It seems like the entire world is getting in on Kizz daniel’s Fvck you challenge. I am quite sure that the Mega star did not anticipate how rapidly the challenge grew over the cause of time. International Stars such as Wyclef Jean took time off their schedules to record on Young Jon produced beat. Today, we have no choice but to serve you another compilation of dope versions of the song. I think we saved the best for last.
Ruggedman was listed as one of the most influential artists of all time on an article i had written previously. His song Ehen ft Nomoreloss shifted the culture and changed the direction of Hip hop music in Nigeria in many ways. Rugged man is known for being controversial and for saying things everyone is afraid of talking about. He is now an advocate for victims of police oppression and brutality and he uses his version of the Kizz daniel song preach some sense to the police.
2. Victoria Kimani
Damn! Victoria Kimani is on a killing spree, calling names and taking peoples heads with her as she goes. The Kenyan superstar accuses Ycee of using her songs and lyrics without crediting her. She also disses Tiwa savage and accuses her of blocking her shows and selling her p**sy. These allegations are unfounded but it makes the challenge a lot more interesting for the fans.
Kcee uses this version to floss his wealth. This is probably the most expensive video shot in terms of the location and the value of property displayed in it. The Five Star Music artist shows us that he is still in his prime.
4. Sophie Alakija
She is the daughter in law of one of Africa’s richest women Folorunsho Alakija. Honestly, I do not know why she took this challenge so personal but she did. It really feels like she was badly hurt by someone and she is not letting go without a fight.
I guess you are the scum that never made me cum _ Sophie
5. Mr. Duke
Mr. Duke is one of the favorites on the blog. He is from Indianapolis Indiana and is one of the most promising artists from the mid west state in the USA. His delivery is nothing short of excellent. That is what you would expect from a rapper who plies his trade in America.
6. Khaligraph Jones
Veteran Emcee from Kenya, Khaligraph Jones is rated to be top 10 Emcee in the continent. The O.G has been going strong for many years and serves a unique storyline bragging about how he has been the one F**cking the girl all these other people seem to be complaining about.
This version is both hilarious and dope. It is a very playful verse from the rapper / Promoter from Indianapolis. I think A.O should pursue a career in music
8. Wyclef Jean
Legendary rapper Wyclef formerly of the fugees is arguably the biggest celebrity to jump on the challenge. It is no secret that the rapper from Haiti has been in love with music from Nigeria and has been one of those people who have been instrumental to the spread of afrobeat worldwide. It is no surprise that he lends his voice to the Kizz daniel challenge.
She is one of the best emerging artists from Lagos. The beautiful Tinuke describes herself as the queen of melody. she serenades us with her beautiful voice and catchy storyline.
10. Uncle Murda
Uncle Murda is an East coast rapper signed to G unit. This is the first time I have heard of the artist. His delivery is top notch and he definitely knows how to spit. I have since followed uncle Murda and hope that this will grow him a Nigerian fanbase.
The general opinion is that African Immigrants come to foreign countries to cause a nuisance. The notion is that people come to the USA to take from the society without having any contributions to give back. This false narrative is often boosted by the media. The ones who found businesses, excel in sports, or go ahead to become leaders in their respective industries are often claimed as indigenes of these foreign countries but the bad ones are splashed all over the media as being foreigners, in this case African Immigrants.
Africa is only credited with the bad eggs.
The truth is that, Africa suffers a massive brain drain because the ones who leave the continent are amongst the brightest. Africa suffers a lot of problems and may not necessarily provide the infrastructure needed for these very talented people to succeed. This frustrates talented people, and coupled with the promises of a better life in foreign countries, they leave on a massive scale.
Many of Immigrants come here with an enormous amount of potential, and given the freedom and opportunity the USA offers , they start to excel in their respective business of choice. Immigrants have been at the forefront of many establishments, driven many businesses, and founded a lot of ideas in Europe and America. It is our duty to find and publicize some of these people.
Today, we will like to shed the spotlight on Vanessa O’Brien, the creative Director of Ada by Vanessa, She is a fledging Fashion designer who has taken the world by storm. I first heard of her last year when I attended a local fashion show here in Indiana and I left amazed and in awe of her fabric, prints and her collection. Ada focuses mainly on The African story, highlighting different cultures with her clothing pieces, inspiring women to be more confident and happy in their womanhood. With every piece she intends to make women feel as beautiful as ever. Check out photos of her most recent runway event and some of her most loved creations.
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Last week I started a post for the best fvck you covers so far. The covers are now pouring in from left right and center, even the comedians and Nollywood actors have gotten in on the action. Here are some of the most prolific covers
1. Eva Alordiah
Eva is a female rap veteran. You can call her an O.G and you will be correct. She had a good spell in the industry between 2007 and 2015 but kind of laid back after the release of her album. She decided to do more of writing and publishing her own books. Eva’s take on Kiss daniels Fvck you reminds us she is still a force in the hip-hop community. She not only serves the longest version of the challenge but one of the dopest
2. Sound Sultan
We already told you that sound sultan is a Legend so it comes at no surprise that he would body kizz daniel’s beat. His version is centered around Nigeria’s troubles and is full of intelligent wordplay.
3. Seyi Shey
One of Nigeria’s leading female artist Seyi goes hard on her version. She actually makes it very personal, calling out several people including subliminal jabs at Tiwa Savage and her estranged husband T-billz.
4. Broda Shaggi
He became popular for his comedy skits but has since proved that he also has music in him. His version is both comic and musical. Although comedians like Basket Mouth , Ay comedian, and Bovi also had dope versions, Broda Shaggi’s version is pure Genius!
5. Kelly Hansome
Kelly Hansome was King of Kenis music at some point. He is one of the most relevant Nigerian artists in recent history. His contractual disagreement with Kennis music meant that he would lose the platform that promotes his music and subsequently lose his grip on the industry. He also had issues with choc city artist M.I. Asides the issues, Kelly is an amazing song writer and performer.
6 Bukunmi Oluwasina
I know she is a talented Nollywood actress, but I had no idea she could flow. She is definitely multi-talented and I think she has a shot at music. She serves us with the coldest version of the challenge from a female perspective.
7. LJ Saaviour
Dude is a Legit lyricist, I have known him for a while. His delivery on this joint is 100 percent. This is the very definition of lyricism; using the names of people around you to create a fictional story. However, I think it took a personal twist when he mentioned the name of the lady he was dissing at the end
8. M.I Abaga
A paragraph is not enough to explain this mans contribution to the Hip-hop culture and the music the culture in Nigeria in general. He is one of the label executives at chocolate city, but he took time off his busy schedule as an executive to serve us his own interpretation of the Kizz daniel song.
Another discovery of the challenge. He is not a known name in the industry but his storyline is really personal. It sounds like he is talking from experience.
A super talented artist from Ghana has one of the most melodious versions of the challenge. He is one of the hottest Act coming up of Africa at the moment. I think hes hould make his version a whole song. It is a whole vibe.
11. Jones the Ikom Boy
A dope rendition of the Kizz daniel’s track. This is another artist I just came across and will definitely be following his content on social media. His version was dope enough to get a repost for kizz Daniel himself. He killed it like a hunter.
12. Bucky Raw
Dope ass rapper. I may be wrong but I believe he is not resident in Nigeria. He is really on point with his delivery and storytelling. It is rare to find someone who ticks both boxes.
13. Wizzy Wee
Houston based Nigeria rapper Wizzy wee is no newcomer on the blog. His singles are top rated on the blog and as expected, he came through with a very solid version of the challenge. His word play is wicked !
I don tire for this girls with them tight clothes / I Swear na them dey loose pass
Sauce Kid Sinzu or chief hunnitband, whatever you wish to call him, he is back and jumping on tracks just like he used to. You can never catch Sinzu dulling on a track. Kizz daniel did not post his version on his page but it is definitely top of the list.
Kizzdaniel’s fuck you challenge is probably the biggest Nigerian challenge ever witnessed on Instagram. We not only have Nigerian stars, but we have got the biggest artiste from Africa sending in their entries. Some of the emerging acts posted on this blog on a daily had amazing covers and were reposted by the Megastar on his Instagram. Acts like Toby Grey, Blaqbones, and officialBils just to mention a few.
The fans are delighted as some of their favorite acts take turns to dismantle the instrumental made by Young John. Kizz daniel started the Fuck you challenge some weeks ago and it is basically about telling a story of cheating partners in a relationship. Here is a compilation of what we think are the best covers and why.
1. Kizz Daniel
The original version in my opinion still remains the best and retains its relevance. S/o to Kizz Daniel for this initiative, it also gives young acts the chance to level up against the giants and it provides a platform to discover new emerging acts.
2. Tiwa Savage
We all know that Tiwa’s version came from a deep down. Failed Relationships and betrayed trust, she has been through them all. For a while, she has been on a break but decided to let some steam. Her version wins the category of the most controversial cover and the fact is controversy sells. We are glad to finally hear from her.
3. Toby Grey
I talked about Toby Grey in a post last week about her new single Show Glass featuring Chinko and Terry Apala, I told y’all about how amazing she is as an artiste. Her cover to Kizz daniels Woju was what brought her limelight. She just made another brilliant cover to kizz Daniels song which has also earned her a mention from kiZZ Daniel. Kizz Daniel and his team via Instagram have promised to work with Tobi Grey for free in 2019. Hopefully, this challenge has lead her to her helper.
This to me is the discovery of the challenge.Prior to this, I never heard of him before. His style is 100 and he totally smashed it. Very different vibe.
Ladipoe is one of the most consistent rap acts in Nigeria at this point. The Mavin Record artiste is out here to prove a point. His version stands out from the rest because of his very concept and approach. I love the idea, you can tell he has taken his time to think of how to make a version different from the rest. His dialogue / conversation with his girl friend is really cool.
6. Nadia Nakai
South Africa is always known for coming through in rap cyphers. There is an abundance of rap talents in the country, I need not mention them. Nadia Nakai The south African Femcee sent in her cover and boy it did not disappoint! Although she sounded like she lost her voice, her bars were serious and it felt like she is talking from experience. Look out for her. Real talk!
They are not much to say other than the fact that she has got an amazing voice. Probably the best in Africa. Simi will always win any competition with her sonorous voice.
Y’all stand up for this dude mehn. He came through with the best lines and quotables. He even used names of popular acts to make his metaphors and punchlines. I love it, the best rap version but the only thing is that it falls short in terms of production. You may have to struggle to hear him clearly but some good headphones will help.
Skibii is probably one of the most insulted artiste in Nigeria. He took time to task and get off the runway especially with his time in Five-star music. Soon after he left Five Star Music, his career took off and he has been on a winning streak. His Fuck you challenge is also really dope, he seemed very comfortable and balanced on the young John produced instrumental. I am happy that someone who people thought would never blow up is doing awesome for himself and his fans now.
Ycee always comes correct. He is a sweet blend of rapping and singing. His version also stands out. Swag, Lyrical ability, and finesse.
Very similar concept to Ycee, Dremo comes correct on his verse. His concept is also dramatic and he paints a picture of a girl that has fucked the entire DMW crew. I think his version is the most aggressive almost like the chick is his kid .. lol. Dremo was expected in Indianapolis USA alongside Mayorkun in the month of March but failed to make it due to technical issues. The event has been rescheduled.
Falz is a natural storyteller. I reviewed his album Moral Instructions a while ago and compared it’s relevance to that of the legendary Fela. His fuck you challenge is really dramatized and I love it especially how he switches from Pidgin to English effortlessly.
13. Demmiee vee
Dope artiste! He got his break last year when he released his massive hit single Tiff. Tiff went on to get almost 1 million views on youtube. He also featured on one of the best songs on Falz album titled Hypocrite. His voice is astounding and very unique.
One of the best artiste Africa, this mans delivery is unrivaled. The energy in his voice can power up a dead soul. It is something like versaline for every instrumental, so smooth and glides in without friction. I also love his cover
Dude has been very consistent and his consistency has begun to pay off. I remember when i would call Blaq to offer him some management advise, at this point he knew nothing about the music business. I was able to lay the foundations for his understanding of the business side. I feel very happy seeing him at this level. He is currently signed to choc city under the tutelage of Audu Maikori and M.I Abaga two of the most powerful music businessmen in Africa.
As more and more covers continue to drop we will keep you updated.
The general opinion is that Africans in Diaspora become a problem to the society they Immigrate to. This narrative is often boosted by the media. I will not conclude that this opinion is completely false, as there may be some truth to it, but the problem is that no one seems to talk about the numerous achievements accomplished by Africans in foreign lands neither do they recognize the immense contributions done by well-meaning Africans who live in diaspora.
We only remember the bad guys.
African immigrants have been at the forefront of many establishments, driven many businesses, and founded a lot of ideas in Europe and America. It is our duty to find and publicize some of these people.
One of such Africans who is contributing a whole lot to the entertainment industry in Indianapolis is Tobi Babarinsa. Tobi hails Lagos Nigeria. He was born into a family of five and is currently a student of pharmacy at IUPUI. Asides from being a student of Pharmacy, Tobi also doubles as an international supermodel ( talk of beauty and brains). He has walked the runway at many Major events in the UNITED STATES and he is expected to be one of the leading male models emerging from Indianapolis in a few years.
My first reaction was Damn! This dude’s delivery is special. His attitude is up there with the greats and his vibe is lively . Very interesting, so i paid a little more attention to his lyrics and the message he was passing across. I am like Damn! dude has got shit to say.
I am a real hiphop head and i fucks with rappers who can tell me things i learn about their experiences and immediate enviroment. Real talk is priceless , and a rapper must know how to tell his side of the story. Having said this , the song that finished work for me is Cry. Deep reality-based music .
Cry questions the fairness of life in general. Is life reallyfair?? why do some people’s cross seem heavier than others? Why do people find themselves in trouble or situations they know nothing about while others seem to get good results they do not seem to deserve? It is really a deep song and some of the questions asked are the same questions i ask myself on a daily. He also pays tribute to some notable people who have lost their lives. I do not want to say too much , Y’all should give this young intelligent rapper from Nigeria a Listen. Thank me later like i Thanked B-Elect.
No top 20 list can reflect everyone’s opinion but after careful considerations, I came up with a list of my own. The list does not imply that one song is better than other but it only highlights the significance of one song over the others. By significance i mean the overall impact of the single on the Nigerian music industry . Some songs laid the foundation for the successes of other records or other acts.
20. Da grin – PonPon
Da grin broke the monopoly of Afrobeat and high life to serve a kind of hip hop never seen in the country before. Although he wasn’t the first known person to rap in Yoruba , his music was heavily influenced by street/thug life which made him very unique. He was respected among his colleagues and was touted as the King of the Streets.
19. D’Banj feat. Snoop Dogg – Mr Endowed Remix
Dbanj featuring Snoop Dogg paved the way for Nigeria artiste to collaborate with their USA counterparts. The single also laid the foundation for Dbanj collaboration with Kanye West.
18.Sound Sultan – Mathematics
Sound sultan’s single mathematics is a major part of people’s growing up. He took people’s minds off love songs and party songs to address some of Nigeria’s socio-political issues. Sound Sultan creatively used a mathematical acronym BODMAS to prefer solutions to the country’s problems.
17. Baba Fryo – Denge Pose
Baba fryo Denge pose was an instant hit when he released it. It was part of the gala movement of the late ’90s which started in Ajeguunle Lagos.
16. P. Square – Senorita
P.Square set the standard for dance videos in Nigeria.T he twin brothers peter and Paul entered into the music scene with the single Senorita and quickly gain people’s love and attention.
15. Plantashun Boiz – Somebody say
This is arguably the first successful boy group from Nigeria. The group comprises of 2face Idibia, Faze and Blackface. The group went on to archive a lot of successes together but eventually broke up along the line, each member is now chasing their solo careers.
14. Styl-Plus – Olufunmi
Styl-Plus is a Nigerian R&B group that rocked the country in the early 2000. The Single Olufunmi is one of the biggest single to come out of Africa.
13. 9ice-Gongo Aso
Gongo Aso was the biggest single in Nigeria between 2008-2009. It took 9ice to legendary status with a lot of people expecting him to bring home the Grammy.
12 . Lagbaja – Konko Below
No Nigeria dance floor was spared when Lagbaja dropped the single Konko Below. The vibe of the song was infectious and till this day, you will still find it on the major event.
11. Faze – Originality
After Plantashun boiz broke up, each member set out to prove they could function alone. Faze had a good spell releasing several hits which placed him amongst the greatest musicians ever to come out from Nigeria. In many quarters, Originality was his biggest hit. the single pays tribute to Nigerian music Legends before him.
10. Eedris Abdulkareem -Wackawikee MCs
This is one of the most relevant records to come out from Nigeria especially with the fact that it set off a trend of major events that would change the face of Rap music and music business in general in Nigeria. Idris called out members of the Plantashun boiz and it received massive airplay and created a lot of buzz.
9. Modenine – Cry
This is the song that made Nigerians believe that made in Nigeria boom-bap rap music can get International acceptance and recognition. Asides from selling several copies, Cry won a lot of international awards and endorsements for Modenine. Modenine’s storytelling abilities were on the full swing, he kept it real and emotional. I was very deeply touched by the lyrics of this song. It remains one of the greatest Hip hop records from Nigeria.
8. Tribesmen – Plenty Nonsense
This is the First & only official Trybesmen video ever released. Due to the unprecedented success gained by this single Eldee developed into one of the biggest music businessmen in the country and Africa at large. Plenty things was the biggest Single in Nigeria
7. Mr.Incredible – Safe
When this record dropped the entire country was shook . Who in the world is M.I and where did he come from was the question on everyone’s lips. Chocolate city had unleashed a beast. He sounded so ahead of every competitor. M.I heralded the new era of rap music in Nigeria, he was very successful commercially and it changed the perception that rappers could not be commercially successful.
6. Banky W. – Ebute Metta
Although this wasn’t an original composition, it still rocked the airwaves in Nigeria and received massive airplay from radio oap’s and djs. After the success of this single, Bankky W would later grow to become Chairman at EME music which is responsible for nurturing one of Africa’ biggest talents at the moment, in the person of Ayo Balogun (Wizkid)
5.Daddy Showkey – Somebody Call My Name
This became the National anthem in Nigeria. Everyone was dancing to this track and all doing the galala dance step. Daddy Showkey is another artiste in the Ajegunle galala movement that became a national star. He came from the Ghettos in Lagos and became a household name in Nigeria. Daddy Showkey brought the Ghetto to national T.V. Up till date his shows are packed and his performances are still lit. He is regarded as a Legend by music lovers.
4. Wizkid – Holla at your boy
He is the youngest on the list but arguably has the most hit and has sold the most numbers. Wizkid needs no introductions, he is the most sort after artiste in Africa. when his first single Holla at your boy dropped under E.M.E records we all knew a Star has been born.
3.Tony tetuila – omode meta n sere
Tony Tetuila was getting kicked out of his group THE REMEDIES because he had requested that he be considered as a singer instead of a dancer. The group refused to grant him his request so he decided to desert them and go solo. He released a single titled Omode Meta featuring Tuface Idibia, Blackface and ruff rugged and raw. The highly controversial single is responsible for breaking out Tuface and Tony Tetuila into limelight.
2.Ruggedman ft Nomoreloss – Ehen
Ehen is the most controversial song of our time. It was definitely a turning point for hip hop in Nigeria, something like Jay Z’s Death of Autotune, we could actually divide the rap timeline to Before Ehen and After Ehen . Ruggedman was waring with the powers that be in the music industry. He lyrically attacked Kennis music acts like Idris Abdulkareem and Rasqie and then also called out maintain and Big Bamo. He was making it clear he was in this to take the crown. Ehen was cold and reformed the entire music business including give power to the iindependent artist.
1. 2Face – African Queen
Without no doubts in my mind, African queen by Tuface is the most relevant record in the recent past. It is the first Nigerian song to win major awards in Europe and America and was featured on the soundtrack of several Hollywood movies. African queen help shed the light on the work Nigerian acts were doing and opened the doors for more international collaborations.
Falz was born in Lagos State, Mushin, in South-Western Nigeria to renowned lawyers Femi and Funmi Falana. He is the son of Femi Falana, a Nigerian human rights activist and lawyer. He was called to the bar in 2012 after graduating from the Nigerian Law school . Falz started music as a hobby while in secondary school. He formed a music group with a friend called “The School Boys”. In 2009, while in high school, he released a compilation of some of his recordings as a mix-tape titled Shakara: The Mixtape
Going by his background and training as a lawyer , it is not difficult to understand why Falz uses his music to examine the Nigerian society . Music is a very important socio-political tool. However in Nigeria, it is used primarily for entertainment . Youths these days are so focused on entertaining people for a profit via music , that they forget music is also a tool to educate society . Many of us may have been little children when Fela Anikulapo Kuti was in his prime . Fela used his music to educate people, it served as a medium to pressure government; warn the masses about government excesses , and fight social injustice . To Fela music was a way to re-orientate the people on the need to preserve the African culture , religions and traditions and do away with colonial influences or western doctrines. Fela’s main agenda was to fight military dictatorship , he was against the military and any other form of the colonial government (including democracy) , he often referred to military personnel as zombies .
Femi Falana , Falz’s dad is very passionate about Fela , he refers to Fela as his most interesting client . He served as Fela’s lawyer for a period of time but little did he know that his son would one day use his music for social reconstruction just like his client Fela had done . The seed was planted in Falz.
Falz recently released his Album titled “ Moral instruction ” to critical acclaim . There has been mixed feelings about the lyrics and content of the album . The songs touched on different issues plaguing the Nigerian society , ranging from corruption to Nepotism ; prostitution to political thuggery ; election violence ; lynching in public places ; human rights , law and order , police brutality , Sex with minors , early marriage , gay rights , hypocrisy , Internet fraud , Fake Pastors and Imams , and materialism to mention a few . Falz does a really good Job at highlighting all these issues in each of the songs . I felt like i was listening to a social worker while playing the album . Some of the songs even caused me to pause and ponder on it , something that is a rarity in today’s music. i cannot recall the last time a song made me ponder on a topic and research deeper .
The two stand out tracks for me on the album are Jonny Just come and Hypocrites . Jonny Just come was a story about many Nigerians who have been killed in tribal wars or by police brutality . It is a very sad tale and the type that Nigerians wake up to almost every day . Religion and tribe has shed a lot of blood in the country . Falz samples a lot of Fela’s vocals on the album with production primarily handled by Sess, with additional production from TMXO, Willis, and Chillz. Demmie Vee, Chillz and Sess were listed as features on the album. My personal favorite is Hypocrite . Every Single Nigerian is a Hypocrite . All you need to do is go on Facebook or any social media platform where you have majority Nigerians and see the level of hypocrisy and double standards.
People just dey do like say na dem be Jesus / People so wicked but they so religious Who dey calculate/ E no dey show the figures Who dey demonstrate wey dey run leave us / People too complain but dey fear to speak up/ You don’t want to die but nothing to live for /Christian and corrupt no suppose be mixture / Real musulumi e no suppose dey thief jor / Real talk no be fight rara Everybody get fault for inside matter/ We dey talk human right We no respect am / Who are we to crucify the homosexuals?
I love the fact that the album does not sound boring, especially with the fact that he was mostly stressing on similar issues. If care and creatively wasn’t at maximum levels , one could easily be bored to sleep by songs talking about the very same issues even though at some point i felt a little bit less interested as the album wore on. Another down side to the album is the fact that Falz mostly concentrated at pointing out the problems in Nigeria . I would have expected that he could have taken the time to find more solutions also. It is easy for anyone to point out everyday issues but it takes special people to find solutions . Solutions like exercise your rights to vote, more educated people should sit for police exams , more inter tribal marriages , place of origin should be done away with and place of residence be what is recognized by law, a better education curriculum , a merit based system rather than quota based or faith based , constitutional amendments and reforms, and the separation of church and mosque from state just to point out a few.
The only reason i would still maintain that Fela is the most relevant act of our time is the fact that Fela was dare devil. He directly attack powerful people, he made references to real events and wait would for the consequences . Fela went against presidents, Governors, Religious leaders, e.t.c . No corrupt person was spared, Fela would name names. Falz on the contrary is playing very cautious , and i really understand why. The Nigerian political terrain can be really brutal , so people are very cautious of what they say so as not to be targeted even Fela lost his mother and most of his property as a result of his fight against the military dictatorship in Nigeria . Notwithstanding, What Falz has done is very commendable, though some of his remarks are sometimes more comical, salient , metaphoric or ironic which only the more intelligent may grasp. It is facts that the method an artist chooses to deliver his message also impacts how his music is received, because people will tend to gravitate towards the more controversial record or artiste. Having said that , I think people will gravitate towards Fela’s music more because Fela’s mode of delivery was fierce . With more time and work in this direction, Falz will definitely grow to become as influential as Fela , even though he may achieve this in his own way, style and fashion and not necessarily the Fela way .
I really commend Falz for dropping this gem and i know for certain that it will stand the test of time . It would be interesting to see how this album grows or dies on Nigerians especially as youths are more inclined to dance songs and majority of us youths are the ones being criticized by Falz. People do not want to hear the truth and may avoid playing the album more than once . The songs that make the numbers are the ones that encourage greed and short cuts to wealth or the once that elevate religion . I would be following Falz projects and progress . Falz if you are reading this , i want to tell you that your music has spoken for the weak , the poor and the oppressed . There will be may blessings attached to this but also be safe and aware of your surroundings . I wish you all the best .
“ Like the popular saying A prophet is not recognized in his own home ”
Music business these days is so competitive and artiste have to stand out from the competition . An artiste will have to set himself apart from the rest in order to create a reputation for himself and gather fans. One area musicians invest their resources, time , and energy in order to stand out is in creating good cover arts. Cover arts most times is the first impression a listener gets of your music – You see before you hear .
I remember when i used to buy records from vendors on the streets. Album covers were the first thing that would attract me to your music. My eyes would navigate a stack of records in seconds , the record with the best graphics , color , format , message and layout would grab my attention. Today , the market is quite different but the challenge is the same. Most music is downloaded , streamed or viewed online, but still , pictures play a vital role in what songs people pick to play. A good album art should easily generate interest. It portrays your plan , purpose, direction , creativity , intention and conveys the message to the fans . Sometimes the message is controversial but ultimately it is used to summarize a project . How creative your album cover appears tells a lot about how much creativity you have put in to the album as a whole, as the album design is closely related to the album concept.
Due to the Buzz an album cover can can generate , album covers are very essential and important to music marketing and distribution. It is not a coincidence that the most sold albums are usually the ones with the best album cover . They influence the buyers choice and hence directly impacts sales . A bad album cover could cause people to reject the album and hence affect sales negatively. There has been cases where records flop or get banned due to unaccepted album covers . Therefore, You have to understand how people would perceive your cover in the environment you find yourself . What is regarded as sensitive in one society might not be as sensitive in another society.
A good album art will include the title of the project , Track listing , copy right information , warning label , credits, and contact information . Although Professionally taken portraits of the artists seem to be the most common , many designers also employ the use of abstract painting, canvass painting, 2D and 3D graphics to convey a vivid message to the consumer . In other words , Album art may not necessarily be a picture of the artist , sometimes it is plain text or just a combination of colors . The most essential thing is to ensure that it is attractive and informative . Clarity is also important , the design must allow for the write-up to be readable and clear. Here are some of my best album covers of all time.
Hip hop in Nigeria has become a controversial topic . Every one has an opinion about what Hip Hop should sound like . Honestly , there is actually no formula but the basic fact is music should sound good regardless of it’s genre .
King Jaja Bars by illgod & xplain is one song i recommend Hip hop heads in Nigeria should listen to . In my opinion , this is what African Hip-hop should sound like. I am a believer that Africans should tell their story through their art , be it music , painting or movie making . The fact that we have left our history to foreigners to document is disgusting . The reason i was not a fan of Wakanda . The narrative of that movie did not develop in the mind of an African child . It was the narrative of people who have probably never stepped foot in Africa. An African child will never conceive a super hero dressed in a cape or suit and mask. Super heroes in Africa are in the form of Princess Amina , Jaja of Opobo , Fela , Sango , Amardioha , Ebubedike, Yaa Asantewa, Haile Selassie etc . Also, there will be no reason to work with the CIA or build centers in foreign lands . There is also an element of false or bad publicity in there for Nigeria . The producers claimed the movie is fictional , but the proceed to name places like “ Sambisa forest ” . My problem with this is that , like coming to America starring Eddie Murphy , American movies make people conceive false ideas of Africa and hide behind the fact that it is fictional or they exaggerate the problems in Africa in the name of fiction. They also make it seem that all Africans need to come to America to have hope , education or a life . These views are totally false, unacceptable and very bad publicity for Africa.
I have no problems with Foreigners expressing their opinions about Africa in their arts as well, the problem is Africans should be aware of these false / foreign narratives and realize they have a duty to make their counter perspectives known . We need to tell our own story . Imagine reading or watching the African narrative of Slavery or Colonization devoid of European influences or narratives. It will be way different from what we see on TV .
When you write a song about your environment and experiences , it never gets old. illgod and Xplain D Don are aware of this fact and they exploit it in all of their tracks . Although the general opinion is that the days of Boom-bap hip-hop are behind us, illdagod will always awake it’s spirit because he is telling his story and that of his people, the narrative is original . I replayed this song a minimum of 10 times (no kidding ). One was because it felt like i visited my beloved Port Harcourt again. The slang and terminology was basic Rivers State lingual . It’s like seeing a documentary of your favorite city . The references they made through out the song reminded me of my back ground . I really do not pay attention to rappers who talk about things they know nothing about or who try to tell a tale from a foreign perspective, lingual or ideology. You are not being original .
This song is titled King Jaja Bars , after King Jaja of Opobo (full name: Jubo Jubogha; 1821–1891) . He was a merchant prince and the founder of Opobo city-state in an area that is now the Rivers state of Nigeria. Born in Umuduruoha, Amaigbo, in Igboland, he was sold at about the age of twelve as a slave in Bonny. Jumo Jumofe later took the name “Jaja” for his dealings with the British.
Jaja proved his aptitude for business at an early age, earning his way out of slavery; he also dominated the Palm oil trade and was a real super hero because he resisted the British from controlling his people until he was arrested , exiled , and poisoned .
I dominate beats like Jaja dominated the oil trade .