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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.

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.

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!

Crayon Releases Debut EP “Cray Cray”

Mavin Records‘ newbie, Crayon has released his debut and introductory EP titled “Cray Cray.” The youngster is currently signed to Blowtime Entertainment, an imprint under Mavin Records owned and headed by producer, Baby Fresh. Officially unveiled on Friday, May 31st, Crayon gave his first official appearance with an impressive verse on the Mavin all-stars joint, ‘All Is In Order‘ on the same day.

Last month, Crayon also assisted labelmate, Ladipoe on his latest record, ‘Based On Kpa‘ a radio-friendly number which is gaining traction on the airwaves.

And now, the young act is here with his first official solo release which the label describes as “a colourful slice of Afropop“. The 6 track-long EP is majorly a solo effort but for the second track, ‘Unusual‘ which features label boss, Baby Fresh.

Also, the production on the EP is mainly handled by Baby Fresh and Ozedikus, who is responsible for Rema‘s club smash, ‘Dumebi‘.

Crayon has also released an accompanying video for ‘So Fine‘, the EP opener and one of the highlights off the project.

Enjoy the  “Cray Cray” above.

Kida Kudz Pulls Off M.J’s Signature Move In ‘Moonwalk’

Still riding on the wave of his stellar feature performance on Santi’s debut album, “Mandy And The Jungle“, UK-based Nigerian act, Kida Kudz has treated us to a new release titled ‘Moonwalk‘. And this song is a bop!

Over the dazzling production with hard-hitting drums, the Jiggy Boy is having the time of his life that makes his so elated that he sings about breaking into Micheal Jackson signature move, the moonwalk.

Kick off your weekend with this jam that’s set to hit the clubs hard in no time. Also, check out the Vissionaire Pictures filmed visuals below.

Lady Donli Chases Away Hardship In New Single ‘Suffer Suffer’

After the 10-day countdown led by Lady Donli herself, the second single off her highly anticipated album, “Enjoy Your Life” is finally here! This new single titled ‘Suffer Suffer‘ is one she refers to as her most “special record to date” and it comes just a couple of weeks after her last nostalgic release, ‘Comforter‘. Although the single isn’t a part of the album rollout. Therefore, ‘Suffer Suffer‘ picks up where ‘Cash‘ left off in the release cycle of the coming project.

In ‘Suffer Suffer‘, Donli outrightly rejects hardship, poverty and suffering, and as the title of her album implies, she wants to enjoy her life to the fullest just like almost everyone else. Through the record, Donli invites the listener to her life journey and goals, particularly narrating her hustle story of how she left the warmth and comfort of her home in Abuja to come to make a good life for her self while doing what she loves best in Lagos.

The tune follows the thematic Afrocentric sound of the imminent project, and it is heavily inspired by Fela Anikulapo Kuti‘s afrobeat particularly in the delivery of the chorus and the ensuing chants right after.

In a recent interview with Indie Mag, Donli reveals that the album is about “spreading the message of happiness and love in the way that it should be, could be-and about treating people better,” and both ‘Cash’ and ‘Suffer Suffer‘ are definitely testaments to that end.

Enjoy the record and join Lady Donli in chasing suffering away.

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