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The resurrection of Hip-Hop  In The Nigerian Music Industry

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For some weeks now, one of the industries that has received so much attention lately is the Nigerian music industry due to the content flying around the industry.

A lot of music fans have been enjoying this atmosphere as some claim it is very healthy for music especially for the lovers of hip-hop.

Not to keep you in suspense, all I am talking about it the most recent diss tracks flying around in the hip hop sector of the Nigerian music industry. The hip hop industry has really come alive than it has ever been in the past few years.

It all started with one of Chocolate city’s latest signee, Blaqbones, who claims to be the best rapper in Africa shading fellow rapper, Davolee, who was under Olamide’s imprint and Wale Turner, a rapper too, in a song which he was featured on titled ‘Define Rap’ by VJ Adams.

In his verse, he mentioned that ‘Where was Davolee and Wale Turner when sh*t got real’.

Just when we thought it was going to end with that, little did we know that something bigger was cooking between Vector and M.I, who have been counterparts over the years.

Vector pulled the trigger by releasing a diss track for M.I titled ‘Tetracycline’ , this received so many comments from hip-hop lovers especially for the fact that Vector is one who has been able to maintain his stature as one of the best rapper Nigeria has got.

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While we were still waiting for M.I to respond, Vector pulled the second shot at M.I, whoop!, it was just another huge shot again as Mr Incredible fans were off balance as they listened to the second track.

Still in the midst of Vector and MI’s diss, Davolee who got a shade from Blaqbones responded and didn’t just fire the shot at Blaqbones alone but also Dremo, Falz, Poe, Ycee, Vector.His reply was such an epic one as people ever expected that he would kill so many birds with just one stone.

He mentioned how Blaqbones is just disrespectful, how Falz isn’t worthy of being a lyricist, how Ycee career went down, how Poe can’t drop hits, how vector delved into commercial music while challenging Dremo to battle him if he can.

However, Dremo actually did!, He replied with a diss track titled ‘Scape Goat’, the album art alone spoke so many messages and the lyrical prowess was just waow. He said in one his lines that he would turn Davolee to a mini-davolee, and how Davolee wears fake chains.

In less than 24hours, Davolee responded and said Dremo has used his glory to gather IG Followers who will still come for his funeral and asked if he bought the 30BG-Ice with his money, he also praised Davido for uplifting Dremo.

The whole thing got interesting when M.I responded to Vector’s diss tracks in a song titled ‘Viper’. He was so strategic to have released it on World Teachers’ day, creating an impression that he wants to school vector.

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He made it known in the song that he didn’t do a diss track but a compassion, he repeatedly called Vector’s first name ‘Lanre’ in the song like he was referring to his son.

M.I also stated in his song that the fact that his son is taller than him doesn’t mean he won’t prostrate, recall that Vector had earlier shaded M.I for his height in the second diss track.

All these made Nigerians and music lovers give so much attention to Hip-Hop again in the country. It would be worthy of being noted that Rappers have delved into commercial music in order to make ends meet because they believe Nigerians don’t appreciate rap, however, with this, one would be left with no choice than to Say the real Hip-Hop is still alive.

Hip-hop has always been about rap battle, diss tracks, just for the fun of it, to create entertainment for the fans and have the fans anticipate their favourite rappers’ next diss track.

It already looked like the real Hip-Hop has been killed due to the stakeholders leaving the scene to another genre of music but with the latest development; Hip-Hop has resurrected again in the Nigerian music industry.

By: Osho Oluwatosin, Lagos

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Iyanya Reacts To Car Theft Suit

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Nigerian singer, Iyanya, has reacted to his car theft suit.

Despite initially keeping mum, stating that the matter was in court, he took to social media to state that Nigerians like bad news.

Iyanya was arraigned at an Igbosere High Court before Justice Okikiolu-Ighile last week, following a car theft allegation brought against him by his former label, The Temple Management Company Limited (TTMCL).

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According to the charge sheet, the singer converted to his use or of another person, a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado SUV with ‘MAVINIY’ as its plate number.

 Since his arraignment, he has also been promoting his soon-to-be released EP titled “The Rebirth”.

The body of work is expected to be influenced majorly by his experience from changing record labels.

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Iyanya, who parted ways with Made Men Music Group (MMMG) in 2016, joined Mavin Record in the same year while signing a management deal with TMC, a platform he also subsequently left.

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Gospel Music Saved Me From Depression – Philadelphia Kes

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Beautiful with a sonorous voice, Philadelphia Ekesiena, popular in the gospel music industry as Philadelphia Kes is an artiste to listen to. From the southern part of Nigeria, specifically Delta State, she holds a BSc in International Economics from the Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine. In this interview, she speaks on her love for good music, how a graduate of International Economics can become a gospel musician and her recent project.

Tell us how a graduate of International Economics ended up being a gospel musician.

It’s my love for music, good music I must say. I love good music, fashion, intellectual conversations, and honest people. When I’m not singing, I’m checking out new fashion styles, trends and all. So, my love for good music led me to this path.

How did music start for you?

Like most successful musicians, it started in the church. I literary grew up in the church. I joined the children’s choir at a very tender age and became one of the best at the time. Well, as a child I did music for fun, I didn’t think of becoming a professional someday, but I kept sharpening up the craft. While in high school, I still kept at it. It was at the university when I went to study hoping that I would someday become an Economist that I realised that my love for music was beyond just doing it for fun and that I’d like to do it full time. So, my undying love for music inspired my decision to go into it fully.

Did joining the church choir at a very tender age influence your genre?

Yes, it did. Gospel music is everything I’ve known as a child up until now even though I listen to diverse genres. So yeah, the love for gospel came naturally.

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How far can go with names such as Sinach, Frank Edward, Tim Godfrey, and the likes already known?

I have a sound I’m set to project, I want to be as original as possible, with that I’m sure I’ll stand out and in turn break even. I’m sold out to making Jesus famous through my songs as that’s the whole essence of salvation. I see myself proclaiming the name of Jesus around the world and anywhere my feet step on.

What challenges have you encountered in your career?

It’s not easy putting out good music. Having to keep up with financial commitments has been a major challenge. I mean the whole process of producing, engineering, promoting. However, somehow, God has been making a way.

It’s a given that International Economics has taken the back seat for now, what height do you hope to take your career?

The peak. Own or co-own a record label someday where I can sign upcoming artistes to relief them from some of the stress I’m passing through now. I would also want to help young artistes so that music-making can become easier and fun-filled.

Do you see yourself achieving this dream with the challenges in the Nigerian gospel music industry?

Most certainly. Achieving a set goal makes me happy, and until I achieve it, I am driven. We must understand that gospel music in Nigeria is still growing. It has got a lot of potentials even across West Africa and the entire world. We have a lot of very talented gospel artistes presently, but we need help in the area of awareness, promotion, distribution, and production. Media houses need to promote gospel artistes and the genre of music more, and of course, we’ve got room to improve. So, yeah it is achievable.

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Who do you look up to for inspiration in the gospel music industry?

I love Maranda Curtis, when I grow up I want to be like her. I love Efe Nathan as well, her vocal strength is one which I covet. So I keep working hard every day.

You recently released a single titled “He Came Through”, is there a story to that song?

There was a time in my life when depression, regular mood swings were the order of the day. Then my cousin came up with the song and we co-wrote it, and that was how I was able to express myself through the lyrics of the song.

How challenging was it to write the song knowing it was your personal experience?

It took about five years because we had the song since my university days and decided to revamp it four years after graduation.

Are you looking at dropping a complete body of work anytime soon?

Yes, of course, a couple of other songs are cooking already, and eventually, I will drop something for my fans.

On a lighter note, you seem to have a sense of fashion, tell us about it.

I’m very good with clothes, fashion generally such that I have plans to set up a fashion outfit soon.

The best musicians play an instrument, what do you play?

For now, I don’t play any.

You are a beautiful lady; what would your ideal man look like?

God-fearing, intelligent and tall. I also dislike virtues like lies, deceit, backbiting, and extortion.

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2Baba Storms Silver Fox Anniversary Party Today

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Amaka singer, 2Baba, will storm popular adult entertainment club Silver Fox today.

Silver Fox, considered one of the biggest luxury adult entertainment clubs in Africa will host the singer, as it celebrates its half-decade of being in operation.

In just five years of operation, the club has amassed patronage beyond its competitors who have been in the business for a longer period due to its luxury approach at service delivery.

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The event themed “Legend Celebrates Legend” will be a statement of dominance, consistency, and luxury lifestyle, three fronts for which Silver Fox is respected for.

Side attractions include a special Cleopatra costume dance and several giveaways, as the club celebrates with love birds and its growing clientele.

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