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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’.

Listen to the IM3

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.

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.

IM3-Tracklist
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.

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.

 

KING KONG- VECTOR HINTS AT GANG AFFILIATION?

“Knocking on your door like ding ding dong” Vector takes his new single King Kong to the street, but nobody’s running for cover. Why? cos you’ll wanna dance! The beat is a medley of traditional African sound- the Udu, an instrument common and probably originating among the south eastern tribes of Nigeria, accompanied by staccato gong sound, with a flute to complete a nollywood flick soundtrack-esque.

After years of doing music the way he knows to do, with not as much commercial success as his counter-parts in the big record labels-Choc city(ice prince), Mavin(d’prince); He seems ready to commercialize ‘we tryna make money right? ka pawo die’.

There are punchlines to go on and on about, but the highlight of the song for me is his ingenuity on the color composition, creating a color themed chorus literally.

why you dey look me like cow head, chicago‘-(chicago bulls NBA team wear red and white uniform),

I dey generate power like mikano‘-(the white generator with a red insignia)

‘champion swagga omo na milan o’ (AC milan has a red and white away kit).

Whatever inspired this chorus  could be pointing at his affiliation to a fraternity, which he also mentioned in the song- the KK Mafia(Vikings), who have color codes as most gangs and fraternities and wear their tunics in red and white.

This may sound like a whole web of conspiracy, you know, sort of like the giants of renaissance art being affiliated to fraternities and leaving subtle clues in their creations. Well what do I know?

Watch here and listen yourself- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axrSSK3rw4w

Album Review-AYO(Wizkid)

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It is no news that 6 (out of total 18 tracks and a bonus) had been jamming on the radio, available for download several months prior to the eventual release of the album. The one we were misled to believe would be titled CHOSEN!

Doing all but forgiving bad PR- listened to, discussed the album and read how it came to be.  I’ve read my TL. And boy, do people have an opinion? I’ve realized that this fella’s album sort of grow on you. It’s now a full month since the album dropped, chances are you heard some, perhaps all tracks there-in. Let’s take a dive in;

From the artwork, one can immediately decipher the creative direction Wizzy takes on his sophomore album, AYO. He employs more cultural contents-the album is fraught with the Yoruba language, but not in an undesirable way rather it hints at some maturity in his style. He has fully morphed from the teenager singing ‘holla at your boy‘. While the album is a predominantly afro-pop one, some Juju, high life, reggae elements was sampled. Working with eclectic collection of producers; it’s apparent that Maleek berry-his label mate and producer-didn’t contribute much to the album. Legendury, shizzi, Del b and Uhuru all had a nice time out with the star-boy.

So lets quickly do a rundown of tracks on the album(plugging in your earphones wouldn’t be a bad idea at this point)

Mummy mi

There’s no much to say, the song, is not short of a praise and worship song for a deity that is mothers. Well that’s to people that regard their mother’s as such. This would definitely endear wizkid to the older folks.

Celebrate

Perhaps my favorite of all, a sort of fusion between afro-beat and high life. The title of the song couldn’t be more apt for the feeling the song inspires; he’s living the good life and he wants to celebrate.

Kind Love

Wizkid explores sounds tending towards high life in this one. Del B is fast becoming a maestro in this line of instrumentals. Kcee Limpopo wouldn’t have been out of place in this one, as a matter of fact, the limpopo dance will be a lovely step to this.

One question

Majorly high life sounds, Wizkid drops his braggadocio persona and puts on a more humble cloak. With Yemi sax on the song, you know the horns are blaring.

For you ft Akon

Uhuru dearly deserves commendation for this song, even though he mimicked his instrumental on Tchelete. Wizkid employs the vocal prowess of Akon who in turn killed it, the song is full of lustful and sexually suggestive lyrics- we need to bring IK (back when he was the wildchild) to help understand the iron pipes Akon referred to as iron-kon.

In Love ft Seyi Shay

‘Everyday am falling in love with you, falling for you boy’. In love is a classic boy-girl duet, the kind that never go wrong when a talented vocalist like Miss Shay is in the mix. If one didn’t listen carefully, one might believe Seyi Shay was ASA.

In my bed

This is a definite club banger, why? Uhuru did the instrumental. After the beat reaches a crescendo, it pauses as wizkid did the bridge ‘I want your body sleeping in my bed’ while sugar coating the bed with his sweet humming bird voice making it to sound like ‘beed’. The beat kicks back to life, and the song suddenly transforms to some sort of fuji music. He mentioned names and backed it up with ‘eleniyan’ (notable person). The transition was too abrupt- like the coarse rhythm typical of the fuji genre, which was ok I guess.

Ojuelegba

This to me is the highest point of the album and Ayo Balogun will be remembered for this piece. Adopting the title of the song from a popular and somewhat notorious neighborhood in Lagos, this is an indication of how matured his music can get. A rich afro-beat instrumentation accentuated by talking drum. In one word, classic.

Dutty whine

Ladies that have mastered the art of twerking would be grateful for this Star boy, EME collaboration (Banky appears for the last time as his boss) and he (Banky W) shows who the boss is, switching from rap to reggae in 1 verse, he rubs it in your face “so much style dem think say I be boy band”.

Murder ft wale

He had released a snippet of this song months ago.  It’s the 3rd time he’s featured wale, the other 2 however didn’t make the album. It’s bland.

Omalicha

Another love song, with instrumentals that I reckon is kind of late Brenda Fassi-esque. The bass guitar strings were struck quiet impressively by Legedury beats.

Show you the money ft tyga

A remake of the original song on the asphalts of Shitta.

All in all, I think the album is a fairly good listen. A more matured and reinvigorated music.

Nomination List: Headies 2014.

The-Headies

While you’ll have to wait to cast votes for your favorite Afro-Pop stars, Hip-Hop world have in mean time released the nomination list of this year’s annual music awards, THE HEADIES.

Take a good look at the list below:

THE HEADIES 2014 – NOMINEES LIST
(YEAR IN REVIEW: JULY 2013 – JUNE 2014)

1. BEST RECORDING OF THE YEAR
A non-voting category for the best single recording by an artiste or group in year under review.
IYAWO MI- TIMI DAKOLO
LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU- 2FACE IDIBIA
ALWAYS ON MY MIND – NOSA
ORDINARY PEOPLE – COHBAMS ASUQUO

2. PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
An individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed song or album in the year under review.
DON JAZZY – DOROBUCCI
PHEELZ – ELEDA MI O
T SPIZE – AYE
LEGENDURY BEATZ – CARO
SHIZZY – SKELEWU
DEL B – PULL OVER

3. BEST MUSIC VIDEO
A voting category for the best conceptualist, best directed and most exciting video in the year under review. This award goes to the video director.
ADA ADA BY FLAVOUR – CLARENCE PETERS
TOH BAD BY NIYOLA – KEMI ADETIBA
JUST LIKE THAT BY RAYCE – AJE
OYA NOW BY JOE EL FT. ORITSE FEMI – UNLIMITED LA
PERSONALLY BY P-SQUARE – JUDE “ENGEES” OKOYE & CLARENCE PETERS

4. BEST R&B/POP ALBUM
A category for the best R&B/Pop Album in the year under review (by single individual or group).
THE JOURNEY – SEAN TIZZLE
TAKEOVER – KCEE
ONCE UPON A TIME – TIW SAVAGE
ME, MY MOUTH & EYE – SOUND SULTAN
L.I.F.E – BURNA BOY

5. BEST R&B SINGLE
A category for the best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group).
LET SOMEBODY LOVE YOU- 2FACE IDIBIA
IYAWO MI- TIMI DAKOLO
PLAN B – WANDE COAL
DON GORDON – BURNA BOY

6. BEST POP SINGLE
A category for the best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
DOROBUCCI – MAVIN CREW
AYE – DAVIDO
JOHNNY – YEMI ALADE
PULL OVER – KCEE
DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI
CARO – STAR BOY FEATURING WIZKID AND L.A.X
SURULERE – DR. SID

7. BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL SINGLE
A category for the best Reggae/Dancehall single in year under review (by single individual or group).
GIRLIE O REMIX – PATORANKING
LEAD ME ON – CYNTHIA MORGAN
STINKING SH#T – CHOPSTIX FEATURING ICE PRINCE, YUNG L AND ENDIA.
ONLY YOU – JESSE JAGZ FT. WIZKID
MURDA – SEYI SHAY FT. PATORANKING & SHAYDEE

8. BEST RAP ALBUM
A Non-Voting Category for the Best Album By A Rap Artiste Or Group In Year Under Review.
NO GUTS NO GLORY – PHYNO
ALAGA IBILE- REMINISCE
BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH – OLAMIDE
THY NATION COME – JESSE JAGZ

9. BEST COLLABO
A voting category for the best R&B, Pop or Hip-hop collaborative track (including cameos).
OYA NOW – JOE EL FT. ORITSE FEMI
EMERGENCY – WIZZY PRO FEATURING SKALES, PATORANKING AND RUNTOWN
SURULERE – DR. SID & DON JAZZY
PASS YOU BY – BLACK MAGIC FT. ORITSE FEMI
GIRLIE O REMIX – PATORANKING
DOROBUCCI – MAVINS

10. BEST RAP SINGLE
A voting category for a single (released on-air) recording of a rap song.
PARCEL- PHYNO
DOPE MONEY – OLAMIDE FT. PHYNO
SHOTZ ON SHOTS – ICE PRINCE FT. SARKODIE
RAP IT UP – POSLY TD
DEAF – EVA ALORDIAH
WTF – ILL BLISS

11. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
A non-voting category for the single male artiste with the most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album.
IYAWO MI – TIMI DAKOLO
DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI
WHY YOU LOVE ME – NOSA
ORDINARY PEOPLE – COHBAMS

12. BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)
A non-voting category for the single female artiste with most outstanding vocal performances on a single song or album.

LOVE TO LOVE YOU – NIYOLA FT. BANKYW
WANTED – TIWA SAVAGE
WINDOW – MONICA OGAH
GOOD MAN – RUBY

13. NEXT RATED
This category is a voting category for the most promising upcoming officially unreleased (or signed) act in the year under review.
PATORANKING
RUNTOWN
OREZI
SKALES
YEMI ALADE

14. HIP HOP WORLD REVELATION
A voting category for the best new artiste in the year under review.
TIWA SAVAGE – ONCE UPON A TIME
SEAN TIZZLE – THE JOURNEY
BURNA BOY – L.I.F.E
KCEE – TAKE OVER

15. LYRICIST ON THE ROLL
A non-voting category for the Rap Artiste with the best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album.
SHOTS ON SHOTS – ICE PRINCE
RAP IT UP – POSLY TD
GOD ON THE MIC – JESSE JAGZ
KPANSH – YUNG 6IX

16. BEST STREET-HOP ARTISTE
A voting category for the artiste whose songs are inspired by the streets. Such song should captain lingua, which may also be originated by the artiste and popular on the street.
DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSE FEMI
SHOKI – LIL’ KESH FT. OLAMIDE & DAVIDO
DOROBUCCI – MAVIN
ALOBAM – PHYNO

17. BEST ‘ALTERNATIVE’ SONG
A voting category for the artiste whose songs reflect any form or style of music which falls outside the mainstream of recent or past popular musical trends.
BOLAJI – BOJ
BODY- BLACK MAGIC FEATURING BANKY W
GOOD MAN – RUBY
WHY YOU LOVE YOU – NOSA

18. ALBUM OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges requirements of excellence (in every realm: Songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (Sales and popularity).
THE JOURNEY – SEAN TIZZLE
L.I.F.E – BURNA BOY
BADDEST GUY EVER LIVETH – OAMIDE
NO GUTS NO GLORY – PHYNO

19. ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
DAVIDO
WIZKID
KCEE
TIWA SAVAGE
OLAMIDE
PHYNO
FLAVOUR

20. SONG OF THE YEAR
A voting category for the most popular song in the year under review. This category is usually decided by voting.
AYE – DAVIDO
PULL OVER – KCEE
DOUBLE WAHALA – ORITSEFEMI
SURULERE – DR. SID
DOROBUCCI – MAVINS
JOHNNY – YEMI ALADE

21. BEST AFRICAN ARTISTE
A non-Nigerian award category for an individual African artiste with the most outstanding single/album and astonishing achievements and infiltration into Nigeria in year under review.
MAFIKIZOLO
SARKODIE
DIAMONDZ
R2BEES

22. HALL OF FAME
Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
SIR (DR.) VICTOR UWAIFO