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DJ Yin Ushers In African Dance Music With ‘Let Go’

The DJ who also doubles as a singer, DJ Yin has released a new single titled ‘Let Go‘. This is her first post-“Life of Fatima” record, her 5-track EP released to good reviews in March. This new record was exclusively premiered on the PGM Radio Show yesterday with Douglas Jekan and Tolani.

This song features DJ Sketch and Echo who also produced the record. With this single, she introduces what she calls African Dance Music (ADM), which appears to be a smooth blend of EDM and Afrobeat elements.

Let Go‘ finds DJ Yin showing off her soothing vocals as she croons about her romance with her sweetheart. They appear to be going through a rough patch which threatens the survival of their relationship, but Yin isn’t ready to let go. Not just yet.

Listen to the infectious record above.

MCskill ThaPreacha Teams Up With Stormatique On “Nucleus Vol.2”

Exactly a month after the release of “Nucleus” with Teck-Zilla, MCskill ThaPreacha is back with the second instalment in the 4-track series. On this, MCskill teams up with his friend and longtime collaborator, Stormatique, a seasoned hip-hop producer who also released his “Grains of Salt” album a couple of months back.

In usual fashion, this tape contains only four tracks with no guests. The entire project is also solely produced by Stormatique who doesn’t disappoint in delivering solid beats for the OG rapper to shine on.

Nucleus Vol. 2” opens with MCskill showing off the strength and depth of his pen on ‘Awakening‘. This is a cypher-like barfest in which the breathless and insatiable rapper spazzes over the slick boom-bap beat. This is swiftly followed by ‘Without Aid‘, a track which touches on the endemic substance abuse among youths today.

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Nucleus 2 tracklist

New Beginnings‘ finds the rapper cheekily reflecting on his stint in the friend zone while he wraps the EP with an insightful social commentary on ‘Criminals‘. In this thoughtful closer, MCskill is in full elder statesman mode as he reflects on cybercrime commonly known in these parts as “yahoo-yahoo.” He is also highly critical of corrupt government officials whose greed has made the country a hotbed for crime.

Enjoy the “Nucleus Vol.2” above.

Joeboy Releases 5-Track Debut EP, “Love & Light”

Ever since the release of his chart-topping smash, ‘Baby‘, Empawa artist, Joeboy has been on a joy ride to stardom and mainstream success. Proving he was no fad, the young singer followed up with equally beautiful songs, ‘Beginning‘ and ‘Don’t Call Me Back‘ alongside their complementing visualizers that have come to be the showpiece for fans. All centred around love, his songs have come to soundtrack most young romantic relationship in these parts.

It all started with a DM from Mr Eazi after an enthralling ‘Shape Of You‘ cover from the talented but obscure up-and-comer. But barely two years after, Joeboy is now one of the biggest stars in the country. He was even nominated in the coveted Next Rated category at the 2019 Headies award.

Riding off the back of his short-and-sweet, love-themed, and melodious records, Joeboy has released his debut 5-track EP titled “Love & Light” which is all he aims to spread with this project. The EP was premiered exclusively on the PGM Radio Show on Wednesday and the responses have been favourable.

A majorly solo affair, DMW‘s Mayorkun is the only guest on this EP, featuring on ‘Don’t Call Be Back‘. This is a record that is already dominating the airwaves and topping streaming charts in just weeks of its release. Production-wise, Joeboy works with a capable team of Killertunes, Dara the Boy and Beats by KO on the project.

Speaking to OkayAfrica about the inspiration for the project, he revealed that “the main inspiration behind the songs on the new EP is just the idea of love and happy music, happiness. Music that you listen to and just gets you hyped up and makes you feel good inside. For lyrical inspiration, I just drew ideas from my experiences, these could be from a movie or my environment, or something I’m playing at the moment.”

Listen to “Love & Light” above.

Ycee’s Debut Album “Ycee vs Zaheer” Is Finally Here

After years of waiting, fans finally have their hands on Ycee’s debut album “Ycee vs Zaheer.” Undeterred by Tinny Entertainment‘s attempts to sabotage this release by leaking tracks off the album, Ycee has dropped the much-teased project today, November 8. This comes after three straight weeks of releases including, ‘Dakun‘, ‘Mo Salah‘ and last week’s ‘Wahala Dey‘ that have helped revamp anticipation for the project.

Evident from its cover and title, this album is a direct face-off between his alter egos: the icy cold singing Ycee and the blazing hot rapping Zaheer. On Instagram, Ycee describes the album as a “portrayal of two sides of the same coin.”

It’s Ycee vs Zaheer because I’m my only worthy opponent” he concluded.

Ycee vs Zaheer” is a 15-track LP that features an all-star cast of Davido, Phyno, Niniola, M.S Banks and former labelmate, Dapo Tuburna. Ycee also works with a long list of producers for this album including Syn X, Krizbeats, KO, Willis Give Dem, Jay Popping, Fanatiz, BeatsByKarma, Buzzing Producer, Twoseven, Elmore, J.Bids, Ballartosh and longtime collaborator, Adey.

Listen to the album here.

Get Your Weekend Off To A Perfect Start With DJ Java’s Team-Up With QueenEss, ‘Deeper’

Nigerian born producer, DJ Java, who as his name implies, also doubles as a DJ has teamed up with Jamaican-Canadian singer, QueenEss to release a new record titled ‘Deeper‘. This is the first single off their joint EP which is still in the works.

Coming fresh off the release of his “Sounds of the Ladies Man” album, DJ Java exclusively premiered this sparking new single on The PGM Radio Show on Wednesday. Interestingly, he revealed that the featured act QueenEss works as an air hostess, and they both crafted this record during her brief layovers.

Deeper‘ is an infectious smoothie, formed from an easy blend of pop, dance and afro-house finetuned to get you to move your body to the rhythm. Across the record, QueenEss’s vocals shine through as she croons about her thirst for deep affection.

Listen to the record here and tell us what you think.

Listen To Sarz And WurlD’s Joint EP “I Love Girls With Tobul”

After waiting for what felt like a lifetime and a modified title, Sarz and WurlD have finally made good of their promise by releasing their joint EP, “I Love Girls With Trobul.” This comes after they both released personal project earlier this year, with Sarz opening the year with his debut EP, “SINYM (Sarz Is Not Your Mate)” and WurlD releasing his 9-track “Love Is Contagious” EP a short while after.

This new 8-track EP contains previously released songs like ‘Trobul‘, ‘Nobody Wins‘ and ‘Mad‘ which is just a week old. “I Love Girls With Trobul” consists no features and assists even on the production end which is solely handled by the ever-evolving Sarz.

Listen to the EP here.

Fireboy DML To Release Debut Album “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps” Soon

YBNL frontman, Fireboy DML has been the toast of music listeners ever since his smash hit, ‘Jealous‘ came to the consciousness of the people early this year. The highly infectious record single-handedly catapulted him to mainstream acceptance and success. He has therefore since been repeatedly referred to as one of the new guards taking over the Nigerian music industry.

Not resting on his oars, Fireboy is three singles in and still yet to disappoint as he has further strengthened his foothold in the industry,  proved he is no one-hit-wonder and become a house-hold name. His ascent to prominence has been so rapid that just within a year of his introduction, he has quietly evolved into one of the key voices of his generation. Now, the young singer is taking it a step further.

Earlier today, November 6, Fireboy took everybody by surprise as he announced his debut album titled “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps” which is set to drop very soon. In fact, the 13-track album is already available for pre-order.

According to the released tracklist, the album would be an entirely solo affair which helps to keep the entire focus on him as he reintroduces himself with this project. From the title, it is perceived that this album is going to be a very emotive one, in which the singer explores a spectrum of emotions across the 13 tracks. The album also includes pre-released single like ‘Jealous‘, ‘What If I Say‘ and the sing-along-friendly ‘King‘.

FIreboy DML

Tracklist for “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps” (Instagram/fireboydml)

Although we do not have an official release date yet, the album is expected to drop very soon. Pre-order the album here.

PsychoYP’s New Tape “YPSZN 2” Features Ladipoe, BOJ, Dami Oniru, Skales, Terri & More

Just a year after his debut and introductory release “YPSZN“, PsychoYP is back with a stunning sequel, “YPSZN 2” which was released yesterday, November 4. This mixtape contains 16 tracks, including ‘City Of Kings‘, ‘Elevate‘ and ‘No Chaser‘ released about a week ago.

For this highly collaborative tape, burgeoning rapper, YP recruits a capable team of some of the most gifted youngsters on the rise. It features appearances from Dami Oniru, Blaqbonez, Terri, Ladipoe, BOJ, Zilla Oaks, Na7halie Sade and Skales who appears on the celebratory 14th track, ‘T.G.I. F‘.

Released just over 24 hours, the mixtape has generated rave reviews on Twitter and currently sits at the top of the Apple Music album charts in Nigeria.

thank you to everyone who worked on this project and helped me finally give it to the world. it’s been a long wait but I promise the music will compensate. ⠀
I love you all for bringing me this far. ⠀
szn2 link in my bio. ⠀
love x light 🌍🤝☔️💕” he wrote on Instagram.

Listen to the mixtape above.

Uzikwendu And M.I Abaga Try To Out Rap Each Other In ‘Lyrical Cardio’

Just a few months after his message-driven ‘Rappers‘, Uzikwendu who prides himself as Nigeria’s fastest rapper is back with an Irockclassic-produced record titled ‘Lyrical Cardio‘. Making good of his promise of more music this year after a brief self-imposed hiatus, Uzi kicked things off this year with his 10-episode Friday Rap Day Series, followed by two impressive rap singles. And this new release featuring M.I Abaga is a worthy follow-up to the record in which a war-ready Uzikwendu rains hailstorm on rappers.

As the title implies, ‘Lyrical Cardio‘ finds both rappers flexing their lyrical prowess, speed and technical ability. Uzi opens the record, kicking things off immediately with a raw and relentless verse. M.I then steps into Uzi’s world in the next verse and gives him a run for his money, outpouring self-appraisal bars enwrapped in a bullish delivery. The song peaks in the third and last verse with Uzi dishing out his rapid-fire flows at a breakneck speed over anthemic chants.

This is, of course, one of the most exciting rap songs in 2019. Listen to the record here and let us know if you enjoyed it.

Listen To Zamir’s New Jam, ‘Mind’ Featuring PsychoYP

Just a few months after a fiery team-up with Ycee on ‘Anti‘, Zamir has released his third single of the year, titled ‘Mind‘. For this new record, he joins forces with PsychoYP who also has his new project “YPSZN 2” scheduled for release in a couple of days.

This new single is produced by Tochi Bedford, who was also the culprit on the boards for the ominous and hard-hitting ‘Anti‘. This new record finds trap-Zamir at his finest as he takes us on a brief tour of his inner sanctum. PsychoYP on his part wraps the record with a killer verse enwrapped a polished flow and an airtight delivery.

Enjoy the record here and tell us what you think.

 

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