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Show Dem Camp Announces The Release Of Their Next Project

Palmwine season is once again upon us! Iconic Nigerian hip-hop duo, Show Dem Camp have announced the release of the next entry in the Palmwine Music series, titled “The Palmwine Express.” Scheduled for release next week Friday, December 13, this comes about 12 months after their year opening tape “These Buhari Times,” one many swear is the best Nigerian rap project of 2019.

Show Dem Camp kicked off the Palmwine Music series in 2017 with a 6-track EP that featured appearances from Odunsi (The Engine)BOJ, Funbi, Ladipoe and Ajebutter 22. Following the success of that tape, they kicked off their annual Palmwine Music Festival that same year. In 2018, the duo released the second instalment of the series, a 10-track project this time, with an expansive guest list that includes Nonso AmadiMoelogoTomi AgapeWorlasiFlashBurna Boy, and Falana. Frequent collaborators, BOJAjebutter 22 and Ladipoe also reappeared on “Palmwine Music 2.” And now, to the delight of many, the third instalment of one of the most successful Nigerian rap series is almost here.

Yesterday, Ghost and Tec took to their social media pages to announce the project as well as unveil its cover art and release date.”Our new project…The Palmwine Express 🌴 arrives December 13th. Who’s onboard 🚊” they posted alongside the cover art on Instagram.

 

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Our new project…The Palmwine Express 🌴 arrives December 13th. Who’s onboard 🚊

A post shared by King Davies (@showdemcamp) on Dec 3, 2019 at 10:02am PST

Watch this space for any more information on the coming project.

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.

Show Dem Camp Is Taking Palmwine Fest To The U.K

Iconic hip-hop duo, Show Dem Camp is set to kick off its international tour with Palmwine Festival London, scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 5th. And SDC is bringing along BOJ, Funbi, Ladipoe, Tems, Tomi Agape, Tomi Thomas as well as other acts yet to be confirmed.

This event is organised by The Beat London in conjunction with Fatherland Media, The Social Bloc and of course, Show Dem Records.

Palmwine Festival London comes two years after the maiden edition of the festival that held at the Muri Okunlola Park, Lagos in 2017 with a similar line-up, following the release of the first volume of the much-celebrated Palmwine Music EP.

Show Dem Camp in London

Palmwine Festival London (Instagram/showdemcamp)

Ghost and Tec kicked off the year by releasing the fourth instalment of their Clone Wars series to good reviews. And just a few weeks back, they were unveiled as brand ambassadors of Tiger beer.

SDC’s ‘Tropicana’ Featuring Flash Is Finally Here And It’s Well Worth The Wait!

The legendary hip-hop duo, Show Dem Camp, has finally unveiled the first visual off their well-received “Palmwine Music 2” album which dropped to good reviews last year. And to the delight of many, the one released is the long-awaited video for ‘Tropicana‘ featuring Flash, one of the highlights of the project.

Directed by King Davies, one-half of the pair, also known to many as Tec, the video finds himself, Ghost, Flash and several beautiful damsels, chilling and having a good time by the beach side. It also features a cameo appearance from a friend of the family, the raving soul singer, Tems.

You would also be excited to know that The PGM Club is bringing the PalmWine Music Fest to the capital city, Abuja. Expect more details about that in the coming weeks. But till then, enjoy this lovely video.

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.

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