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“Away” by Oxlade makes it on ‘The Best 50 Songs of 2020’ list by Rolling Stone; sits at No. 23

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“Let’s go far away, miles away, far way, to a place where no one can dictate how we play” were the exact words by Oxlade on the intro of “Away”. Although those words insinuated his romantic interest towards a lady, his music career likely caught feelings too and in return, accepted the proposal. The rest as they say, is history.

Just a month ago, Oxlade caught the attention of Canadian music superstar, Drake, leading the rapper to give him a co-sign by posting a screenshot of him listening to the same song -“Away” off of Oxlade’s debut EP – “Oxygen”.

“Away”, the Spax produced song, has since then caught the attention of the world’s listening ears and given the recognition it truly deserves. Landing on number 23 on ‘The 50 Best Songs of 2020’ compiled by American organisation, Rolling Stone.

The excerpt from The 50 Best Songs of 2020 reads: There are no words wasted here — “Away” is composed of just two four-line verses, a pair of lovely prehooks consisting of two repeated couplets, and a chorus made up of one word: “away.” When merged with a sunny beat from Spax, all springy bass and splintered guitar, the result is a miracle of economy, not to mention highly danceable. Nigerian singer Oxlade allows just two indulgences — a pretty vocal arc before the repetitive rush of the chorus, plus a succinct guitar solo during the outro — and both are welcome. Elias Leight for Rolling Stone says on why “Away” by Oxlade made it on their list.

“Away” at No. 23 on The 50 Best Songs of 2020 by Rolling Stone

Not only is this one of the many milestones Oxlade has achieved this year in terms of music; “Away” being inducted on the list, makes it the only African song released by an African artiste in 2020 to receive such recognition from Rolling Stone.

Like the producer tag of Spax indicates: “If it’s Spax, the it’s gotta be . . . Classic!” and for sure, “Away” by Oxlade turned out to be a gem, a real classic for the future!

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Laycon stars on DJ Jimmy Jatt ‘Jimmy Jumpoff’ with stellar rap performance

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Nigerian rapper and 2020 Big Brother Naija winner – Laycon – is the guest act on this year’s edition of legendary DJ, Jimmy Jatt on his annual show — Jimmy Jumpoff and he did come with the heat, spitting bars and rapping on topical issues to capture his fans and listeners attention.

Laycon who freestyled over “No Stress” instrumentals produced by P2J for Wizkid, off the rip reminded listeners of his main focus right now which his music and his BBN experience.

He also chose to speak against online bullying in his Jimmy Jumpoff freestyle, he raps: “You will never find me trying to bring people down because I’m on top of my sh-t” he says on one verse, “We can’t use keyboard for likes and retweet to make people feel bad, because people take life, let’s be real my guy, let this give you life, you’re death too to a lot of people, you take [their] life” he raps on another, he continues “That’s why you see a lot of RIP post” he concludes.

Reflecting on the October 20, 2020 Lekki massacre and the ill of Nigerian government, Laycon pictures: “The dead is resting like [the] government, the government is sleeping ’cause, I’m riding through the Toll Gate for free, then I think, took a lot of gunshots for that to happen.”

Thanking God on his journey thus far, Laycon says: “I told you that my life is like a movie and God is the real star, me, I’m just a co-star. My life is like a ruby and God is the real treasure, I’m just the real pressure.”

You can catch Laycon’s stellar rap performance on DJ Jimmy Jatt Jimmy Jumpoff below:

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Burna Boy’s “Destiny” to be played on U.S president-elect playlist inauguration today

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Burna Boy (born Damini Ogulu) is one of the very few carefully selected artistes set to feature on the playlist of United States of America president-elect, Joe Biden’s playlist on January 20 (today) during his inauguration.

The song by the Self-proclaimed African Giant to make the 48-song playlist is “Destiny” of his Grammy nominated album, ‘African Giant’.

“Destiny” showcases Burna Boy’s resilience and determination to keep up the good work, musically and life-wise, and keep striving in spite of opposition and challenges he might encounter along the way.

That exactly is one of the main focus when D-Nice (one of the song’s writers) and Raedio was commissioned to choose a playlist for the Biden-Harris inauguration.

An excerpt from the official statement released by CNN reads: “The playlist is a part of the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s push to provide opportunities for Americans to participate in the inauguration from home after the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to scale back traditional events.”

This won’t be the first time, Burna Boy has had his song(s) feature on a U.S president(-elect) playlist as he has seen favor twice on former president, Barack Obama playlist.

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Peruzzi and Fireboy get loose on “Southy Love” (video)

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Ahead of his ‘Rum & Boogie’ album, Huncho Peruzzi dishes out the video to the collaboration between himself and YBNL’s Fireboy DML, the title — Southy Love.

Peruzzi who is well known for his lyrics, kept the rhythm intact while also adding relatable lyrics with the primary focus aimed at the feminine gender but also giving off nice danceable tunes; kudos to P Priime on the production work. Peruzzi did deliver the ‘boogie’ part of his upcoming album on this song.

Fireboy DML might just be the stellar act from Southy Love‘s music video, from the fantastic work on the hoom to his personal verse to letting all loose, showing off his dance moves, we can tell he was very comfortable on the set and that transcended well into the visuals.

Mr Layiii directed the video for Southy Love which has three major scenes — (1) with Fireboy DML in a very narrow hallway with gravity-type arts on the walls; (2) with Peruzzi surrounded by models in a dark space where only their attires and the curtains provided light and color to the scene; (3) on the street, at night, where street dancers are ushered in from a danfo, showcasing their dancing skills.

You can watch the video below

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