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Is Ladipoe the most lyrical rapper in Africa?

As Nigerians held their breath for the release of the Beyonce-curated album, “The Gift“, Mavin Records act, Ladipoe flipped Nigerian Twitter on its head yesterday with a new sizzling freestyle video. Since the release of his debut tape last year “Talk About Poe“, the rapper has been exploring new radio-friendly sounds with ‘Jaiye‘ and ‘Based On Kpa‘, but now, the wordsmith is re-establishing himself as one of Nigerian hip-hop’s best promises.

Over a slick Ikon production, Ladipoe came through with snarky punchlines and playful boasts all delivered with overbearing confidence. He opens the freestyle with a chest-thumping affirmation, referring to himself as “Nigeria’s best chance of a rapper winning a Grammy.”

Toward the end, he confers on himself a new title, “Leader of the Revolution“, styled as #LOTR which many suspect to be the title of his next project.

Since it dropped, the reaction to this freestyle has been wild, with some fans even going as far as regarding him as the most lyrical rapper in Africa. Peep the freestyle above and tell us if you agree.

Fun Fact: The beat was originally used in Show Dem Camp and Preye‘s joint, ‘Taking Over‘, that closed off the Collectiv3‘s 2018 sophomore album, “Live. Create.Repeat.”

BarelyAnyHook And Bigfoot Release Joint EP “Barley Big Enough”

Bigfootinyourface has had a very busy year. Despite juggling his music with his day job, the multi-talented producer has been steady with his releases all year long. Earlier this year, he teamed up with KEL on her first project in 10 years, “Vita.Amare.Libidine“, and executive produced Pasha‘s sophomore EP, “Love Sex Loud.” He also took upon a ten-week long series tagged the “Downtempo Friday” series in which he teamed up with several gifted acts across a string of weekly releases.

And now, he has joined forces with one of the most talented acts rising through the ranks, BarelyAnyHook, to release a new EP titled “Barely Big Enough.” This project is a brief affair containing just four tracks all performed by BarelyAnyHook while Bigfoot handles the entire production and engineering of the project. Across the project, the pair explore several genres including High-life/hip-hop, salsa noir, blues bounce and what they describe as Fela n’ B.

Barely Big Enough Tracklist

Bigfoot x BarelyAnyHook

Last week, the PGM Radio Show hosted a listening session for the EP, where the pair took us through the creative process behind the production of the project. Interestingly, they revealed that the four songs were all produced in just one night.

They also disclosed that the tracklisting of the EP isn’t set in stone, suggesting that listeners should try to shuffle up the project as every variant listening order brings along a distinct feeling.

The PGM Club highly recommends this project. Enjoy.

Tiwa Savage Joins Wavy The Creator On Body Deep (Remix)

Eccentric Disturbing London signee and one of the front liners of the alte movement, Wavy the Creator has come a long way since her emergence in the music scene in mid-2017. She has a couple of successful singles to her belt, getting appreciated and celebrated even beyond the shores of the country. Wavy has also shared a stage with superstars like Skepta, J Hus, Wizkid and Davido.

Earlier this year, she treated us to a new release ‘Body Deep‘ alongside its futuristic video which has been gaining traction on the airwaves. And now, she is taking it a step further by offering us a remix with one of Nigeria’s biggest acts, Tiwa Savage.

As expected, the Universal Music act helps to breathe a new life into the Spanker-produced jam. The seasoned songstress steps comfortably into Wavy’s world, delivering a sultry but electric verse and also joins in on the infectious hook. It’s always amazing when Afropop acts find themselves in the space of these new-gen acts and still find themselves at home. This is, of course, a testament to Tiwa’s pure talent and artistic depth.

This remix was premiered yesterday at the PGM Radio Show, where Wavy the Creator revealed that she has a project in the works titled “The Alien’s Playlist“. The album is scheduled for release later this year.

This bop comes highly recommended from us at the PGM Club.

Patoranking Celebrates Daughter In Video For ‘Wilmer’

Just a few hours after celebrating his daughter taking her first steps on Instagram, Patoranking has released the video for ‘Wilmer’, a song dedicated to her. This record is the opener and one of the highlights off his recently-released album “Wilmer“, titled after his daughter.

On this Bera-assisted number, Patoranking professes his unflinching love for his daughter and captures the beauty of his bond with Wilmer.

The GDS Productions filmed video finds Patoranking and friends celebrating his daughter at a gorgeous house party. With lights, coloured balloons, a well-decorated scene, and an all-smiling Patoranking carrying and playing with Wilmer, the video showcases the beauty of fatherhood. No doubt, this is an absolute beauty to watch.

Enjoy the adorable video above.

Garey Takes Us On A Journey Around The City In ‘Private Trips’

Fasten your seatbelt! Burgeoning German-based act, Garey Godson is taking us on a journey around the city of Lagos in his latest single titled ‘Private Trips‘. This is a self-produced record, engineered by his friend and longtime collaborator, HKMK.

Merging colourful Afro high-life guitar riffs to bouncy 808s and mellow marimbas, Garey gives us slick blend of Afro and Western sounds on this tune. This, therefore, gives ‘Private Trips‘ an overwhelming feel-good vibe reminiscent of palm-wine music. Over the dazzling production, Garey implores his love interest to join him on his adventurous private trip around the city.

This song is premiering later tonight on the PGM Radio Show, where Garey will discuss the creative process this record, his career journey and more with Douglas and the club.

Enjoy.

Runtown Is In Full Superstar Mode In ‘International Badman Killa’

A few months back, Runtown released the “Tradition” EP, his first official project since his 2016 groundbreaking debut “Ghetto University” to good reviews. And asides ‘Emotion’ and ‘Unleash’, the lead singles of the EP, another standout cut off “Tradition” is the Spellz-produced ‘International Badman Killa‘.

The melodic mid-tempo record finds Runtown in full superstar mode, bragging about the glitz, glamour, women and other perks that come along with stardom. Throughout the song, he is living his best life while still giving his best at his craft, killing every record and show that comes his way.

We at the PGM Club highly recommend this record for your listening pleasure.

Stiques Unveils Visuals To His Controversial Ode To ‘Sani Abacha’

Eccentric Nigerian-Bohemian rapper, Stiques has finally unveiled the visuals for his latest controversial single, ‘Sani Abacha‘. This accompanying visual is directed by Mr.Silva, with Stiqler Monsterke leading its art direction.

The video opens a blindfolded Stiques sitting and bopping his head to the beat in a room littered with old newspaper clips. It then quickly switches to him delivering his verses over a red backdrop, symbolic of the bloodshed and tyranny associated with the late General’s rule in the 90s.

Sonically, the record fuses African and Western elements, melding trap music with EDM elements, laced with African percussions. Rapping with a mix of Hausa and English, Stiques gives an ode to one of Nigeria’s most memorable and notorious Head of State General Sani Abacha after whom the track is titled. The song ends with a soundbite of the late General’s maiden nationwide broadcast of November 17th, 1993, when he took over the government.

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.

Beyonce Brings Along Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy And Other African Superstars On “The Lion King: The Gift”

To the excitement of many, our Nigerian and African music superstars have been revealed to appear alongside Beyonce, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino and more on the Beyonce-curated album, “The Lion King: The Gift.” The album which is executive produced by Queen Bey herself is inspired by Disney movie, The Lion King, which set to hit the cinemas this weekend.

Scheduled for release this Friday, July 19, the project is set to feature an all-star African cast including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Tekno, Shatta Wale, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly. The album will also include ‘Spirit‘, the Beyonce single off the original soundtrack of the movie.

The Gift“, described by Beyonce as a “sonic cinema” is inspired by pop, hip-hop, pop and Afrobeats elements and is largely produced by some of the best producers across the continent.

The tracklist for "The Gift"

The tracklist for “The Gift”

In a released statement, Beyonce revealed that “I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline. Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation. It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

It’s happening guys! Afrobeats to the world!!!

Listen To Bella Alubo & Fasina’s Joint ‘Your Way (Long Time)

Burgeoning new gen acts, Fasina and Bella Alubo have joined forces to release a new single titled ‘Your Way (Long Time)‘. This is a product of the two kicking it at a studio in London where Fasina is currently based. The record also serves as Bella’s first post-re-Bella EP release which she dropped last year.

Produced by 4la Powers, ‘Your Way‘ is a mid-tempo, Afro-swing cut with a chilled vibe that gives it huge replay value. The sultry jam finds both acts motivated by mild intoxication, flirting with each other and toying with the idea of taking their relationship to the next level.

Enjoy!

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