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Blaqbonez Backs His Recent Claims With ‘Best Rapper In Africa’

Ever since Blaqbonez declared himself the best rapper in Africa in a scorching freestyle a few weeks back, many have gone back and forth over the worthiness of his claim. But one thing was clear, Blaqbonez had guts. Right now, in fact, bold isn’t a word strong enough to describe his artistic drive. The 100 Crowns-rapper even put out several calls to rappers to challenge his claim since many felt he was undeserving of the self-ascribed title.  Tentik, Payper Corleone and other lesser-known rappers put diss tracks to that effect and now, Blaq, as promised, has replied them all in his latest release appropriately titled,  ‘Best Rapper In Africa‘.

On this new record, Blaq is blunt and brutal as he launches ballistic missiles at rappers like Tentik and Holyfield while dragging Naira Marley, Fela Durotoye, Jimi Agbaje and Blackfacae into the mix. He also had a few choice words for colleagues like Fresh L, Ladipoe, Boogey and more. Coming a day after it was initially promised, BRIA is no doubt a bop that finds Blaq showcasing his mastery as a lyricist over a dazzling Alpha production.

Hip-hop as a genre thrives on competition and a war-ready Blaqbonez is giving us a full dose.  Although many would not agree with his BRIA claim, it can’t be denied that he is a strong contender. And perhaps, the most exciting rapper out there at the moment.

Listen to Blaqbonez dishing out Ls to your favourite rappers above.

Lady Donli Reveals “Enjoy Your Life” Release Date In Grand Style

The wait is finally over and the countdown has officially begun! The long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album from Lady Donli -the alte queen herself – is set to be released on Friday, August 9. Titled “Enjoy Your Life,” this album would be her first body of work since her 6-track long “Letter to Her” EP released to good reviews in 2017.

The soon-to-be-released album is led by pre-released singles ‘Cash’ and the recently released ‘Suffer Suffer‘ although the official tracklist for the album is still under wraps.

About an hour ago, the singer took to her Twitter to announce the release date of the album with a beautiful accompanying video. It opens with Lady Donli jaywalking with a piece of distorted music in the background. It then quickly switches to a brilliant spoken word by SETinubu, over several clips of Lady Donli performing live on her tour and ending with a bold inscription of the album title and its release date.

No doubt, this thrilling video is a topping to the unconventional but brilliant rollout of this project and has further heightened the anticipation for its release.

In a recent interview with Indie Mag, she revealed that “the new album, Enjoy Your Life, is about spreading the message of happiness and love in the way that it should be, could be-and about treating people better.”

Watch the video for ‘Cash’ one of the lead singles off the album below.

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.

Abstraktt And Jesse Alordiah Team Up On ‘Guyman’

After kicking off the year with his dazzling politically charged ‘Allow Me To Rap‘, burgeoning rapper, Abstraktt joins forces with music producer, Jesse Alordiah in a new single titled ‘Guyman‘. This offering officially kicks off the release cycle for their joint project as it is the first single off their soon to be released “Saved Some For Summer” EP.

Produced by Jesse Alordiah, ‘Guyman‘ is a club-friendly jam that finds a playful Abstraktt just having fun over a banging Afropop production laced with Ghanian-highlife elements. The song also interpolates 2baba’s 2004 smash hit, ‘Nfana Ibaga‘ and Tekno‘s ‘Rara‘.

Enjoy this new single above.

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 Revival“, 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 “Barely 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!!!

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