In 2017, Nigerian Hip-Hop suffered its worst year in terms of quality and quantity. Thus, Nigerian legend took to the studio and recorded one of the most impactful rap records in modern Nigerian Hip-Hop history. The song was titled, ‘You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives.’
Rappers huffed and puffed, but time is a funny thing. Three years down the line, we realize that MI Abaga actually did Nigerian Hip-Hop a huge favour. Over the past three years, Nigerian Hip-Hop has improved in quality and quantity. 2019 was incredible and filled with life – it also birthed an interesting beef.
2019 ended with a release of Palmwine Express by Show Dem Camp. 2020 has already seen seen an Olamide project, but there seems more to come in Hip-Hop. Thus, here are the top five most anticipated rap projects of 2020;
In 2019, MI Abaga and Vector were embroiled in an epic beef when MI Abaga debuted a new jingle on his Vector diss, ‘The Viper.’ The jingle was simple, ‘Judah.’ It was like the voice of a commanding Nigerian father nudging his son to do something with little words. A few weeks after, Blaqbonez released a tweet where promoted an EP titled, Tribe of Judah.
Earlier in 2020, MI Abaga leaked a number of songs in ‘wav.’ format. Some weeks later, certain things associated with him started trending. The release date for this project that looks to be titled Tribe of Judah is uncertain,
A few weeks after Blagbonez released a tweet which promoted an EP. Titled Tribe of Judah. Earlier in 2020,MI Abaga leaked a number of songs in a “Wav” format. Some weeks later, certain things associated with him started trending.
Olamide: In the last decade, Olamide barely went a full year with out a body of work. In January 2020 he released his 10th Body of work, a project titled “999”,while the project was lukewarm, Olamide announced that we should expect new album from him and Fire Boy,his artist.
We don’t know the truth behind that picture but if anybody can drop two projects in one year, its Olamide.
3. Show Dem Camp: Over the past three years, Show Dem Camp has released at least one project per year even if we don’t the state of any project. The iconic duo of Ghost and Tec always work together on music. In 2019 they released two length bodies of work and they were beautiful.
Again, we are not sure about the state of our impending project, but Clone Wars is on its fourth installment, Palm Music is only on its second installment.
4) Falz: Falz the Bhad Guy won three awards at the 14th edition of Headies Awards in October 19th 2019.The same year he took home the Gong for Album of the Year at the event. The wine was for his polarising album” moral Instruction”.That same year, three of his sub segment singles failed to make any meaningful impact.
However, he did a good job on “make e no cause fight2 with. Ajebutta and BOJ.With how Falz moves,chances are his next project will be a surprise and the certainty of that project is almost written in the stars.
5) AQ : After Crown, the impressive collaborative album with Loose Kaynon,AQ had a fairly quite 2019.But even in that year, he had two impressive performances on the Martell cyphers, released two loosies and won lyrics on the Roll at the Headies.
6). Pay Back: In the past three years, pay back has released three memorable projects, two albums and one EP.Pay Back is one of the best rappers in Nigeria. Very soon his new album will be released and it looks set to be impressive.
My Victory Resulted From Steadfast Prayers, Says MBGN Winner
Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2021, Oluchi Madubuike, yesterday said that her victory was as a result of steadfast prayers.
Madubuike, who was crowned Miss Nigeria World 2021 on Saturday, took to her Instagram page to appreciate her family and other people who supported her in the journey.
According to her, she was victorious because of the steadfast prayers, love and support that she received from well wishes.
She said, “The little girl in me is screaming with joy at this new reality of mine. I’m sure my dad is with the host of angels in heaven celebrating me!
“I am so grateful to God most importantly for this opportunity and the hand of favour He placed upon my life. I am a living testimony of his divine work.
“To @silverbirdgrp , all our sponsors and partners, thank you all for this opportunity. I promise to maximize it to my fullest potential.
“This victory was a result of the steadfast prayers, love and support. I pray that God will find a way to repay everyone who contributed in a thousand folds.”
Madubuike would be representing Nigeria at the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 in Puerto Rico.
Nigerian Female Celebrities Are Not Prostitutes -Movie Producer
Nigerian movie producer, Samuel Olatunji, popularly known as Bigsam has debunked the idea that successful women in the entertainment industry earn their money through questionable means.
The Public Relations expert took to his Instagram page yesterday to condemn Nollywood actress, Nnaji Charity, who in her Instagram stories wrote that “being a female celebrity in Nigeria is more like an advanced prostitution.”(sic)
“To say her post is uncharitable to women is stating the obvious. What is more uncharitable is the fact that she is a woman (that, I believe because these days, you never can tell), “ the producer said.
He added, “What you are implying is that all these successful female celebrities, both in entertainment and outside entertainment are prostitutes, got to where they are, or are maintaining what they are by prostitution? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Naming celebrities such as Linda Ikeji, Toyin Abraham, Funke Akindele-Bello, and Ini Edo, the Dear Affy producer attested to lucrative means by which several female celebrities he has worked with, make their money.
He said, “There was a time someone called me to say Linda Ikeji must be doing fraud or advanced prostitution to make the kind of money she has, that year, Linda was charging 50k per post (now it is 150k). I asked the person to open the blog and we did counting of sponsored post for that day as at 6pm, Linda has done about 20 sponsored posts. That year, Linda was raking in about 2 million daily. Before Covid and after, Toyin Abraham was making over 5 million monthly.
“About 10 years ago, we struck a major deal for Ini Edo, my first cut in the money was over 1.5m. Till date, Ini is making legitimate money quietly and in quick succession to have warranted talk that she’s the richest actress in Nigeria. About two or three years ago, Funke Akindele Bello made over 1 million USD from just one of her projects.”(sic)
Also mentioning the likes of Kemi Adetiba, Uche Jumbo, and Lizzy Jay, Bigsam said, “If you see all these women living life and living well, don’t let your limited brain deceive you that they only make it by gracing beds of powerful men (some of these men actually live off them).”
“Women are doing well and it is possible for the upcoming one to do better without turning to prostitution,” he continued.
He further encouraged ladies to ignore the claims by Nnaji as “she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”
Wizkid, Omah Lay Bag High Nominations In AFRIMA 2021
The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards have released the 2021 nominees’ list.
The list, which was released on Wednesday, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Leading the 2021 AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’ in ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Producer of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.
Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’. Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.
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