Music Reviews

Gentleman crooner, Ric Hassani centers love in his new 17 track album titled “The Prince I Became”

Ric Hassani comes through with a new project “The Prince I became”. It is a 17 track album enlisting various African talents from varying genres to produce an exceptional musical experience.  The artists featured on the album are; Fumbani Changaya, Sauti Sol, Nicky Jam, Zoro, Kuami Eugene, Called out music and Frank Edwards.

The tracks on the album are; Everything, Body conversation, You’re my baby, My kind of Woman, Thunder fire you, Angel, My Only Baby, A little bird told me, All my love, Do Lai Dat, Rising Sun, Mine forever, When I’m gone, Rain, Victory belongs to Jesus, Samuel’s prayer and Korede.

Love which is regarded as the greatest cosmic force is perhaps the most discussed topic ever. As social beings fumbling through the world around us, we crave intimacy and connection. Someone to do life with, someone to fall back on when the world gets cold and distressing. Someone we hope lends us kindness on our worst days. The singer through this project explores our primal desire for interconnectedness. Ric Hassani navigates thumping percussions as he leaps through hurdles in his love life. This time, the focus is on romantic relationships although the album touches on Philia and even Agape love, evoking feelings of peace and tranquility in his listeners. The growth in his sound is apparent and his artistry quite evident.

The singer begins the album with Everything where he professes that his new found girl is everything he has ever wanted and desired. After almost losing hope, he finds a girl who shows him what true love is. He has all that he has ever desired. This girl is everything he has ever needed to feel complete.

There is a switch from the first cheery song to a more sensual tune, Body Conversation. In this song, Ric requires no words. This time around, say nothing and let the body do the talking.

With amazing vocals and soft melodies, Ric Hassani claims his baby and states he is her man in You’re my Baby. Sounds like the perfect soundtrack to a Hollywood romance movie.

Sauti Sol brings the Kenyan blues to My Kind of Woman. Her natural beauty and perfect smile brings peace and light to their lives. Both artists are in sync and the harmony in their voices, pure perfection.

The song that follows, Thunder fire you, released a few days ago has already become a favourite amongst fans. Although banned from playing by the NBC (Nigerian Broadcasting Commission), it is still being heavily streamed on digital platforms . It’s the way he made a heavy insult bougie for us. Makes it rather comic without taking away from the depth of the emotions portrayed in the song.

Nicky Jam’s fusion of indigenous language makes Angel pure bliss to listen to.

In the next sweet melody that follows, My Only Baby, the artist celebrates the beauty and charm of his lover and his desire to make her his only baby.

Next comes a 1:31 mins interlude with Fumbani Changaya. The rest of the songs continue to speak on love in all its dimensions even agape love. While tracks like All my love, Do lai Dat, Rising sun, Mine Forever, When I’m gone, Rain are concerned with Eros.  There are tracks dedicated to God’s love “Victory belongs to Jesus” and even Philia love; A quick prayer from a friend concerning the album titled “Samuel’s prayer” which oddly does not feel out of place in this project.

The children choir in Korede and Family’s prayer give the last track such a beautiful aura.

The album has a total runtime of 54 mins and with these beautiful Afropop and R&B melodies, you can’t get enough. Great artistry from songwriting to vocals down to production. The project is riddled with Smooth and Classic songs which will forever be evergreen.

The conversations about love are relatable. Sequencing is spot on, we do not need to wade through mediocre tracks as every song on the album is noteworthy. This DeeYasso production  is an all round stellar production.

Best tracks on the album are My Kind of Woman ft. Sauti Sol, Thunder fire you, Korede and You’re my baby.

We rate this album an 8/10.

Listen to the album and enjoy.

Yemi Alade’s Empress is a party banger

Yemi Eberechi Alade popularly known as Yemi Alade, released a new album last week titled Empress which is a rich mix of diverse genres and a party banger right off the start. Empress is the igbo-yoruba singer’s fifth studio album following her critically acclaimed album, Woman of Steel. The album cover showed Yemi Alade looking very fierce and regal in African attire which is very on brand for her Mama Africa aesthetics. The album has rich songs crisscrossing Afropop, Gospel House, Coupe Decale, Highlife and Dancehall.

Empress houses power collaborations with both Nigerian and other African music superstars. The tracks in this album includes: True love, Yoyoyo, Mamiwater, Lose my mind featuring Vegedream, Dancina, Boyz, I choose you ft. Dadju, Control, Temptation ft Patoranking, Ice, Deceive ft. Rudeboy, Turn up, Rain featuring Mzansi Youth choir, Weekend featuring R&B Grammy winning British singer Estelle and double double.

The album also features songwriting and production contributions from Vtek Da Awesome, Egarboi, Jimmy Huru, Yung Felix, amongst others.

On creating her new album, the talented songwriter and singer disclosed ‘If there is one thing that we have learnt this year, it’s the power of Love & inner strength. Love for God, self, service & for one another coupled with the strength to fight injustice and to carry on regardless of the circumstances.

Love & inner strength kept the world moving through the dark clouds of 2020. With that in mind, I was blessed to create my fifth album titled Empress.’ An Empress is a woman who is a sovereign ruler of power and rank, especially one ruling an empire. It is undisputable that Yemi Alade seeks to dominate Africa with her music.

Yemi Alade rose to fame after winning the 2009 Peak Talent Show and released her hit single ‘Johnny’ in 2014 under Effyzie music limited. Yemi Alade not only continues to release hit single upon single but works harder at consolidating her place as the queen of pop in Africa. She does this solidly with Empress. It gives very good vibes and there is no way you can listen to this album without dancing. We give it a 7 out of 10.

Blaqbonez Takes It A Step Further On “Bad Boy Blaq – Re-Up”

Blaqbonez struck gold in 2018. The burgeoning rap sensation has been tirelessly putting in work ever since the release of his mixtape “HipHop In Blaq” in 2013, such that hardly has a year gone by without him releasing a body of work. However, despite the quality of these releases, they were not enough to shed him off the “underground rapper” tag; not until last year when things started to turn around.

 Backed by 100 Crowns and Chocolate City, his debut album, “Bad Boy Blaq”, propelled him into mainstream consciousness. The final project of the game-changing 2018 LAMB August rollout is an experimental and deeply fascinating “Bad Boy Blaq,” which gave Blaqbonez the mainstream acceptance and recognition that had eluded him for years. With the album, he established a foothold in the industry as one of the most talented rap artist rising through the ranks.

Now, barely five months after the release of the breakout album, Blaqbonez is treating us to a follow-up project titled the “Bad Boy Blaq Re-UP.” And as the title implies, this project is built on the successes of its immediate predecessor.

It is not a Part II. It was just due to the fact that we did a lot with the original project, it almost got there but there was like a little bit extra we could do to get it over the line, which is why I worked on the re-up.” He explains in an interview with Pulse.

Ever since the release of the last album, Blaqbonez has continued to maintain a high level of fan-engagement on social media with tweets, hilarious video clips and hot takes on trending issues. As a result, Blaqbonez can boast of one of the most organic, dedicated, and ever-growing cult-following among the young acts today and perhaps the best for hip-hop at the moment.

Blaqbonez may not be popping as much on the streets but mans is pulling quite impressive numbers on the streaming platforms. And now, the release of the Re-Up seems to be Blaq’s latest strategy at maintaining and optimizing his audience retention especially given the short attention span albums are given these days.

The Re-up contains a hazy mix of fresh cuts and remixes of some of the Bad Boy Blaq‘s standout records. Blaqbonez enlists the efforts of an all-star cast of young gifted acts who help to provide several moments of brilliance on the project and also helping the remixed cuts to have a refreshing feel.

The project is arranged in such a way that the remixes off  “Bad Boy Blaq”, come right in between the new songs. This provides a sense of familiarity while listening to the project such that it’s new but doesn’t feel so new. Also, the remixes maintained the exact order by which they appear on the album.

All but two tracks feature guest verses. On the opener and the final track of the project which also happen to be the most personal cuts on the project, Blaq is a lone ranger bringing it all to bear on the records. Both songs are polar opposites, reflecting two different sides of the pink-haired rapper. On ‘No Longer Stupid‘, Blaq is introspective, apologetic and appreciative all in the same breath. Through a reminiscent style of detailing, he recognises how far he has come in the industry and acknowledges the naive mistakes he made on the come up. Acknowledging his growth in several factors, Blaqbonez also appreciates some of those who helped set him straight and those who still showed him loved despite him doing them wrong.

On the flip side, ‘Bxtch’ finds a stone-faced Blaq coming all out at his prior detractors and doubters. On the second verse, he had some not-so-subtle jabs for who many have perceived to be Yung6ix. Although he does not name-drop the rapper, with lines like Somebody stole your lines, okay/Somebody stole your shine, I did it/ Guess Somebody stole your balls/Cos you ain had the guts to try be specific he might as well have as all fingers point to Yung6ix following his reaction to the LAMB Martell Cypher.

Another side of Blaqbonez, the comical and playful one that is hard to miss on his social media pages these days comes to bear on the track ‘Good Boy’. On the tongue-in-cheek anthem for the “nice” guys, Blaq makes up for his limited signing talents by recruiting the efforts of BOJ and CKay who didn’t fail to deliver intoxicating performances. Despite his voice sounding raspy, Blaq also delivers an infectious sing-along chorus that makes record one of the standouts of the project. The playful Blaqbonez also shows up in brief moments in tracks like Denied and Play Remix.

Blaqbonez has come a long way. It’s undeniable that Blaqbonez raw talents are fast being forged into shining diamonds.  He has proven himself time and again as one of the most talented and promising rap artists rising the ranks with a solid and enviable fanbase and this tape is a solid addition to his catalogue. In fact, he is just a hit single short of being a household name.

The “Re-up” might have been birthed from “Bad boy Blaq“, but it breathes a life of its own. The short and sweet project is a showcase of his level of talent and versatility and also a promise of better things to come.

The true Message behind Falz’s “This is Nigeria”

This Is Nigeria – Falz

Nigeria: sweat, tears, and blood. This is what Falz has very accurately captured in his This Is Nigeria video. The song which is a cover of Childish Gambino’s This Is America is graphic in its depiction of the injustices and struggles faced every day by the average Nigerian.

Childish EP Reviewed

Milli, a rapper, singer, producer and now filmmaker recently released his new EP titled “Childish”.
We’ve listened to it, digested it and created a review of our thoughts on it here at the PGM Club.

Milli is not a new name in the new alternative, boundary breaking, highly creative music scene taking over Nigeria right now.
We’ll go as far to say he’s one of the few unique minds who has fought to stay true to his art and the music he wants to create, and that is once again evident in this new Childish EP.

With each body of work, Milli showcases his unique singing, rapping talents that make up his sound.
We don’t want to say he reminds us of someone but his sound is one in touch with the mind and direction of his craft.

A Look at the Childish EP

The Childish EP is a mix of sounds touching different elements and having a unique sound.
The tape begins with a song ‘For Mum’ dedicated to his late mom who passed away in May 2017.  it’s a lovely song with strong emotions for anyone who’s lost someone dear.

The next song ups the tempo a bit as Milli bridges old wounds with “Flex” featuring Ice Prince, MI, and Cameey and like the title of the song clearly indicates with the trap infused beat it’s all about flexing on the haters with this one.

“Monica” has Milli attempting to be a bit more commercial and free, might I say this is his attempt to create an experimental Afrobeat song without losing himself and he was far off with this and it’s one of the weaker songs on the tape as it’s not one of his stronger points but he’s saved with “On God” which has Milli rapping about his career and how far he’s come.
It’s always refreshing to have Milli rap, he should do that more and this song reminds us he still has some bars.

“Not Over You” is probably one of the best songs on the tape with a groovy, upbeat, RnB feel. Milli is heard singing about the girl he’s obviously not gotten over.  It’s definitely a better attempt than “Monica”.

“Where do babies comes from Interlude” is probably one of the best interludes I’ve heard this year, with the Mario influenced beat that had Milli having fun over a Beat By Jay production, followed by another Beat By Jay song called “Blessed” which is also one of the best songs on the tape, this has Milli recollecting his journey and how far he’s come.

The last two songs touch on a regular theme already in the tape, with “Baby” which has him bragging about his woman, probably the one he finally got back and “Work” rounding up the tape with an impressive set of bars which had Milli this time bragging about himself and how’s he’s gonna be one of the best to do it.

Overall, Childish is a decent tape from Milli. It’s something a fan would enjoy.  Though a good body of work, Milli can still touch a level in his art that’s still left unexplored with the amount of talent he has.

We at the PGM Club recommend you listen to “Childish” by Milli.

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