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Top 5 hottest Nigerian music producers 2019 so far

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These are the producers who crafted the hits currently making waves on Nigerian airwaves.

Burna Boy with his regular collaborator, and music producer, Kel P. (Instagram/Kelp_amba)

The Nigerian sonic landscape has always been flush with ace
Nigerian music producers who punctuate the sands of time with their
ability to weave sounds together and create unique experiences that
champion hits and careers.


Don Jazzy talks about Mo’ Hits Reunion Concert on Loose Talk Podcast, Pulse Studios. (Pulse Nigeria)

For this era, the late OJB Jezreel, Paul Play, Don Jazzy and ID Cabasa started
the era of celebrity producers who were as popular as the artists.
Since their reign, there have been numerous celebrity producers who have
gone on to carve a niche for themselves.
While the current day has more producer tags
and producers as much as artists themselves with careers at the risk of
fleeting than they are likely to blossom, some producers stand out with
the quality of their work. Since the Don Jazzy era, Sarz (as an immortal), Sossick, Jay Sleek, Samklef and so forth have done themselves proud.
Over the past year, Killertunes, Speroach, Fresh VDM, and
a few others have marked themselves out as a special bunch. This bunch
might have been around for a longer period of time, but 2019 has smiled
on them more than ever before and that’s why they get this recognition.
For the top music producers of 2019 so far, here is Pulse’s list;

5. Yung Willis


L-R: Phyno, Yung Willis and Ice Prince during the video shoot for Ice Prince’s ‘Feel Good.’ (Instagram/Officialyngwillis)

Willis is a Nigerian music producer doing great things. During Falz’s listening party for his album, Moral Instruction, the rapper and his longtime collaborator, Sess Tha Prblm Kid called Willis, a young man you will soon know about.”
The tag ‘Wi… wi… wi… Willis Giddem!’ is now becoming a powerful identifier. I first knew of Willis when he produced the beautiful ‘Shomolele’ for Xtreme Musik act, Praiz in the final quarter of 2018. I later discovered that he produced ‘Sweet Boy’ for Falz – the single that caused a stir on Twitter.
Since then, the young man has produced the politically-charged, controversial single, ‘Talk’ for Falz as well as the massive bop, ‘Feel Good’ on which Ice Prince featured Falz and Phyno.

4.Ozedikus


Producer, Ozedikus Nwanne of Mavin Records. (Instagram/Ozedikus)

‘Ozedikus Nwanne,’ is one of the in-house producers at Mavin Records. According to a Mavin statement, he was instrumental in the signing of the label’s new act, Crayon.
But asides that, the producer is beginning to do great things for himself in a set that houses Baby Fresh, Altims and the legend himself, Don Jazzy. If not for anything, the producer slammed us with the emerging phenomenon of Rema EP and its pilot track, ‘Dumebi.’

3. Cracker Mallo


Nigerian music producer, Cracker Mallo who is behind hits like
Fireboy’s ‘Jealous’ and ‘Azaman’ by Slimcase, Peruzzi, 2baba and Larry
Gaaga. (Instagram/Cracker Mallo)

Cracker, cracker, cracker.’ The Ilupeju-based producer might be the most slept-on in Nigeria at this time. He has produced ‘Sope’ for Mayorkun, ‘Antidote’ for Mr. Real, and ‘Otumba Lamba’ for Slimcase.
Even more importantly, he produced the biggest song in Nigeria at this moment, ‘Jealous’ by Fireboy DML. Like that is not enough, he produced ‘Azaman’ for Slimcase featuring Peruzzi, 2baba and Larry Gaaga.

2.Kel P


Producer, Kel P who crafted hits like ‘Killin Dem’ and ‘Dangote’ for Burna Boy. (Instagram/Kelp_amba)

Ladies and gentlemen, you probably don’t know him, but you know, ‘It’s Kel P viiibes.’
I first knew of the producer when I heard ‘Biggest’ by Smile in 2016 or 2017. The producer has since waxed stronger by producing ‘Eleganza’ for Solidstar and ‘On The Low‘ for Burna Boy in 2018.
Like that was not enough, the producer has owned parts of 2019 with its biggest song, ‘Killin Dem‘ by Burna Boy featurin Zlatan. He also followed with another hit, ‘Dangote‘ again by Burna Boy.

1. Rexxie


The king of shepeteri sounds, Rexxie. He is known for producing
hits for Zlatan, Naira Marley and a few others.
(Instagram/Rexxiepondabeat)

Okay, maybe Rexxie has been popping since last
year, but hold on, his biggest songs blew up around the final quarter
of 2018, and then spilled onto 2019 for significant success.
He is one of the most-trusted
producers for the Agege contingent and the larger Lagos Mainland when a
commercially viable hit needs to be crafted. In fact, his beats can be
said to be soundtrack for the ZANKU/shepeteri 2.0 era.
‘Yo, Rexxie pon this one’ is how you know it’s him. He produced the Detty December soundtracks, ‘Able God’ for Chinko Ekun, Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile, and Zanku (Legwork)’ for Zlatan. Earlier in 2018, the producer also crafted the sleeper hit, ‘Jogor’ for Zlatan featuring Lil Kesh and ‘Japa’ for Naira Marley
Even though Rexxie’s major hit at this time is Naira Marley’s controversial ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy?’ featuring Zlatan, he has done enough to top this list. Killertunes might have owned 2018, but Rexxie’s run suggests 2019 will be his year.
Kel P might have producer bigger songs, but
Rexxie is the king of shepeteri songs and shepeteri songs run the
Nigerian mainstream. So, Rexxie it is.

Honourable mentions:

Drumphase

Drumphase has been around for a minute and
those who know him speak glowingly of him. The first time I knew of him
was in 2012 with Patoranking’s single, ‘Iya Bisi’ which featured Qdot and Kbaj. In 2015, he produced ‘Maje Omo’ for Slimcase.
But since the turn of 2019, the producer has crafted hits like Qdot’s ‘Koshi Danu,’ and also impeccably produced Idowest’s debut project, Mafia Culture Vol. I. The tag, “Drumphase Productions” is becoming more regular on recognizable songs than it was before.
His reputation as a niche hitmaker might have
been sealed in the underground and Agege and its environment, but the
mainstream has only just started taking notice.

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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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