‘WANTED’ IS MORE A TOOL, THAN AN ALBUM

After a long ‘hayetus’ hiatus as rightly stated by Falz on a skit – the follow up of the first album is what so many of his fans craved. While he had their empathy, they never cease to ask for his sophomore album, even though he constantly released singles. Wande Coal at his album release conference, said “everywhere I went to even though I dropped single ‘everyday’ people were just saying where are you? we need your album. That’s what the album is titled wanted… because the singles were not enough“. Without a doubt, his first project left that impression; for his fans, singles weren’t just enough.’Wanted‘ the track which was adopted as the album’s title was produced by major bangz, Wande is full of confidence, ‘won waa mi nii igboro, dey feel me in the ghetto and overseas‘ his lyrics is fraught with his bravado. Wande was probably not  contented with what major bangz made of this track as the album featured ‘wanted rmx‘ ft burna boy and production this time was done by beats by sarz, who took the beat and added a ragga feel to the song. The album opener is a melodious thanksgiving song, Adura.

The absence of Don Jazzy and the super mavin crew- although not missed, is immediately apparent, and when quizzed about this, he says “8 producers on this album, unfortunately don jazzy is not one of them, I had to start all over again to get new songs with new producers.” Maleek berry is the most prominent producer on the album on basis of number of songs he produced, including ‘we ball‘ of course about how much of a baller he is, ’jelly’ for the belly dancers, ‘weekend‘,  ‘African lady’ lowkey‘ a galala/ragga fusion, ‘my way‘,  ‘kpono‘ ft wizkid which wasn’t as much a worthwhile collab as legendury beatz produced ‘make you mine‘ ft 2face- who by a mile put up the stiffest challenge as the best guest performer.

As much as he enjoys love from his fans, Wande is aware there are still haters; in ‘monster’ he demonstrated how the ‘hate’ don’t bother him. His staunch fans and haters alike will not deny his vocal dexterity in ‘Super woman’, the best RnB track on the album, absolutely! “Casually, super woman I’ll love you casually” while sugar coating super woman in his sweet hummingbird voice, he managed to make ‘casual love’ romantic, ironically.

Still not able to understand why artists feel the compulsion to populate an album with exorbitant amount of songs, excluding 4 skits and 2bounses the album is a 17 tracker; I’ve always felt that the propensity to release junks is directly proportional to the number of tracks released. Though we have songs that  pre-dates the album release; ‘baby hello’ ‘amorawa’ ft burna boy and ‘my way’ both of which featured as bonuses and of course the lead single for the album ‘ashimakpeyin’,  but don’t see why ‘same shit’ ft AKA should be included, it’s not only stale, it ‘lacks’ luster.

Now that the jinx is broken after so much back and forth that made his career seem somewhat bleak, I think with the release he will feel a lot at ease, cos honestly this seems to me as a kinda ‘let me be’  effort that almost comes off edgy.  Maybe now, we can look forward to the growth of BLACK DIAMOND.

NO NEW CLASSICS IN NIGERIAN MUSIC

Only real music is gonna last, all these other bullsh*t is here today and gone tomorrow– Drake

I was tuned-in to a show on rhythm 93.7, when the OAP Rezy narrated how he  encountered an album, on his way to work and buying it off the hawker instinctively-without prior plans. The album was Wande Cole’s Mushin2Mo’Hits. Previously that week, I had bought the same album in a similar narrative.

There and then, I had this rather sad epiphany; the industry has grown lean on classic albums. I mean the kind of record you pull-out the shelves  ~10yrs after, dust the cd, bump it and re-live moments when the album  was hot way back when.

So what exactly is a classic?
A classic is an outstanding example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality. A work of art that’ll persevere generation-after-generation, such that generations (unborn) can draw creative inspiration from.

Thinking of it, I find that there are only a handful of albums I can buy more than once, like Face2Face; Talk About It by MI (mentioning M2M again is redundant I guess); all Fela’s albums (maybe I’m a little biased here); CEO by Dagrin; everything in the afro-pop/afro-beat genre.

Wait a minute, isn’t classic defined by time?

By definition it might be too soon to tell if there really are no new classic albums out there anymore. However, there have been instances when albums were instantly certified as classic. Aside time however, there are indicators that hints at sustainability. Aside from time, there are indicators that hints at sustainability. Unique stories behind some works, like the untimely death of Da’Grin propelled the popularity of a well written, previously-unheard delivery of a street-hop album.

Most of the aforementioned albums were critically acclaimed and certified classics when they were released because of the level of creativity reached by their respective authors.
I don’t think Nigeria is short of talented young people, rather it seems to me that laziness has been more rewarding of late. An artist needs only to drop 2 hot singles, and by hot I mean club banger,  and boom! the millions starts raining in via endorsement deals. Who needs an album when just 2 singles can fetch you 11 million naira worth endorsement, right?

Another factor critically limiting album creation, I believe, is the dismal revenue record companies generate from record sales. This coupled with the fact that there are only a handful record companies out there, so most artists are just winging it.

Eva Double Double Video- Almost A Duplicate

Eva Alordiah is really putting work in this year, 2015. The cosmetic entrepreneur and rapper released the video for her extended play(Eva EP) inclusive track ‘Double Double‘. The video of the song which samples beat and vocals from Rihanna’s ‘Pour it up‘ was shot by Patrick Elis, who in turn went to extensive length in duplicating the ‘parent song’ in visuals-lightning and color spectra employed was quite similar, except of course the absence of erotic dance moves. Take a look what do you think?

Watch here- Double Double

Wizkid Drops ‘Expensive Shit’ Today- Review

Wizkid-Expensive-Art

Star boy boss, Wizkid has finally dropped his much anticipated single titled ‘Expensive Shit‘ today. Wizkid has been making rounds all over the socio-media sphere, as he announced the title of his next single ‘Expensive shit’.The title is thought to have been inspired by the afrobeats pioneer, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s 12th full length album. The  up-tempo cut is produced by Sarz and arrives ahead of his Chris Brown collaborative track, “African Bad Girl”. Sarz laid out a perfect afrobeat instrumentation.

Anticipate the video for the song, already been shot in South Africa by Sesan.

WALE DROPS NEW ALBUM, TALKS ABOUT DEPRESSION AND STRUGGLE WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The Nigerian-American hip-hop artist dropped his latest studio album “The album about nothing‘ today, 31.03.15.

The rapper released his latest studio effort under maybach music group-MMG, the DC rapper also went on to discuss  the dark moments in his life while creating this album. In an interview with billboard.com, Mr Folarin aka Wale talked about his drug addiction, his 11weeks old baby’s death (his girlfriend had a miscarriage) and so on. Here are excerpts from the interview.

“My confidence was shot, so I’d be taking whatever to keep me in a good mood, to get me in the right mood for an interview,” Wale revealed to the website. “I’m not going into the details as to what I was taking, but there’s definitely something for that. Just like there’s a f*****g app for everything, there’s a damn pill for everything. Or something you can pour in your glass. I was depressed not being where I wanna be in my career when I’ve put the work in. I wasn’t sleeping. I was drinking all day and I didn’t have anyone to go to. I couldn’t fight it. Those are some of the demons I talk about on the album.”

The Washington, D.C., rhyme spitter actually opens up about the storm of bad events that led him to that dark place on “Matrimony,” a cut off his new LP.

“The girl I was with, we tried for a long time to have a child. And when she finally did [get pregnant], she miscarried at 10 or 11 weeks,” Wale said. “I was visualizing my child’s face. We gave it a name and everything. All of that went away. And a couple of months before that, one of my closest friends died in a car accident, a cousin that was there for me through blood, sweat and tears. So I go through all that and I go online and some white kid is saying, ‘You dumb n****r, you’ll never be as good as J. Cole.’ You put all that together…”

Interview culled from bet.com

OGA NLA TO HEADLINE THIS WEEK’S INDUSTRY NIGHT

The No. 1 boss of Fuji music Pasuma Alabi Wonder aka Oga nla 1, has been listed to headline the night of glamour that celebrates the Nigerian Afro-Pop culture tagged the Industry Night.

This would be the first time a Fuji act is headlining this event,  slated for 01.04.15 at Spice route, Victoria Island.

While as a fully established Fuji artist, Pasuma had made tremendous input in the afro-pop culture. His influence in marrying the Fuji and  hip-hop genres can not be overstated. A brief rundown of previous collaborations with hip hop acts goes as far back as the Remedies  ‘Jealousy‘ in 1999, to the more recent collaborations with Dammy Krane, Tiwa Savage, who are also reported to be hanging out with him at the said event.

Dbanj’s Sexual Proclivities

A photo of d’banj appearing to be getting his ‘willie’ sucked by a female fan (who like most female fans, is irrepressibly in love with him) while he performed on stage, went viral on the internet just last week. So many people had differing opinions on the Nigerian afro-pop star’s moral uprightness.

And here’s mine-

For someone who found breakthrough in the music industry by selling himself as a sex icon, D’banj and former partner Don Jazzy saw a void to be filled in the industry and built a brand that would fit in perfectly.

‘Hey Dapo, no offence, you know you don’t have much of a talent as a singer, let’s make you look like a midnight cowboy then you can stand a chance’ said Don Jazzy <this quote is ‘Fugazi’>

The result of this project is D’banj becoming a super-duper-mega star in just 2years.

Does anyone remember his first single to be played on TV/Radio? Tongolo. Many would doubt how a song with a title that has no apparent meaning  in any language ever known to man be the breakthrough for an artist. If you’ve ever thought of this, then you’re not alone.

Since sex was a taboo for public discussion in almost every tribe in Nigeria (a country where everybody endeavors to play their part in ‘feigning’ moral uprightness) D’banj had to come up with a grand plan to sing about it and not get chastised for it, hence TONGOLO.

 ‘When you see any woman wey you like you tell am omoge wa je ka tongolo

The word itself is void, carries no meaning, but he ascribed a meaning to it, rather subtly. The lyrics of the song made several allusions to sex and erotic acts, but hey, no sexual word was used. I mean who would ever think the ‘KOKO’ meant anything other than the KOKO-even though whenever it’s mentioned, he assumes a position with his fist (what was later trademarked as the koko fist) dangling between his legs and his knees slightly bent forward. The meaning of the KOKO was never officially disclosed.

Banky caught doing the koko fist
Even Mr W gets it!

Whenever D’banj granted an interview, the word comes up, and he’s asked to explain, he’d shrug it off, saying the KOKO is the KOKO. In some theatrical instances, he’d ask Don Jazzy if he could divulge it, Don on the other hand rather than say a word, would whisper in D’banj’s ear (the duo always granted interviews together, aside from being D’banj’s producer, no one knew anything else about the enigma-that’s the branding) and D’banj who doubled as Don’s mouth piece would say the Don asked him not to disclose what the koko was.

she says she wanted to be mine that my koko drives her wild, tell me why me o

The scheme was simple enough, get the girls to love you and the world is yours (there you go; the KOKO master the man with a degree in WOMANOLOGY was born).

“I certainly don’t want to see in my daughter’s room a photo of an ugly pop star hanging on her wall. Good looks an essential part of good branding”- Don Jazzy <this is a real quote, just can’t remember where/when he said it>

Crème chics be swarming his videos and stage performances and like other artists with killer bod, with abs to go with, d’banj never misses a chance to show it off, I mean dude once performed on stage with just a white towel around his loin, shit cray!

So why now, why are people just waking up to his immorality? Why after building so much for himself and other people around him a music empire his he now being called out for the one sordid character that made him what he is? Maybe cos he’s over 34 years now (well into the child bearing age of Africans, still without a spouse) and expected to be more conservative as an African model- as he performed ‘on top of the world’ the theme for the 2013 AFCON, which makes him ‘culpable’ for his sleazy ways.

Ultimately, like one of his protégés said, ‘it’s a jonzing occupation’

Are you feeling the nigga?

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