When Wizkid said “Tems and I created magic” during February of this year, he meant it. On dropping his album ‘Made In Lagos’ back in October, “Essence” the eleventh track on the LP, featuring Tems, easily catapulted to the Top 5 favorite songs among fans and the song has found itself in a good spot on USA former president Barack Obama’s favorite music of 2020.
The annual list which is published by Barack Obama featured 2019 Nigerian breakout star Rema and African Giant, Burna Boy last year while this year did not see any of their songs on the list, it features new entry from our very own StarBoy and fast-rising R&B and Pop artiste — Wizkid and Tems — for their effort on their collaborative work – “Essence”.
Here are some of my favorite songs of the year. As usual, I had some valuable consultation from our family music guru, Sasha, to put this together. I hope you find a new song or two to listen to. pic.twitter.com/K1NRPYiSg4
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 19, 2020
“Eseence” being added to the list makes it the only Nigerian song to be featured on this year’s version of the playlist by president Obama and one of the only two songs by African musicians alongside South African music duo — Black Motion: “Uwrongo”.
This playlist recognition comes on the heel of USA music megastar, Chris Brown’s recognition of Tems talent, praising her with the words “so so so fire” on via his IG story.
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.