Steve Cypha, who after much strain to release a dope record, took to his twitter page to declare the imminent arrival of his single, titled Cocaine on which he features Ghana Dancehall artiste, Tea Bag and BHP Rapper, Zik. The Rapper said “I guarantee to share this tune on the 20th November and it would be free for streams and downloads on soundcloud and different platforms.” Personally cant wait to hear and share this track.
Update your hiphop playlist ASAP with these banging track from young talented Hiphop underground stars from their various zones!!!
- $pacely: Digits
- Polo: One Life ft BB2M
- High M: Bounce Back ft Skyz
- Khandlez: You see your Life ft Ayat
- Bryan The Mensah: Darling Falling ft Kwesi Arthur
- VT: What You Say ft Steve Cypha
- Sizz The Truth: Longest Round
- Vader: Loose Talk (MI response)
- MVP: Militia
- Blaq Bones – You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives (MI Reply)
An independent rapper from the city of Pretoria, South Africa known as Tban took to his twitter with the enormous build up of his forthcoming single titled Majita.
This tune was solely inspired by the time he spent in the hospital and nearly lost it. In his exact words, “Majitas got me thinking I can be better if I believe in myself.” His true friends helped him back up while he was down and he wrote this highly anticipated song for them.
My attention was caught when I saw pictures of him and his friends going round the city of Pretoria pasting posters of this eagerly awaited song. Now that’s the kind of motivation and drive from a young man and his friends. I think he said he made over 900 pamphlets just to make mindfulness round the city he was coming with that fire tune.
Finally, I’ll need to convey the message here, Tban said this song is dedicated to the real friends out there. “Appreciate your friends with this song as soon as it drops on the 28th of October, 2017.”
3 weeks prior KingsVille rapper, Victor Ekpenyong Popularly known as V.T dropped his Debut tape. He titled it DAWN; Boy Meets World. The E.P which was for the most part hip hop and a little touch of trap music has the general population talking and this survey will shed more lights to why and how it did.
After a first tune in to the EP, considering the way that it was a debut E.P, the inventiveness of a young man who just met the world has got me overwhelmed. The all around organized flexibility and subjective creation of his first project shocked everybody. In spite of everything, I find myself starting my morning with this tape and I recommend you ought to as well.
VT, who has been dropping singles for his fans preceding the tape didn’t drop a track from the tape before it’s authentic release. You can visit hiphopafrica.net for his singles previously the arrival of DAWN.
As a rapper and producer, I should state that the kid has truly developed into a man and is creating to be a hazard in the music scene. On the off chance that you haven’t known about the chap, you truly are abandoned.
The man himself had this to state when asked what motivated the title and the E.P overall, “How it came up, well it’s a gathering of melodies from my times of understanding as an artiste and producer. The DAWN E.P is a rap venture that speaks about the early period of my music life, “THE DAWN” which means first light really implies a great deal to me as this E.P will remain an image of where I began from roused by the energy for the music, rap and love from the group”.
Aside the staggering exertion put into the creation of this tape, the melodious bar and conveyance were set high by the man himself and he had some extraordinary highlights from his label mates who conveyed exceptionally. I for one have an entire group of verses I cherish however my most loved remains, “People stab you in the back, then face you and want a hug for it.” Do I need to clarify that? I doubt. That is only one out of numerous. I recollect two or three individuals asking me who BB2M is, I let out a grin and say “Black On Black 2 Match.” I’ll want to expect you know Polo, he beyond any doubt conveyed too to compensate for what is by all accounts a risk to a great deal of artists out there.
Apparently, I’m required to express my favorite track on the tape however I think my brother, Ozasela got it covered for me. Man said, “My favorite art should be ‘Drama” but “Dreams” won’t “Let Them Know” . So “Till Dawn”. The whole Dawn project is my favorite and I feel great being a part of it.” By the way, Ozasela is the man behind the immense work of art on this cover. There’s likewise and digital book online on a snappy once-over of the tracks and their different works of art. here’s a link to it,
Just incase you haven’t listened to this project, I gat you.
There’s an apparent idea that Hip Hop music doesn’t sell in Nigeria and most Hip Hop craftsmen aren’t fruitful in the business.
Most Rappers tend to “Switch Up” and go “Commercial” so as to be “successful”. The industry has transformed a ton of promising talents into “Commercial Afrobeats” Artists as the vast majority of these promising abilities surrender doing it for the hiphop culture and go looking for ways to make dance songs instead of learning the craft of hiphop properly. This conveys me to some easily proven wrong inquiries. Do these specialists have love for hiphop? Is it true that they are in it for the cash? Do they simply need notoriety?
On the off chance that you have enthusiasm and ability for Hip Hop music, you ought to be doing it for the way of life and not the love of money included and since we have all transformed it into a wellspring of wage and survival instead of something we improve the situation the affection we have for it, at that point the adoration for the workmanship fades away as nobody is prepared to secure the way of life. I recognize the way that profiting off your specialty is an enormous wellspring of inspiration for each craftsman out there yet you ought to likewise not switch your craft cause it’s not paying up right now, because it eventually will.
The purported top rappers end up doing different styles and genre of music other than Rap and hiphop and that precludes them from tutoring the exceptional upcoming rappers, making it a troublesome fight for forthcoming rappers to discover their way through things which typically winds up in demoralization and dissatisfaction.
Additionally, I think creating a platform to make it less demanding for forthcoming rappers is a standout amongst other things top rappers can ever do to improve the situation of Hip Hop culture in Nigeria. Already established rappers should make the path of upcoming gifted rappers less demanding, to make a stage for them which will permit them move steadily into limelight. Jumping from one record label to another mostly ends in the aforementioned labels slaughtering the heat of real rap from the voices of these gifted upcoming acts all in a bid for cash. Truly, cash is great and we can likewise profit from Hip Hop music in the event that we can consent to have any kind of effect.
Bless To All The Real Ones Keeping It Real.
Article written by Steve Cypha
The first time I heard J Hus, I stumbled on his work by accident. I was enjoying a remix of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You by Yxng Bane on YouTube and the song Did You See happened to come up on suggested videos. The screenshot looked promising and so I satisfied my curiosity by clicking it. In that instant, I discovered what would be one of the most underrated African artists I’ve heard this year.
Whenever the name “Olamide” is mentioned, what comes to mind is a young Nigerian guy, considered to be one of the fastest rising stars in the music industry. He’s quite good at what he does, so no wonder he’s one of the most highly sought after music artists. He belongs to a clique of young musicians taking Nigerian music to the next level. This clique consists of the likes of Davido and Wizkid, among others. Today, we’ll be looking at a couple of things you need to know about Olamide.
Without much competition, Cassper Nyovest is unarguably dominating the African rap scene at the moment. We could even go as far as saying he’s one of the most prominent in South Africans today. Cassper’s been in South African entertainment since 2004 and started adding credits to gain international attention in 2009.
With his consistency, we can understand why his popularity continues to grow. He has collaborations with Talib Kweli, The Game and Casey Veggies behind him and one can’t help but be curious about what he’s planned next.
There’s is hardly any figure that has impacted Nigerian Rap/Hip-hop culturally as much as Mode-nine. He was/is the S.I unit of what it means to be a lyrically gifted word smith. Babatunde Olusegun Adewale born June 14, 1975 in London, United Kingdom but hails from Osun State, Nigeria. Modenine is a Nigerian veteran lyricist, rapper and Hip hop hall of fame legend who is arguably acknowledged as the best rapper and lyricist to have ever come out of the shores of Nigeria and Africa in general. He’s credited currently to date with an impressive Hip hop body of works, 7 studio albums and 5 mixtapes to his discography.
E’ Pluribus Unum “One Amongst Many” -2006,The Paradigm Shift -2008, Da Vinci Mode -2014, Above Ground Level – 2014, Modenine & Alias – Pay At-10-Shun -2010, Modenine & Mills The Producer – Golden Era Guevara New Era Mandela -2011, Modenine & XYZ – Alphabetical Order -2013, Modenine and DJ Papercutt” – Look What I Found EP [ 2016 ], Insulin 2016
Malcolm IX – The Lost Sessions -2004, Pentium IX – The Mixtape – 2005, Nigel Benn’s KraftWork (Modenine and Kraft) – The Soul Edition – 2007, 09.09.09 The Mix Tape -2009, Occupy The Throne -2012.
Modenine who also goes by other alias as Polimaf, Nigel Benn, Samurai XI and Mathematical segey. He’s also one of the most decorated rappers all over Africa with a Channel O music award for the song “Cry” and a seven time winner Headies, Lyricist on the Roll. In truth, only less than a handful of rappers are trying to scratch his legacy. Olamide and M.I maybe…
Having achieved such a status of being Nigeria rap legend with so many projects and accolades to back that claim, Modenine took the Nigerian rap industry to the world right from the days of his defunct rap crew SWAT ROOT and Payback tyme records with an unreleased album “IX files” later to the kick off of his Debut release Macolm IX which was released back in 2004, it was critically acclaimed Hip hop master piece, shortly after which got him signed to Question Mark records which at that time had music heavy weight Asa and super producer Cobhams Asuquo and vocalist.
Modenine has been a mentor to talented rappers and rappers of his generation, however with such a legendary status it’s sad that there is a lot of “whys” hovering around his almost spanning 2 decades career.Modo has been less appreciated and respected for his art, why no notable endorsements till date? Aside from his ever first Commercial advert for telecommunications giant Glo “I rule” , why no major headlining event?. Why this and why that? but truth be told if Modo was an american rapper with such status and accomplishments he would definitely be well appreciated, highly paid with probably a few endorsement, his own label and artistes under his belt,
Why don’t Nigerians patronize his music ?
Modo as he is fondly called is regarded as one of the greatest rappers to have come out of the African continent but has enjoyed average commercial success, he recently stated in an interview granted to punch that his last release “Insulin” will be his last on the shores of Nigeria.
Have we ever wondered why Modenine is not having an awesome rap career?
What might be wrong?
Lack of support from the Nigerian entertainment industry, entrepreneurs, top brands, industry politics, and Nigerians attitude towards rap music in general.
The top players in the music industry have failed to honour the legendary heights of Modenine that which is also affecting his career seriously with less radio airplay and a very little fanbase. Big telecommunications companies like Globacomm who is like a big pillar for Nigerian artistes and other big brands have failed to recognize Modenine’s influence in the Nigerian rap industry instead they have decide to endorse artiste with no sense of artistic creativity just for mass appeal, this hasn’t helped his career. On a track released a while ago Modo admitted to having no endorsement deals.
According to our research most Nigerians and music lovers say they don’t seem to relate to his style of rap music stating it’s filled with too much grammatical expression, complexities of foreign lingua and no longer impressed with his rhymes but these same fans have favourite rappers like Nas, Eminem, Jay Z and a few foreign artistes to mention,
Why don’t we celebrate our own?
With more competition arising in music and with the rap game evolving from boom bap beats to trap and Afro infused sound and lingual younger rappers have emerged with catchy hooks, indigenous flows and a more fashionable and easy to relate style to the general audience, on this Modenine has failed to evolve, impress and applauding his decision not to switch to rapping in vernacular or his native Yoruba tongue, Modenine can still maintain his rap lingual and experiment his style on a more catchy hooks and maybe trap style. so its safe to say Modenine should experiment more as a result of the Nigerian factors in place.
Can he cope with this current breed of young rap artistes ?
It’s not safe to say Mode-nine has no fashion sense at all because his fashion style still retain the golden and lyrical Hip hop era which is strictly Hip hop from head to toe. Though fashion trends is evolving like the music Modo doesn’t appear publicly to be rocking dapper suits or looking differently from when he dropped his first album Malcolm IX-The lost Sessions always in baggy jeans, snap-back and a hoodie, in other to engage the youths more you need to communicate with them not just with the music but also with your dress sense, a heavy weight telecommunications company looking to endorse artists will prefer to have a Ycee on its pay roster than a Modenine . So Modo please upgrade your wardrobe.
Is there a way out, Would Modenine ever get the applauds he deserves?
Modenine lacks proper branding since he left Question Mark records. For example take a look at DJ Khaled who was off the radar for a while and came back fully strong, energized and found a way to reach out to the audience by that he became bigger and better dropped an album that went up to number 1spot with several hit songs and features. Proper branding is critical and key to an artiste career, a well experience A&R/ PR team and artiste management this should be taken serious because branding and management is deeper than rap itself. We hope this article gets through the right channel
Modenine deserves as much respect for his art as we currently give other Nigerians who have excelled in their chosen fields, such as the likes of Chimamanda in literature, John Mikel Obi in football and Kunle Afolayan in film. @hephef
Besides this well deserved critically acclaim heights as a Nigerian rap legend there are business opportunities for someone of Modenine’s calibre, Modo should be in the position to influence in the media not just appearing in free freestyle shows with less audience. Modo once worked as a host on Rhythm FM Abuja. Radio is lacking deep, well-informed, eloquent OAPs. Most voices we hear on air are uninformed, faux foreign-accent peddling pretenders who know nothing about pop, youth culture, urban art and music.
Modenine is an encyclopedia of general knowledge and music, asides being a connoisseur of Hip Hop history, as well as an amazing communicator. Beyond the radio, there is also room for Modenine to function in other sections of media – TV/ documentaries, digital, advertising (jingles and voice over), podcasts, etc. @hephef
Hopefully, Hip Hop lovers, entertainment entrepreneurs, rap heads and rap artistes who are successful in business will find creative ways to both honour a man who has giving us so much joy and pleasure with his art, while also taking advantage of the value embedded in this heavyweight.
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Drop your comments as we wait for part 2 and conclusion about Why Mode-nine is not a Mogul.
written by @MrDrexxx