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The 5 Best Nigerian Diss-Tracks of 2019 So Far

Over the past few months, Nigerian hip-hop has been at war with itself. What started as a playful but audacious ‘Best Rapper In Africa’ brag spiralled the entire scene into a Royal Rumble-type frenzy that found rappers aiming for each other’s heads. From Blaqbonez to Payper Corleone to Davolee, everyone was churning out tracks laced with not-so-subliminal shots and outright name-drops. Even the OGs were not spared: a video surfaced online of A-Q and Ghost (of SDC) engaging in a presumably heated debate about who the superior wordsmith was.

All these eventually snowballed into an M.I Abaga vs Vector The Viper showdown. This beef which had been brewing for quite some time finally found the perfect climate for a face-off. In what will go down in history as one of the spiciest Nigerian hip-hop beefs, their back-and-forth resulted in a total of four diss tracks in just three weeks. Climaxing with M.I’s ‘The Viper‘ and Vector’s ‘Judas The Rat‘ and its bordering antics, hip-hop which had been playing second fiddle to Afrobeats in recent years was – howbeit briefly – restored to mainstream consciousness.

But now that the dust seems to have settled, Let’s look back to highlight some of the hottest diss tracks off this 2019 Nigerian rap civil-war.

5. Davolee – Give Away

This might not be as polished or popular as some of the other songs on this list, but it’s one of the hottest on the streets. Disgusted by Blaqbonez’s audacity to crown himself the best rapper in Africa without the credentials to back such claim, indigenous rapper Davolee attempted to devour the 100 Crowns rapper. The abrasive rapper aims with a submachine gun flow, with enough rounds for whoever is lurking as he also had choice words for M.I Abaga, Loose Kaynon, A-Q, Dremo, Falz, and Ycee. In fact, ‘Give Away‘ also led to a quick back-and-forth with the DMW rapper, Dremo.

4. Blaqbonez – Best Rapper In Africa

After declaring himself the Best Rapper In Africa in a scorching freestyle, many came out to counter his claim as to many he just wasn’t worthy to crown himself with such title. Several rappers released diss tracks to that effect, including Tentik and Payper Corleone. In his combined reply, ‘Best Rapper in Africa‘, Blaq reaffirms his claim as he tears apart his adversaries. He also came through with his ‘Control‘-moment, teasing and calling out his peers for a face-off.

3. Vector – Judas The Rat

When M.I Abaga dropped ‘The Viper‘, everyone thought it was over. The question on everyone’s lips was “how is Vector going to come back from this?” But Vector did the impossible and pulled a comeback reminiscent of 2005’s magic of Istanbul. With ‘Judas The Rat‘, Vector digs up more personal dirt on M.I, particularly pointing at his strained relationship with his brother, Jesse Jagz. He also highlighted some of M.I’s antics, painting him as a rat who favours only himself. The ripple effect from this diss was so strong that it provoked M.I’s fall from grace, reopening sores inspiring many to share some of their bummers with the former Chocolate City boss.

2.  M.I Abaga – The Viper

After quick successive jabs from Vector with ‘The Purge‘ and ‘Tetracycline‘, M.I just had to respond. And when he finally did, the self-acclaimed rap messiah did not disappoint as he delivered perhaps the best song off the entire pack. Over a gloomy and ominous self-produced beat, an assertive and gruff-voiced M.I comes through with witty rebuttals for Vector’s previous jabs. He further paints the Lafiaji rapper as a snake who has been envious of his success from the jump.

M.I turned things up a notch just a few days later at the 2019 Big Brother Naija finale.  Sporting a black shirt with a bold “No Snakes” imprint, M.I performed his brief set metaphorically stomping over a viper image projected on the stage.

1. A-Q – Distractions 2

A-Q has been having quite a good year. After years of churning out critically acclaimed personal projects including “Rose” and ”Blessed Forever”, A-Q came to many’s radars this year off the strength of his stellar verses on the Martell Cyphers. Also this year, he finally picked up the coveted Lyricist on the roll award at the 13th Headies which eluded him for years despite picking up nominations. 

Of all the diss tracks released this year, A-Q’s heinous Vector-aimed ‘Distractions 2‘ takes the cake. The belligerent rapper who had built a name for himself as a war-ready gladiator fit himself right into the Vector-M.I beef and came through with the most brutish diss track in the pack. On ‘Distractions 2’ the 100 Crowns boss brought a grenade to a knife fight, coming for Vector for with a swift jab-cross-left uppercut-cross combo that gave him the knockout in less than five minutes.  It’s a joy to know that his recent status as a label president hasn’t robbed him of his viciousness on the mic.

Looku Looku – Tems

Last year, Tems popped on the radar; a very hard-to-ignore presence with her single Mr RebelHer distinct vocals put her on our watchlist. The singer finished last year with a flourish featuring on The Collectiv3’s second compilation Live. Create. Repeat. and amazing live performances including the Aux Live Concert.

Tems’ new single Looku Looku produced by Oddio is another very emotive track. Looku Looku  is a dedication to the discontent man: ‘what are you always looking for outside when I’m right here?’ after which she voices her need for his attention and validation.

We’re definitely looking forward to more from this amazingly talented woman.

 

Another Year In ‘These Buhari Times’

We enjoyed Palmwine Music Vol 2 and The Collectiv3’s Live. Create. Repeat. but it’s time to reflect and figure out 2019.

Show Dem Camp is out with their first project of the year These Buhari Times. By now, SDC fans are familiar with their table-shaking Clone Wars projects and as the fourth instalment, These Buhari Times is no different.

The LP explores issues from internet fraud, lazy Nigerian youth-ing, fair weather friendships to toxic masculinity. The Spax-produced project, mixed and mastered by AudioGrease Monkey features Ladipoe, Vector, Tems, Cina Soul, Sir Dauda, M.I, Phlow, Dap The Contract and Rotex.

Start the year right, listen to These Buhari Times here.

PGM Radio Show with Funbi, Edez & Hauwa

In this episode, we were introduced to Edez and his music to the Push Good Music Community and we also got to listen to the awesome new (Ep) Serenade from Funbi

PGM Radio Show With Johnny Drille & SDC (Palm Wine.2 Play-listening)

In this episode, Johnny Drille Stops by to discuss the success of his debut headlined concert and SDC (Show Dem Camp) came through to play us the sequel to their Palm Wine Music 2 project.

Live. Create. Repeat. – That New Collectiv3

The Collectiv3 has come back from their three-year hiatus with a sophomore album – Live. Create. Repeat. The group (comprising Hip-Hop duo Show Dem Camp, rapper POE, producers IKON, Kid Konnect and Nsikak (also an amazing guitarist) and singers Temi Dollface and Funbi) first hit the wave with the compilation project self-titled The Collectiv3 LP back in 2015.

This sophomore album features all original members of The Collectiv3 with the addition of sound from new members Tomi Thomas, Mokeyanju, Tems, Blinky Bill and Preye Itams. The album is partly produced by IKON and it was released on the 12th as part of the rollout of projects from SDC and their affiliates. The album which premiered on the PGM Live radio show last week is another amazing gift from the Nigerian Music gods for 2018 and The PGM Club is sure that you should partake of this blessing.

Listen to Live. Create. Repeat. here.

SDC is Popping Again! (Video)

Show Dem Camp (SDC) has finally released the visual to their hit song “Popping Again” off their successful 2017 Palm Wine Music Vol 1 EP

Popping Again features frequent SDC collaborators; Boj and Odunsi The Engine who both bless the track with memorable performances.

(Review): The PGM Live with SDC

The sixth edition of the PGM Live came with a ‘bang bang’ that was better than ever.  Showcasing (SDC) Show Dem Camp as our headliners, the show was lit from the get-go, but before we dive in, here’s a bit of reintroduction of the PGM Club.

The Push Good Music Club (PGM Club) comes with love to help unearth, nurture and promote emerging and established talents across the world.

The PGM is an idea that exists to Push Good Music; To be liberated within oneself to do amazing things, and create great content.

Now we are here at the sixth edition of The PGM Live staring Show Dem Camp (SDC) with support from Boj, Funbi, Ajebutter, Tomi Thomas, Idris King and other great acts. The show was the first premiere live performance of SDC’s new project Palm wine Music Vol.1, an EP with a mix of highlife and afrobeat.

The show brought together a great audience that mingled with the artists before they took the stage and yes, the energy in the room was epic!

It was indeed a night to remember.

Below is a one-minute video that gives you a slight hint of what took place on the night.

Stay tuned for the next PGM Live!

SDC Set To Release New Ep – Palm Wine Music Vol.1

Palm Wine Music!  What a name for an EP.  Yet, I am not surprised because the authors equally have an unusual band name in Show Dem Camp.

The new project, Palm Wine Music Vol.1 (prod. by Sparxx) is a far cry from the group’s previous projects, i.e the clone war series, but it does, however, revisit a familiar, Feel Alright sound that has sort of inspired the overall sound of this project.

Palm Wine Music Vol.1 is a fusion of Highlife music and Afro-Jazzy Soul. It is SDC’s interpretation of good vibes and so when listening to the project that features the likes of Funbi, Poe, Tomi Thomas and Odunsi, you can rest assured that there was nothing but good vibes while making it.

Palm Wine Music Vol.1 is set to drop on June 19th, 2017, with a live music performance of the project scheduled to hold at the next edition of the PGM Live on the 25th of June at The Eve Restaurant in Victoria Island.

 

Watch SDC with Douglas Jekan during the Exclusive Ep listening on Beat 99.9

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