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AQ told me to sign Blaqbonez – MI

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Chocolate City founder and president, Jude “MI” Abaga has without a doubt shown he can hold the rap game for as long as he wants and still remain one of the top music label, heads in the country with Chocolate City. MI once more showed his brilliance in being a good music label head and good talent scout, using his Twitter page as the medium through which he shared how having a meeting with AQ back in 2015 led to him signing ‘BBC’ rapper, Blaqbonez.

L-R: Loose Kaynon, AQ, MI and Blaqbonez of Chocolate City for the ‘Martell Cypher 2019’.

In the tweet, MI said “Oct[ober] 15, [2015]” marked the beginning of “an amazing partnership” with Nigeria rap veteran, AQ, who during the course of the meeting let go of the “opportunity” meant for him for the sake of Blaqbonez’s blooming yet upcoming career (as at 2015) in the music industry.

MI explains that after pitching ideas to AQ in that October 15, 2015 meeting, “he [AQ] listened n said M I’m grateful but d person u should give this opportunity to is @BlaqBonez. [sic]” The result? MI continues, “[I] signed Blaq a year later.”

And the rest is history! AQ has gone to make one of the best discography in Nigerian rap sector, even releasing ‘God’s Engineering’, the most critically acclaimed rap album of 2020 which earned him the award for ‘Best Rap Album” at The Headies 2020

Blaqbonez’s not only shown he can outrap anyone at will but also carved a niche for himself, becoming a comical act on social media. Adding to that Blaqbonez has also shown he can self PR his work and still get massive recognition for it.

It goes without saying that MI made a very wise decision in forming the partnership with AQ while heeding to AQ’s advice about signing Blaqbonez.

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Olamide sings on laid-back track, “Rock”

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Olamide season is upon us once again and to kick start his yearly music package, he puts out laid-back new single – Rock.

On Rock, Olamide is in his feelings as he professes his love for the girl in question, “Girl I just want make we rock / Girl I just want make we vibe / Girl I just, girl I just want make we chill like ice water” he sings on the chorus.

Rock is produced by Eskeez and will appear on Olamide’s forthcoming album, “UY Scuti”. Listen, stream and download it:

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Rage as Fela Kuti is not among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class

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Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who received the posthumous honour to be among those vying to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 some few months back, sadly failed to secure a spot despite being top two on the voting polls.

Fela Kuti gets shunned from the inductees despite being top two.

Today, May 12, the committee announced the inductees by means of a 3-minute video through president and CEO, Gregg Harris. Fela was nominated in the Performers Category, amassing a total of 545,000+ votes, making him the second most voted act after Tina Turner (548,000+ votes) but to the surprise of the masses, Fela was not included in the list of inductees.

Shockingly included are performers like rap icon and mogul – JAY-Z and LL Cool J who failed to secure a top five spot on the poll, infact, they were the least voted acts when voting concluded.

Although, quite frankly there is a disclaimer on the website were the poll was conducted, stating that votes do not guarantee induction but for a Top 2 voted act in Fela Anikulapo Kuti, that should not even be the case and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the ‘rigging’, ‘clout chasing’ and inconsiderate conduct regarding how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee unjustly treated the voting polls and Fela Kuti.

On what might have transpired regarding the voting stage and selection of inductees, Fela’s first son, Femi Kuti had this to say:

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Ruger releases visuals for “Bounce”

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Ruger aka the eye-patch man (at least that is what I call him) scheduled release for new video Bounce finally gets to the big screen. The video is directed by Prior Gold.

Bounce, a certified fan favourite off of the “Pandemic” EP by Ruger is a fine mixture of Pop intertwined with Dancehall-type vocals and lyrics. The video has Ruger showing public display of affection (PDA) to his lover, appraising her for her big back side, using catchy melodies to call on her to come “wiggle that booty and whine” for him.

The simple but colourful aesthetic stands out in the video. My favourite scene has to be when a Rastafari looking fellow tried to steal the show from Ruger, by trying to woo Ruger’s chick but was bodied and put in a cooler while Ruger dances on it, controlling the crowd and the party continued like a murder did not just occur.

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