There is an endless list of artists who were based outside the country ( in diaspora ) ; that left foreign lands for Nigeria and in a few years did amazing things in the industry in Africa. The long list includes Fela , Eldee , Banky W , Tiwa Savage , Asa , Davido , Burna boy, Dice ailes , Sauce kid (Sinzu) , and so much more. Some took the journey back home and made it big , while others were not so lucky , but one thing is a fact , artists in diaspora give the home grown talents a run for their money .
Sampson , another super talented Afro beat artist may be the next on that list . His songs are lit and his management may have to consider promoting his content in Lagos Nigeria. He is definitely going places, his heavy Afro beat tune No hands, will be on my play list for long.
Nigerian artists are doing big things in diaspora . It is the goal of this blog to find them and present them on a platter to you ( no need to stress ) .
From the stable of Feel Good Music(fgM) , i present Wizzywee . Real name Wisdom Akataobi , Wizzywee originally started Under H-records with a group known at the time as Sugaboiz . They were an item in Port Harcourt Nigeria, but the group has seized to exist due to the fact that Wizzy relocated to Texas, USA . Recently i made an effort to find Wizzy online, and i was pleasantly surprised that he has been putting out music , the most recent of which is ” Feel Alright ”
Feel alright is a feel good Afro beat number targeted at the grown and sexy female crowd. It features another super talented vocalist , “Sampson O.G.A” . Watch the video below, it is directed by Dir by Jay Clark.
Hello guys, this is Neno, a Togolese artist based out of Chicago Usa . He is a versatile artist that has flows in both French and English. He is releasing the visual of his new song called BENZ. The visuals are very crisp, and you can check the video below.
He is one of the artist lighting up the African scene in Chicago and more things are expected of him.
The purpose of my blog is to provide a place where dope independent artists i have come across, especially in the cities i have lived in ( Indiana Usa , Chicago , Lagos , Port Harcourt ) can interact . Having said that , it means the scope of my blog for now is very limited. It is a personal blog and the views are a personal opinion.
Today i want to introduce you all to an artist named ” Blaqbonez “, a rapper I have followed since i lived in Lagos Nigeria . Over the years, Blaqbonez has been very consistent and has dropped projects, most of which have contributed to his rise in the hip-hop circles in Nigeria. His works have brought him a lot of accolades and consequently a deal with 100 Crowns; a company affiliated with choc city music ; home of arguably Nigeria’s no. 1 rapper MI Abaga.
In August 2018, he dropped a project tiled “Bad boy blaq” . I took time to listen to this project on spotify and i have decided to provide a general overview on the project (My opinion) . Over the years, i have seen Blaqbonez evolve from being a battle rapper to making music that sounds good and have a commercial value. From the East coast boom-bap music to a project that is heavily trap. This goes to show how far blaq has come and that he is in touch with the market and has tailored his music to suit what the market wants. Blaq has also grown from being an artist that only cares about accolades and hype to a fully grounded business man, and i am happy at his attempts to wrap his head around the business part of music.
First, I love to pick up an album and after listening to it i can tell the artist’s origin, language , life experiences , purpose and ideologies . 2017/18 has seen a slight shift of in the way artists approach content creation . Artists like Lil wayne, Cardi B , Drake , Nas even our own Mi Abaga dropped projects that are very inward and introspective . The shift has seen artists go from money and hoes to spreading the word on concepts like business , self study , and self awareness . On this project , Blaq follows the same direction, i could identify his culture, his beliefs and most especially i could understand his story. The songs are laced with English and heavy pigin and verbiage and slang are ingenious to Nigeria. Also, the subject matter he raps about is relevant to his environment and the message is clear. What i enjoyed most is the realness. He is not trying to talk about issues he knows nothing about but he draws inspiration from issues around him and those that are common within his surrounding. That is very important to the success of music globally. You have to listen to your environment and speak a language they speak to connect your music with them. I had no problems identifying Blaqs motives and message. From the album cover you can tell that Blaq had set out to be creatively unique . I love the color combination and i suppose the pictures on the cover represent different facets of his personality or personal journey.
The introduction to a project means everything. it tells the listener if to continue or not . Blaqs first track ” Accommodate ” gives a summary of his state of mind. ” Real life not knowing where dinner is coming from / real life f**k what u see on Instagram broke as fuck but living without stealing “. It sets the stage for what to expect . A dope rapper fighting to get heard ! . The second song on the tracks-list “Denied” starts where he left off on the first , he raps
” I am so ahead of time / 2018 held me back / carry the cross i am like Christ / prayed to God to save my life / cos i am real, going and killing this people like flies / well on my way to the ice / never been lucky my life/ aint no roll of the dice / i just cannot be denied/ Mi Abaga told me i am the one / everybody be like shii i am the one / even q said i am the dopest, to disrespect him must be stupid / ”
The arrangement of the tracks is impeccable . The production is top notch . Blaq had tweeted that M.I spent time working on this record and it definitely paid off .
One thing i noticed even from Blaqs previous projects is the way he uses skits to connect tracks . This is an old practice but it is a potent tool. Skits are to albums what conjunctions are to essays . If used intelligently they provide a beautiful link and add value to the project. It tells me that Blaq has done his home work and he knows what makes up a good project. I also love the use of recorded phone conversations to add a real life feel to the records. Blaq uses this effect to show that he draws inspiration from everyday life and that his music centers around his life. it is a priceless feature. Another very impressive thing about the project is how Blaq manages to bring in heavy features. Loose Kaynon , Aq , Terry Apala are veterans and they came through heavy on their records. Aq and Loose Kaynon came through on the track ” Low key ” and alpha although i do not know a lot about him was no push aside on the record. Stand out lines from the veterans are …
There is nothing new you can show me / get a pat on the back like Utomi / . See y’all can ask my exes , i quietly take my exit , they roll around with that L forever like a life time deal with Lexus, passport tatted like Rick Ross/.. add aesthetics to the project .
Terry Apala is a beast on the song ” I told you ” and delivers his agbero vibe that everyone loves. I would have been very happy to see an MI Abaga verse on this project. Asides the very heavy features, Blaq also showcases some impressive young talents on this project . I particularly love Oxlade on the song ” mamiwota ” . Kudos to Mi Abaga on the production of this master piece . it is flawless in my opinion , the mixes are very balanced and even through the cheapest of head sets you still are surrounded by the ambience of the sound. The beats are mad from top to bottom so kudos to Blaqs production team.
If there is any where the project scores a low , it is in marketing and promotions. So far, it has been more of a online project. I believe this record is bigger than the promotional budget it has been accorded . I was very excited when i heard Blaq had finally landed himself an agreement with Nigeria’s biggest rap brand choc city , therefore his record is going to be on heavy rotation and videos were going to fly out left right and center. This has not been the case and we are still awaiting the first video off the project. I will not lay all the blames on choc city , if you follow recent happenings in the music circles ; revenue , sales , and show money is hard to come by these days and record companies lose all their capital in promoting and distributing but no returns to show for it. Therefore, it is understandable if choc city, led by Mi Abaga are taking their time to explore the possible income streams for him. It is better to take things slow than to run into debts.
Over all this is a solid project and i hope we have not seen the last of it. I believe that this project still needs videos , events and a promotional plan and we could have a heir to M.I ‘s throne already. My favorites on the album are the more introspective tracks like Tosin’s song , consent, 5.00am . Songs like Play , Mamiwota , I told you ft Terry Apala, and woke give the project a heavy commercial appeal and a repeat value. I recommend this to any music lover. This is definitely top 3 projects in recent times by a Nigerian.
Mr Duke is an Indianapolis based Nigerian artist who has carved a niche for himself in the music industry in Indiana. He has decided to host his friends and fans to a Night of music. The event is scheduled for the 25th of November at Bella Marcia and it features some of the best emerging acts in Naptown. Artists billed to perform are Koros , Teeklef, Bowyrude , Feyi , Timmy Rochie , Stella La Bella , Detox , Neno , Kolly bizzle and Ady Mob . There will also be a presentation titled ” Ada” by Vanessa . The show is sponsored by Hidashi co. and Serkes and hosted by one of Naptowns top most hosts AO. It promises to be a special night and i am very sure it will live up to the hype.
Sprove and NorrieTheGoat collaborate to bring you a new, fresh Indy sound!. Sprove is Albanian for “Flyer than”. Moral behind the meaning is being the best in anything that you do. He is the founder and creator of Nap town revival; a friendly competition between local hip hop artist in Indianapolis that aims to showcase the amount of talent present in the city .
On Food for thought, Sprove and NorrieTheGoat remind the female fans of their credibility and brag about how much money they got. He is definitely one of the class acts in Indianapolis and i commend the work he is putting in.
Hav teams up with Amerikkken to deliver this dope song. The song is off Hav’s project ” Thesometimestheory ” . The body of work is very introspective and i encourage y’all to look up these dope emcees from Indianapolis ( Naptown ) .
” I wrote this for the peaks of the high you feel when life works in your favor….and the lows you feel trapped under when life does everything to work against you. Sometimes…sometimes its hard to tell the difference. This is the project about those times”
Grimass is an independent rapper, writer and actor from Miami, FL. Born Carlson Pierre, Grimass started rapping at the young age of twelve and has since fell in love with music. Over time music has become his number one obsession.
The name Grimass is the Creole word for “Grimace” which is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “A facial expression usually of disgust, disapproval, or pain.” He received the nickname name from his mother because as a young child, he was always running around making funny faces and entertaining everyone around him. Being the third of four children and growing up in the poor neighborhood known as “Little Haiti”, he did not always experience the best that life has to offer. However, he always believed that through his music and talent, he would make a better tomorrow for his family.
His new video for his single Destined is a joy to watch
First of all i want to say shout out to rappers in Canada . They have contributed a lot to the hip hop community in recent years especially with artist like Drake , K’naan , Cardinal official , Saukrates and the list is endless .
Let me introduce you to another Canadian movement that is gaining real momentum. ATWH is the acronym of Another Third world Hussle , the brainchild of M.Olaitan (eNaledge) . The movement has been a work in progress since eNaledge was deported from Canada to Nigeria in 2006. After spending 6 years reacquainting himself with his roots, he returned to Canada with a new sound and determination. Over the years he has been involved in the hip hop community of Toronto shooting a documentary series called TNH (The Northern Hussle).
Watch Do the same official video below
I was privileged to come across eNaledge in Lagos and i experienced his rise , fall and rise again first hand. It is a truly inspirational story of how one can lose everything in the blink off an eye , but still be motivated enough to focus on what you love . Life in Lagos is really tough especially when you have experienced life in a foreign country. Instead of being depressed eNaledge focused on his music as a way to get by . Today , Naledge ( as he is fondly called ) has weathered the storm and is back in Canada doing what he loves to do best. Watch out for ATWH ..