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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

EP Review: Toyenero & TitoBrown - H.E.R TAPE - (EP Vol.1)






This is a joint effort of two brilliant artist who have both worked together in the past on Tito Brown's first body of work released in 2016 titled Urban Stereo Sounds (USS) and if you have had records that both artist had previously collaborated on in the Urban Stereo Sounds (USS) project, it is only right and timely that Toyenero and Tito Brown graced our airwaves with this extended play titled H.E.R Tape Vol.1. The EP was released on the 24th November, 2017 and consist of Seven (7) tracks and since this is titled a volume One (1) we can only expect more smoking records from this duo.... 


How We Do: This EP was opened with a brilliant introduction of a chilled lifestyle of the 80s relived in the present day time with a superb narrative from the rapper Tito Brown and Toyenero who did nothing less than keep the vibe upbeat with his vocal prowess that gave the track that freshness with an old-school kick to it. This is a good way to welcome listener into the world of H.E.R Tape Vol.1.


Dandy: The producer Tubase did a great job with this sample from a Jesse Jagz classic giving birth to Dandy which seems to be part of the crux of this EP, well at least for the concept of the artwork which was named Dandy. On this record we see Tito Brown lead the way with his heavy bars of wordplay and with an ace vocal assistance from Toyenero proving totally that Rap and R&B can't be separable in the world that we live in.


Tonight: This is the lead single off this project and it is arguably the best track thus far. We see both Toyenero and producer Tubase and Zee Bass give us a record that has that Jon B 90s R&B vibe to the baseline accompanied with a beautiful  style of delivery by Toyenero  and of course rap compliment by none other than Tito Brown. My only frown about this record is that it should have been longer than just 2 minutes :40 seconds. 


Forever Feat. Douglas  : This slow sensual record is one to die for because it's easy to overlook but at the same time one that grows on you and you eventually can't let go. Forever is one of my favorites off this EP because everyone on this track brought on their A game and this record also revealed  the versatility and good choice of feature by Douglas.


Mash Up: The T.U.C produced track Mash Up is by far the best record off the H.E.R Tape. Why? Because of the following ; it has that fresh pop sound mixed with retro samples that if well promoted can be a crossover hit, the synergy between Tito Brown and Toyenero is impeccable and the production arrangements is top notch making it a solid record of the tape. 


Roll With You Feat. Cloud9Ne: This is a hip hop soul infested track and with the recuirtment of Cloud9Ne it added that extra ruffneck hip hop vibe and quality to the record. This love song is beautifully assembled by Toyenero and Tito Brown in the manner that both real hip hop heads and the lovers rock can relate from all aspect of the song therefore, making it one of the best of records off this project. And a well executed visual of this track will do justice to this record. 


Tequila and Gin Feat. Joey Jam: Tequila and Gin wraps up this EP with Tito Brown owning this one with his swift style of flow and witty wordplay which makes it simply amazing to listen. However, we see Toyenero and Joey Jam hold their forth on the record and giving it that all roundedness to the record. The production effort on this track adds that mid-tempo vibe that has that alluring instrumentals and samplings that makes it a very likeable record.  

   

Toyenero and Tito Brown who are both members of the Purple Street Movement (PSM) that also includes a great lineup of other great and talented artist from the Tin City of Jos have indeed delivered a great joint project (H.E.R Tape Vol.1) and with such quality of work on the Vol.1  this can only mean better growth and improvement on subsequent volumes. The EP had a great balance of features by (Joey Jam, Cloud9ne and Douglas) that didn't distract listener's from the main aim of the project which is that it is a joint effort of a duo and the essence should be felt by both.  I also like the fact that the kept their production lineup between Tubase, T.U.C, and Zeek Bass who all had unique flavor and vibe to the tape. Therefore, I would like to rate this Extended Play a 7/10 this could have been higher but due to the fact the song arrangement (track listing) was poor because the EP got better by each track with the better tracks at the later part of the EP. This can be a great disadvantage to the project because if an artist cannot give a good impression at the start of any project released, the chances that listeners/audience would be patient to keep listening to the project to the end where the goldmine is hidden is usually very slim. so my advice is always put your best foot forward because that might be the only chance you got. But overall this a brilliant work I enjoyed listening to it and look forward to more collaborations  from both artist. 

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DJ Neptune Presents December In Lagos Mixtape Volume 5






''Neptune Records / Entertainment presents the yearly #DecemberInLagos mixtape hosted by the baddest international Disc Jockey, DJ Neptune. This is 5th volume of the #DecemberInLagos mix, and it is well spiced with all your favourite afrobeat songs of the year 2017.
Download, sit back and enjoy the mix and from all of us at Neptune Entertainment we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Please note that this mix is strictly for promotion and not to be sold.''

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Friday, 22 December 2017

Ayo Jay ft Davido and Olamide - Correct G






''Prior to the release of his EP, Ayo Jay serves us with a Dapiano produced bonafide banger ‘Correct G’ featuring Afrobeats heavyweights Davido and Olamide. Turn up your speakers to the maximum as Ayo Jay, Davido and Olamide wax lyrical about what makes each of them a Correct G!''


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Di'ja - Aphrodija [EP]








Mavin Records delectable recording/performing artist Di'ja finally closes 2017 with this beautiful EP titled Aphrodija which was released on the 15th of December and it consist of Seven (7) tracks with features from label mates; Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks and production credits by Don Jazzy, Baby Fresh, Altims and Egar Boi.
Check on it and update your Christmas playlist.

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Phantom - Rude Girl Rock (Prod. Lightbaetz)





Afrofusion front liner Phantom is back with a new single to close up 2017 in a grand style and it is titled Rude Girl Rock Produced by Lightbaetz.
Check on it and update your playlist for the Christmas


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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Toyenero & TitoBrown - H.E.R TAPE - (EP Vol.1)




Toyenero and Tito Brown who have both worked together on Tito Brown's 2016 mixtape Urban Stereo Sounds have returned in 2017 with a combined effort to deliver this beautiful extended play (EP) titled H.E.R Tape EP Vol.1 which stands for (History In Every Record).
This EP consist of seven (7) tracks and has a line up of features which include: Joey Jam, Cloud9ne, and Douglas. Click on the download button below and have a feel of the H.E.R Tape EP Vol.1.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Sound Factory Entertainment Signs Multi-Talented Artiste - Victor Velmo




The Multi - talented artist Victor Velmo who is a renowned On Air Personality (OAP) based in Abuja and former member of the trio 'Gransonz' has just signed a multimillion Naria record contract deal with Sound Factory Entertainment.
This was confirmed on his official facebook and instagram page yesterday when the signing took place and this is what he had to say below:


''It's official mans just got signed, say hello to my new Family - Sound Factory Entertainment. @soundfactory_entertainment
Happy to be a part of the team, thanks for seeing the potentials & believing in my Sound/Style/Brand it's time to take the music to a whole new level.
To all my Vellians (fans), colleague Dj's, show promoters, & well wishers your support got me this deal. It's now time to take the industry by storm & Your support is needed even more to do this.
Thanks to Jah' for making this possible. Now congratulate me lol 😂👏🏾''


 - Victor Velmo.

Victor Velmo and new team.

Victor Velmo who also released a buzzing EP this year titled The Sprout EP with hit songs like Quietly featuring Yung6ix certainly deserves this break and we cant wait to see the outcome of these two merger. 
Congratulations Victor Velmo!!!

[New Music] Squeeze Tarela - Better




''Touted as the next big thing in the African music-sphere; Squeeze Tarela hits a prayerful note in his new single titled "Better".

The praised performer sings "You go go where your papa no go, go where your mama no go..." over a lush afro-pop instrumentation orchestrated by JayPaulBeatz and features guitar strings played by Fiokee. "Better" which arrives after previous singles "Hottest Thing" and "Bend"; sees Tarela show why he was monikered "record killa" by fans, as he strays in to seas of afro-pop, sails smoothly and conquer with this prosperity preaching number.

Tarela debuted the single with a live performance of the track at Hard Rock Cafe, Lagos accompanied by Africa's premium band Alternate Sound on the 23rd of November 2016, to rave reviews. Already play-listed on numerous radio stations and fast becoming a fan favourite, "Better" which is available is sure set to cause a turmoil.''
 
 
 
 
 
 

Album Review: Simi - Simisola

  
 


''Simi'' Nigerians own songbird, songwriter and sound engineer 'Simi' has finally releases her critically acclaimed self titled album 'Simisola' under the 'X3M Music' imprint and it consist of twelve (12) tracks and three (3) bonus tracks previously released. 'Simisola' graced the shelves on the 8th September, 2017 and this promises to be a joyride as we take a listen/review to this body of work by the delectable Simi.

Remind Me: Is the introduction to the 'Simisola' album and it is a beautiful ballad with a tone of mixed feelings any human being goes through from time to time and when they eventually meet the one person that changes their perspective about life, then loving others would now have a new/deeper meaning. This is indeed a brilliant way to kick off this project by Simi.    



 

Joromi: This arguably the first single off the LP and it is titled 'Joromi' a remake of the legendary 'Victor Uwaifo's'  1996 classic and she did no wrong in giving it that modern twist as well as maintaining the essence of a classic highlife vibe. 'Joromi' was accompanied with an amazing visual upon its release as it depicts a beautiful love story from the lyrics of the song. This is one of the solid singles off the 'Simisola' album that has received so much great reviews and buzz upon its release. 


Aimasiko: The title of this track 'Aimasiko' is a Yoruba word which could mean 'Nobody knows tomorrow' and Simi beautifully put this into a conscious record projecting the reality of life which reveals that; God alone knows the future and all of our effort to make it big/achieve in life is all dependant on him. I must confess I am a great critic of Simi for not always being edgy/taking risk with her vocals and style of music but she proved me slightly wrong with this track. Lol. This is a great record which has a great Yoruba influence with the talking drums and that Caribbean feel giving it that Afrocentric/calypso vibe.    

 
Complete Me: This is an amazing love song that has great instrumental influences of the; lead/bass guitar, talking drums, and violin which brought out the quality of this record all thanks to a well thought out fusion of classical instruments and maintaining that of African essence by Simi and her producer was brilliant.


Gone For Good: Anytime I listen to 'Gone For Good' I always get that Goosebumps feeling, even though this is sort of like a breakup song Simi totally owned it on this record with her vocals and with the melody of the song that simply draws you in deeply that you cant help but love it. This is by far my most favourite track off this project because it is a solid track with all the right elements that could make a hit record.

 
Original Baby: This is a 'Fela Anikulapo Kuti' influenced record from his1972 classic record titled 'Trouble Sleep, Yanga Wake Am' and we see Simi make a beautiful conscious record again off this album. This is a vital track off this project because its always refreshing to see an artist do a track that can empower listeners to do better with their lives and not having to be compelled to do trendy topics to sell records.

 
One Kain: This by far one of Simi's most forward and creative records off the Simisola album. One Kain is a mid - tempo record with that 90s influence infused into her traditional Yoruba bilingual and that afrobeats base making it such a fun/flirty record. Yet again Simi proves me wrong that; she can be more than just a one way vocalist. Lol.  



Take Me Back Feat. Adekunle Gold: This is an awesome record that has a high influence of the acoustic/Spanish guitar, trumpets, and the konga. This is the only record off this project with a feature on it by none other than the soulful vocalist Adekunle Gold you would expect nothing less than AMAZING!!! Simi has succeeded in creating a classic love song for the world with this one.



O wa n'be: As the name O wa n'be implies  'Party' we Simi painting perfect scenarios that occur at Nigerian weddings on this brilliant Highlife record making it one of the fun loving records off this album and an appropriate pick for any wedding track list.   



Smile For Me: This record reminds me of one we have already reviewed on this album errrm.... Yes! 'Gone For Good' well I don't mean this completely in a bad way but diversity is key when you want to achieve a classic album most times. However, both records are my best off the project because the melodies of these records are lasting and I have to give kudos to Simi for this beautiful ballad that captures your heart.  



Angelina: The production is fabulous because it has a very contemporary/reggae sound, with a hook  like 'Angelina' that is unforgettable. Simi pulled off another fresh vibe with this record and can be rated as one of the best off this album.   



Hiphop Hurray: This record has that modern trendy vibe to it and surely Simi had something for everyone on this album. I must say not a bad way to close this project. However, this song is not particularly my favourite off the album but it is certainly an appropriate song to have made Simi's track list.  


Bonus Tracks



Love Don't Care: This record unveiled Simi's amazing song writing skills which was accompanied by a very solid production. The alluring strings of the bass/lead guitar made this song whole and one of the best recording from this talented artist till date and may go down as one of classics of all times.   



Tiff: All I can say is that this record and Jamb Question are the records that shot Simi to the limelight and she indeed caught our attention and hasn't disappointed ever since. Simi we are glad you came...



Here are my final thoughts on this album by ''Simi - Simisola.'' This is yet another brilliant album by a female Nigerian artist in the year 2017. ''Simi'' pulled off  a solid project despite the fact she had only one guest feature on it by Adekunle Gold which is quit impressive, because most budding talents always tend to fall into that trap of trying to score big/win new fans by featuring a great line up of A list artist. Not that this is a wrong approach in itself but it is always great to see artist who can standout on their own, this tends to show the depth of their content, boldness and creativity. A few artist have done this in recent times like Kiss Daniel's debut album New Era released in 2016 which we saw the young lad have a successful album without famous guest appearances  and we see Simi do the same this year.Therefore I would like to rate ''Simisola'' a 9.5/10 because this album is as good as a classic considering the track listing, production, lyrics/melody, creativity, songwriting skills, vocal prowess which was as good as perfect but the album wasn't as entertaining as I would have loved it to be and the reason I held back my .5 on this rating. Simi is definitely one talent if well managed will have longevity in her career as a female artist in Nigeria even up to a legendary status globally. Recommendation: keep doing a great job that you are already doing Simi.   

In case you haven't listened or downloaded Simi - Simisola please download it here:
 
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Friday, 3 November 2017

Album Review: Ric Hassani - The African Gentleman

 
 

''Ric Hassani'' The foremost Nigerian born alternative/soul musician has finally released his debut album titled  - ''The African Gentleman'' and also a deluxe version that feature more artiste ''The African Gentleman'' which originally consist of seven (11) tracks and was released on the 2nd September, 2017. This review promises to be a joyride as we press play to unveil the art of what this album by ''Ric Hassani'' encompasses.


Gentleman: This was the first single which kicked off the campaign for this project and it had an Afrocentric inspired visual that got the single great reviews and buzz. '' Gentleman'' is a perfect and most symbolic way to kick off an album for ''Ric Hassani'' as it seems to be the core of the concept for this project.

 
PoliceRic Hassani displays his amazing song writing skills on his beautiful ballad titled 'Police' as his soulful voice glides on the strings of the guitar to bring this record to life and then making it one of the most remarkable tracks off this album. 



Sing: Is a simple love composition that has this alluring soft/pop rock vibe and what's amazing about 'Sing' is the creativity Ric Hassani has put into it with the combination of that traditional ballad accretion, beautiful harmonies accompanied with an African dialect to keep it Afrocentric. The outcome of this record is a winner and makes it one of the best tracks of 'The African Gentleman.'       

 
Believe: This is a beautiful love song that would work anytime when you are taking that vow with your significant other and it has all the right elements to get the party started at least for a typical Nigerian wedding. Again we see Ric Hassani pushing the envelop with his style and level of creativity which is overly commendable for an alternative artist coming from this part of the world where he has to contend/compete with  contemporary music like; pop and afrobeats.   


Number One: listening to this track from start to finish I would say this is one of the underwhelming song off this project, this is not to say Ric Hassani didn't come through on this record but I believe this track is very predictable without that wow factor to keep the listeners captivated.

 
Marry You: This record kicks off with the alluring strings of the guitar accompanied by the keys of the piano as we see Ric Hassani deliver another classic love song titled Marry You. This is a record that can only be fully appreciated when it is performed with a live orchestra considering the composition of a mellow build up that ends on a high note making it a listeners favourite.

 
Beautiful To Me: Now 'Beautiful To Me' is another track that shows the versatility of Ric Hassani as we see him put a superb mix of different genres like; afrobeats and sounds from the Caribbean's to make a fun loving love song. one word... Brilliant.     



Sweet Mother Feat. Mumba  Yachi: I have never seen a song made for mama that goes wrong and 'Sweet Mother Feat. Mumba  Yachi' is not any different. We see Ric Hassani recruit the amazing Zambian artist Mumba  Yachi who added that Afrocentric vibe to this highlife record. This is a well thought out song that if well promoted can give Ric Hassani that crossover hit he deserves across Africa.  


Oge Na Ga Feat. Cabo Snoop, Xcellente & Mr. Nomsy: Ric Hassani features artist across the board on this track and I would have expected nothing less than fire on this record but sadly this is an average track compared to records I have heard so far on this album. My reason for rating this an average track is because 'Oge Na Ga' sounds like something I have heard before i.e. something that  PSquare had done in the past and this made it unexciting for me but overall it is a great effort from the lad.


Only You: This is the second single off the 'The African Gentleman'' album and upon its release was accompanied by a simple and intimate visual of Ric Hassani with his love interest helping to depict an amazing love song. 'Only You' is one record off the album that really unveiled the vocal dexterity of Ric Hassani making it one of the solid track off this project.


As Long As You Love Me: Wrapping up this project  Ric Hassani delivers another experimental number titled 'As Long As you Love Me.' The output of the production and concept of this mid-tempo record is brilliant as it shows his an artist with great potential to go international and have sold-out concerts.   


 

Here are my final thoughts on this project by ''Ric Hassani - The African Gentleman.'' This is truly a breath of fresh air to the Nigerian Music scene and to have had him grace 2017 with this amazing album is just bissful. ''Ric Hassani'' pulled off solid project and even better with the  deluxe version of this album which had featured A-list artist like; MI Abaga, with Yung L, Tjan, Jonny Drille, Sonyezo, C.C Johnson, and Tay Grin. However, I felt there were a few misses on some of the tracks off the album which had features from ace artist like Mumba  Yachi to Cabo Snoop, Xcellente & Mr. Nomsy and not forgetting to give a huge applause to Jay Sleek who had an impactful production credit for this project. Therefore I would like to rate ''The African Gentleman'' a 9/10. This album could have gotten a 10 because the track listing, production, lyrics/melody, creativity, songwriting skills, vocal prowess, and entertainment was perfect but due to a few weak songs on the tracklist I had to give it a 9 which is still great, but maybe if those weak songs had come under the deluxe version of the album and some off the deluxe version made the album then a 10 would have been eminent for Ric Hassani.  

In case you haven't listened or downloaded Ric Hassani - The African Gentleman please download it here:
 
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Music Superstar, Akon to Host AFRIMA 2017 in Lagos




''Multi--award winning African-American music star, Akon, has been unveiled as host of the 4th annual All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) scheduled to hold on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
According to a statement by the African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA made available to the media on Tuesday, October 31, the Senegal-born superstar will handle the event proceedings of the live broadcast award show scheduled to air live on over 80 television stations and online platforms across the world with support from the co-host, Ms. Sophy Aiida, a Cameroonian-French entertainment broadcaster.
With a track record of outstanding success in the global music industry that has brought immense recognition to Africa’s creative energy and originality, Akon, a multi-Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, has put his name in the Guinness Book of World Record as the number one selling artiste for master ringtones in the world.
Ranked the fifth most powerful celebrity in Forbes’s Africa list of 40, Akon is also a business man and philanthropist who is passionate about the African continent. He provides electricity for 15 African countries through his “Light Africa Project” and supports underprivileged African youngsters through his Konfidence Initiative. He runs music labels, Konvict Music and Kon Live Republic successfully
Co-host Sophy Aiida is a prolific broadcaster who is known on radio as Cameroon’s biggest-girl-next-door. Sophy was born in Paris, moved to New York where she spent 15 years before returning to Cameroon to contribute to her homeland. The multilingual and multi-talented woman is regarded as one of Central Africa’s biggest show host. Sophy has also acted in rave African French-speaking movies and has also dropped a debut single.  Sophy Aiida is the co-founder of the Nakande Project, an initiative that supports the emergence of great young women through its education, empowerment and mentorship programmes. She has hosted various annuals show and events in Africa.
Meanwhile, Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are in eager anticipation for the AFRIMA 2017 main awards ceremony and the AFRIMA Music Village scheduled to hold on Friday, November 10. The Music Village is an evening of non-stop open music festival of live performances from African stars and nominees, with an audience of 40,000 people. It will also be broadcast live and produced by a prominent experiential marketing/production agency in Africa, Backstage Pro.
The annual All Africa Music Awards in partnership with the African Union Commission, is a celebration of Africa by rewarding the creativity and originality of African artistes and songwriters with the resplendent 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy. The 2017 Main Awards Ceremony, in association with Lagos State of Nigeria, the Official Host City, will be a colourful, performance-packed event graced by music stars, industry legends, captains of industries, diplomats, government officials, music lovers across the continent. The event will be broadcast live across 84 countries in Africa.
Also lined up for the weekend of AFRIMA 2017 is Africa Music Business Roundtable in Association with TRACE with the theme, Digital Takeover: Shaping the Future of African Music (November 10). AMBR is a platform created by AFRIMA for engagement on music, money, media and evolving global business practices as they affect the creative industries in Africa.''

Plugged Music Festival Debuts in Port Harcourt This Christmas



 


''Pleasure Park Port Harcourt and Plugged Music Festival Ltd have reached an agreement to jointly organise one of Nigeria’s biggest and dopest Music Festival, The Plugged Music Festival in the spanking new and expansive Port Harcourt Pleasure Park, this Christmas.
 
According to a statement released by the Chief Executive Officer of the Plugged Music Festival, Mr. Chima Emmanuel Aguma, the 2-day Festival at the heart of the city of Port Harcourt, will bring together top acts of the Nigerian music industry to the garden-city for an event like no other in the South-South of Nigeria.
 
‘In the next couple of days, we’d be unveiling top acts that would be performing on the show. The plugged music festival would change the character of entertainment in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Nigeria at large.
 
‘It’s a day-time and late-evening event for the whole family, fun-seekers and lovers of the good life that will show Port Harcourt City as never before seen,’ said Mr. Aguma.
 
The event is scheduled for Saturday, the 16th and Sunday, the 17th of December, 2017 and ticket sales will commence on November 1, 2017 at Pleasure Park, Port Harcourt and other designated outlets around the city.
 
Sponsors and partners of the show according to the statement are the Rivers State Signage and Advertising Agency, SoundCity Africa, Rite Foods Limited, the manufacturers of  Bigi soft drinks and Fearless Energy drink, Visa Karena Hotels and a lot more.''
 
For Sponsorship & Enquiries: Call: 08089692326 or 07055111111
Or Visit: www. Plugged.ng
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @PluggedMF  

Yemi Alade - Single & Searching Feat. Falz & Heart Robber




''Off her forthcoming triumphant third studio titled "Black Magic"; Africa supreme diva Yemi Alade releases two fresh singles ahead of the set's arrival.
The award-winning vocal powerhouse gives us a taste of her magic on the dauntless "Single & Searching" featuring Falz, which is accompanied by the mellow "Heart Robber".
The former is produced by Young D, while the latter by KrizBeatz; and both tracks will be housed on Miss Alade's "Black Magic", which is expected to hit stores in 2017.
Must Listen!!!''

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Jesse Jagz - Odysseus [The Album]

 
 

On his return to Chocolate City 'Jesse Jagz' finally releases his highly anticipated album 'Odysseus' which was pushed forward a year ago to 2017 but this album promises to be an album worth waiting for with a line up of artiste on this ten (10) track project which features; Burna Boy, Styl-Plus, Hot Ice, Cynthia Morgan, and Melon of R2Bees.
Click on the download button and press play.

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Simi - Simisola [The Album]

 
 
 

X3M Music presents the critically acclaimed album 'Simisola' by 'Simi.' The twelve (12) track album has a feature from 'Adekunle Gold' and three (3) bonus tracks from her pervious releases. Click the download button and press play.

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TRAEDONYA! releases lyric video for Serena Williams inspired song

 
 
 


''Prohibition Entertainment of NYC  announces the lyric video for the song
Concrete Rose written and performed by soul/RNB vocalist TRAEDONYA!
aka The bride Of New Funk Hipopera. The song is part of her debut ep 4
Portraits featuring songs about sports legends Derek Jeter, Kareem Abdul
Jabbar, Jim Brown, Pele and Serena Williams.


Concrete Rose was inspired by tennis icon Serena Williams. The song is a
ballad featuring the piano and TRAEDONYA'S ! haunting vocals showcasing
her vocal skill set. The song is the bonus  on the five song ep that is in stores
now.''
Check  on it!
 
 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Simi - Simisola [Artwork +Tracklisting]

 


The Songbird 'Simi' is finally set to release her long overdue album and it is titled 'Simisola' sort of like a self -titled album, as 'Simisola' is the full name of this talented artist. The X3M Music artist has teased her fans with the release of the track list to 'Simisola' which has one guest feature by none other than 'Adekunle Gold' who both have had loads of stellar collaborations in the past. The upcoming album also includes some prolific producers such as; 'Vtek' and 'Sess.'
Check out the track list above and make sure you cope the album when it finally hit the stores. Cheers!!!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Ric Hassani releases debut album - The African Gentleman

 
 
 
 



The soulful/alternative artiste Ric Hassani, as promised has released this debut album titled ''The African Gentleman.'' The album which has fresh sounds, cutting edge productions, and a great dynamics of features including; MI Abaga, Yung L, Tjan, Mumba YachiCabo SnoopXcellente, Mr. Nomsy and a host of others... The African Gentleman is certainly a body of work you need to add to your playlist. Hit the download button below and let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

BrymO – Do You Know Me?


 
 
As we anticipate the music maestro 'Brymo' sixth studio album in the coming year, he has decided to grace our space with this amazing number titled '' Do you Know Me?''
Produced by Adey Omotade.
Check on it!

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Friday, 18 August 2017

YEMI ALADE - Knack Am (Prod. By DJ Coublon, Strings By Flokee)



''Yemi Alade closes the lid on her critically acclaimed and top selling sophomore studio album "Mama Africa: The Diary of an African Woman", with end of the U.S leg of her "Mama Africa World Tour"; as she ushers in a new era with the release of a new single.
The award-winning diva glows on "Knack Am", as she delivers a melodious high-life masterpiece about her wild thoughts over a terrific production by DJ Coublon, enriched by glorious guitar stings played by the raved Fiokee.
The mid-tempo number will be housed on Miss Alade's third studio album rumored to be titled #BM, slated for a late 2017 release.''
Check on it!

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Bisola x Jeff Akoh - Water & Fire






''Temple Music artistes, Big Brother Naija Runners-Up, Bisola Aiyeola and ex-Project Fame West African winner, Jeff Akoh team up to deliver a new hot single, Water & Fire.

The talent of the two amazing artistes is matched by the production skills of fellow label mate, award-winning producer, Tee-Y Mix on the smooth dancehall tune.

Water And Fire is a teaser to Jeff Akoh’s highly anticipated album entitled 'Lokoja' which will be released worldwide on October 27th. Bisola is also scheduled to release her body of work in the first quarter of 2018.

The song is officially the first offering from newly established Temple Music (TMPL), a sister firm of leading creative talent agency, Temple Management Company (TMC).

In collaboration with Roc Nation, Temple Music is coordinating with Temple East Africa and Temple South Africa (Touch HD) to release Water And Fire. The hot new tune is now on all digital platforms including Music Plus, Boomplay, Tidal, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer and Amazon.''

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

DJ Spinall – TheCrazyAzzParty [Mixtape]



Dj Spinall has just dropped a new mixtape titled ''The Crazy Azz Party'' and its hosted by ace hype man ''Ben Foster.''
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Victor Velmo - Sprout 2 In Progress




Multi - talented artist ''Victor Velmo'' has released a sequel to his first solo project titled '' The Sprout EP'' and this new extended play ''Sprout2 In Progress'' consist of five (5) tracks with a line -up of productions from ''Fredibeats'', ''Brace'', ''Loudah'',  ''Smylez'', and features from KKTBM artist ''Yung6ix'' and ''Simon Sniper.''
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Ebonylive Films Presents: Royal Hibiscus Hotel [Trailer]

 

 
 Ebonylive Films have announced the scheduled release of their highly anticipated movie titled ''Royal Hibiscus Hotel'' at the Toronto Film Festival as the only Nollywood featured film. This movie has a line up of stars which include: ''Rachel Oniga'', ''Joke Silva'', ''OC Ukeje'', ''Charles Inojie'', ''Zainab Balogun'',  ''Kenneth Okolie'', ''Deyemi Okanlawon'', ''Lala Akindoju'', ''Akah Nnani'' and ''Ini Dima Okojie.''
Royal Hibiscus Hotel is directed by: Ishaya Bako
Check the trailer of this exciting feature below.
 
 
 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Album Review: M.O.P (Shadybizniz /Jumar/Hench/Dugod) - M.O.P Africa Album



 
 
 


Nigerian's Hip Hop/Rap,R&B &Producer Shadybizniz /Jumar/Hench/Dugod  Popularly known as ''Movement of the People (M.O.P)'' have released a joint album titled ''M.O.P Album'' and it consist of seven (7) tracks and was released in 2017. This project is certainly a welcome development for the Nigerian music scene because we often don't see successful joint albums or even any at all executed in Nigeria. Therefore, making the ''M.O.P'' album a unique one for the industry.  




Low Life: Kicks off the album with this number titled ''Low Life'' and it has this modern day trap mixed with some soul on the chorus as ''Jumar'' brings the hook to life with ''Dugod''  and ''Hench'' kicking in with amazing bars about real women who keep it real regardless of the status of the ''Low Life'' hommie they are with. ''Shady Bizniz'' came correct on this record with his production skills as he gives the record a mix of the hip hop and R&B vibe that gets listeners ready for a good listen.


Tell A Friend: Now ''Shady Bizniz'' comes hard in a subtle way on this beat as both ''Dugod'' and ''Hench'' layout amazing lyrical wordplay on ''Tell A Friend.'' On the other hand ''Jumar'' brought that modern touch on the track with his vocal texture and delivery, giving the track that overall balance for it to have made this project.   

 
Lokaci (Time): This is by far the most interesting track of this album and most likely my favourite. ''Lokaci'' which means ''Time'' in Hausa language encompasses that overall hard-core hip hop/crunk vibe and we see ''Hench'' and ''Dugod'' go hard on their verses. This is an easy favourite number for hustlers as the record talks about time being money and doing the needful to achieve that and in the case of ''M.O.P'' the creative art is that means so don't waste their time. Lol. The production skills by ''Shady Bizniz''  was incredible and ''Jumar'' chorus adds extra value that the song deserves.

 
Love Over Hate Feat. Maka: ''M.O.P'' recruits ''Maka'' on this track titled ''Love Over Hate'' giving the record that alternative sound as she delivers that funky vibe on the chorus with the hook holding sway for listeners attention. This is a true hip hop record as ''Dugod'' and ''Hench'' are painting a perfect picture of staying positive in a world full of hate. This is one of my favourite records of the ''M.O.P Album'' as the artists convey a positive message in a  hip hop world full of booty and twerking.


 
Night Train (Ride In): ''Jumar'' brings on his 'A' game on ''Night Train'' was we see him display is vocal prowess on a ''Shady Bizniz'' laidback beat laced with heavy strings of the bass guitar which gives the record a solid baseline that draws you in easily with the soothing vocals of spoken word which added great dynamics to this love record. This is by far the best record off the ''M.O.P Album'' and it sure deserves a visual to unveil the creativity of this track.


Never Give Up: This is yet another uplifting record off this project as we see ''Hench'' and ''Dugod'' tells a story to everyone with a dream to ''Never Give Up'' as there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and the track reminds you never to forget where you coming from. This is an instant classic of this project as great attention was paid to details on the production, the content of the verses, down to the adlibs on the chorus and verses. The record certainly deserves a well thought out video to interpret this great hip hop jam.  


Give Thanks: ''Jumar'' kicks off this record with his verse and afterwards he goes straight into this very catchy chorus and then he holds sway on the second verse before ''Dugod'' drops his verse at the end of the track which was accompanied by the alluring strings of the bass guitar. This was a well thought out song because I like the arrangement and the content of the record and what a way to end this project.

Here are my final thoughts on the album review for  ''M.O.P Album'' I enjoyed listening to the project and its certainly a great first effort from this young MCs and producer, however, this project grew on me over time because it wasn't such an exciting first listen. M.O.P album is an above average project considering the quality of work put into the project and how they showed versatility in the concept of a joint project to deliver this embodiment of work. The production effort by ''Shady Bizniz''  was brilliant but for the sound engineering skills I would say not top-notch and it could have been better maybe the reason my first listen wasn't so exciting and easy to listen. The ''M.O.P Album'' had only one (1) feature by ''Maka'' which was valuable to the project and not misplaced and reasons in my conclusion I would rate ''M.O.P Album'' a 6.5/10 because of a few hit and misses and based on the fact that this project should have been tagged as an extended play (EP) and not an album based on the length of the body of work. ''M.O.P'' are some artistes to watch out for, both as an entity and as individual artist in the Nigerian music scene and beyond.
I look forward to more material from M.O.P in 2017 and beyond.

In case you haven't listened or downloaded M.O.P Africa Album by Shadybizniz x Jumar x Hench x Dugod  Please download it for free here: 
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