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Blaqbonez Settles into His True Form with ‘Young Preacher’s’ Hedonistic Gospel.

One thing about Blaqbonez is, his music and style may not be for everyone but you cannot deny his genius. Emeka the stallion is an honest pimp. While most playboys and f**kboys wallow in denial, Blaq has never been shy to admit that his hedonistic approach to love and relationships asides stemming from evolutionary animalistic human tendencies, also has roots in past trauma and is just a defensive mechanism to avoid future heartbreak or as the Nigerians call it… ”Breakfast.”

Blaqbonez set out to make a worthy sequel to 2021’s ‘Love>Sex’ and that, he achieved, also settling into the most authentic we have ever heard Emeka and stretching the possibilities of his creativity beyond what the fans and critics already perceive of his artistry.

Blaqbonez attains Super Saiyan status on this project by rapping more than he ever has on a project since 2018, one would think that he set out to prove that he can join the league of Nigerian legends who dropped rap projects that were also as commercially viable as pop records like Olamide, Ice Prince, Falz, MI Abaga etc.

In the words of Drake ”rap albums doing numbers like it’s pop…”

Furthermore, Blaq brings his pen to the party but leaves some of the autotune from ‘Sex>Love‘ at home, taking on more complex melodies and hooks by himself (with a little help from Oxlade background vocals) and shows that he’s been working on his singing.

Young Preacher is by far Blaq’s most experimental work and his most honest work since he broke into the mainstream.

Blaqbonez albeit being a typical Yoruba demon (Emeka is Igbo by the way), Femi named Lagos bachelor with the libido of a rug rat and the commitment issues of a white girl from Alabama. At the same time, the second testament of his hedonistic gospel is rooted in truth and honesty. More accurately, his truth, his honesty.

Just like on the last album, Young Preacher is curtain called by a trap song fully celebrating his hedonism. The mellow trap title track introduces us to the latest of Blaq’s dozens of alter-egos ‘Young Preacher.’ Blaq explains that though he’s against marriage he believes in the sanctity of fatherhood, a weird concept to speak about while checking the list of female body types in his body count.

A radio talk show aside accompanies certain songs acting as either intros or outros explaining the concepts of their parent track.

‘Hot Boy’ is a bass guitar-laced galala and late mix which could easily host a Santi verse.

”One song on the album could be about your girlfriend’ Blaq spits as he goes on to describe graphically his lustful thoughts towards Nigerian female celebrities like Nancy Isime and Diana Eneje. The Preacher connects his hedonism to childhood trauma and abandonment issues. At this point on the album, Blaqbonez is mostly rapping which is a very brave thing to do.

Turns out he was warming up for the magical, falsetto-laced, infectious hook by Lojay on ‘Whistle’, which can easily compete for hook of the year in the Nigerian music scene. Ruger would settle easily on this song too.

One could imagine this track as a re-enactment of last year’s ‘Bling’ with Amaarae and BNXN fka Buju, but it still sounds fresh and present.

Interpolating a Zinoleesky flow while referencing his sex playlist which includes Santi when dealing Alte girls and the Marlian Records artist when dealing with Trenches thots. The track blur the line between groupie and anti-groupie anthem.

Employing the multiple choral voices on hooks techniques popularized by Asake, but like with everything else on the album, minimalism is Blaq’s watchword.

The lead single and standout track, Jae5 produced ‘Back in Uni’ is next and falls perfectly into the transition of tracks. An unapologetic confessional of some sort about all the hearts he has left to hyenas and vultures in Lekki. Definitely a contender for the best song on the project.

The gospel takes a detour to chronicle pride in living within one’s means and investing smartly ”i’d rather put a mill in crypto, name brands don’t guarantee drip tho” he raps proudly on ‘Fake Nikes,’ another standout track with some help from SA rapper Blxckie and penthouse rapper Cheque. Blaq kept the features mostly hip hop too, another big risk that paid off and keeps the sound cohesive and unique from 80% of what’s in the mainstream Nigerian market.

The production on the tape is as unique and fresh as it is catchy and replay worthy as displayed on ‘Ring Ring’ and also as experimental as can be on Paul Play sample laced ‘Loyalty.’

Blaq impresses and taps into his R&B bag to carry what’s probably the melodic and sing-songy performance of his career, more impressively with minimal autotune. ‘Loyalty’ gives ‘Back in uni’ a strong run for best song on the tape.

The next track is the stoner girls’ anthem interlude ‘She Like Igbo’ ending with a funny skit, glad to see Blaq move his IG comic antics to spice up his music too.

Blaq channels his inner Burna Boy on Tekno assisted ‘Ess Mama’ and a standout performance by Bien of Sauti Sol and Takura on ‘Mazoe.’ Oxlade’s Backups spice up the celebratory ‘Star Life,’ which also chronicles the lonely side of celebrity life.

Again preaching the sex-fiends gospel powered by a lack of genuine connections due to past trauma.

With perfect transitioning, Blaq ends the tracklist from where he started on trap/rap songs ‘Back on BS’ and ‘ I’d Be Waiting.’

‘Shorty told me love is the highest vibration I told her I disagree’ he raps on the former as he woes a girl to cheat on her man with him, situations have never been more artsy and romanticized, the mellow vibes transition into the acoustic outro, which leads to Asa’s ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ sampled unto Blaq rapping about his successes and taking dumps on rappers like a hobby.

‘I sold out MO park no rapper can do that,’ ‘three top 10s I did it solo,’ ‘when they want to drop they go on my page to find something to copy.’ Now that’s a flex.

Flexing on ladies, flexing on rappers. The album bows us out with a rags to riches skit of a voice presumably Emeka’s mother’s.

The risk to rap more and use beats that cannot be easily categorized into Afrobeats or Afropop, keeping the features mostly rappers, minimalism in lyrics and performance, trusting more in his vocal abilities than Autotune all paid off.

Few things like the lacklustre Tekno verse, shortlived Cheque verse unlike the last tape where Psycho YP, AQ etc gave him a run for his money and Blxckie‘ ostensibly out-of-theme verse set the album back from a solid 10/10 performance,

Young Preacher is not the banger-filled classic that the last tape was but is Blaqbonez in his most confident and rawest form, the lack of bangers one can say is on purpose as he also took the risk to leave ‘Commander‘ off the album, in an era where Fireboy used ‘Peru’ to stat pad streams for ‘Playboy’ and Ckay used ‘Love Nwantinti’ from 2019, with a thousand remixes to statpad streams for ‘Sad Romance.’

On ‘Young Preacher’ Blaq does not mirror the poetry of Fireboy, the melodies of Rema, the hums of Ckay, nor the falsetto of Oxlade (via Autotune). Instead he brings rap Blaqbonez into a marriage with Mr. Boombastic and gives us a ragga, Alte-inspired Afro-rap album that sounds fresh and unique enough for us to bear listening to the same theme from the last tape without burning out.

Kudos to Emeka for adding some psychological and emotional context to his hedonistic gospel. Time will tell how this one ages. Bravo. Take a bow Emeka.

PRODUCTION: 9

LYRICISM:9

FEATURES: 8

COHESION:9

TRANSITION: 9

STRONG POINTS: Blaq’s rapping, thematic cohesion, Lojay’s hook on ‘Whistle’, Blaq’s singing on ‘Loyalty’

WEAK POINTS: Cheque’s shortlived verse and Blackie’s verse on ‘Fake Nikes,’ Tekno on ‘Ess Mama’

BEST/ WORST SONG: Mazoe, Loyalty, Whistle/She Like Igbo

TOTAL: 8.9/10

VERDICT: A classic if it stands the test of time, a solid project, and an experimental success regardless.

AKA and Nadia Nakai Approach One-Year Anniversary

While waiting for his summer smash hit ‘Lemons (Lemonade)’ to rise to the top of the South African streaming and radio charts, finally surpassing K.O., Young Stunna, and Blxckie’s ‘Sete’ to claim the top spot, another milestone is around the corner for Kiernan as he and his girlfriend Nadia Nakai approach their one year anniversary.

The couple has been together since October last year, the relationship between both rappers came as a shock to many as Nadia Nakai achieved fame under the umbrella of Cassper Nyovest’s Family Tree Entertainment.

Cassper and AKA have been archrivals for the most part of their careers and it was quite awkward to fans that the first lady of Family Tree Nadia, would not only get involved with the enemy camp, let alone find love in the arms of Cassper’s arch-enemy immediately after her departure from Nyovest’s label.

Prior to dating Kiernan, Nadia was involved with Chicago, Illinois rapper Vic Mensa, during the South African stop of his African tour. The two dated for about two months before Mensa moved back to the states and there went yet another relationship for Bragga.

AKA on the other hand went through a sad phase as he lost his fiance and then soon-to-be wife on 11 April 2021. Anele ‘Nellie’ Tembe accidentally fell off a 1oth floor balcony and died just weeks before the wedding.

“I am in a fantastic place. Love is in the air. Nadia and I have been together for about a year and just enjoying each other,” said AKA. The award-winning rapper also stated that their relationship is set in stone because of music.

AKA said that music unites them the most as they are able to complement each other in their day-to-day work.

“Music always unites us. Both of us being both artists complement our relationship.” When it comes to music, AKA has been on a roll recently.

Following the release of Lemons (Lemonade) featuring Nasty C, AKA reminded the South African hip-hop community of what he is capable of after a brief absence from the scene. The rapper stated that he is excited about how the song has gained momentum in the game since it has become one of the most popular songs.

“Lemons (Lemonade) is arguably one of the most popular songs. Things are going well, it’s gaining momentum and I’m excited.” He said.

The rapper admitted that he is currently having a good time with music and the whole energy in hip-hop music.

“I’m feeling a brand-new breath of fresh air in the game, in hip-hop, music, and just my life in general,” during his interview with DRUM Magazine.

About him dating Nadia AKA had this to say,

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‘Sete’ Makes Way for ‘Lemons’ at Number 1 on the Radio Charts? AKA and Nota Disagree

After a ridiculous run at the top of all the streaming and radio charts in Mzansi, going double platinum in two months and hitting 8 million views on Youtube at the same time, K.O’s magnum opus single ‘Sete’ featuring Blxckie and Young Stunna seemed to have finally given way on the radio charts top spot to AKA and Nasty C’s ‘Lemons (Lemonade)’ track which has been trailing ‘Sete’ at #2 for weeks since it’s release. However, there has been some controversy surrounding this news.

While AKA took to Twitter to celebrate the milestone achievement being his first song to achieve this feat since ‘FREE.’ Controversial media figure Nota Baloyi went on Twitter to discredit AKA’s claims to having the country’s biggest song on Radio.

The music executive mentioned that AKA shared a radio chart that expired on Tuesday.

My wife has spent more weeks at #1 this decade that AKA, Black Motion & DJ Zinhle combined… It’s sad to see Kiernan making fake radio charts on Wednesday because he was #1 up to Tuesday & the chart is from Friday to Thursday each week, where he last topped the chart with FREE.” tweeted Nota.

https://twitter.com/akaworldwide/status/1580137338138931200

An official response from neither AKA nor the official radio chart body has surfaced since Baloyi made these claims.

NasH_Gate Taps SimulationRxps, LxrdBvggz, & PrinceSA for “Sibadala” Music Video

South African rapper NasH_Gate collaborates with SimulationRxps, LxrdBvggz, and PrinceSA to release the highly anticipated music video for their latest single, “Sibadala.” the official music video promises to captivate audiences with its stunning cinematography and powerful storytelling.

Sibadala,” a vibrant blend of contemporary hip-hop, afrobeat, and traditional African rhythms, has already garnered significant attention since its release. The single showcases the exceptional talents of each artist involved, and the music video takes this collaboration to new heights.the video brings to life the song’s themes of unity, resilience, and cultural pride through a series of visually striking scenes and dynamic performances.

NasH_Gate shared his excitement about the project: “Creating the ‘Sibadala‘ music video has been an incredible journey. Working with SimulationRxps, LxrdBvggz, and PrinceSA, along with our talented director, has resulted in something truly special. We can’t wait for our fans to experience this visual representation of our music.”

SimulationRxps added, “The ‘Sibadala’ video is a celebration of our roots and our future. It’s a fusion of different artistic elements that come together to tell a powerful story. We’re thrilled to share it with the world.

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Showtyym’s “So High” Offers Candid Reflection on Mental Health

Talented Ghanaian Artiste Showtyym has finally released his much-awaited inspirational song, “So High” on all streaming platforms. The newest addition to the musician’s packed catalogue explores the challenges faced by young people navigating life’s many hurdles all over the globe.

On “So High,” Showtyym highlights the reality of mental stress and the appeal of psychedelics as a coping method with unadulterated sincerity. This, he conveys with the line:

i’m so high, and I can’t feel my face but I’m smoking this last joint to clear the shit out of my brain.

Showtyym

His personal experience and struggles are laid bare, and entwined with societal realities as the insightful lyrics reflect a narrative of resilience. The Solosbeats produced track is an andante Afro-Pop masterpiece that is pensive yet danceable to and has all the potential to be a chart-topper.Showtyym does impressively well to align these elements to produce an invigorating record, mixed and mastered by Drillyx.

“So High,” is a timely record, energizer and sonic eiderdown in a deranged world.

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Haeven Delivers Blistering Critique of Dark Side of Creative Industry inLatest Single ‘DISSRESPECT,’

In her latest single, ‘DISSRESPECT’, Ghanaian-Nigerian rapper and singer-songwriter, Haeven fearlessly confronts injustices plaguing the creative industry. The track resonates deeply with anyone who has felt undervalued, undermined, sabotaged, or marginalised in their pursuit of artistic expression. Haeven’s raw and provocative lyrics cut through the noise, demanding recognition and respect for creators across various fields, from emerging talents to established names. With infectious rhythm and undeniable energy, ‘DISSRESPECT’ promises to resonate with audiences worldwide from its release.

“Don’t be trying to undermine me, – pay me my dues. Because I’ve never been a theory, I have nothing to prove.” 

Haeven

The song’s defiant lyrics assert Haeven’s value and call for accountability within the industry. Drawing from her personal experiences and observations, Haeven sheds light on systemic issues such as exploitation, lack of recognition, and the prioritization of profit over integrity. It serves as an unapologetic rallying cry for change, advocating that creators be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. 

Haeven’s haunting vocals and introspective lyricism, showcased in earlier releases like “ERA,” have captivated audiences and set the stage for her evolving artistic journey. Emerging from Accra, Ghana’s vibrant music scene, Haeven has also gained recognition for her genre-bending style and electrifying performances. From commanding stages at prestigious events like Jameson Connects and Afrofuture f.k.a Afrochella, Haeven consistently delivers a powerful message through her music. ‘DISSRESPECT’ marks a significant progression in her narrative, shining a spotlight on the realities faced by creatives today.

King Kerby tells off energy vampires on “Leeches”

Altè Rap muse King Kerby is gearing for another scintillating music drop this Friday. The cut “Leeches” off his upcoming ‘Saba Deluxe’ LP will be unveiled (with a music visual shot by RETROGOD on 17/5). Tapping South African beatsmith Zino D who is revered for his eclectic production style, famed for producing rapper Nasty C’s smash hit “SMA” featuring Rowlene – King Kerby showcases his diversity with the sonic choice he adopts for this particular record. 

According to King Kerby A&R Philip Koth who is acclimated for his astounding work with Nairobi drill faction Buruklyn Boyz, he champions Kerby’s brazen style and ambition to try new sounds. 

“The song is a funk-influenced tropical house anthem, but there are tonal shifts that seem designed to showcase King Kerby’s range as a singer and a rapper” Philip Koth mentions.

He adds that “the record employs strings swirling around his stop-and-go flow that will have you reflecting on how people can use you for their own benefit” he continues.

Additional production comes from frequent collaborator LD Beats who has been a pertinent force in the production of the entire album, and a conductor in orchestrating King Kerby’s contemporary ear-worm-esque sound.

King Kerby pays homage with the record’s production that captures the atmospheric House Music synonymous with producer and Grammy Award winner KAYTRANADA. 

“The album is an audiovisual journal of how life has been. The sights, sounds, smells and experiences all together. The scenery and  environment was perfect, so was the musical palette. The song was inspired by a lot of what I was currently listening to. I’m a huge Kaytranada fan, I really wanted to explore different bounces and drum patterns. I would play some of my favorite songs and then we’d pick a tempo and create around it. The words came naturally to me and the feeling was also natural. I’ve experienced friendships where I felt that people were leeching on me” King Kerby affirms.

Created in Cape Town, the creative process featured everyday life in Cape Town while bouncing around Air BnB’s to complete the project. King Kerby shot numerous music visuals to accompany the music effectively. With the scenic Camps Bay in Cape Town as his muse, King Kerby was able to express himself fully without prejudice or creative bloc – creating an offering that can manifest in safe spaces, connecting people over intentional music from personal chronicles. 

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Zambian Rapper, Songwriter & Producer Dan Mwale Release New Single “Under The Sun”

Dan Mwale, the multitalented lawyer, singer-songwriter, rapper, and music producer with Zambian roots, is gearing up to release his latest single, “Under The Sun,” at midnight. Infusing elements of hip-hop and trap, Mwale’s upcoming track promises an electrifying blend of sound that is bound to captivate audiences.

“Under The Sun” delves deep into Mwale’s personal narrative, touching upon themes of introspection, past relationships, and the profound loss of his beloved dog, Alex. With the resonating refrain “there is nothing new under the sun,” Mwale offers listeners a message of resilience and optimism, promising a return to love despite life’s adversities.

Featuring infectious beats and Mwale’s trademark style, “Under The Sun” is poised to make a significant impact on the music scene. The track’s emotive storytelling and authentic expression further solidify Mwale’s position as an emerging force in the industry.

Fans can anticipate the release of “Under The Sun” on all major streaming platforms at midnight, marking another milestone in Dan Mwale’s illustrious career.

Add “ Under The Sun “ by Dan Mwale to your playlist. 

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Soundsbysdl Unveils Their Debut Album ‘SEX’

This groundbreaking album transcends borders, seamlessly merging the vibrant sounds of the underground music scenes in Abuja and Accra. Listen Here.

“SEX” Features Two Distinct Sides. Side A, with an electrifying and upbeat rage, Side A pulsates with energy, showcasing the raw intensity of the underground scene. Featuring a lineup of talented artists including L1trendsetter, Ya ROE, Kwelit, Jaleel Thomas, Usan-JT, Danny Montanna, Javan Santana, Trap KYD, and Siient Parker, Side A immerses listeners in a whirlwind of captivating beats and impassioned lyrics.

Side B: As the journey unfolds, Side B offers a tranquil and mellow atmosphere, serving as the perfect counterpart to the high-octane energy of Side A. Artists MASK MO, Kwelit, Micky wrecks, L1trendsetter, KOMÉ, Tyler-Leigh, Rezzyvfm, and Ruch Sensei contribute to this soothing sonic landscape, inviting listeners to unwind and reflect.

Adding to the album’s allure is a bonus track from the esteemed Ghanaian group AD20. Their contribution enriches the album with authentic Ghanaian flair

“SEX” was executively produced by the talented Kwelit and curated by Jodye SDL, ensuring a seamless fusion of musical styles and influences from both cities. It marks a historic moment in music, as it becomes the first album to merge the underground scenes of both Abuja and Accra. Soundsbysdl invites music enthusiasts worldwide to join in the celebration of this unprecedented fusion of cultures and sounds.

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Divine Wayne and Kashcpt Unveil Empowering Anthem “Free Dem Boys”

Divine Wayne and Kashcpt, two of the most dynamic voices in contemporary hip-hop, electrify the music scene with their latest collaboration, “Free Dem Boys”.

This highly anticipated single, promises to be a rallying cry for justice and empowerment. In “Free Dem Boys”, Divine Wayne and Kashcpt harness the power of their lyricism to shed light on pressing social issues, particularly the unjust incarceration of individuals within marginalized communities. Through thought-provoking verses and a captivating beat, the duo delivers a message of resilience, solidarity, and the unwavering quest for freedom.

This song is more than just music; it’s a movement, “We’re using our platform to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced by systemic injustices.

Divine Wayne

‘Free Dem Boys’ is a call to action, urging listeners to join us in the fight for justice and equality.”Kashcpt echoes this sentiment, stating, “Music has the power to ignite change and inspire hope. With ‘Free Dem Boys’, we aim to spark conversations, raise awareness, and drive positive transformation in our communities. This is more than just a song—it’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.”

“Free Dem Boys” will be available on all major streaming platforms

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Yung Ricky Unveils Visually Stunning Music Video for “27” Featuring Black Chanel

South African rapper Yung Ricky just released a visually stunning music video for his latest single 27 featuring Portuguese rapper Black Chanel, shot against the breathtaking backdrop of Lisbon Portugal, the video is a visual masterpiece that perfectly complements the infectious energy and raw emotion of the song. The “27” music video takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the streets of Lisbon, capturing the essence of Yung Ricky’s artistic vision and Black Chanel’s captivating presence. From the vibrant colors of the city to the intimate moments between the artists, every frame is a work of art that reflects the passion and creativity behind the music.

The “27” music video is now available on YouTube and all major streaming platforms. To watch the video and stay updated on Yung Ricky’s latest releases and performances, follow him on social media @yungrickyromeo

Suave Lyricism Meets Jazz-Hop As ARMSTRONGWW & KNOWSUM Combine For New Single AUTOPILOT

ArmstrongWW, a Cameroonian born musician known for his slick cadence and combining elements of Soul, HipHop & Jazz is looking to shake the music scene with new single Autopilot. This release, composed by seasoned Jazz-hop producer Knowsum, radiates feelings of a night ride through the city with a sprinkle of unsolved mystery.

A young musical alchemist, ArmstrongWW has been drawing attention and critical acclaim since the release of his debut single Je T’aime in 2020. Usually, the DIY independent artist cherishes involvement in all aspects of his releases including engineering, video editing, cover art creation, and on numerous occasions, production. On this special occasion, after an email to producer Knowsum in early January, a seed was planted that would soon grow into Autopilot, a track that gives the best of both worlds for fans of Hip-Hop/Soul and Lofi/Jazz.

Autopilot Video directed by Luz Castilla & ArmstrongWW

As chefs often give instructions on how to best enjoy a dish, Autopilot is a dish best served when the sun begins to set. Though blasting this Jazz-HipHop fusion during the day is also encouraged as the polyphonic chorus pairs well with all settings.

Listening to Autopilot makes me feel like I’m on the run, but in a James Bond meets Miles Davis type of way. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it just does

ArmstrongWW

Who is ArmstrongWW – A self proclaimed musical alchemist, ArmstrongWW is a multi-genre artist born in Cameroon, Africa and raised in the creative grounds of Houston, TX. Beginning his songwriting journey at the young age of 6, his sound has long evolved to showcase flexible lyricism and now signature euphonious vocal layering. In recent times, ArmstrongWW’s unique take on Hip-Hop/Soul has garnered attention from industry powerhouses including BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM, and some appearances on Spotify editorial’s Jazz Rap & Mellow Bars. Coupled with performances at Rice University (Houston), The Phoenix Theatre (Petaluma), and Space 333 (Chicago), the sky’s the limit for Houston’s very own independent vigilante. 

Listen to Auto Pilot on Spotify now

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Tems announces highly-anticipated debut studio album ‘Born in the Wild’

GRAMMY® Award-winning, Oscar nominated, Lagos, Nigeria-based singer, songwriter, and producer Tems announced her highly-anticipated debut studio album Born In The Wild, set to release this May via Since ‘93/RCA Records. Pre-save HERE.

Watch the official album trailer here!

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Tems made her Coachella Music Festival debut where she delivered a show stopping performance with special appearances from Justin Bieber and Wizkid to perform their smash hit “Essence.” Tems is set to blaze the Coachella stage once again on April 21st

Ahead of her debut album release, Tems recently released 2 new songs “Me & U” and “Not An Angel,” notably marking her first full-length releases since her ‘If Orange Was A Place’ EP in 2021. Since its release, “Me & U” has amassed over 45 million streams and spent more than 7 weeks in the top 5 of the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs Chart. Tems was also recently honored with the Breakthrough Award at Billboard’s 2024 Women in Music Awards, where she delivered a stunning live performance of  “Not An Angel” – watch HERE

Tems has been a seminal figure in the rise of Afrobeats following her recent successes. From her record-breaking record “Essence” alongside Nigerian pop sensation Wizkid becoming the first Nigerian record in history to chart in the Billboard Hot 100, to remaining on the charts for 52 consecutive weeks, Tems has grown leaps to become an international artist hailed from Nigeria.

Tems, 27, was also bestowed with a Grammy Award for Best Melodic Rap Performance last year for her contributions on the single “Wait for U” by American superstars Future and Drake.

Nominations across prestigious awards such as the Oscars for Best Original Song “Lift Me Up” with Rihanna for the 2022 film ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ among other accolades has propelled her to unrivaled success.