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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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Focalistic links up with Davido for the video of ‘Ke Star’ remix

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South African acts, Focalistic and Vigro Deep recruits Davido for the music video of the trending Amapiano single—Ke Star.

Ke Star is an Amapiano-EDM record, requiring lesser amount of vocals from the artistes involved while giving room for listeners to gyrate to the bouncy beat and that its visuals supplies in excess with different dancers showing off various typical South African dances.

The fashion, color and scenery is also something to watch out for in Ke Star remix videos. Watch the video below:

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Vector and MI have an upcoming collaboration on the way, titled ‘Crown of Clay’

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Finally, every Hip-Hop and Rap fan in Nigeria get what they have been waiting on for a very long time, a collaboration between two of Africa’s most respected rap figures, Vector “tha Viper” and “Mr Incredible, ‘MI’ Abaga”. They’re to work together on the collaboration titled—Crown of Clay.

MI and Vector as we know had their almost a decade long infamous feud which resulted in a lot of name callings, insults, unnecessary charter, indirect subs and most importantly – the diss tracks (both from a personal point of view and collectively from their individual cliques).

The year 2020 though brought an end to their beef when Alcoholic brand—Hennesy VSOP —organised for the artistes to meet and reconcile amicably through the YouTube series – ‘The Conversation by Hennessy artistry’ – much to the delight of fans (or maybe not, because those diss tracks were amazingly fire and quite engaging I am not even going to lie *laughing emoji*). And few months later, we are meant to enjoy two of Nigeria’s most lyrical and commercially successful rappers on a track. Wow!

Although not much detail is known as to the collaboration—Crown of Clay, whether it is going to be just a single, or eventually turn out to be a project – EP, mixtape or album – but we know it will soon come according to MI while vector simply tells fans to make sure they turn on post notifications; for sure, this is a must follow-up story and fans will be eager to know how it eventually turns out.

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Ric Hassani releases sophomore album – ‘The Prince I Became’

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Fresh off his vividly voiced single, ‘Thunder Fire You’, Ric Hassani drops his sophomore, two years after making a resounding debut on the Nigerian music scene. He titles his second LP—The Prince I Became.

Cover artwork for The Prince I Became|PC: @RicHassani (Twitter)

If there is one thing we have learnt from Ric Hassani since making his debut, it is that he is not afraid to voice his emotions, even if it means being literal, thinking out loud, as in the case of recent and promotional single for his sophomore album – ‘Thunder Fire You’.

The Prince I Became judging from the tracklist boasts to be genre mixing, infusing Ric Hassani’s staple – R&B and Pop – while also creating space for Gospel, recruiting some of gospel’s finest in Calledout Music and Frank Edwards on ‘Victory Belongs To Jesus’.

What to expect from The Prince I Became? Excellent vocals and storytelling as always, the classic Ric Hassani style while also banking on him to give us some shake body jam like ‘Do Lai Dat’ featuring Kuami Eugene. From the tracklist, we can also tell the album is a flurry of emotions, mostly of love while the latter part of the album, especially the last three songs on it, Ric Hassani turns our attention to the Lord, Jesus Christ, spreading the gospel in his own little way.

Tracklist for The Prince I Became|PC: @RicHassani (Twitter)

Stream/Listen to The Prince I Became below:

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