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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Mixtape Review: Show Dem Camp (SDC) - Clone Wars 3 :The Recession





Nigerian Hip Hop/Rap duo Show Dem Camp '' SDC'' releases the last installment to their ''Clone Wars'' mixtape series titled ''Clone Wars 3 :The Recession'' with the ''Clone Wars'' volumes 1&2 released in 2010 and 2012 respectively, on the (31st December, 2016). ''Clone Wars 3 :The Recession'' was released and consist of twelve (12) tracks.

Intro: SDC kicks off with this soothing hip hop/soulful vibe with ''Ghost of (SDC)'' introducing the tape with a roll call of shout outs to their day 1s of friends and industry mates. Then the  intro immediately draws the listener in with interesting story telling about the industry, society, economy, and future movements. a pretty good way to let you into the world of ''Clone Wars 3 :The Recession.'' 


Rise of the Underdogs: This track gets you going almost immediately and can end up being one of your favorites of the tape as it was the case for me. Its indeed a track for the champions. The baseline holds you sway as the strings of the guitar ushers you into the depth of the songs wholeness. As the name implies ''Tec'' and ''Ghost''  of (SDC) builds on the ''Intro'' of the tape as they paint a perfect picture of the struggles an artist face trying to rise to the top in a sector which can be quite relative to life in general but with patience and persistence anyone can rise and shine. 

How Far 1: The ''Show Dem season is upon us...'' very creative track i must say. The beat starts with some dancehall vibe to get you grooving and then switches to a very hard Hip hop feel that lays a traditional ''SDC'' storytelling of what a regular lad experiences daily with the hustle. 

D.I.L.L.I.G.A. Feat. Mojeed: This should stand for ''Do I Look Like I Give A...'' and it features Aristokrat Records rapper ''Mojeed'' in ''D.I.L.L.I.G.A''brings on a bit of the crunk/trap kinda music feel and this track goes out to all 'dem fake a$$ dudes who always want to be about where success is happening but ''SDC'' ain't having none of that. Well was looking forward to more bars on this track but my desire was short-lived, as the track felt like an interlude and not a full track but a great jam overall. 

Love Naija: If you live in Nigeria or have lived in Nigeria you can totally relate to this track. ''SDC'' brought to life the struggles an average Nigerian goes through daily and as Nigeria is facing one of its most difficult period in its history with the ''Recession'' which is largely as a result in a build up of poor management. However, Nigeria may have recorded remarkable things and made the history books, possess both human and material wealth, and has loads of potential, reasons you would love to hate Naija. This is the reason we all ''Love Naija.'' Change for the better is eminent as we all need to effect that change as we look within. 

Move Mountains: This ''Jay Z'' inspired kinda track with a classic piano piece and a motivational drive to it simply makes it a Hip hop classic. ''Move Mountains'' sees ''Tec of SDC'' lead on this one after five (5) tracks with ''Ghost of SDC'' leading the pack. This is what you call a beautiful rap sung. Indeed all we need is faith to achieve anything we desire/dream with trust in God.

BMW. Feat. Funbi: I remember growing up my dad bought a BMW car and my mom use to always call it ''Be My Wife'' and she was usually excited when she does that.. I don't know but maybe its something about German cars that get the ladies going... Lol! Anyways, ''SDC'' recruits ''Funbi'' who adds an amazing R&B/Soul touch to this love song and what a brilliant way to describe an attraction for a woman. ''BMW'' is one of my favorites off this tape and it sure deserves a visual for it to take listeners on this cruise they have already laid out on the track. 


10,000 Hours: The wordplay on this record is simply amazing....''SDC'' takes us through a journey as they connect with our ancestors who had left an impact/legacy across the content and beyond and how this has inspired them to becoming better artist. ''SDC'' went further to challenge and task present day leaders on the need to leave a lasting legacy and not be carried away by how to get a piece of the ''National cake.'' This is a key track on the tape as it relates to our past, present, and future realities. 

Respect My Name Feat. IkonSyndik8 Records act/producer ''Ikon'' lights it up on this track ''Respect My Name'' as ''SDC'' spills about the doggedness of the music industry from; deception, intrigues, politics, betrayals, jealously, envy, and the list goes on. But those that will survive need to stay true to self and not get caught up in the hype. ''Respect My Name'' is a very intense track that reveals the rawness of this Hip hop duo. 

Tales Of A Side Nicca: Another favorite off the tape and ''SDC'' takes us into the world of being a side nicca... well i thought it was a man's world but listening to ''Tales Of A Side Nicca'' gave me a different perspective to life but hey! its the 21st century and the world of endless possibilities. Apparently, tables have turned right now... you ever been a side nicca? Lol!

The Interlude (Pay Attention)''SDC'' slows it down on this one and they asking listeners vital questions about the essence of life. What vision are you telling? Why are you here for (purpose)? These are very important questions that leaves us with a food for thought daily so we don't lose sight of the goal. Stay focused! ''(Pay Attention).'' 

Live, Love, Laugh, Eat Feat. Sir Dauda: This track is a deeper essence of ''The Interlude (Pay Attention)'' it exposes the need to know why you on earth for? and living that life each day towards that goal. Life gives back what you give it... life can be as simple as you make it to be as long as you let God be the center. This is yet another track off the mixtape that i feel deserves a good video too.


 Here are my final thoughts on the mixtape review for  ''Clone Wars 3 :The Recession'' I enjoyed listening to the project and its certainly a listeners digest for 2017 and beyond Show Dem Camp (SDC) mixtape ''Clone Wars 3 :The Recession'' is a SOLID project considering the quality of work put into the project and how if reflects our present day Nigeria as well as the world at large. With production /sound engineering skills from the likes of ace producers ''Ikon'' and ''Kid Konnect'' and well thought out features with the likes of; Sir Dauda,Funbi,Mojeed, all added great value to the tape and it is quite hard to fault this mixtape and based on my conclusion I would rate ''Clone Wars 3 :The Recession'' a 9/10. Worth checking out...
Look forward to a Show Dem Camp (SDC) Sophomore Album titled ''That Year'' in 2017.

In case you haven't listened or downloaded Show Dem Camp (SDC) - Clone Wars 3 :The Recession  Mixtape please download it for free here: 
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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Richard Osborne - Throwback





''British singer-songwriter Richard Osborne delivers his new R&B record "Throwback", produced by Kris Flava. Osborne last month shared "Owe Me", which featured assists from Mic Righteous and Muckaniks, and is currently penning new material for an EP release that is coming soon.''
In the meantime check out this dope track ''Throwback''.

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Paul Martin ft Kin & Calvin - Enda Pasi




Block 101 present the new dance single by Paul Martin titled ''Enda Pasi'' which means ''Get Down'' in English and it features Nigerian Afropop star Kin from Nigeria and Hip-hop rapper from Zimbabwe Calvin. Paul Martin who is also a Zimbabwean native, dabbles into the world of Dance and Afrobeat, and he simply nails it with this impressive number. He's popularly known to have a smooth vocal as he is usually compared to the American star John Legend, this young artiste do have potential to go places. Check out ''Enda Pasi'' and let me know your thoughts are by leaving a comment.

 Produced by Dj Ace Tanner&T_Mahk
Artwork by NetVest

Saturday, 31 December 2016

SHOW DEM CAMP - CLONE WARS VOL 3: THE RECESSION





S.D.C Show Dem Camp release the third part to their successful Clone Wars mixtape series Clone Wars Volume 3 - The Recessionon the last day of 2016."We have just been through what most people would agree was a very strange year and we felt compelled to create something to express some of our thoughts as we reach 2017" - Ghost (SDC)"This project was also created to say thank you to our fans who have constantly supported the SDC Movement and have asked us relentlessly for new music" - Tec (SDC)Clone Wars Vol 3: The Recession is the follow-up to the acclaimed mixtapes: The Clone Wars Volumes 1 & 2 which were released in 2010 and 2012 respectively.Look out for SDC's sophomore album "That Year" which is slated for an early release in the new year."Thank you for continuing to support the SDC movement and we hope you feel inspired by and enjoy the mixtape"Wish you and yours a great 2017BANG!!

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Richard Osborne (@rdfosborne) – “Owe Me” ft. @Muckaniks & @MicRighteous





''Brand new music from British singer-songwriter Richard Osborne entitled “Owe Me”, featuring Muckaniks and Mic Righteous on the assist.''
Amazing trACK by this young lad, check on it! 

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AnzoSTAR - Baba Way Sabi





''AnzoSTAR also known as Yhung Wun hails from jos. This very talented young artiste was of part of the 2016 hennessy VS class, he didnt win but he showed them what raw talent sounds like…. No one heard from him ever since, until now. He drops this fire single “Baba Wey Sabi” produced by ill magic, mixed and mastered by clipse classiq.Download & Enjoy''

Monday, 17 October 2016

PIERS JAMES - VIBES & TRIBULATIONS EP




“One of the British rappers to look out for in 2016” - The 405

“One of rap’s brightest young things” – Wonderland

“Set to take the UK music scene by storm” – SBTV

“The sound of a rapper coming into his own, it's confident, dexterous and wholly charming” - Clash


Vibes & Tribulations’ is an 8 track project, where Piers takes you on journey expressing his experiences of how he perceives the world through his perspective. The EP combines soulful jazz infused chords with raw Boom Bap elements of Hip Hop, where Piers exhibits different musical techniques and abilities throughout each song, while still linking each together to form a whole sonic collection, along with comical Skits that fit seamlessly within the Project.
The majority of production for ‘Vibes & Tribulations’ was produced by Piers, however other production for tracks such as ‘Wu Tang Forever’ and ‘The Era’ were produced by Jake Milliner & Muckaniks, featuring the likes of Richard Osborne & Yoji,
The EP is available on Itunes, Spotify and all other platforms
Links to Vibes & Tribulations;

https://twitter.com/piersjames

Muckaniks - Self Diagnosis [Album]


The result of being forced to deal with situations you aren't old enough to understand, Self Diagnosis' the debut album from Muckaniks is a brutally honest reflection on the mental issues his childhood left him with. Built from the ground up by Mucky, it is as truthful as he could possibly be, giving himself the chance to finally let go of his demons. The album isn't comparable to a style of Hip-Hop the UK is yet to brand, throwing the influences of old school, new school, grime & everything in-between into a blender, pouring it into a glass and smashing it over your head.
Featuring 'Insomniac' which was played on BBC Radio 1.https://soundcloud.com/muckani ksproducer/insomniac-featparri s-robbo-piers-james
Guest appearances include Piers James, Parris Robbo and Flexx Tyler
Itunes : hhtps://itun.es/gb/oGtmfb 
Spotify : http://tinyurl.com/jozqeou
Twitter @muckaniks

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Nigerians verses the change mantra







This great country called Nigeria made history in 2015 as she elected a new government outside the incumbent and the hopes of the people were high but one year down the line the hope of most Nigerians seems to be bleak and what could be the reason? Well for obvious reasons Nigeria is going through a rough patch as a result of the recession and Nigerians are not having it. In fact different quarters of the country have either called for the sack of the President’s economic team or the reversal of the TSA (Treasury Single Account) and a bunch of other government policies. Hmm! I wonder if this can be a solution to the reality on ground or this it just a quest for selfish gain by some group of individuals. Well history will hold this government as well as the ones before it responsible for her future and I am sure the APC lead government knows that. A lot has been said about their unfulfilled campaign promises and Nigerians may seem betrayed by this but one thing is certain Rome wasn’t built in a day and to get such lasting policies on ground the government would need to harness its resources with a proper blueprint to ensure that such institution run effectively without interruptions. Now part of this challenge is certainly the lack of resources and conscious sustenance of the resources to ensure a proper social security program for the unemployed youths, good primary health care service, and basic education, etc. the APC lead government and the opposition party PDP, keep trading blames at each other as to why the state of the economy is the way it is but the truth is you cannot step into the present or future without looking at the past which is somewhat the foundation. Therefore, PDP has a large part to play as to why we are here and the APC lead government also owe the people the responsibility in fixing it and restoring the confidence of the populace.



Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end." -Robin Sharma.





On the other hand, the general populace are largely swayed by circumstances but should they be blamed for that? I mean in a country where the government cannot provide proper basic amenities for its citizens would leave them with no option than to be wavered by their circumstances. I had a conversation with a friend a few weeks back when we lost a dear friend who couldn’t be given proper CPR at an Abuja hospital due to lack of facilities and we concluded that you should never pray to find yourself or your family in an emergency because our hospitals are in a deplorable state as this applies to other sectors. But what the general populace need to understand is that change as an action never comes easy be it an incremental or gradual kind of change. Studies have shown that people always tend to resist any sort of change and humans are most comfortable to remain with the status quo. And in the case of Nigeria sadly the status quo has corruption as a headline over due process. The notion of a friend about Nigeria being a wealthy country is not far from the truth but we can’t keep saying that, when we cannot properly harness our resources to the benefit of the general populace. And when we both discussed further as I was of the opinion that at the moment Nigeria isn’t as wealthy as its perceived to be at least until we can harness our resources properly to say the least, my analysis went further as to a country that don’t save as much for the rainy day or is more involved in recurrent expenditure as against capital expenditure. It is only logical then, that when there’s a shortfall in the income which comes largely from oil we are bound to face an economic downturn eventually. However, the recession is not peculiar to just Nigeria but to other oil producing nations. What the Nigerian government need to do though is chatter a cause to ensure it can turn the economy around because at the end of the day the Nigerian people elected the APC lead government into power because we believe they are capable of sailing this ship called Nigeria on the right path, so there's a need for well thought out recovery plan, taking proactive steps to secure the future of our unborn children, and as well as sensitize with an orientation of the populace that it's all our responsibility to see this great country achieve (but not with the mentality that is; government property not mine) because we are all the government.



"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates


In Nigeria, over the years corruption gradually crept into the very fabric of our society making it become the status quo that even when an individual is trying to do something right, he (she) is either put down or viewed as abnormal, which is a sad reality. This is why the fight against corruption is very vital to the success of the change mantra of this government to ensure that the common man is not disenfranchised of he's (her) right as a Nigerian citizen. Therefore, the advocate for change and those the change affectdirectly or indirectly need to work hand in hand to ensure this change yields nothing but good for Nigeria. Because if we can eradicate corruption then our institutions can work to effect that change we all dream of in this society.




"When a flower doesn't bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower." -



Finally, we are all stakeholders to this reality and to keep sanity it's important that our watch word/lifestyle is to be patient and persevere in all circumstances. And like the good book says (which is sort of my motto) I am going to paraphrase it here; whatever you are doing, do it as though you are doing it unto the Lord. Believe me with fear of God and such attitude you can't go wrong in your dealings with others or with your responsibility as regards your line of duty. Indeed the change begins with me and you.






HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY NIGERIA!!! 🙌🏻🙏

Friday, 22 May 2015

MUSIC PREMIERE: BLACKMAGIC - LEVELZ (PROD. BY KID KONNECT)​




''Blackmagic comes through with a brand new single - Levelz
This was produced by the very talented Kid Konnect & comes after he dropped the video for his well accepted remix for 'AFRICA' which featured Phyno, Reminisce & Vector
Here's something really splendid from BlackMagic; Enjoy.''
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