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“Made In Lagos” (No. 34) and “Twice As Tall” (No. 23) make it on NME’s ‘The 50 best albums of 2020’ list

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No matter how dammed 2020 might have turned out to be, one thing that kept us going through (whether we admit it or not) is music and we have two of our music heavyweights to thank for that in Burna Boy and Wizkid.

Since they gained international recognition, they haven’t stopped releasing quality music and dishing out hits and quite rightfully, the recognitions keep showing they are doing something right.

Burna Boy’s and Wizkid’s 2020 record-setting album — “Twice As Tall” and “Made In Lagos” — respectivey have been chosen among The 50 best albums of 2020 by New Musical Express (NME) – a British film, music and culture organisation.

Burna Boy’s effort on “Twice As Tall” is described by NME as: “Here he blended fierce political proclamations with dancefloor-ready party anthems”, adding the fact the Burna Boy, born Damini Ogulu “was never overshadowed” irrespective of who was featured on the track with him, be it Naughty By Nature, Chris Martin or UK rapper, Stormzy. “Twice As Tall” is ranked No. 23 on NME‘s list.

“Twice As Tall” ranks 23 on NME‘s The 50 best albums of 2020.

On Wizkid’s part, his 3-year long anticipated album – “Made In Lagos” – is placed at No. 34 on The 50 best albums of 2020 by NME. Reason for MIL’s inclusion on their list states: “On ‘Made In Lagos’, Wizkid made a record for the grown and sexy gang. And with the title paying tribute to his origins, rich and velvety production that ranges from jazz to classic.”

“Made In Lagos” at No. 34 on NME‘s The 50 best albums of 2020.

It is no coincidence then as to why both albums are the most streamed Nigerian albums on Spotify for 2020.

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Davido performs medley of past and present hits on NPR’s Tiny Desk

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National Public Radio (NPR) continue to shine the light on black artistes for Black History Month, having Davido as guest for this week’s edition. Davido honoured the call by performing with his band a medley of hit singles, both past and present.

To kick off his Tiny Desk performance, Davido sang to the beat of ‘Gobe’, the smash hit single from his debut album—‘Omo Baba Olowo’. After the nice intro song, Davido gave an inspiring speech about his father, Adedeji Adeleke, a renowned business mogul who Davido called an inspiration.

“My dad worked at Burger King . . . to become what he’s become as a Black man, starting off in America has been very, very inspiring to me” Davido applauds his father’s work ethic and competitive drive.

After the speech, Davido continues to thrill viewers with his performance, transitioning from one hit to another from ‘Aye’ to ‘Risky’ and finally ending with ‘Jowo’ off his recent album—‘A Better Time’.

The location is set at Davdio’s house. Watch the full 12 minutes performance on NPR’s YouTube channel:

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“I’m still a sugar baby” – Joeboy confesses to having a sugar mummy

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She up in my yard / Calling my phone / She tell me she love me say she no go let me go” Joeboy begins on the track ‘Sugar Mama” and true to his words, he confesses on Lagos-based Nigerian radio station, THE BEAT 99.9 FM, about his love life, admitting boldly and proudly—“I have a sugar mummy.”

The prompt to Joeboy admitting this was when asked about his relationship status, Joeboy says: “right now I’m single but I’m not searching. I have a lot of female friends”

Adding to the response, Joeboy continues: “She only call me when she wants to have . . .” he stops without completing the sentence. Asked by the OAP: “but are you complaining?” His response? “No I like it.”

“I have a sugar mummy . . . It’s really really dope . . . it’s fun” Joeboy says after admitting “I’m still a sugar baby”  while making it known the song – ‘Sugar Mama’ – is based on “true life story.” Although choosing to keep the identity of his sugar mummy a secret, he did flex, “She met me” when asked “how did you meet her?”

Watch the interview clip below:

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AQ told me to sign Blaqbonez – MI

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Chocolate City founder and president, Jude “MI” Abaga has without a doubt shown he can hold the rap game for as long as he wants and still remain one of the top music label, heads in the country with Chocolate City. MI once more showed his brilliance in being a good music label head and good talent scout, using his Twitter page as the medium through which he shared how having a meeting with AQ back in 2015 led to him signing ‘BBC’ rapper, Blaqbonez.

L-R: Loose Kaynon, AQ, MI and Blaqbonez of Chocolate City for the ‘Martell Cypher 2019’.

In the tweet, MI said “Oct[ober] 15, [2015]” marked the beginning of “an amazing partnership” with Nigeria rap veteran, AQ, who during the course of the meeting let go of the “opportunity” meant for him for the sake of Blaqbonez’s blooming yet upcoming career (as at 2015) in the music industry.

MI explains that after pitching ideas to AQ in that October 15, 2015 meeting, “he [AQ] listened n said M I’m grateful but d person u should give this opportunity to is @BlaqBonez. [sic]” The result? MI continues, “[I] signed Blaq a year later.”

And the rest is history! AQ has gone to make one of the best discography in Nigerian rap sector, even releasing ‘God’s Engineering’, the most critically acclaimed rap album of 2020 which earned him the award for ‘Best Rap Album” at The Headies 2020

Blaqbonez’s not only shown he can outrap anyone at will but also carved a niche for himself, becoming a comical act on social media. Adding to that Blaqbonez has also shown he can self PR his work and still get massive recognition for it.

It goes without saying that MI made a very wise decision in forming the partnership with AQ while heeding to AQ’s advice about signing Blaqbonez.

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