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The Vibrators Pick: Official Top 10 Albums of 2018

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1. 2018 was a dynamic year for the Nigerian Music industry. From mainstream to alte, we received a steady stream of albums and singles for our listening pleasure here at VIBE. In no particular order, here are the albums that blew us away this year.
Burna Boy- Outside
Burna Boy kicked off an epic 2018 with his critically acclaimed album “Outside”. With minimal collaborations and mainstream push, the album still provided us with a stream of hits including the new national anthem Ye, Streets of Africa and Rock Your Body.
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Kizz Daniel- No Bad songz

Kizz Daniel has always being a step before his competition, but his latest album introduced to the road of legends. No dulling moment on the album dropping catchy lines over       melodius instrumental.

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 Adekunle Gold- About 30
The industry’s Golden boy, Adekunle Gold blew us away with the track Ire, a soulful ballad that resonated with many. This set the tone for his About 30 album with careful musicality and Adekunle’s signature knack for storytelling. Songs like Call on Me and Money make the album a sure contender for the top albums of 2018.
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Show Dem Camp- Palm Wine Music 2
Following the success of their hit album Palm Wine Music, alte royalty Show Dem Camp and their band of talented friends dropped Palm Wine Music 2.Featuring artists like Falana, Ajebutter 22 and Burna Boy, the duo delivered a quality project with songs like Legend, Damiloun and Tropicana.
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Bymo- Oso
On the heels of his legal battle with his former label, Brymo has managed to retain his sound and quality with album Oso. The self proclaimed, “greatest Nigerian musician ever” dropped his sixth album this year. The provocative project features songs like ‘Money launderers and heartbreakers’‘Time is so kind’, and ‘God is in your mind.’
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Odunsi- rare.
One of the leaders of the alte new school, Odunsi, released his long anticipated debut album rare. The album features artists like Davido, Tay Iwar, Runtown and Santi. He establishes his unique style with songs like star signs and divine.
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 Mr Eazi- London to Lagos
Along with a mini documentary of the same title, Mr Eazi dropped his sophomore album Lagos to London in 2018. One of the year’s most talked about projects, the album features a host of heavyweights including Simi, Maleek Berry and Chronixx. It offers an eclectic blend of genres across cultures with songs such as Surrender, Chicken Curry and She Loves Me.


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Dj Spinall- Iyanu
One of the industry’s hottest DJ’s teamed up with some of the country’s biggest stars to give us the album Iyanu. From Serious featuring Burna Boy to Nowo featuring Wizkid and Baba featuring Kizz Daniel, it is clear that DJ Spinall was determined to release a hit filled album.

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Mayorkun- The Mayor of Lagos
Beloved DMW act Mayorkun has produced a steady stream of hit singles and finally dropped his anticipated debut album The Mayor of Lagos towards the end of 2018. Songs like Oshepete,Drama Queen and Red Handed make this album a definite fan favorite.

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Greatness by DJ Neptune
Another DJ that dropped an impressive project this year is DJ Neptune. With collaborations from artists such as Patoranking, Reminisce, Olamide and Niniola, the album is eclectic and gives us refreshing versatility. Songs like Shawa Shawa and Wait cement the album’s hit-making potential.

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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