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Listen To Bella Alubo’s New EP “Summer’s Over”

As promised, Bella Alubo has released her new EP, “Summer’s Over” today, November 1. This is a follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP released to good reviews in 2018 with ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ as highlights.

This new EP contains eight tracks and two bonuses, both remixes to the TUC-produced ‘Agbani‘: a dance-centred record released in celebration of her birthday in August. This highly collaborative project features appearances from Mr Eazi, Zlatan, Ajebutter 22, Fresh L, T’neeya, Ezi Emela, Poe, Tengo John and Ko-jo cue.

Across the 10 tracks, “Summer’s Over” enjoys brilliant production from Que Beat, Syn X, Blaise Beatz, Guilty Beatz, Tuan Malik, and TUC.

Enjoy the album here and tell us what you think.

Zlatan and Rexxie Have A Lot To Thank ‘Able God’ For

In September 2018, Chinko Ekun finally scored his long-sought hit. The Dek-Niyor rapper fielded a team of Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile over a scintillating Rexxie production and released ‘Able God’ to the warm embrace of the streets. Over hard-hitting percussions, the three rappers call on to God for blessings while providing slang-laced commentaries on street hustles. Its accompanying video shot largely in a church featured a new dance that entailed repeated rhythmic hopping, punctuated occasionally with a faux jump kick. It instantly became a street anthem and before long, the record found its way to the clubs, dominated the airwaves, and remained on the lips of music lovers. A hit was born. 

Able God’ which recently picked up the Street Hop award at the 2019 Headies was an enormous success that ushered in the Zanku dance to the mainstream as the successor of the globetrotting shaku-shaku. For Chinko Ekun, it was the much-needed hit single that eluded him since his YBNL days. But over a year since it’s release, the biggest winner of the monster hit record was Zlatan and Rexxie the producer for whom the club banger served as a launchpad to stardom. 

Yes, Chinko Ekun had a hit to his name, pushed him in conversations that he never existed before, and had a good run of stage performances in the last quarter of 2018. It even got him his first Headies award. But he has since struggled to replicate the success of ‘Able God’ or even something close. His last two singles, ‘Calling‘ and ‘Mafo‘ have been met with middling success – and that’s being generous. 

But for Zlatan, ‘Able God’ was the beginning of something way more massive.

Prior to its release, Zlatan was a balmy indigenous rapper seeking to thrust himself into mainstream consciousness. Yes, he had a couple of hot tunes on the streets but nothing strong enough to propel him to stardom. But with the release of the smash, Zlatan who many never knew existed just a year ago has grown into a household name. His standout verse on the record was the first of his run of killer features that is still on. That was where many of us first heard his tongue-twisting mantra, ‘kapaichumarimarichopaco’ that left us probing for its meaning and origin till the year’s end. Along with his heralded Zanku dance being the dominant step in the country for almost a year now, Zlatan has simply moved from obscurity to stardom in the space of just a year.

 It is almost irrefutable that Zlatan is the hottest rapper right now. Perhaps rivalled only by his friend and frequent collaborator, Naira Marley. Both are gradually unseating Olamide as the go-to guy for street anthems, haunting verses, candied ad-libs and pop slangs. As it stands, they could even give Burna Boy a run for his money as the hottest Nigeria act in 2019.

And just like the YBNL general, the green-haired rapper has comfortably positioned himself as a staple for both the gritty corners of Agege and the wavy waters of Lekki. He has been on a spree of killer-features, bringing the Midas touch to almost every single he blesses particularly with his infectious ad-libs.  Even our biggest superstars, wanting to get a slice of the Zanku pie have continued to tap him for assists. Zlatan has teamed up with Davido, Tekno and even Burna, in their award-winning duet,‘Killin Dem’, which is still one of Naija’s biggest songs at the moment.

Another winner is Rexxie who has now moved from a producer seeking validation to a certified hitmaker. Ever since ‘Able God‘, Rexxie must have crossed some things off his bucket list, having worked with some of Nigeria’s biggest acts like Davido and Tiwa this past year. He has also been on a streak of bangers especially on his team-ups with Naira Marley. Even his bio on Twitter says it all: “Hits Only”. Now when you hear his ‘Yo Rexxie pon dis one‘ as any song kicks in, you know that you’re in for a treat. 

The young producer has been beatsmith behind smash hits like Naira Marley’s ‘Soapy‘, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy‘ as well as the most recent DMW‘s ‘On God‘ with Dremo, Mayourkun and label boss, Davido. 

Able God’ is more than just another hit. It was the ignition that propelled acts into the mainstream consciousness after years of underground dominance. This doesn’t imply that it is single-handedly responsible for their present successes. No, but it gave them the visibility that Zlatan and Rexxie particularly have leveraged upon to take their careers to the next level. While Chinko Ekun is slowly fading back into obscurity and Lil Kesh is almost nowhere to be found.

Bella Brings On Mr Eazi, Poe, Zlatan, et al On “Summer’s Over” EP

Singer and rapper, Bella Alubo has unveiled the album art and tracklist for her “Summer’s Over” EP which has been re-scheduled for release on Friday, November 1 but is now available for pre-order. This would be a follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP with standouts ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ which was released to good reviews last December.

According to the tracklist shared on Twitter, the EP is set to contain 10 tracks (two bonus inclusive) with appearances from Mr Eazi, Ajebutter 22, Zlatan, T’neeya, Ezi Emela, Poe, Tengo John, and Ko-jo cue. In fact, Bella appears solo twice throughout the highly collaborative tape on the second track ‘Fire‘ and on eighth track, ‘Follow Me‘.

For the production of the tape, Bella recruits a highly competent team of Que Beat, Syn X, Blaise Beatz, Guilty Beatz, Tuan Malik, and TUC .

Check out the tracklist below.

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Erigga Brings Along Zlatan, Magnito, M.I, Ice Prince, Victor AD And More On His “The Erigma II” Album

The self-ascribed paperboy, Erigga has released his new full-length tape titled “The Erigma II.” This is the long-awaited sequel to his stellar album, “The Erigma I,” which was released to good reviews in 2012. On this new project, the Warri-based rapper brings along a super team of household names like M.I, Ice Prince, Zlatan, and Victor AD.

This album which Erigga describes on Instagram as “historic” contains 18 tracks, with its total runtime spanning just over an hour. Other acts featured on the highly collaborative tape include Sami, Sipi, Funkcleff, Oga Network, Dr. Barz, Prinx Emmanuel, Graham D and Yung Zee Onos.

With “The Erigma II“, Erigga – whom many have dubbed as the King of the South – seeks to solidify his legacy and secure his rightful place in the Nigerian Hip-hop pantheon. Give this Warri-inspired album a spin and let us know what you think.

Burna Boy, Teni and Adekunle Gold Top 2019 Headies Nominations List

Considered by many to be the biggest and most prestigious Nigerian music award show, The Headies has released the highly anticipated nominations list for its 13th edition set to hold on October 19. As expected, Burna Boy who has been enjoying an amazing run since 2018 tops the nominations list with eight personal nominations including Artiste of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Making him the artiste with the highest nominations ever in just an edition since the inception of the award show 13 years ago. The African Giant is closely followed by Teni who secured six nominations and Adekunle Gold, competing in five categories.

For the coveted Next Rated award, newcomers Rema, Victor AD, Lyta, Zlatan, Joeboy and Victor AD battle it out in the category which traditionally comes with a car. It is important to note however that the year in view stretches from January 2018 to June 2019.

Check out the full nominations list below.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

1. About 30 – Adekunle Gold

2. Outside – Burna Boy

3. Moral Instruction – Falz

4. No Bad Songz – Kizz Daniel

SONG OF THE YEAR

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

2. ‘Dumebi’ – Rema

3. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

4. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

5. ‘Case’ – Teni

6. ‘Leg work’ – Zlatan

7. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

8. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

1. Burna Boy

2. Wizkid

3. Davido

4. Tiwa Savage

5. Falz

BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR

1. Adekunle Gold – Ire

2. Patoranking – Heal D World

3. Brymo – Olanrewaju

4. Teni – Uyo Meyo

5. Burna Boy – Ye

HEADIES’ VIEWER’S CHOICE

1. Mr Eazi

2. Burna Boy

3. Teni

4. Fireboy DML

5. Rema

6. Joe Boy

7. Wizkid

8. Davido

BEST RAP SINGLE

1. ‘Talk’ – Falz

2. ‘We Don’t Do That Over Here’ – Hotyce

3. ‘40ft Container’ – Illbliss ft. Olamide

4. ‘Sacrifice’ – Payper Corleone Ft. Alpha Ojini

5. ‘Gang Gang’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

BEST RAP ALBUM

1. ‘Moral Instruction’ – Falz

2. ‘Crown’ – AQ and Loose Kaynon

3. ‘A Study On Self Worth: Yxng Dxnzl’ – M.I Abaga

4. ‘Clone Wars, Vol. IV (These Buhari Times)’ – Show Dem Camp

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

1. YCEE – ‘Balance’

2. Boogey – ‘Implode’

3. Paybac – ‘Implode’

4. Ghost – ‘Crown’

5. Tec – ‘Crown’

6. AQ – ‘Crown’

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

1. Phantom – ‘Ye’ b Burna Boy

2. Ozedikus – ‘Dumebi’ by Rema

3. Spellz – ‘Askamaya’ by Teni

4. Killertunes – ‘Fake Love’ by Starboy ft Duncan Mighty and Wizkid

5. Kel-P Vibes – ‘Killing Dem’ by Burna Boy ft Zlatan

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

1. ‘Dangote’ (Burna Boy) – Clarence Peters

2. ‘Available’ (Patoranking) – Clarence Peters

3. ‘Ire’ (Adekunle Gold) – Aje Films

4. ‘Talk’ (Falz) – Prodigeezy

5. ‘Jaiye’ (Ladipoe) – 88 Factor

BEST COLLABO

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

2. ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)

1. Tay Iwar – ‘Utero’

2. Johnny Drille – ‘Finding Efe’

3. Nonso Bassey – ‘411’

4. Funbi – ‘Serenade’

5. Wurld – ‘Wishes & Butterfly’

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

1. GoodGirl LA – ‘Bless me’

2. Waje – ‘Udue’

3. Teni – ‘Uyo Meyo’

4. Tems – ‘Mr Rebel’

5. Falana – ‘Repeat’

BEST ALTERNATIVE SONG

1. ‘Cash’ – Lady Donli

2. ‘Mr Rebel’ – Tems

3. ‘Finding Efe’ – Johnny Drille

4. ‘Heya’ – Brymo

5. ‘Ire’ – Adekunle Gold

BEST PERFORMER.

1. Falz

2. Tiwa Savage

3. Brymo

4. Yemi Alade

5. Adekunle Gold

BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE

1. Erigga – ‘Motivation’

2. Chinko Ekun – ‘Able God’

3. Zlatan – ‘Leg Work’

4. Barry Jhay – ‘Aiye’

5. Lyta – ‘Time’

HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION

1. Odunsi

2. Mayorkun

3. Wurld

4. Humblesmith

NEXT RATED

1. Rema

2. Joeboy

3. Fireboy DML

4. Victor AD

5. Lyta

6. Zlatan

BEST COLLABO

1. ‘Like’ – Reekado Banks Ft. Tiwa Savage, Fiokee

2. ‘One Ticket’ – Kiss Daniel ft. Davido

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Killin’ Dem’ – Burna Boy Ft. Zlatan

5. ‘Amaka’ – 2baba Ft. Peruzzi

BEST R&B SINGLE

1. ‘Tipsy’ – Odunsi ft. RAYE

2. ‘Serenade’ – Funbi

3. ‘Uyo Meyo’ – Teni

4. ‘Wishes and Butterflies’ – Wurld

5. ‘Gimme Love’ – Seyi Shay ft. Runtown

BEST POP SINGLE

1. ‘Ye’ – Burna Boy

2. ‘Wetin We Gain’ – Victor AD

3. ‘Fake Love’ – Starboy ft Duncan Mighty, Wizkid

4. ‘Case’ – Teni

5. ‘Jealous’ – Fireboy DML

6. ‘Baby’ – Joeboy

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

1. Crayon

2. Buju

3. Barry Jhay

4. Oxlade

AFRICAN ARTISTE RECOGNITION

1. Master KG – Skeleton Moves (SOUTH AFRICA)

2. Afro B – Drogba (Joanna) (IVORY COAST)

3. Sauti Sol – Melanin (KENYA)

4. King Promise – CCTV (GHANA)

5. DJ Maphoriza – iWalk Ye Phara (SOUTH AFRICA)

Bella Alubo Announces New Project Coming In Just Three Weeks

In the wake of the release of her Zlatan-assisted ‘Agbani‘ remix, singer and rapper, Bella Alubo has announced the release of her next EP scheduled for release on Friday, October 18. The project titled “Summer’s Over” would be the follow-up to her “re-Bella” EP which was released to good reviews in December last year.

The 7-track project housed standouts like ‘Aiya‘ and ‘Ask Bolaji‘ and featured appearances from acts all over Africa including BOJ, Efya, Victoria Kimani and Sho Madjozi.

Bella revealed this on Twitter as she posted “EP out in 3 weeks ❤️” alongside a stunning picture of herself.

This coming project is expected to contain her 2019 releases including ‘Agbani’, the Lady Donli-team-up on ‘Unavailable‘ and her duet with Fasina, ‘Your Way (Long Time)‘.

Bella Alubo Recruits Zlatan For Her Latest Release, ‘Agbani’

Coming just a couple of days after our sneak peek into the gritty life-in-Tinny-entertainment, Bella isn’t letting the noise of the controversy drown her as she releases the official remix of her new single ‘Agbani’ as scheduled. And on this new record, she joins forces with the serial feature-killer Zlatan who has been having one hell of a good year.

This is also the first single off Bella’s soon-to-be-released fifth EP, a follow up to her “re-Bella” EP, released to good reviews late last year.

Produced by TUC, ‘Agbani‘ finds a jolly Bella in the right mood for the weekend as she delievers her cherry verse and catchy hook. The featured rapper then comes through with this over the zanku-anthem with his usual happy-go-lucky air, delivering an impressive verse musing over his love interest and littering the record with his captivating ad-libs, that add a beaming flavour to the jam.

Listen and tell us what you think about this new record.

Burna Boy Releases New Star-Studded Album “African Giant” : Listen

Burna Boy has finally released his highly anticipated third studio album “African Giant” earlier today. His seventh project in total, this project comes just a year after his commercially successful and critically acclaimed mixtape “Outside” which housed singles like ‘Ye‘, ‘Streets Of Africa’ and ‘Heavens Gate‘ with Lily Allen.

On this 19-track album, Burna Boy brings along an A-team of international superstars including Jorja Smith, YG, Future, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo and more. Raving rapper, Zlatan Ibile is surprisingly the only Nigerian featured on the tape, with Burna himself appearing solo on 13 tracks.

The album “African Giant” is titled after his self-ascribed nickname, popularized following his infamous Coachella font-size rant on Instagram earlier this year. The album contains all his afrobeat-laced post-“Outside” releases including ‘Gbona’,On The Low‘, ‘Killin Dem‘, ‘Dangote‘ and the raving ‘Anybody‘. Unified by their apparent Afrobeat influences, we knew these records were building up to something bigger and gladly, our suspicions have been confirmed.

Earlier this week, the singer released ‘Pull Up‘, the latest single off the album and also guested on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he delivered an impressive live rendition of ‘Anybody‘ to a cheering audience.

Enjoy the album above.

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