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Celebrating A Street Champion – Olamide Baddo

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More times the artiste, more times the man. Olamide really can do no wrong in our eyes. Of all the giftings that any man can boast, Olamide decided that his penchant to making it in life would reside in the business of music and since submitting totally to that resolution in the year 2000, the road has led only one way. UP!

Being a native of Bariga from Lagos State, Olamide’s music has chronicled excerpts of his activity-filled life which includes typical childhood dreams, hustler’s ambition and up till the point of finally attaining the deserving fame. The particular relish in these records will be the fact that they are executed using language influences from his local dialect, Yoruba, as a means to relaying his cultural roots.

Just like the tale of many superstars today, Olamide’s foray began on the rough and turgid streets which held no particular promises other than fear, insecurity and an impending loss of self for any with such big dreams. Olamide remained undeterred, even serving time as a studio rat – shuttling sessions in and around his host locale until he got signed by ID Cabasa under whose belt, he released his widely acclaimed debut, Rapsodi. Whilst still building his prominence to becoming the artiste of his design, Eni Duro officially announced his budding star prowess, later on sealing his feature with Nigeria’s then hottest kid on the block, Wizkid on the song Omo To Shan.

Growing amidst a herald of praisers and bashful critics, he cut ties with ID Cabasa’s Coded Tunes label to start up his self-owned outfit YBNL, which otherwise became the stylized text for his second studio album Yahoo Boy No Laptop released in 2012. His consistency is a feat that has continued for another consecutive amount of years, birthing volumes of over-the-counter music mixes with finitesimal counts on awe-inspiring hits.

Olamide’s vision has since remained an odd wonder to a myriad of folks who perhaps never predicted this present state of abundance that his life has appreciably advanced to. YBNL is presently home to Young John and Pheelz, 2 of the industry’s most sought-after producers in the afro pop and dance categories. It also houses Lil Kesh, who in some opinions was the hottest contender for this year’s Next Rated and perhaps the most talented of the crew. There’s Adekunle Gold, an afro alternative singer/songwriter and performing artiste who is leaving significant imprints with notable releases in the industrial terrain, as with Viktoh, Chinko and DJ Enimoney – all factions that complete the pack, just for the sake of it.

YBNL has grown beyond just a music brand. It has evolved into a movement, having an ardent membership of blind-trusted loyalists and braggadocious youths, all laying claims to origins in the streets but yet faking benevolence should the need for such arise. Regardless, all of this has been made possible because one man dreamed it to be so and has vested himself into ensuring that dream one day becomes a reality. Reasons won’t be out of place if the industry decides to stand still for her very own – a talker and a doer, a mover and a shaker, a champion of the streets, a proud bred of the Western soil, an activist and vocal piece of the trodden – none other than Olamide Adedeji, king baddo!

Jesse Jagz Explains his Return to Chocolate City

Super Producer and seasoned rapper, Jesse Jagz sits down with Notjustok TV to explain why he decided to go back to Chocolate City and also shares some detail about his journey from the groups he formed Gospel Insanity (made up of eKelly and Charlie X) and 1130 which included Kahli Abdul.

So according Jesse, his return is more of a partnership between Chocolate City and his imprint Jagz Nation; similar to the Loopy records and Chocolate City arrangement. This is a packed interview and you should take your time to enjoy the answers that you have been looking for from Jesse Jagz.

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Why I Blame ‘The Streets’ For Lil Kesh “Next Rated” Loss At The Headies

Why I Blame ‘The Streets’ For Lil Kesh “Next Rated” Loss At The Headies

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The dramatic event acted out at the Headies awards stage on January the first, is one happenstance that won’t be too easy to forget. The theatrics perpetrated by the upper echelon rulers of the Nigerian music industry has remained an abysmal bewilder to many. While the streets were busy taking over, turning out nooks and crannies, the populace couldn’t even drive their ruling prince to a deserving win. And this was a stinking piece of information that was not-very-well-received-at-all. Their sadness and disappointment shone right through their heavy laden hearts. But it never occurred to them that they might have been their own detractors, the architects of their own misfortune, the direct rationale behind their loss.

Let me tell you why. Read More……

7 Untold Truths About The Nigerian Music Industry

Peep some of the points I’ve succinctly outlined below and tell me if you already didn’t think them too.

1. Ice Prince

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If anybody can mention 5 popularly hot songs on which Ice Prince laced his rapper prowess, I’m talking bars only, no singing, then I might consider retracting this thought. I mean, how can a rapper’s popular songs be the ones where he’s busy making cacophonious melodies? Honestly, Ice Prince trips me the way and manner which he runs his shxt but he seriously needs to have a handle on it.

2. Olamide

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I understand that my musical choices can sometimes be far above the obtainable standard in the Nigerian music industry but regardless, there’s a global culture for music be it hip-hop or rap, R&B, alternative, classical and bla bla bla. Thank the stars that Nigerians have found a means to best suit everything they now do under the ‘afro’ context, it still doesn’t suffice… in my opinion though, especially when I think of where Olamide can be classified. Do we really want to call that thing he does, rapping? I rest my case.

3. Lil Kesh

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I honestly thought talent (skill + hardwork) and presence were the major factors for one to succeed, or better still, gain due recognition. But dramatic turn out of events at the Headies awards stage on new year’s made me start to entertain thoughts otherwise. The obvious question is not whether Lil Kesh is talented, yet it seems the powers that be kept hitting a road block of ‘buts’ every time his izzue was set on cruise control. It may have much to do with the fact that this talent that we so speak of, cannot be in relation to an actual music art, i.e rapping. I may not be one to speculate but personally, I’ve had enough of this near funny yet phonic foolishness that their pac have become admirably famed for.

4. Tiwa Savage

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There’s this popular adage that says when the breeze blows, the fowl’s behind will be exposed. The interpretation is quite lucid and suffice to say it’s an expression of best fit for what has now become Tiwa Savage’s music career. I was one of the #SavageSoldiers who stayed rooting for her comeback with a big bang so you can imagine my joy when she announced the surprise album. I am not so ecstatic for her anymore as her album was a mirror to how badly she has given in to pressures from the industry. Afterall it is not by force to be on top.

Unless Mr Billz likes it that way :-p

5. MI Abaga

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It’s impressive that M.I (still) has a legion of fans who are ready to stake their lives over a stained glory that is now fast blotted out. So if I go ahead to say M.I is not (or rather, no longer) Nigeria’s king of rap, you’ll agree with me right? Even if you don’t, shall I remind you that Jesus Christ hasn’t ever stopped being Lord? So why then should we make an excuse for M.I when his case afterall isn’t any different? I’m shamed by how kids he inspired have risen far above the ranks where he now settles for less average. M.I has gotta stop being a lazy bastid!

6. Wizkid

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Wizkid’s music has experienced a terrible downward slope from the boy who made it right off the ghetto streets of Ojuelegba and crossed onto the paved walkways of Wall Street to becoming the certified face of the Nigerian music industry who now sings absolute rubbish. And even without any regrets whatsoever, Wizkid has failed consistently in delivering songs whose lyrics border on simple common sense. Yet it appears that the potency in his magic potion is ever so strong that we never see him past the galaxy where his star shines the most. How long more before the effect finally wanes though? I suggest boy Wizzy gets a firm lid on his shxt.

7. D’Prince

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D’Prince really is not that bad a guy. Very less than often, he shows flash signs of genius and his ovation can sometimes be the loudest when we applaud. But there’s also that satisfactory feeling you get when you use a switch button to turn off the sound of something that no longer gives comfort – this equally represent the very one and same D’Prince. Pathetic, right?

Bless God for the incredible person that is Don Jazzy, he’s brought and kept his kid brother in the music spotlight using savoury tunes that have infectiously stuck in our brains like soft gum on a very bad hair day. Thus, save for those rare moments of brilliance, I can’t categorically state whether D’Prince needs to stop, or be stopped! And so based on this inconclusive premise, I’ve decided to label him a white lie in the mix.

Written by Jim Donnett
@jimancipation