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Tomi Thomas sticks to his working formula on “Hopeless Romantic” EP (review)

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Tomi Thomas refuses to bow to the pressuring mainstream influence, sticking to the working formula, a niche he has carved for himself, a lane where Alternative and R&B music dwells peacefully which on occasions, might visit other genres but the stay never lasts longer than intended.

Hopeless Romantic is a continual reminder of Tomi Thomas’ musical brilliance, softcore blended with recurring high rising vocals on well selected plush productions or instrumentals. His pen game never ceases to amaze listeners too.

Tomi Thomas brings the emotions to the amusement park, tagging for a soulful but quite joyous emotional-rollercoaster ride on his most recent EP, Hopeless Romantic.

On Hopeless Romantic, Tomi Thomas kept the lyrics as intrinsic as possible, just as suggested by the title of the project, reflecting on why love is hard to come by despite the effort he has put into looking for a lasting one in form of a relationship; he expressed it better on second song and title track – “Hopeless Romantic” – when he said: “On my own / So many days on my own / No credit on my phone / Im just a hopeless romantic / On my own”.

Echoing same message on the hook of “Waiting”, Tomi says: “True love doesn’t leave in the morning / I said no no no no” complementing it on the next verse, “Got me under lock and key my darling / Why you got me begging please my darling”.

The production on the EP is just as slow paced as Tomi’s vocals but with a touch of Afrobeat and Reggae Dancehall on “Waiting” and “Hurricane” (featuring Buju Banton) respectively, not forgetting the Reggaeton vibes on “GoGo Dancer”.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to your ears Tomi Thomas on Hopeless Romantic, sip your liquor, juice if you may and relish the moment. Enjoy!

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“I’m an authentic person and that’s what my brand stands for” – Olamide on why he does not lobby for international acclaim

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Olamide Adedeji, Olamide as he is professionally known; rapper, singer and label executive whose career has spanned over a decade and still continuing to blossom is one of the rare examples of Nigeria and African act whose music cuts across boarders despite very few or no feature(s) with an international act.

Olamide who had his big break musically in the early 2010s and since then have been churning hits after hits with albums after albums leading to him being one of the most respected music creators in the country, speaks with The Guardian on why he never lobbies for international features and acclaim despite being a top dog in the music industry, he says: “I’m never going to be desperate, or make funny moves because I’m trying to be successful”, furthering, “I’m an authentic person and that’s what my brand stands for.”

Read the full article written on Olamide by The Guardian.

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Joeboy’s “Somewhere Between Beauty and Magic” & “Sex Over Love” by Blaqbonez make Rolling Stone’s ‘The Best Albums of 2021 So Far’ list

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The mantra “Afrobeat to the world” continues to soar beyond measurable heights, Joeboy’s and Blaqbonez’s 2021 released albums add to the many testaments of the above statement, i.e mantra as they are both included on Rolling Stone‘s The Best Albums of 2021 So Far.

On the 4th of February released Somewhere Between Beauty and Madness, J.D for Rolling Stone penned: “Whether he’s singing about love and marriage or more ephemeral romance, everything on this uniquely pretty records flows with the warmth, generosity, and beauty of an Al Green valentine.” while for Blaqbonez’s audacious album preaching on gynephilia opposed to intimate attraction and true love, the magazine brand had this to say: “Sex Over Love offers a cohesive collection of hip-hop and Afropop

2021 continues to produce fine fruits for both artistes, for one both albums of theirs have respectively appeared on different charts, reaching the summit, that is, No. 1, even producing singles that have done the numbers and charted as well.

You can read the full article here.

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PrettyboyDO stays resilient despite “Living in Bondage” (new track)

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PrettyboyDO ruggedity, rigidity and resilience relfects on new single – Living in Bondage. Right from the intro, prettyboydo shows he is not ready to bend or bow to any opposition, he says: “My mama wake up every morning, pray to God say: ‘protect my only son’. Me say: ‘ mama don’t pray for me, pray for them’”.

Living in Bondage is prettyboydo’s way of saying no matter what his thrown his way in form of opposition and persecution, he will never wave the white flag.

Mom I’m at war / Say a prayer cause I’m in war” he reveals on the first track before complementing it on the chorus with the statement, “Bondage Bondage / Say me living in bondage / Here tomorrow’s not promised / ‘Cause me living in bondage”.

PrettyboyDO highlights some circumstances leading to him Living in Bondage, they include gang activities or insecurities and backward mentality of people he is surrounded by but in spite of all that, he sings on how focused he is on the paper chase and how he will not allow their poor reasoning affect him.

Listen to Living in Bondage; the track’s production is handled by Trill XO and Tochi Bedford.

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