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Prettyboy D-O Calls Out Blaqbonez For Jacking His Style

Just over an hour ago, Prettyboy D-O took to his Twitter page to call out Blaqbonez for jacking his style in his latest release ‘Shut Up‘. Although it was a subtle shot, the message was very clear: stop jacking my style!

A plain-speaking D-O wrote on Twitter, “Tell a man shut up ?
If you want to sound like PRETTYBOY, make you feature PRETTYBOY
@BlaqBonez
🎯

And this accusation is not unfounded. In fact, it serves as a confirmation to many as they have also been drawing similarities between the new single and D-O’s ‘Pull Up‘ and ‘Dem Go Hear Wehh‘. And after a careful examination of the songs in question, their inference would be justified.

Shut Up‘ produced by Tempoe finds Blaqbonez in new terrain, ragga, which is well different from the hip-hop and trap he is well known for. To even make this transition smoother, Blaq ushered the single under the moniker, Mr Boombastic, which appears to be his more Afropop-leaning alter-ego.

However, sonically, thematically and in terms of delivery, the new number bears a striking semblance to D-O’s ‘Pull Up‘. These songs find the acts in an impudent air as they both come at their detractors while flashing their vigour and successes. “Tell a man cool off tell a man cool off/ Tell a man pull up if he wanna pull up” D-O sings in the Santi-assisted ‘Pull Up‘ Off his 2018 well-received project, “Everything Pretty“. Blaq, on the other hand, also appears to open his record with “Tell a man shut up!

This actually wouldn’t be the first time Blaqbonez is spurring this kind of conversation as people have also drawn sonic similarities between his ‘Best Rapper In Africa (BRIA)‘ cut and Stormzy‘s smash hit single, ‘Vossi Bop‘. So can we say Blaqbonez is bereft of originality and going around just jacking people’s styles without giving due credit?

Listen and let us know what you think below.

 

Check out the Santi-directed Video for Goldlink’s ‘U Say’ with Tyler the Creator and Jay Prince

Goldink has unveiled the visuals for ‘U Say‘ one of the standouts off his well-received “Diaspora “album, featuring Tyler the Creator and Jay Prince. And this video is directed by our very own Santi, the alte frontman well known for the creative depth in his music videos.

Codirected by Aisultan, the gold and dark themed video finds Goldlink and his accomplices having one hell of a time at a house party. The party suddenly goes wild first with a fight breaking out and then an infestation of possessed dames and their Sheila making everyone but Goldlink, Jay Prince and Tyler dash out of the party in fear. They are then surrounded by these dancing dames, supposedly performing a rite on them. The day is, however, saved by a white priest with a clutched bible, sprinkling holy water on these witches, giving the trio a chance to escape which they grab with both hands.

This video is similar in theme to Santi’s Helen Ukpabio-inspired videos like ‘Freaky’,Rapid Fire‘ and the most recent layered video for ‘Raw Dinner‘.

Congratulations Santi on your international directorial debut.

Santi Shares Dark and Intense Video for ‘Raw Dinner’ Featuring Kida Kudz

Santi has been called so many things: a genius, alte frontliner, a genre-bending act, an eccentric artist and even more extremely, a cultist. The latest came as a result of the abundance of horror and dark-themed elements prevalent in his music videos. And now, Santi is owning that narrative, particularly with the new music video for the Kida Kudz-assisted ‘Raw Dinner‘, a standout cut off his debut album, “Mandy and the Jungle.

Spanning over eight minutes, the video is a layered horror mini-movie that may take some time to uncover and understand fully. With the video telling a grim tale featuring witches, zombies, mad doctors, psych patients, severed head served on a platter and dark magic, don’t be surprised at the reincarnation of the Illuminati tag in relation to Santi.

Although as you watch your mind might be running at double speed, unravelling the concepts and trying to make sense of the madness, the video is no doubt entertaining. It’s always a delight to watch Santi’s videos as he puts so much thought and energy into his visuals and it shows.

In usual fashion, the self-directed video is inspired by classic Nollywood, and this reflects in the roll-out style of the closing credits of the movie. It also features Evi Edna Ogoli‘s classic number, ‘Happy Birthday‘.

Kida Kudz Pulls Off M.J’s Signature Move In ‘Moonwalk’

Still riding on the wave of his stellar feature performance on Santi’s debut album, “Mandy And The Jungle“, UK-based Nigerian act, Kida Kudz has treated us to a new release titled ‘Moonwalk‘. And this song is a bop!

Over the dazzling production with hard-hitting drums, the Jiggy Boy is having the time of his life that makes his so elated that he sings about breaking into Micheal Jackson signature move, the moonwalk.

Kick off your weekend with this jam that’s set to hit the clubs hard in no time. Also, check out the Vissionaire Pictures filmed visuals below.

Odunsi (The Engine) Releases Cameo-Packed Video For ‘Star Signs’

Odunsi(The Engine) has finally released the official music video for ‘star signs’, one of the highlights off his debut album “rare.” This record which features a guest verse from Runtown finds both singers croon about their preferences and how they love their women.

Odunsi had earlier released a lyric video for the song a few months back, but now the amazing record has eventually gotten the accompanying visuals it truly deserves. This release makes it the third official video off “rare.”, having earlier released the video for ‘falling’ and ‘alte cruise‘, a bonus track on the album.

The Candles-directed video finds Odunsi in a white shiny attire giving a mock live performance with a guitar in hand at a Zodiac-themed owambe party. The video is no doubt a celebration of fashion, expression, music and of course star signs.

Although the featured act, Runtown was a no-show, the video features cameo appearances from Santi, Tomi Thomas, Teezee, GMK and others.

Enjoy the video above.

Santi Releases Debut Album “Mandy & The Jungle”

The wait is finally over! Santi has released his highly-anticipated debut album titled “Mandy & The Jungle“. This comes three years after his acclaimed EP “Suzie’s Funeral“, which placed Santi in the radar of many as one of those to hold the helm of the industry in a few years.

Mandy & The Jungle” is a 16-track full-length project that includes pre-released singles like ‘Sparky‘, ‘Freaky‘ and the monster-hit ‘Rapid Fire‘.

This highly collaborative project features Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi, Shane Eagle, Dram, Kris Irie, Bridge, Amaarae, Seki, Tomi Agape, Kida Kudz and Godlink. Also, its production is mainly handled by fellow Monster Boys – GMK and Genio Bambino with assists from Odunsi (The Engine), Le Mav, Higo, Doz, James Isibor, 1Takennandos and Barst.

Just like his previous projects, this album is a themed one.  In fact, this is centred around Mandy (a fictional character), who Santi describes as “a girl who has no idea the power that lies inside her

Further speaking about the album, he reveals that “Over the past two years, I learnt more about expressing myself and translating that feeling into sound and visuals. Music has always been about the feeling for me, what it does to you, what it makes you remember, and most importantly where it takes you to. I decided to create a universe, combining everything that has ever influenced or inspired me.”

The songs are a soundtrack to this universe, and I hope when you listen to ‘Mandy & The Jungle’, you will make the best memories with them so that each time you feel like escaping, reminiscing or feeling, these songs are here to take you to your own universe.” He continued.

So cop this album, and follow Mandy on her journey in the jungle.

Santi Unveils Album Art And Tracklist For “Mandy & The Jungle”

Just a few weeks after announcing the release of his debut album, Santi has unveiled the cover art and the tracklist for the highly-anticipated project, “Mandy & The Jungle” which is expected to drop any time soon.

The singer took to his Twitter to share the grotesque album art and its accompanying tracklist with the caption “soundtrack to my universe
my debut album Mandy & The Jungle
cover and tracklist
art by ahmad tarek, tireless nights but thank you for bringing out the world in my head.
love to everyone who helped put this universe together.
nothing was planned but it surely was written”

According to the released tracklist, the album is set to contain a total of 16 tracks, including pre-released singles like ‘Freaky‘, ‘Sparky‘ and the monster hit, ‘Rapid Fire‘.

Santi also works with a wide range of artists on this project as it features guest appearances from Tay Iwar, Nonso Amadi, Shane Eagle, Dram, Kris Irie, Bridge, Amaarae, Seki, Tomi Agape, Kida Kudz and Godlink. Tay Iwar and Amaarae appear twice on the album as both also assist Santi on the album closer titled ‘Settle Down‘.

The dread-locked singer also closely works with his Monster Boys Crew as its members and affiliates are mainly in charge of the production on the album. GMK, Genio Bambino, Odunsi (The Engine), Le Mav, Higo, Doz, James Isibor, 1Takennandos and Barst all receive production credits.

The album is executive produced by Monster Boy and Odunsi (The Engine), with the engineering solely handled by the acclaimed alte playmaker, GMK.

Update: The album is scheduled for release on Friday, May 17. You can pre-order the album here

Juls Celebrates Black Love With Tiggs Da Author and Santi On ‘Maayaa’

To the delight of many, Ghanaian-UK production-powerhouse, Juls has finally released his first single of the year. On this new record titled ‘Maayaa‘, he recruits the efforts of Tanzanian rapper, Tiggs Da Author and Santi, one of the frontliners of the raving Alte movement in Nigeria.

This was premiered On DJ Target‘s show at the BBC Radio 1xtra yesterday, Thursday, May 2.

Over the slick production, highly rich in instrumentation provided by the maestro, Juls, Tiggs Da Author and Santi both deliver solid verses in which they celebrate black beauty, love and luxury. One of the most infectious elements of the song is the sizzling guitar riffs and solo that’s difficult to miss.

Enjoy the beautiful record above.

Check Out The Energetic Visuals For Prettyboy D-O’s ‘Pull Up’ Featuring Santi

Prettyboy D-O has unveiled the highly cinematic visuals to ‘Pull Up’ featuring Santi. This is one of the standout tracks off his debut mixtape “Everything Pretty”. This video directed by Demola is a very energetic one that matches the ferocity of the record.

This dark, gritty, and energetic video has spurred conversations on social media with many trying to still understand the somewhat elusive alte and their creative process and artistry. Due to the intensity of the video, a number of people picked up where they left off with Santa’s video for Rapid Fire, referring to the alte as just a front for a cult group.

The Video For Santi’s ‘Sparky’ Is Finally Here

Santi has finally unveiled the highly anticipated visuals his latest raving single ‘Sparky’, two weeks after the initially-proposed release date. And it is well worth the wait.

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