Tay Iwar

Preyé Finally Unveils Visuals For ‘Cookies’

Just a day before unveiling the visuals to her latest single, ‘Love Fumes‘, Preyé has finally released the long-awaited video for her Benny Que-produced poignant record, ‘Cookies‘, almost a year after its initial release. This beautiful video is produced and directed by Joshua Ahazie while edited by a duo of Uche Ezeoke & Onome Egba.

Spanning less than two minutes, the video follows a couple who seem to be going through a rough patch. The video ends right where it begins: Preye in her car in front of their home, presumably leaving and moving on as she sings “Don’t look at me like I owe you something.”

Enjoy the video above and let us know what you think.

One Year After: Revisiting M.I Abaga’s “Yxng Dxnzl”

M.I was on a mission. Alongside Loose Kaynon, A-Q and Blaqbonez, the self-ascribed rap messiah decided to take on a noble quest to force a re-awakening for Nigerian hip-hop; a once-celebrated genre now relegated to the background.

Probably taking a cue from the Kanye-led 5-album Wyoming releases, these rappers came together under the acronym L.A.M.B -coined out from the first letters from their names- to stage a series of album releases in August 2018. Tagged the LAMB August releases, albums “Crown“, “Yung Denzl” and “Bad Boy Blaq” were the projects with which these rappers sought to restore and ensure the survival of the culture. 

All three projects were executive produced by M.I himself.

Exactly a year ago today, we got our hands on the long-teased and highly anticipated fourth studio album by Mr Incredible, “Yung Denzl,” the second offering in the string of the LAMB August rollout. But that was not his only release last year. 

A few months earlier, the revered rapper had released a highly collaborative surprise ‘playlist’ titled “Rendezvous,” which boasted appearances from an all-star cast including  AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Wande Coal, Ghost(SDC), and also introduced us to talents like Chillz. This dual 2018 release was perhaps in celebration of the tenth anniversary of his 2008 classic, “Talk About It,” his debut and introductory release which many claim to have ‘democratized’ Nigerian hip-hop.

A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl” would be the first of a said three-album series that would include yet-to-be-released LPs, “A Study of Love” and “A Study of Society”. However, despite the anticipation for the project, the exhilaration surrounding it faded rather quickly for a project of such quality. This could have been as a result of the fact that unlike his last two albums, “Yung Denzl” did not rely on pop or radio-friendly formulas as he explored and experimented new sonic complexities on the album. Also, regardless of the laudable acclaim it got from critics, a huge number of listeners found it a bit too sombre, with some dismissing it as “TED Talk music“.  The promotion for the album was also rather deficient – perhaps in an effort not to eclipse “Crown” and “Bad Boy Blaq” given his huge star power- such that even a year later, we still haven’t gotten any visuals off the project despite rumours of its existence. 

This, however, takes nothing from the brilliance of the project. Well-timed, M.I lent his voice to the growing awareness about mental health and self-worth in the country. Over ten songs, he explored in several layers issues like self-doubt, low self-esteem and even more extremely, depression that many youths are battling in silence. A year later, this album is relevant as ever, spurring conversations in small corners. It might not seem like much, but the album is doing its bit.

He passed his messages not only through verses and hooks but also with fiery monologues and therapy sessions alongside the music to get his message across. Soundbites from his therapy sessions were prevalent throughout the album often coming at the end of a track, serving as a prelude to another. By putting his vulnerability out there, he shows fans and listeners that it’s okay to seek help when you need it.

For the most part, M.I works with a wealth of young talents on the album, shedding the spotlight on these acts and in turn tapping into their talents, sound and raw energy. A number of them like Odunsi, Lady Donli and Tay Iwar have gone on to drop their debut albums.

The album opens with a gruff whisper questioning our sense of identity, “do you know who you are?” it asks. Sticking to a simple rhyme scheme, M.I charges the black man to begin his journey to self-awareness and discovery.

On songs like ‘Last Night I Had A Dream’, ‘Stop Never Second Guess Yourself’ and ‘I Believe In You‘, M.I is concerned about our self-confidence, repeatedly nudging us to let go of our insecurities and self-doubt and find comfort in our skin.

Love Never Fails‘ reflects on missteps taken to check mental health in this part of the world largely as a result of culture and religion-induced ignorance.

Perhaps the most pop-leaning record on the album, ‘+/-‘ finds M.I alongside Odunsi and Lady Donli -new-gen frontliners- ridding themselves of all negativity vibes, focusing solely on the positives. 

In full elder statesman mode, M.I attempts to force a change with ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up’, fuming at the sorry state of the art. And say what you will about this record, it’s inarguable that it defibrillated a pulse back into the Nigerian hip-hop scene howbeit temporal.  

The penultimate track, ‘Self Evaluation Over Yxng Dxzl’ is the standout record off this project. Over a gloomy instrumental,  M.I drowns in darkness, picking up escapist vices to numb the pain. He does a good job taking a first-person narrative on the song putting himself in the shoes of a depressed creative, despite revealing that he actually hasn’t had a personal experience.

Picking up where he left off on ‘Everything’ off “Illegal Music 3“, M.I in ‘Do Not Be a Groupie‘ emphasises the importance of loyalty while decrying the deterioration of the virtue in today’s world, an issue he still touched on in his verse on SDC‘s ‘Respect, Loyalty and Honour‘.

It’s been one year since the “Yung Denzl” dropped and it’s still as relevant as ever. The LAMB August releases might not have saved Nigerian hip-hop but with this album, the legacy-focused veteran did something much more remarkable. In his mature and most refined self, he contributed to the growing awareness about our psychological well-being, a theme that rappers have come to be more open about this past year.  It is therefore needless to say that while Yung Denzl might not be his best or most popular album, it is by far the most important.

Suté Iwar Releases Debut Album “Paradise”

Abuja-based act, Suté Iwar has finally released his long-awaited debut album “Paradise.” This is Suté’s first project since his “Leopards” EP, released to good reviews.

A few weeks ago, he came on the PGM Radio Show with Douglas Jekan and Folu Storms to introduce the album and its second single ‘Heartless’ as they also discussed his artistic journey.

This 11-track album finds Suté teaming up with acts outside his Bantu Collective as it features appearances from BarleyAnyHook, Fareeda, Isah and Dorian Starr. All the songs on the album are self-produced, save for ‘Heartless/Space‘ which was produced by Le Mav. The mixing of the project is single-handedly wielded by brother and longtime collaborator, Tay Iwar.

Tracklist For Paradise

Tracklist For Paradise (Twitter/@SuteIwar)

Announcing the album on Twitter a couple of weeks back, Suté wrote, “My debut album ‘Paradise’ is out on the 16th of August. This is for the loved and the unloved. This is for the depressed and the ‘happy’. This is for the underdogs and the champions. This is for ???? & the ??. This one is for you. Stay in the light?

Enjoy the album 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

Tay Iwar’s New Single ‘Sidelines’ Will Get You In The Groove

Tay Iwar just dropped a new self-produced single titled ‘Sidelines’. This follows the release of ‘How’ just last week, this is the second single from the singer’s forthcoming debut album “Gemini” which is set to be released on Friday, March 29. And if these two singles are anything to go by, “Gemini” is poised to give us all eargasms.

Listen to Tay Iwar’s New Single ‘How’

Supremely-gifted Abuja based creative, Tay Iwar has consistently proven himself as a niche artist who is carving out a name for himself through his unique and intriguing sound. His latest single ‘How’ is no exception. Produced by DoOzyBeatz, ‘How’ is off Tay’s highly anticipated debut album, “Gemini” due for release on March 29.

This record fuses trap and Afropop, with occasional rolling hi-hits and piercing African percussions to create a piercing and addictive number. Known for telling his love-themed numbers filled with romantic tales, ‘How’ explores Tay walking away from a toxic partner as he declares “No more loving you, I’m good, straight”, pointing out her excesses and affirming that he is at peace with her exit. Even great in fact.

Tay Iwar is known for his artistic brilliance on records and this effort doesn’t disappoint. It is set to reignite the crave and anticipation for his soon-to-be-released “Gemini”.

Enjoy this single.

Santi’s New Single Is An Ode To A Fun Time

Santi has a great year with tracks like Icy and Freaky and some amazing features like Odunsi’s Alté Cruise and Tay Iwar’s SpaceThe young master is back with Rapid Fire featuring the Warrior Princess, Ghana’s Amaarae and South African Shane Eagle.

The Genio Bambino-produced joint is very 2000s Dancehall vibes, with a gangsta twist. A cool verse from Shane Eagle, a vocal transition From Tomi Agape moves the listener from Santi to Amaarae’s beautiful soft vocals and the combination of all these ingredients makes this international pot of stew very tasty.

The song, released earlier today is another perfect weekend jam and is another guarantee of Santi’s musical versatility.

A rare. Debut – Odunsi’s First Album

Pulling off a debut project that will make history books is hard. Making music that is inter-generational is even harder, but Odunsi has done it. The singer’s debut album premiered on the PGM Live radio show last Wednesday, an amazing private listening party on Thursday and the official public release on all platforms finally came through on Friday.

rare. is Odunsi’s first debut and it’s taken this vanguard two years to come through with this project. While some fans were mad that it’s taken their fave so long to put out a compilation, one listen to this superstar quality debut and you’ll understand why. The project samples the Funk/Disco sounds of the 70s/80s and some spins on 90s Hip-Hop and this has to be the best spin on the sounds produced this year and with such a superb blend of sound, you can’t really hate Odunsi’s music. With rare. we see Odunsi take sole charge of his brand aesthetic, adding to the redefinition of what it is to be an African artist in this age.

 

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rare. is successfully inter-generational and will go down in history as one of the best things to happen to Nigerian music since Fela

 

The album boasts features from mainstream and New School heavyweights: Runtown, Davido, Nasty C, Zamir, Tay Iwar, Lady Donli, Santi, Duendita, Amaarae, Hamzaa, Solis and 234Jaydaa. All the tracks on rare. are produced by Odunsi (save for Alté Cruise which was produced by Yinoluu, Take Me There produced by Le Mav and Outcast produced by Genio Bambino) with help from GMK, DJ Yin, Nosapollo, and Davido.

We waited two years to receive this piece of heaven and it should not by any means be squandered. Listen to rare. here.

 

A Peek Into Tay Iwar’s Upcoming Project: 1997

Since the release of Passport in his early days on the music scene, Tay Iwar has become a force to reckon with. With his unique vocals and production, Tay is nothing that isn’t special.

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