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Ladipoe Wraps Up Revival Sunday With ‘Tailor Made’

One of Nigeria’s finest rappers, Ladipoe has released the final entry of his weekly rap releases tagged Revival Sunday. Ever since it kicked off back in 2019, the self-ascribed Leader of The Revival has released four entries off the series, featuring Dami Oniru and Victony in the last two. Although last week witnessed the only skip ever since it began, the rapper is bringing the beloved series to an end with today’s release, ‘Tailor Made’. 

The previous entry, ‘Revival Mode’ is one of the most exciting of the series, as Ladipoe brings along an unknown but gifted rapper who does his best to leave an impression with his solid verse. Ladipoe himself came through with one of the sickest verses so far in this series. He appears to be done with his 2019 policy of silence as he settles some past scores on this record, addressing much of the drama in the rap scene in the just-concluded year.

The week’s release is produced by Altims, mixed by KennyKsticks and mastered by the regular culprit, Bigfoot. Ladipoe is well known for his well tailored and polished flow and he brings that to bear on this bouncy track. Across the track, Ladipoe is just being his goofy self, rapping about everything from his fashion sense to how he handles his social media. The video for ‘Tailor Made’ is scheduled for release on Tuesday, January 21.

Enjoy the record here.

Falz & M.I Joins Dark Poet To Stand Against Police Harassment and Brutality On ‘Ripple Effect

For the past two years, one of the recurrent protest hashtags on social media has been the #EndSars as more and more stories are told of the recurrent brutality and harassment of the Nigerian police, particularly the Special Anti Robbery Squad across the country. And Hip-hop, known in its early days as a medium to air out the discontentment of the masses against authority, is here again to remind us of this menace in our society: one that rears its ugly head at every single turn. Dark Poet has returned from his self-imposed hiatus to provide an insightful social commentary with his new single, ‘Ripple Effect‘, bringing along two of Nigeria’s most successful rappers, Falz and M.I Abaga.

Across the sombre record, the three wordsmiths lend their voices to the growing call against police harassment brutality and impunity in our society. Dark Poet opens the record with impressive storytelling that humanizes this menace. Falz takes it a step further with his verse, one reminiscent of his earlier foray in this theme with ‘Johnny’ off his critically acclaimed and award-winning album, “Moral Instruction.” As they say, it’s isn’t over till the fat lady sings, as M.I comes through with the standout verse on this record, painting a vivid grim picture in the first person.

Listen to the record here.

Joeboy, Fireboy, Rema Scoop Soundcity MVP Awards

One of the things 2019 would be remembered for as far as the Nigerian music industry is concerned is that it was a year that witnessed a change of guard in the local scene. It was the year that saw Rema, Joeboy, Fireboy grow from obscurity into household names; scoring hits and pulling huge numbers. And this was reemphasised yesterday as the trio picked up nods at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards which held yesterday, Saturday 11 at the Eko Convention Centre. Other big winners of the night were Davido, Teni as well as the star of the night, Burna Boy who went home with the Song of the Year, Best Male MVP and African Artist of the Year awards.

The Empawa-backed singer Joeboy picked up the award for Best Pop while the YBNL-signed Fireboy secured the Listener’s Choice award for his monster hit, ‘Jealous‘. However, it was Rema that went home with the coveted Best New MVP Award, coming just months after he bagged the Next Rated award at the 2019 Headies.

Check out the full list of winners below.

African Artiste Of The Year

Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

Shatta Wale (GH)

ShoMadjozi (SA)

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Wizkid (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Pop

Innos B [CG]

Nandy [TZ]

JoeBoy [NG] – Winner

Otile Brown [KE]

Kizz Daniel [NG]

Teni [NG]

Mayorkun [NG]

Rayvanny [TZ]

Naira Marley [NG]

Song of the Year

Jealous – FireBoy DML (NG)

Killin Dem – Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Malwhede – King Monada (SA)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG)

Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Baby – JoeBoy (NG)

Case – Teni (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jama – DJ Mic Smith(GH)

Best Duo

Black Motion (SA)

Blaq diamond (SA)

DopeNation (GH) – Winner

Ethic (KE)

Show Dem Camp (NG)

Toofan (TG)

Best Hip Hop

BlaqBonez (NG)

Falz (NG)

KHALIGRAPH Jones (KE) – Winner

Kwesta (SA)

Medikal (GH)

Shinski (KE)

Sarkodie (GH)

Reminisce (NG)

Ricky Rick (SA)

Zakwe (SA)

Digital Artiste of the Year

Cassper Nyovest [SA]

Davido [NG] – Winner

Diamond Platnumz [TZ]

Kizz Daniel [NG]

Mr Eazi [NG]

Yemi Alade [NG]

Wizkid [NG]

Best Female MVP

Betty G (ETH)

Daphne (CMR)

Nandy (TZ)

Sho Madjozi (SA)

Teni (NG) – Winner

Tiwa Savage (NG)

Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Male MVP

Burna Boy (NG) – Winner

Davido (NG)

Diamond Platnumz (TZ)

King Promise (GH)

Sjava (SA)

Wizkid (NG)

Zlatan (NG)

Listeners’ Choice

Baby – JoeBoy (NG)

Dumebi – Rema (NG)

Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)

Jealous – Fireboy DML (NG) – Winner

Jama – DJ Mic Smith (GH)

Kainama – Harmonize (TZ)

Killin Dem – BurnaBoy (NG)

Kpo K3K3 – StoneBwoy (GH)

Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG)

Viewers’ Choice

49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG)

Able God – Chinko Ekun (NG)

Banomoya – Prince Kaybee (SA)

My Level – Shatta Wale (GH)

On The Low – Burna Boy (NG)

Soapy – Naira Marley (NG) – Winner

Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)

Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Video of the Year

49-99 – Tiwa Savage by Meji Alabi (NG) – Winner

Dangote – Burna Boy by Clarence Peters (NG)

Jericho – Simi by Adasa Cookey (NG)

Ngwa – Blick Bassy by Tebego Malope (SA)

Ohema – Kuami Eugene by Rex (GH)

Best New MVP

FireBoy DML (NG)

JoeBoy (NG)

Marioo (TZ)

Rema (NG) – Winner

Simmy (SA)

Wendy Shay (GH)

Best Collaboration

Blow My Mind – Davido [NG]

Daz How Star Do – Skibii [NG]

Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee [SA] – Winner

Jama – DJ Mic Smith [GH]

Killin Dem – Burna Boy [NG]

Inama – Diamond PlatNumz [TZ]

African DJ of the Year

DJ Creme De La Creme (KE)

DJ Kaywise (NG)

DJ Neptune (NG)

DJ Spinall (NG) – Winner

DJ Vyrusky (GH)

DJ Zinhle (SA)

Kida Kudz Is Living His Best Life On ‘1am’ With Jaykae

Following a quite busy 2019, Kida Kudz is back with the same energy and perhaps more as he kicks off the new year with a banging release, ‘1am‘ featuring UK rapper, Jaykae. This is Kida Kudz’s first offering since his team up with Sons of Sonix and Teni on ‘Money‘, a song that finds the acst crooning about their desire for cash. It also features a brilliantly cinematic video that finds Kida Kudz successfully pulling off a Teni-masterminded heist. Given the frequency of Kida Kudz’s releases over the past year, there is a growing suspicion that there might be a project on the horizon. But we’d all just have to wait to find out.

This new record, ‘1am‘ samples Ghana’s V.I.P‘s 2003 classic, ‘Ahomka Wo Mu‘, which is chopped and diced to create a smooth jiggy bop which Kida Kudz has come to call home. Despite being an unlikely collaborator, Jaykae doesn’t feel out of place on the record as he effortlessly rides on the beat with a polished and unrelenting flow. Across the record, the pair just croon about living their best life in the wee hours of the morning. The accompanying video which premiered on GRM Daily tells it all, finding both acts chilling and later going on to rob a couple of chics of their jewellery.

Check out the video below.

Ladipoe Brings Victony Along In His Revival Sunday’s Fourth Entry, ‘Revival Mode’

Mavin Records rapper, Ladipoe has released the fourth entry off his on-going Revival Sunday weekly releases titled, ‘Revival Mode‘. Last week’s entry saw him bring the first guest on the series, Dami Oniru, and now, Ladipoe is putting on an up-and-comer who impressed him with his Triple Homicide challenge entry, Victony. And unlike the previous entries, this records gets no credited contributions from London as it is produced by Doozy Beatz, mixed by Kennyksticks and mastered by the OG, Bigfoot.

On ‘Revival Mode‘, Ladipoe comes through with one of the sickest verses so far in this series. Ladipoe seems to be done with his 2019 policy of silence as he settles some scores on this record, addressing much of the drama in the rap scene in the just-concluded year. He also had a word for Davolee who came at him last year on his ‘Give Away’ diss track.

The newcomer, Victony tries to leave an impression with his guest spot over the bouncy beat that opens with Travis Scott‘s ‘Sicko Mode‘ gloomy interlude chords. Hopefully, he can take advantage of this spotlight to release more records this year that might place him on the ever-changing lists of young acts to look out for.

Enjoy the record here.

Payper Corleone Kicks Off The Year In ‘Full Effect’ With Hotyce & Sinzu

One of the best wordsmiths in the game right now, Payper Corleone isn’t wasting any time in 2020, coming through with his first drop of the year titled ‘Full Effect‘. This tune which features Hotyce and Sinzu –formerly known as Saucekid– is released in celebration of his birthday today, January 4.

Full Effect‘ is a banging bar fest that finds these top-tier lyricists in their element, fully displaying their lyrical dexterity enwrapped in vicious flows. The record overflows with remarkable bars as they all bring their A-game that tears the Jahlil Beats-production to shreds.

Listen to the record here.

Dami Oniru Assists Ladipoe’s ‘Slippin’ Away’

Ladipoe has released the third entry off his ongoing Revival Sunday series -apparently the last for the year – and unlike the first two instalments, this one comes with the first feature in the pack. For this week’s record titled ‘Slippin’ Away‘, the Mavins Records flagship rapper seeks the assistance of one of the most gifted vocalists on the rise, Dami Oniru. This Trap&B record is produced by London, the only other constant in the Revival Sunday series so far asides Ladipoe, and is engineered by Dami Oniru’s friend and frequent collaborator, Remy Baggins.

A record specially tailored for the night time, ‘Slippin’ Away‘ opens with a pensive feminine monologue. Over sombre keys later joined by 808s, Ladipoe raps in his signature polished flow, lamenting about the depleting energy of his partner in their relationship. On her part, Dami Oniru, as usual, comes through with superb vocals adding that golden touch to one of the highlights off this weekly rap series.

Listen to the single here.

Listen to TGM & Vader The Wildcard’s “Lagos In DCMBR”

Just after five months, TGM and Vader The Wildcard have released the sequel to their well-received 4-track EP, “Lagos In July.” This new project is aptly titled “Lagos in DCMBR” after the month of its release, one spiced up with rife celebrations across the city of excellence. And unlike its predecessor, it features appearances from other gifted acts, such that all but one track features at least one guest.

Lagos in DCMBR” contains just five tracks and brings along a cast of other young talents on the rise, bubbling under the surface of mainstream consciousness like Riverays, Mo’believe, 3rty, Alnight and Pritchard Frost.

Listen to the tape here.

Ladipoe Is All About The Vibes In New Single, ‘Come Alive’

Mavin Records rapper, Ladipoe has released the second entry of his Revival Sunday series, titled ‘Come Alive‘. This comes exactly a week after he kicked off the series with the playful brags on ‘Providence‘. With the Revival Sunday series, Ladipoe — who described himself as Nigeria’s best chance of winning a Grammy in an earlier freestyle — seeks to achieve a rejuvenation of true rap artistry with no punchlines but just lifelines.

This new entry is produced by Duggie and London, mixed by London and Kennykstics and mastered by Bigfootinyourface. It also features additional vocals from Nessa, Blair and Bolaji.

Coming through with soothing melodic raps, Ladipoe is all about catching vibes on the new record just having fun with the simple but head-bopping beat. The accompanying video is also scheduled for release later today.

Listen to ‘Come Alivehere.

Payper Corleone Employs Remarkable Bars Across New Single, ‘So Bossy’

Payper Corleone is wrapping up an impressive 2019 with a new record titled ‘So Bossy‘. Earlier this year, Payper released his highly collaborative tape, “Fly Gangsta From The 90s” which featured appearances from Alpha Ojini, Eniggy, Erigga, Paybac, Boogey, Phlowetry and Abstrakkt to good reviews. A few months later, he also secured his first Headies nomination with the Alpha-assisted ‘Sacrifices‘, one of the standouts off the tape. And now, he is crowning it all with this self-engineered new record which is produced by Scrilla.

As the title implies, ‘So Bossy‘ finds Payper Corleone in his full bragging Jay-Z bag. Across the record, Payper shows off his lyrical strength, delivering raw, insightful and playful brags over the bouncy beat, even comparing himself to the greats at a point. The sing-along hook interpolates the opening line of Pusha T‘s 2013 record, ‘Numbers On The Board‘ off his “My Name Is My Name” full length.

Listen to the record here.

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