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5 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM ILLEGAL MUSIC 3-THE FINALE

Unless you’re living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard all the buzz following MI the ‘young denzel’ who created loaded conversations on the internet via his twitter account as per the 3rd installment of his mixtape, illegal music 3- the finale.

Aside from obvious growth(no, not in height) in wisdom of the ‘rap god’ here are 5 things I learnt, and I feel MI was trying to communicate;

Use monologues if you want to sound deep;

The use of monologues as bridge has been made popular by the new hip-hop ‘wavvy’ movement. MI rummaged  youtube enough to get a hold of not so popular interviews of greats, from Mike Tyson to Jayz’s interview with Angie Martinez. Many rappers, including  his own brother Jesse Jagz(in Louis, using rants from the movie ‘Network’); Wale(with Jerry Seinfield, in album about nothing) and recently Anderson .Paak have included these kind of monologues in their works to give it a much more deep, more personal feeling to drive home their  thesis. ‘All fall down‘ the track featuring POE is both introspective and motivating- for anybody afraid to fail while reaching for greatness. In there, you can hear Mike Tyson talk about how he has experienced high level of success and great disappointment. And MI closes with an enigmatic statement “gravity is not a superstition”.

Sampling is still the heart of Illegal Music;

If you’re familiar with the previous mixtapes from this collection, you’ll recall how so many instrumentals were sampled ingenuously. This one is not different in that regard. He sampled beats from Jayz a lot, Beyonce’s ‘formation’ for his track ‘black bill gates‘ and YEezy’s ‘never let me down’. He also re visited the popular list published by Notjust ok in ‘Notjust ok/savage’ (in a corny sponsored ad fashion) which he did in a cover version of burna’s ‘Soke’.

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He want’s to be compared to HOVA;

Well he hasn’t taken a pop star wife like JayZ (Yemi Alade is single though); he hasn’t till date  up to 11 platinum albums(although this mixtape was downloaded 200k times on the first day of release) neither does he own a music streaming platform(read: TIDAL). He however made it clear in the song ‘head of the family‘ where he sampled instrumental and back-up vocals from Jay’s ‘La Familiar’,  that like Jay is to ROC nation , he is the head of the choc city family; he has made a star out of Ice Prince, Victoria Kimani and a host of others, plus he knows his business.

MI doesn’t want to be boxed in ‘indigenous rappers’; 

On a leveled playing field, MI is better lyrically compared to many acclaimed international rap stars. The limiting factor is the seeming glass ceiling that prevents him from getting Grammy nod. He wants to level the playing field, before now, its be known that he has shunned the industry standard. As he rhymed in ‘Numbers’ to not ‘compare him to these artists, they giving you cheap garbage’, plus no one even comes close if you judge him by ‘these’ garbage.

In the end good music still sells, regardless of the genre;

Contrary to many Nigerians beliefs- notable among them is the famous 2014 tweet from don jazzy that purports, if you’re a Hip-Hop act in Nigeria, your parents can’t be proud. MI has refuted that claim and has yet created a viable business for himself and his team using literally, a mic and a beat box, ‘hip-hop is as viable as pop I made them say’ he rhymes in ‘remember me‘. The key he explains in the track ‘the finale’  is very good content. In the popular Martin Luther’s speech-which he inserted in the song- set out to be the best of at what you do. And for this, people would remember him.

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Understanding the feud between Peter, Paul & Big Brother Jude

Late last night, Peter- the one half of the afro-pop duo Psquare, in a series of tweets disclosed some issues and how it turned sour between himself and his elder brother Jude, who, also doubles as the group’s management.

Peter, who claimed that he had asked his twin brother Paul, in 2013, to release Jude as their manager. Paul refused and goes further to say “if he (Jude) goes, then we split”. Peter believes Jude and Paul connive to  do business’behind him‘ .

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Peter claims he’s been letting Jude and Paul have their way for peace’ sake, and even allowed Jude arm-twist him into owning the mansion they live in Squareville.

Peter also accused Jude of ‘stealing’ his prospective signee, Cynthia Morgan. He claims he told Jude that he was offering her a deal under P-Classic(Peter’s own label) before Jude snatched her up and signed her to his own Northside Inc label.

Illegal Music III- MI Releases Tracklist

He announced the completion of the 3rd installment of the mix-tape series, Illegal Music(IM) via his twitter account and has whet the appetite of fans with the first single Everything off the anticipated mix-tape, where he revealed the emotional state he’s been after everything he’s learnt so far. It’s very philosophical.

On Wednesday MI Abaga  shared a screen shot of what would be the final track-list IM III- and its 10 tracks long.

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KKK? No one seems to understand the note here.

The mix-tape has garnered this much follower-ship because of the level of creativity he injects into these projects, its sort of the place where he lets loose and say everything he couldn’t in a regular commercial album.

We can only wait the actual release of this project.

Kanye raps that he’d have sex with Taylor, and claims ‘I made that b*tch famous’ in new song Famous

Kanye West gave Taylor Swift a heads up about a lewd lyric where he raps about having sex with the singer, calls her a ‘b****’ and brags that he made her famous.

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The rapper came under fire from Taylor’s friends Gigi Hadid and Jaime King on Twitter, and Taylor’s angry brother Austin Swift also shared a video of himself throwing away his Yeezy shoes in response on Thursday.
But Kanye reportedly called Taylor last month to tell her about the lyric and explain it was a joke, and the singer-songwriter saw the funny side and gave the rapper her blessing, reports TMZ.

Naomi Campbell and models on the runway
Naomi Campbell and models on the runway

‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,’ Kanye, 38, raps in new song Famous, featuring Rihanna, from his new album The Life of Pablo, which he displayed(read: His Laptop-AUX cord-PA System) at the Madison Square during his Yeezy season 3 fashion callection/album reveal event.
He added: ‘I made that b*tch famous’. However, sources close to Taylor told the gossip site that Kanye called her to tell her that the lyric was a joke and to make sure she wasn’t offended.
Meanwhile, Taylor’s younger brother Austin Swift and her Girl Squad members Gigi Hadid and Jaime King stood up for the pop star after the lewd lyric.

Supermodel and friend of Taylor, Gigi Hadid
Model Gigi, 20, took to Twitter after being spotted at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and listening party at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Taylor’s brother Austin, 23, also took to social media in response to his sister being referenced in Kanye’s song.

He posted a video on Instagram with the caption, ‘Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.’The video showed Austin carrying a trash can while whistling the Colonel Bogey March. He placed the trash receptacle down and then pulled a pair of Moonrock Yeezy Boost 350 off a shelf and tossed them into the bin.

Woss-Wobi! Now That Everyone Is Looking

His ad-lib goes with a hiss followed by WosS-Wobi in quick succession- calling out to a person/various people intensely. Not a courteous way, but it catches your attention- he’s not selling himself as a refined man. A Lagos Uni grad, who, I previously (from the chart topping Indomie with Olamide)  felt has a style that is very energetic and refreshing but doubt will keep people entertained for too long. One single after the other and scoring various features with Dj Xclusive, the new kid is now straight balling. 

The new track ‘nowo e soke‘ (raise your hands) featuring wizkid is now an anthem in many night clubs’ dance floor.  Wizkid knew he had to do a better street jam as davido ft Olamide ‘Money’,  so he jumped at the offer to feature on the track with CDQ.

He has a preferred producer. I mean, sunny nweke/masterkraft is a ubiquitous part of his verses.  And together they’re affirming that the streets has really taken over.

 

EYANMAYWEATHER-AN ALBUM THAT TELLS TIME AND NOTHING MORE

I guess all those people that know him on a personal level weren’t just dick-ridding when they say Olamide is the hardest working man in Afro-Pop, at least the frequency of his album suggests that.  A 5th studio album, means 5 in 5 years, if you haven’t figured out the average by now, it’s once every year. Devastating!

EyanmayWeather, a person of Mayweather’s persona- the boxing champ, the unrepentant braggart. Intended or not, the title suggests a rhetoric pun-stylized on the album cover as EYAN-MAYWE-ATHER. Blocking out the letters in bold, EYANATHER presents another phrase in Yoruba Eyan-naa-da, ‘where’s that person’, begging any rapper to challenge his claim to the ‘throne’, asking such rapper to shut down a couple of arenas in different countries before coming at him. He reiterates this in Where the man, as he alternates between British accented patois ‘I shut down Island shut down mainland’ and his typical yoru-english rap.

Fans who prefer Olamide the rapper and criticize him for singing more than he raps lately, may be pacified by rap tracks like; Igara chicken, an euphemism for arrogance and the Pheelz produced Jega, peppered with the trademark Dre piano percussion as Olamide delivered laid back rap verses, inducing a calm demeanor typical of the immediate past electoral chairman.

He resumed bragging some more in Ball. Boom boom boom is a weak a** song, immature sounds with high school lyrics, my guess is, Kesh did some ghost writing. Kana final, be happy are at best  mixtape materials and OG waheedee sounded like he was doing freestyle on a hip hop radio show.

Pheelz the Mr producer had a lot influence on this album, producing all but 5 of the total 21 songs- he’s the in house producer.  He did a terrific job creating an afro-pop-fuji fusion in don’t stop, and when Olamide sings ‘shake it-baby don’t break it—it took your mama 9months to make it’ he creates a sort of, how do I put it, ‘owambe persuasion’.  Arara and I’m ok he basically preached hedonism and encourages people to see the beauty in life, in music. He admonishes in Inferiority complex to face your fears, to ‘gbe na woju oloro’, classic afrobeat.

Olamide reminisces on his humble background, and praises his mother for being strong and supportive in Mama Mi. We get that Olamide loves his child, I don’t think he needed to dedicate a whole track Toriomo to eulogize, I mean he can totally do what he wants, but selling that in an album?

He teams up with his erstwhile producer, ID Cabassa in sold out, an Igbo highlife beat that you could already imagine how cooler it’ll sound with Don Jazzy in it, too bad Olamide is in his Mayweather swag on the album, solo. Say something is another pointless song, he probably got confused halfway and decided to make a gyration for the Super Eagles.

I suppose I don’t have to like all his work, but I appreciate the hustle. However, I think maybe he would have done exponentially better if he afforded himself a bit more time, weed out some unnecessary tracks or improved on them.

I have a calendar hanging on the wall of my room, I need his albums to entertain and provoke me not signal the end of the last quarter every year.

Adele’s ‘Hello’ Cover So Far (Nigerian Version)…. Who Did it Best??

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When Adele dropped her first single in years with Hello , a few things quickly became clear. One, we had a new song to sing at the top of our lungs in the shower. Two, we were totally being rewarded for our patience on new music from the British singer. Three, the landslide of covers was inevitable.

The song has already hit almost 400 million views on you tube now and below is the list of artistes that have produced their various covers ;

OMAWUMI

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Omawumi releases her cover to Adele’s Hello with additional production from E-Kelly.

On her version of Hello, Omawumi and E-Kelly added a Nigerian Reggae touch to the instant Adele classic.

 

PRAIZ

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Nigeria’s R&B King Praiz has released a cover for UK singer Adele‘s ‘Hello’.
The X3M Music artiste recently won the award for Best African R&B/Soul Artiste at the 2015 All Africa Music Awards.
SOJAY
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The LRR/EDGE artiste ‘SOJAY’ dropped his version of the Adele cover as well, Close your eyes while you listen to this masterpiece.
Is Sojay Naija’s best R&B vocalist or nah? Wow!
SAMKLEF
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CEO of Klef Sounds, “Samklef” decided to join the league to Adele‘s trending song titled “Hello”. The superstar producer gave us a good refix reggae version to the sound.
OLA DIPS
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After winning D’banj’s #KingIsHere Rap Competition,and dropping one of the dopest HIP HOP VERSE Of 2015 In the song #SouthAfricaMustGo, Ola Dips hits us with this slick masterpiece,titled “HELLO” a cover of Adele’s Hello… This is officially the first “Rap Version” and Ola Dips killed it!
Listen and drop your comments below!