Fast-rising Nigerian hip-hop artiste, Hotkid shares new single ‘Mandem’ featuring Ghanaian rappers DTG, Kwesi Arthur. Inspired by the drill genre, Mandem is a militant mosh-type track on which the artists flex hard bars about their stance on loyalty in friendships.
On Mandem, Hotkid deviates from his usual style of music, delivering all of his lines in English language as opposed to the Yoruba and pidgin mix that his fans have become accustomed to.
With this new boppy tune, Hotkid is set to introduce us to a new version of himself, seemingly equipped with an arsenal of genre-bending sounds that will catapult him into the global market in no time.
Moshood Adeola popularly known by his stage name as Hotkid is a fast rising Nigerian hip hop rapper, Afrobeats singer, songwriter, stage performer and a recording artist currently signed to Dr Dolor Entertainment. He was born in 2003 in Lagos State, Lagos Island to be precise and was brought up in the Ebute-Meta part of Lagos State, Nigeria and started making music at a tender age.
A genius singer, rapper and songwriter, Hotkid was first discovered by Dr Dolor in a viral Instagram video where he got thrilled by his rapping skills. Thrilled by Hotkid’s stellar rapping skills after watching his several freestyle videos, Dr Dolor, whose aim is to nurture young talents and make them into superstars, decided to sign Hotkid to his record label on the 19th of July, 2019. Ever since, Hotkid has been on a catalytic takeover in the music scene with hit singles like ‘Ozana’ off his 2019 debut EP ‘Honorable’.
Following the impressive reception to his 2021 audio- visual debut, Afro fusion rising star, Oladapo is living up to promise with the launch of an extended play “Blind,” released via Sony Music Entertainment West Africa and available now on digital stores. Listen HERE!
Oladapo has been praised as an embodiment of talent given his unique skill in musical composition and the sing-ability from where his syrupy vocals are laid. The extended play “Blind,” is his very first body of work and it is one that has been well-anticipated by his fans. However, it wasn’t until he released ‘Alone’ last month that some light was shed on the theme and context of the EP for listeners to tailor their expectations.
“Blind” is a 5-track EP that explores moments in love, lust, hurt, heartbreak and dance. Speaking on the project, Oladapo describes it as a tribute to a former self. The songs on the track list explain a tussle between a naïve (blind) Oladapo and a better enlightened Oladapo; a conundrum he expresses further as “one version of me who’s blind to the intricacies of love and another who’s been hurt and battered by it.”
The project also showcases Oladapo’s command of the fusion genre whilst allowing for the skillful dynamism of P.Priime and Semzi who produced the musical content on “Blind” to be appreciated.
Listeners too will revel in the melodies melding into an enticement of sounds as the tracks are digested in sequence for an eargasmic experience.
Niinety9’s New EP, Bodied Soul, is one for the top records
Emechebe Chukwunomnso- popularly known as Niinety9 is a fast rising Nigerian singer/songwriter from Anambra state, Nigeria. Falling in love with music at the tender age of 14, the AfroSoul and AfroPop artist released his first official single ‘Relate’ in July, 2016. He followed up with his next single ‘Style’ (Prod by OTO) in August, 2017. His hard-work and determination won him the ‘Artiste of the year on the Nigerian teen choice award (NTCA) in 2018 gaining him more listeners and recognition.
In 2019, he released his debut project ‘NINETY9′. A project that gained over 100,000 plays across multiple streaming platforms, proof of his recognised talent. Niinety9 teased there is an EP on the way and further announced releasing the first single off the EP, Indecisive.
With his recent singles ‘Fancy’ produced by Gbeduboss and ‘Indecisive’ produced by JohnsonIP both gaining over 300,000 streams across multiple streaming platforms. As Niintey9’s prowess as a musical artist cannot be denied, he is set to release his second EP, Bodied Soul.
“Bodied soul”- an embodiment of love filled with emotions, betrayal, commitment, and forgiveness.
He traverses the simple yet delicate phase of “Love”, searching to understand the nitty-gritty of it. Fusing Afro-soul with buttered lyricism and alluring harmonies, Niintey9 delivers a stimulating body of work. The first track “Indecisive” is a love story that is both-sided, and shows full vulnerability of a man to a woman giving off mixed emotions and uncertainty about their relationship, while the last track ‘Bad Trips” is about connecting with inner feelings, reminiscing and taking accountability.
Using this as a pilot, Niintey9 goes all out on this EP.
Lagos-based Afro-f usion Star YKB Presents Debut Project, Before I Blow
One week after the release of his bubbly anthem “Practice Patience,” exciting Lagos-based afrobeats star YKB is today sharing his debut project, the seven-track extended play Before I Blow. The project follows the success that YKB, formerly known as YusufKanbai, has enjoyed over the last three years, building a cult following and enjoying successful collaborations with reality TV star Laycon and street-pop star Zlatan as well as receiving critical acclaim from publications like Pitchfork and The FACE.
Before I Blow is billed as YKB’s rst and last project as an up-and-coming star, with the coming months set to see him move from the periphery of the afrobeats movement to a more prominent role. The project features shape-shifting production from three producers namely Zolo, Godomarr, and Finito, seeing YKB take an autobiographical approach to the project’s sequencing: recorded at the active beginning of his career, “Wake Up” is a call to work harder and take charge of his career’s trajectory while Pitchfork described “Oshofree” as YKB making his case to demand “Naira for his work, not exposure over Zolo’s staccato percussion and s3nami’s dreamy backing vocals.” The sentiments that inspire these songs are evident on others songs like “Okuku Pay” and “Bolatito.”
Speaking on Before I Blow, YKB said:
“I want this project to be a point of reference for my fans in the future, for them to know where my journey started from. It’s almost like a prophecy because from now on, I’m moving with new energy and going on to bigger things.”
The new EP is a follow-up to his 2020-released two-song pack, “Hear Me Out” and viral single, “Alabama,” which has been hailed for its melodious range by afropop titan, Olamide, as well as the Zlatan-featuring “Dey Your Dey,” which positioned YKB as one of the most cogent voices to pay attention to in afropop’s ever-evolving landscape.
Raised in the well-known Ketu area of Lagos, YKB discovered a range of musical inuences growing up in his hood and started putting his music on SoundCloud in the late 2010s. The release of “Swaggu”, a freestyle that turned out to become a viral sensation introduced him to a wider audience due to its supremely condent lyrics and the fresh air around the singer. YKB’s music is an eclectic fusion of afrobeats, R&B, as well as hip-hop tinctures. An independent artist, YKB has released and contributed his vocals to a number of buzzing singles that deliver on his promise to become one of the most important voices in modern afropop.
Following the success of his last EP Kuwaiti Dinar, Cape Town-based Nigerian producer and songwriter Oluwa Kuwait is out with a new single featuring Victor AD titled Spiritual.
The groovy Afro-fusion song is riddled with trumpet sounds and heavy drum kicks as Victor AD touches on the topic of operating on higher vibrations.
With this song, Oluwa Kuwait envisions the listeners connecting to their spirituality and roots as Africans, highlighting that all we need to survive is God, oxygen and water as we navigate through life.
He projects his beliefs via his left breast tattoo—Psalm 25:1—in his new press images that show him meditating and connecting to his source of spirituality at a waterfall.
Nkwo Ifeanyi Rapheal (born March 6, 1998), known professionally as Joybar is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and recording artist fuelled with the influence of the Afrobeat sound merged with soul and feel good music.
Joybar started out with music while he was still in high school gathering a great deal of popularity amongst his peers.Birthing to a unique sound masterfully representing the voice and joy of the youth,he later went on to pursue a professional career as a musical artist after graduating from the department of banking and finance, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,Awka.
Joybar was brought up in the streets of Lagos and born to an igbo family in Anambra state in the eastern part of Nigeria, Joybar is no stranger to the Nigerian culture and the struggle of the common people. He expresses love, joy and the celebration of prosperity and abundance in his music.Its no surprise Joybar is always the life of the party living the “Faji lifestyle” as he fondly calls it.
BURN OUT by Joybar is a song that’s bound to keep you energized, that tells a story of trenches to greatness.
A review of Omah Lay’s Understand by Omolawyer for Modern Garage.
Vivid storytelling. Well painted scenarios. Infectious rhythms. Heartfelt confessions. Irresistible percussions. Soulful instrumentals. Since we knew him, this is how Omah Lay has chosen to tell his story and sing his songs. From his music, we identify a young man constantly speaking about his innermost feelings, adventurous ways and vices. With this, he has been falling in love and taking his Afro-Fusion with him, to the world and back.
Take a short trip back to his first EP a year ago, GET LAYD. Here, there’s clearly a woman in the picture and he’s feeling her. They’re in what seems to be like a talking stage of some sorts. On DAMN, it’s clear how much she loves him, regardless of whatever he’s doing. He loves her too, as we saw in YOU. However, there’s always two sides to a coin. The first thing he says on LO LO is
“Go tell all your friends I love them too”
” I look nice but I’m not so so good”
He’s also intentional on blowing her mind (and back too, if I may add), and he goes on to show off how well he does that on YE YE YE. From the name of the project and its content, one thing is clear: there’s a woman, and he’s trying to woo her.
The first thing he says on his next project is “Oh My Bebe”. On this song, he’s spazzing. He’s overwhelmed with the feeling of love he’s getting from his baby. He’s also interested in fully reciprocating the love, as he goes
“I wanna do you things wey you no go understand, later you go find out”
Who’s this woman? She has our man offering love, making plans and occasionally chipping in rhetorical questions, asking what she’s done to him, and why he’s feeling that way.
CONFESSION is what it is. His truth at the time. He goes:
“Started as a one-man squad
Bani come jejely reach my front ah ah
Henny dey go shot by shot
I wanna do this shit all night long ah ah
The plan na to chop lock up
Maggot don begin turn python ah ah
The way she dey treat my Fuck-up
I no wan see doctor”
In his first verse, he basically tells his story. From being a single ‘one man squad’ guy, He has fallen deep in love for this woman and the only thing he can do about it is confess his love for her expressly, all the time hoping she doesn’t fall in love with another guy.
“I just wanna know you love me back
I don’t want you loving another guy”
Now, it’s clearer. The pattern becomes more visible. He’s hooked. He has fallen for this woman. He’s confessing and confessing, telling her to listen to him. Something must kill a man, and he has probably found his poison.
The other two new songs on the EP, Can’t relate and Godly has Omah Lay dwelling more in his spiritual side, as he sings about his newly acquired fame, him getting used to it and God saving his soul and being there for him when it mattered most. It’s clearer where his head was at the time. From the start of his career till this point, the only constant things on his mind were God, his fans, this mystery girl he has now fallen for and all they’ve done together, hence the EP title, WHAT HAVE WE DONE?
After the project dropped late 2020, Omah Lay teases fans about an album and disappears from the scene and doesn’t return till late July. When he does, it’s to announce to the world that he’s shattered. Things have changed. His mystery woman left him, and he’s having a hard time wrapping his head around it!
Tempoe finds the perfect chemistry between Afrobeat and Highlife for Omah lay to cry and wail on. For such a short song, he really says a lot. He’s reflecting on his choices and decisions, wondering where he missed it.
Everything is wrong. He sounds like he’s crying. You can hear the rasp in his voice. There’s Confusion, Heartbreak, Betrayal, Pain, and Regret all over the place. It’s normal to hear Omah Lay’s emotions in his voice and lyrics, and this is no different. His mystery woman is gone, and he’s in a state of bewilderment and consternation.
The verse and chorus echoes Omah Lay’s confusion. They show his inability to explain or comprehend what’s happening. He can’t grasp how his act of unwavering sacrifice ended up in futility.
With a coarse pain stricken voice, he lashes out on the second verse.
The only thing he feels now is boundless pity for his fans. They’re going to have to sing and dance to his pain and sorrows. The woman he has been wooing all along has broken his heart. All he’s left with now is God and his fans. He doesn’t hide this, as he calls Oluwa (God) to fix his problem as he can’t seem to do so himself. Within seconds he’s cursing, refusing to see why anything should justify the actions of his mystery woman.
Using his infectious melodies to invoke nostalgic feelings of heartbreak, Omah Lay speaks his mind. He goes on to reflect on romance, sacrifices and his current love life. His mystery woman seems to have left their relationship, and this man is genuinely concerned. People don’t understand him. He’s dropping an album and he’s about to serve his fans with his pain. He’s running mad. Wasn’t he the one that wanted to do her things she won’t understand? What’d he do wrong? Why his best friend? Where does he start from? Omah Lay really doesn’t Understand.
On the 3rd of June, 2021, Afrobeat powerhouse and Globally recognized producer, Osabuohien Osarentin, popularly known as Sarz captured our attention with a video of a young man’s eye being struck with awe as the vocals of the background song switched midway.
The video became an instant meme, as the young man couldn’t contain his excitement when Sarz played the surprise feature from Grammy-winning singer and Global superstar, Wizkid.
That young man is LOJAY.
Relatively unknown to the Nigerian music scene, it was quite a surprise when Sarz announced an E.P was in the works with the newcomer. Sarz had only been on a joint project with Afro-Soul singer, Wurld on an E.p dubbed I Like Girls With Trobul (ILGWT). With the bar been set pretty high by Wurld already, Lojay knew he had to deliver and Boy O Boy, he understood the assignment.
A 3-month Bootcamp between the duo (Lojay and Sarz) gave birth to a 5-track E.P called LV N ATTN. This joint E.P is characterized by Sarz’s versatility and elite Productions skills coupled up with Lojay’s soothing vocals, precise lyrics and expert delivery.
The mid-tempo paced project starts with Tonongo as Sarz employs some rich bass combo, slow rhythmic drums and a guitar loop to give us a masterpiece of a beat. 10 seconds in, Lojay storms in with his silky voice and narrates his experience with a stripper. Armed with some lambas and great melody, the singer tells his story with flawless delivery.
Park O X3
Channelling his Yoruba roots, Lojay craves for the woman’s attention, repeatedly saying “Park O” then going ahead to ask for her consent saying “And I seek permission to throw you down”. He also let her know that he is ready to show loads of love if she gives him her attention. Such an enjoyable tune.
LV N ATTN
Lojay started this track in elite fashion, with his soothing voice he calms the babe down and appreciates her body in a manner only Yoruba demons do telling her “Body wey Dey burn like shitor, She no need a silicone no, But her Cinnabon look like silicone o”.After making her feel like a Queen in the first verse, he then proceeds to ask for her love and attention in a falsetto tone all through the chorus.
His desperation however comes to the fore in verse 2 as he asks for an immediate response “Girl I need your answer now, Baby keep me satisfied, be my lover lovеr o”.
Assisting Lojay with his signature voice and awesome composure on the 3rd verse was Wizkid. Big Wiz bodied his verse, giving us catchy lines that will make any crowd sing along.
Shout out to Sarz too, the Konga loop was sick!
Panty is more Sarz than Lojay. The beat is a madness (I’m sure the last 10 seconds of the song was laced with crack). Sarz reminded us that we are now in 2021 and he is still nobody’s mate. It is a chilled track with a catchy hook. There was a lot of repeated lyrics here, we needed more from Lojay. The song was also too short!!!
Again, Sarz was in his bag on this track. He explored the Afro-House genre, producing a club banger. Lojay admitted in an interview “Monalisa” is special ’cause Sarz had planned to use the beat for something else but when I heard it I liked it so he said if I could kill it I could have it”, and we can all agree that he murdered this one.
With his lyrical dexterity, he lusted after Monalisa’s body while also craving for her love providing a balanced mix of love and lust which was the theme of the E.P.
I can guarantee you that if Lojay performs Monalisa at a concert, the crowd is legit going crazy!
Lojay describes his sound as “Sexy, Edgy, Melodic and Lyrically Elite”, and we definitely saw all of that on the project. With his sublime vocals alongside Sarz’s deft production and a feature from Wizkid, it is fair to say that Lojay deserves all the love and attention.