I was on call last night with an executive in Sunshine Ray Record, I was made to believe that Best Of Vibes will be out on all platforms by 12am today, “we will be live by 12am” were his word to be specific, fast forward to 7am this morning no show! I once again messaged my contact in the label asking why the much anticipated extended project was not yet available for streams, then he pointed out that it was a late decision taken by the Label president who stated that it will be better for people to wake up to the project, to remove any syndrome of staleness, a move I quite agree with, Nigeria a country of night workers “Chache” arguably that time of the day is the most busy time for an average Nigerian. On listening to the EP on Apple Music at first I rated the project 6/10 a judgement I must confess that I passed rashly because like the average Nigerian I was just waking up and I haven’t gotten myself properly blame on last night crusade.
Then I connected my laptop to my Bose speaker replayed the project, my first point of attraction was Lyrical catchy phrase “omo to ba shipa loun gbe” a Yoruba adage which means you can only help who is ready to be helped. The statement alone was the mitochondrion of the EP “the energy currency of Lyrical” an indirect way of announcing himself asserting the fact that he is around and it’s time to change whosoever is in the helm of affairs, then Lyrical reduced the seriousness of his introductory 3 minutes 11 seconds song with Koshi a mid tempo Afro tune a song about just vibing and living life with no stress featuring close associate Tarian and new blow boy Bella Shmurda, before voicing out his emotional statement of mind regarding his love life on lowokan, a fierce Lyrical playing it cool forgetting the bro code to beg for just a chance and his accomplice of the escapade was Tarian and Picazzzo! The short break into Lyrical’s love interest was cut short by Shower your blessing, taking the style of Bella Shmurda’s famous punky break out single Vision 2020, Lyrical showcased his optimistism, high hope and expections praying vigorously for a breakthrough drawing inference from what he as seen and wants to see no more…been broke! In the spirited of motivation the young rapper poured out his mind on Boripe with guest artist Zinoleesky bringing his A game, before leaving the island of worries on Aiye Lo ferry alongside Bella Shmurda, then ending the whole play with a neat and appropriate effort Ajibole.
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.