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A-Q’s new EP speaks on topical issues in the country

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Seasoned veteran rapper, A-Q might have probably encapsulated the stage he is at currently in his career when he said “I don’t rap no more, I make statements” on Hardwired, the sixth track on Golden EP.

Cover artwork for Golden by A-Q.|PC: @thisisAQ (Twitter)

From a retrospective viewpoint, he reminisces on the journey thus far in becoming one of Nigeria’s finest rappers, drawing a parallel to the biblical Abraham on Abraham’s Blessings.

Bringing up the infamous #EndSARS unforgettable traumatic experience, A-Q creates clever bars, even name dropping celebrities that helped advanced the movement like Runtown and Mr. Macaroni; Breathe had brilliantly executioned softcore but powerful vocals from Chike.

A-Q continues to make metaphors from the Bible on Hela, using Moses and the book of Psalms and the angels to bring his lyrics to life. System Failure speaks on the failed governmental organisations in Nigeria, “The 1 percent live in opulence we can’t afford” and “They take our paper cash, give us digital fraud” are just excerpts to how in-depth A-Q went in dissecting the failed government in the country.

Hela is A-Q speaking as a ‘big bro’ to his industry peers, Read the Room has him talking about the negative effect of social media on celebrities – the cyber bullying, trolling, now coined into ‘dragging’ and the non-forgiving spirit of users of the various apps.

Tracklist for Golden by A-Q.|PC: @thisisAQ (Twitter)

BeatsbyJayy executively produced Golden EP, actively getting involved on all tracks except the sixth song which made by Sossick. Listen to Golden on Apple Music:

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Tems second EP, “If Orange Was A Place” hits streaming platforms

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Temilade “Tems” Openiyi puts out her second EP—If Orange Was A Place—filled with 5 songs and just one feature, the second song, “Found” with Brent Faiyaz while Guilty Beatz, produces all tracks except the third, where Jonah Christian brings his expertise on.

On If Was A Place, Tems continues her distinctive ride of the R&B/Soul wave using her outstanding voice as the surf board (as it were), speaking on experiences she has had to go through, expressing her opinions on matters bothering her with a constant theme of wanting to stay out of trouble and finding peace, “Crazy Things”, “Avoid Things” and “Vibe Out” are emblematic representatives of these thoughts and opinions of Tems’ mind state on her sophomore EP.

All tracks are written by Tems, with the assistance of Brent Faiyaz on the song he was featured on; Spax sound engineers the project by mixing and mastering the 5 tracks. It appears majority of the EP was recorded in Ghana when Tems went visiting but track 2 was recorded in Los Angeles, USA.

Listen to Tems’ second project—If Orange Was A Place:

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Beyoncé, Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN & Wizkid’s “Black Skin Girl” wins “Best Cinematography” at the 2021 VMAs

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Queen B’s “Black Skin Girl” video co-owned by Wizkid and her first child Blue Ivy keeps winning thanks to its brilliant directing by Jenn Nkiru and the nice way women of colour were potrayed in the visuals. Adding to its already victorious trophy cabinet, Black Skin Girl wins the plaque for the Best Cinematography category at the Video Music Awards 2021 by MTV.

“The MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography is a craft award given to both the artist as well as the cinematographer/director of photography of the music video.” per Wikipedia. Simply put, the award is meant to honour cinematographers and the artistes for putting out a brilliant video matching the theme of their song and this MTV finds Black Skin Girl well qualified for.

Brown Skin Girl music video reveived two nominations at this year’s edition of the VMAs—Best R&B Video and Best Cinematography, winning the latter as previously stated.

This is yet another win for Nigerian megastar musician, Wizkid, who at the beginning of the year won his first Grammys for the above stated video and now, he bags his first VMA for the same video. A big win indeed. Congratulation showers already are pouring in for Wizkid who is experiencing a tremendous year musically already.

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Killertunes leaves a wonderful impression on the listeners hearts with debut “KillaXtra” album

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Maestro producer Killertunes explores to the fullest his songwriting and vocalist potentials with the release of the midtempo sulty-sung debut album—KillaXtra. He calls on Psycho YP, Lyta, Minz, Nissi, Kida Kudz, Midas the Jagaban, Afrobros, , Sha Sha, LikeMike to assist with vocals and Walshy Fire comes through with production credit.

Apart from Killertunes’ clear vocals on the tracks, another thing stands out and that’s KillaXtra‘s recurrent Afrobeat production made evident with the use of the brilliantly played blown and the signatrue beat of the drums.

KillaXtra gives off summer vibes via its sensual lyrics and midtempo to almost slow pace of the tracks, 13 in total, blissfully about women and the love he gets from being with them with diversification in lyricism coming in form of the grateful themed intro “Sure 4U” and the reflective “Bite Me” outro tracks; they both focus on Killertunes’ ability to soar above hate and doubt from friends and foes, how he has music to show he can achieve whatever he sets his mind and how God always crowns his effort (in the case of the “Sure 4U”).

All the featured artistes also brought their best to the table, matching Killer’s aura on their respective tracks, singing gracefully about the loving they get from the opposite sex. In all, Killertunes made sure to leave a wonderful impression on the listener’s heart with the first listen of his debut album on the music scene, showing he is not only good with his hands but can also do the talking if called upon, rhythmically at that.

Ladies and gents, KillaXtra:

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