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Laycon speaks on the importance of attaching a timeline and storyline to his projects

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Laycon’s come-up and rise to mainstream fame and success is very impressive, from being a relatively unknown personality in the entertainment industry and on social media to having one of the most dedicated fanbase on the continent, identifying themselves by his Icons moniker to having one of the top albums in the country in “. . .Shall We Begin. . .”, the rapper, singer and reality TV star keeps telling his story by means of music and his self-owned “I Am Laycon” show on ShowMax. Laycon was interviewed by Joey Akan, a writer for Afrobeats Intelligence on his journey thus far and his future goals in music and life in general.

One of the things he shed light upon is the relevance of always attaching a timeline and storyline to each of his projects, he has four projects to his name, two EPs and two albums—”Young, Gifted and Black”, “Who Is Laycon?”, “. . .Shall We Begin. . .” & “I Am Laycon”—released in chronological order. “‘Cause for me, I feel like I can put out a project and just put out songs. But for me, you have to kind of listen to this one and say ‘am I missing something? Let me try to understand what the guy said here.” Laycon says regarding putting projects out as opposed to the usual way of testing the waters by releasing several singles to know what exactly the music market demands in terms of listenership.”“Who Is Laycon?” now that we know who Laycon is. That one is like a no-brainer for me, that I had to continue that. Now that we know who Laycon is, it’s “Shall We Begin?” That’s something I’m very intentional about.” Laycon further adds.

Laycon says the initiative of having a timeline and storyline attached to his projects is a concious mental process, “I would put out a project to explain a journey so that when you see my discography eventually, you’d be able to understand that this was where this guy’s state of mind was.” he sums up in a nutshell.

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Nigerian jollof vs Ghanaian jollof: Ed Sheeran chooses his favourite

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England-born music maestro, Ed Sheeran, was one of the nobles at The Earth Shot Prize award show which held at London over the weekend but one thing seems to be catching Nigerians interest. That is a video posted by Yemi Alade on her Instagram page wherein the “Shape of You” singer said which he preferred in the unending debate between Nigerian jollof and Ghanian jollof rice.

Both meals although are made from the same source product—rice—contain varying ingredients which gives it its distinctive aroma, taste and flavour, resulting in years of unending debate (both online and offline) on which is the superior one. Of course, you would expect the Nigerians to favour theirs and vice-versa. On this topic, Ed Sheeran looked captivated when chatting with the self-acclaimed Mama Africa, Yemi Alade. He spoke of when he visited Ghana and had to taste their very much prestige jollof, also on how much he noticed people arguing over which geographical zone jollof rice was better.

“So when we were in Ghana . . . we were living with a bunch of Nigerian as well . . . I saw a lot of arguments on which jollof was better” Ed Sheeran says, intriguing Yemi Alade’s interest in the discussion. “I think I prefer Ghanaian jollof”, he coninues much to the displeasure of Yemi as shown by her stomping her foot on the ground, sighingly she utters the word “No” in a stressed manner. Ed Sheeran in a bid to cool the tension eventually revealed his preference is that way only because he has not visited Nigeria before.

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Dekbaby shares first EP, “Next One”, on Audiomack

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Dekbaby releases his first body of work after putting out two singles, one last year (“Ibadi”) and another (“Abeg”), May 28th this year. He titles his first project—Next One. An EP comprising of 6 tracks including his debut single, “Ibadi”, which seats on the sixth position, tracklist wise. Next One mostly includes songs in which Dekbaby shares his affinity for the feminine gender but at strategic points on his debut EP, he makes sure to show his retrospective side, singing about the hustle and the dream to amass a lot of money on the first track (“Easy”) and fourth song (“Ghetto Boyz”).

While Dekbaby might have kept songwriting at a reasonable minimum, choosing not to do too much, rather using repetition to emphasise his points on the songs, he did put a lot of thoughts into writing and visualising his pain on the retrospective tracks stated above; the other songs, although are mainly about his love for women—their bodies and other attributes, contain danceable beats which would have listeners bumping their heads at the barest minimum. Heywhykeyz is the solely featured artiste on Next One, he appears on “Ghetto Boyz”.

You would do well by listening to Dekbaby’s debut project, the EP—Next One—on Audiomack.

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Sarkodie and Zlatan advise broke people to leave the “VIP” on new song produced by Rexxie

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Ghana’s finest and Zanku lord reunite on Rexxie produced song, “VIP”, spitting pompous bars with catch hook broke-shaming club goers who are not on their level socially, sternly advising them to “leave the VIP . . . Go to the regular” in order to make “space for the ballers”

As expected on a song like this, braggimg about wealth and the ability to spend at will, getting any girl of his choice is what Sarkodie brings to the table while Zlatan adds his charismatic adlibs all over the song, spicing it up with the interesting hook, a much needed flavour. Rexxie does his thing too, making a fast paced instrumental to match Sarkodie’s flow.

“VIP” can be streamed below:

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