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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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Olamide sings on laid-back track, “Rock”

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Olamide season is upon us once again and to kick start his yearly music package, he puts out laid-back new single – Rock.

On Rock, Olamide is in his feelings as he professes his love for the girl in question, “Girl I just want make we rock / Girl I just want make we vibe / Girl I just, girl I just want make we chill like ice water” he sings on the chorus.

Rock is produced by Eskeez and will appear on Olamide’s forthcoming album, “UY Scuti”. Listen, stream and download it:

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Rage as Fela Kuti is not among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class

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Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who received the posthumous honour to be among those vying to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 some few months back, sadly failed to secure a spot despite being top two on the voting polls.

Fela Kuti gets shunned from the inductees despite being top two.

Today, May 12, the committee announced the inductees by means of a 3-minute video through president and CEO, Gregg Harris. Fela was nominated in the Performers Category, amassing a total of 545,000+ votes, making him the second most voted act after Tina Turner (548,000+ votes) but to the surprise of the masses, Fela was not included in the list of inductees.

Shockingly included are performers like rap icon and mogul – JAY-Z and LL Cool J who failed to secure a top five spot on the poll, infact, they were the least voted acts when voting concluded.

Although, quite frankly there is a disclaimer on the website were the poll was conducted, stating that votes do not guarantee induction but for a Top 2 voted act in Fela Anikulapo Kuti, that should not even be the case and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the ‘rigging’, ‘clout chasing’ and inconsiderate conduct regarding how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee unjustly treated the voting polls and Fela Kuti.

On what might have transpired regarding the voting stage and selection of inductees, Fela’s first son, Femi Kuti had this to say:

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Ruger releases visuals for “Bounce”

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Ruger aka the eye-patch man (at least that is what I call him) scheduled release for new video Bounce finally gets to the big screen. The video is directed by Prior Gold.

Bounce, a certified fan favourite off of the “Pandemic” EP by Ruger is a fine mixture of Pop intertwined with Dancehall-type vocals and lyrics. The video has Ruger showing public display of affection (PDA) to his lover, appraising her for her big back side, using catchy melodies to call on her to come “wiggle that booty and whine” for him.

The simple but colourful aesthetic stands out in the video. My favourite scene has to be when a Rastafari looking fellow tried to steal the show from Ruger, by trying to woo Ruger’s chick but was bodied and put in a cooler while Ruger dances on it, controlling the crowd and the party continued like a murder did not just occur.

Watch the video yourself:

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