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Drake’s 2020 Mixtape, “Dark Lane Demo Tapes” Goes Platinum

The 2020 mixtape has sold a million copies!

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When OVO’s boss, Drake said on his song “Draft Day” way back in 2014: “I’m focused on making records and gettin’ bigger / Just hits, no misses” he meant every word and true to that that has been what he has been providing to lovers of music and fans worldwide unrelentlessly since he introduced us to his sound.

When the terms diamond, platinum, gold and silver are used to describe a music record, they stand as quantifiers to show how much a single or album has sold over the course of time. Diamond being that 10 million copies have been sold; platinum for the sale of a million copies while gold and silver denotes the record has sold 500K and 250K copies respectively in the digital space i.e of streaming and buying (the record) electronically.

Usually when the aforementioned terms are slapped on a body of work, it is for quantifying a single or an album, rarely do you mixtape going platinum but that is what OVO Drake has achieved.

Drizzy’s 2020 mixtape – Dark Lane Demo Tapes – released on May 1, 2020, a mixtape full of leaked and pre-released songs was certified platinum.

This officially is Drake’s second platinum mixtape, following his 2016 “If You Are Reading This It’s Too Late”. Although for a record selling rapper like Drake, it does not seem surprising and to some, this feat should have been achieved sooner than later, it is still quite applaudable considering the fact it is a body work consisting of mainly leaked singles, pre-released singles or some songs the rapper already previewed via his IG Live.

“Dark Lane Demo Tapes” was released in anticipation of his forthcoming album – “Certified Lover Boy” – which is to be released in January of 2020 and a trailer of which was released some weeks ago.

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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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Moelogo “I” EP to feature Adekunle Gold, Laycon, The Cavemen., krishane and a host of other artistes

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London-based Nigerian singer cum producer, Moelogo is on track to release his fifth Extended Play (EP) which features a whole bunch of top artistes across genres. The EP has the title – I.

I continues the trend Moelogo embarked on in 2020 with the use of  the first person singular pronouns in “Myself” (June 2020) and “Me” (December 2020), with the soon-to-be released I not having a date of release yet.

Moelogo will feature rappers Laycon and Alpha Ojini while boasting a tonne of male vocalists from LAX to Adekunle Gold to Reekado Banks. Jamaican singer, Krishane will also be a guest act on the; Nigerian highlife duo – The Cavemen. has a secured spot too, not forgetting Mr. “Alagbe” himself, Qdot. Ria Sean is the only female artiste to be featured on the upcoming EP.

Moelogo unleashed the artistes roll via his Twitter account, keeping the information precise. Therefore, what songs and in what other these featured artistes will appear on I EP is still very much unknown.

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