2020 breakout music star from Nigeria, Stanley Omah Didia, better known professionally as Omah Lay granted an interview with American magazine – Teen Vogue – speaking on music, life and the #EndSARS protest which took the country by storm last year.
Omah who got his mainstream breakthrough with his debut project, an EP with the title – “Get Layd” – revealed he was not too sure on how much people would gravitate towards his style of music which he tags “Omah Lay Music”. When asked if he had any fears about his debut EP, he told Teen Vogue: “Actually before I put out Get Layd I wasn’t sure if it’ll be accepted. I wasn’t so confident about it but I enjoyed making the project.” but said he put it out nonetheless because he liked what he created and those around him were supportive and also enjoyed his music.
Speaking on why he chose to use his social media as a voice for help during the massive #EndSARS protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), he revealed he had had three different tormenting encounters with the SARS force; one back at Porth Harcourt and the remaining two in Lagos, one of which he barely survived because some people recognised his face because of his music.
He added he his still very much devastated from the October 20, 2020 Lekki Massacre, “ I honestly can’t say I’ve gotten over the #LekkiMassacare and I don’t [think] I’ll ever get over it. I still dream about it, write lyrics about it”, Omah Lay discloses.
Omah Lay who also happen to be a music producer, with production credits on his own personal songs — “Bad Influence”, “Confessions”, “Damn” — and a few others, shockingly reveals: “I’ve been a producer for a very long time. I was actually a rapper, then I switched to being a music producer and I did just that for about three years.”
While sadly admitting, nowadays he barely has anytime to produce his own personal music, talk more of producing for others. Stating his primary focus right now is own making his album which is to be released in 2021 (but no date is set yet).
You can catch the full Teen Vogue Omah Lay interview here: Teen Vogue: Nigerian Afrobeat Star Omah Lay on Music, #EndSARS and More:
Beyoncé features Tems on the girls’ anthem, “MOVE”
Tems and Grace Jones add vocals on Beyoncé’s MOVE, track 10, produced by Guilty Beatz and P2J on her newly released album, RENAISSANCE. The song’s deep bass drums and claps give it a lively touch as the lyrics invigorate the listeners, especially the female audience to take charge of their lives, making sure their presence is felt anytime they step into a building.
Beyoncé’s verses are as commanding as can be, “Move, move, move, move (Move) / Yeah, you gotta move, move / Anything you do / Will be held against you”, she boldly sings in the first verse; Tems, on the other hand, did not get a verse to her name but can be heard on the interlude chanting “Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / Who this girl in the back of the room? / It’s the girl, it’s the ‘Yoncé groove”, which sounds like a declaration of intention, notifying any other crew present not to mess with hers, the “’Yoncé groove”.
The bouncy beat and Grace Jones’ backup vocals on each verse serve as a hint to the ladies to move and bounce to the words being said on MOVE.
Portable’s uncouth behaviour and proclaimed gang affiliations get him disqualified from the Headies Award 2022
The organisers of the music award show, Headies Award have disqualified upcoming street-hop singer Portable for his uncouth behaviour, untamed public speeches and proclaimed affiliation with the notorious group, One Million Boys.
This will not be the first time Portable has got into trouble with the organisers of the show. The first time around was due to his controversial statement in a video in which he threatened to use force, even going as far as saying he will kill somebody (which translates to other nominees of the categories he is vying for) if he does not emerge winner during the event scheduled to hold later this year.
However, what warranted Portable’s disqualification from this year’s Headies Award show is the recent video of him associating himself with the dreadful cult – One Million Boys, which he claimed to have founded the group. “Have you heard of Ajah boy? One Million Boys? I established them.”, Portable said in his usual tell-all nonchalant manner. The statement has led to an ongoing investigation by the Nigerian Police Force.
Headies reason as to why Portable is getting disqualified reads in part: We shall not condone reckless and uncouth statements from any artists and hereby linked to such assembly or activities including Mr Okikiola’s [publicly known as Portable] prospects as long as these acts are linked to him as described.
Portable bagged nominations in the Rookie of the Year and Best Street Artist categories for having sprung up to commercial or mainstream recognition with his hit song, Zazu Zeh, but will lose all nods for being “reckless” and “uncouth”.
M.I is proud to be “The Guy” on new single
“Me I like the way that I be feeling now and that’s on Poe”, M.I Abaga smartly lays the bar, using witty wordplay to present his current emotions, that of being The Guy of course. So many matters are on the Nigerian rap veteran’s chest and what better way to let them off than on the microphone like he has thoroughly done for almost two decades now.
M.I addresses different subject matters over his extensive career with clever bars, moving from one situation to the other one while making sure to keep listeners entertained through the two minutes, forty-four seconds rap single. First off, he speaks about his reconciled relationship with Vector, “And me and Vector are cool even though we don’t chat on a daily” before diving into longtime beef with Yung6ix, “Looking Yung6ix coming for the God MC / Man that s–t pain me”.
M.I shouts out label mate and fellow rapper, Loose Kaynon, “And my guy Loose, he got the Jordan connect like he Israeli”; incorporates a voice note from Tiwa Savage which says “Yo, keep that same energy fam“, just immediately after namedropping her in a punchline, “Anybody wants to get to rapping, we could make it happen oh, my guy show/ But remember sey no be only Tiwa Savage that’s on go”; brags without barriers, “Top of the rap game in three decades, call man ‘King’”, all these he does to show why he is the guy.
The Guy dwells more on M.I words than on its instrumental, giving room for proper enunciation and clarity of words from the rapper, passing the intended message. It will be the intro song on the album of the same name, coming out on August 18.