, Jaylon, Benny Que and DOZ and additional talent from Psycho YP and Andrè Wolff.

Ayüü describes Mango Juice & Bad Decisions as his ‘best work thus far’ and we think you should listen to it.

Marv OTM & PsychoYP – Ice Up

New on D’watchlist radar is Marv OTM’s “Ice Up” song which features Psycho YP.

Watch this space for more info…

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