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“Twice As Tall” and “Made In Lagos” feature on The Fader’s ‘The 50 best albums of 2020’

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The Micheal Jordan (No. 23) and Scottie Pippen (No. 33) of Nigeria’s albums this year, keep proving to music listeners both home and in diaspora why they deserve all the accolades given to them.

You might as well be confused why I chose to use the Micheal Jordan (MJ) and Scottie Pippen references, well it is not far-fetched, it is just a basketball pun in relation to MJ and Scottie jerseys number — No. 23 and No. 33 — respectively and how much of an incredible duo and team they made out to be in their incredible careers playing for the Chicago Bulls. Such is the case with Burna Boy’s “Twice As Tall” and Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos” albums which ranked at Number 23 and 33 respectively on The Fader‘s ‘The 50 best albums of 2020’ list; any round-up of albums of the year where TAT appears, MIL seems to follow, hence the Jordan and Pippen reference.

If you ask most Nigerian youths to rate their best albums of 2020, you should not be amazed when you hear them pick out “Made In Lagos” and “Twice As Tall” among their top 3 and that is the case with these albums. Just last week, both albums appeared on NME’s list for the same reasons but MIL was put a little bit lower at No. 34.

“Twice As Tall” cover art.

On what Burna Boy accomplished with “Twice As Tall”, an excerpt from The Fader article on ‘The 50 best albums of 2020’ explains: (with TAT, there is a) “titanium-eyed ambition here, a steadfast belief that music can bring the African diaspora together in new and powerful ways. There’s a fury at colonialism and its refusal to die, a sense that the bigger the production and catchier the melodies the better the message will catch.”

“Made In Lagos” album cover.

On “Made In Lagos”, the writer for The Fader praised it for: “its lush production and thoughtful, romantic lyrics helping Wiz trace a path back to the bright, bustling Nigerian.”

Indeed Burna Boy and Wizkid keep pushing the boundaries and narrative behind Nigerian music and African music in general. A well deserved spot and Recognition for the Micheal Jordan (No. 23) and Scottie Pippen (No. 33) of Nigeria’s albums for 2020 as they keep creating records, getting accolades and pushing African music to the world.

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Sing along to “Rise Up” by 2Baba and Falz (lyric video)

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Rise Up starring legendary Nigerian Pop icon, Innocent Dibia as Extra Special 2Baba and rapper Folarin Falana as Honourable Falz brings the comfort and much needed upliftment in form of music. It is produced by the one and only Cobham Asuquo.

On Rise Up, 2Baba and Falz speak the undiluted truth on the afrobeat sampled mid-tempo instrumental, making a call for action to everyone not to relent in their efforts of securing a better tomorrow despite the hardships in the country.

Better go dey start to dey happen / Know say gbege go come and go / We suppose to jump am o / We suppose to know say we must to rise up again o / Gbege must come and go” 2baba encourages and admonished everyone to act on the chorus with Falz reassuring listeners on his verse: “Yawa dey today / But hey ‘morrow go better / Gbege wey dey now e no go kill us never”.

While you listen to the concious record made by the duo, you will for sure like to sing along and ruminate on every word spoken by 2Baba and Falz. This lyric video is an aid to that, watch and enjoy:

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Check the tracklist to Ajebo Hustlers’ debut album—“Kpos Lifestyle Vol. 1”

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PH-based duo Ajebo Hustlers unveiled the tracklist to their upcoming album—Kpos Lifestyle Vol. 1—containing features from Nissi and Omah Lay.

The album has 10 tracks in total with pre-released tracks “Pronto” and “Barawo” (which shot them to the limelight) making the tracklist.

Ajebo Hustlers also called on a plethora of producers like Grammy winning Telz, DMW affiliated Fresh VDM, rising act 1daBanton, Orlando Magic and so on to handle their sound, making beats they can flow with.

Kpos Lifestyle Vol. 1 will be released on Friday, July 23rd licensed under Avantie. Check the full tracklist in photo art form below:

Tracklist for Kpos Lifestyle Vol. 1 by Ajebo Hustlers.|PC: @Ajebo_Hustlers (Twitter)

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Lady Donli new EP to drop on July 30 + new single—“Searching”—out now

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Lady Donli AKA Cash Mummy is set to release new music after being on a hiatus for a while by dropping her new EP—Wild—next week Friday, July 30th.

The EP will contain 6 songs, including the most recent single (which dropped yesterday)—“Searching”. Listen to it here:

Wild EP features Shaé Universe and Sugarbana on its third track—“PUT IT ON”—while Ragz Originale is called upon for the final song on the project—“Set The Fire / Love Gyal”.

This would be Lady Donli’s first project in almost 2 years since releasing her debut album — “Enjoy Your Life” — in August of 2019.

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