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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.






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.

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

NEW PLAYLIST: Fresh Music Friday

Today we happily announce exciting changes to of our regular New Music Friday Playlists to Fresh Music Friday with rappers & artists being featured as the playlist cover star every week, As we begin this new and exciting journey and kick-start our very first Fresh Music Friday Playlist.

Listen to Fresh Music Friday on Spotify

Our Cover star for the week is the Talented rapper from Lagos, Nigeria, High M, a lyrical assassin in his own right and versatile artist, rapper, songwriter and singer, as he delivers his highly anticipated tune Breast Comes First, the rapper flexes his muscle on the Afrobeat inspired tune.

The aim of OUR PLAYLIST rebrand is to continue promoting the African RAP Industry and its Hiphop scene, giving our continents rap stars and underground aRTIST A spot to shine.

David Bunna (CCO/Founder)

The “Fresh Music Friday” playlist is a convenient way for fans, music enthusiasts, lovers of hiphop and general music lovers to stay updated with the latest releases and discover new artists and songs from across the continent. It can be an excellent resource for discovering emerging talent and fresh music, as well as keeping up with the latest offerings from established rappers. It’s worth noting that our playlist strictly promotes African Rappers and African Hiphop Industry at large or Black rappers in the diaspora

Follow @hiphopafricaa on all social media platforms for more…

Dizasta Vina shows out with a new hit single, “Kesho”

Tanzanian rapper Dizasta Vina recently showed out on his latest single, Kesho. This is a Swahili word referring to tomorrow. The track addresses the uncertainties that may come and the golden chance it offers.

He started his musical journey in 2010 when he released his first mixtape, “The Lost One”. Since then, he has released several projects which have received critical acclaim.

Various genres, such as soul, jazz and rock, influence Dizasta Vina’s music. He often incorporates samples from classic songs and movies into his beats. He also experiments with different languages and dialects, such as Swahili and English.

The lyrics are rich with metaphors, wordplay, and references to history, culture, religion, and politics. He tackles themes such as poverty, corruption, violence, relationships and identity. He also creates fictional characters and scenarios to illustrate his messages and perspectives.

Dizasta Vina has managed to gain ground in the industry with his originality and creativity. His loyal fan base supports his music and appreciates his artistry.

Dizasta Vina is one of the most talented and influential rappers in Tanzania. He is a storyteller who uses rap as a medium to express himself and inspire others. He is a visionary who challenges the norms and pushes the boundaries of hip-hop.

Check out the track below and let us know your thoughts.

Olamide & Asake Continues Their Chemistry On True Religion

True Religion

Nigerian legendary rapper, singer and songwriter Olamide has just dropped the first single of his forthcoming 10th studio album.

The record which he titled “New Religion” features his label signee and superstar singer, Asake.

With New Religion, the rapper has once again displayed the collaborative power he shares with Asake.

The two have so far been on three records together, and every single one of those records has been phenomenal.

However, New Religion which is set to be the rapper’s first single off his forthcoming 10th studio album “Unruly” has earmarked a different hallmark to the collaborative power of both stars.

READ ALSO: BOJ & OdumoduBlvck Shines On “No Option”

Olamide has continued to grow both lyrically and even with his delivery, his verses in recent times are always tailored to pass a precise message.

He also gives us insights into where his mind and mental space have been in recent times.

The album “Unruly” which according to the rapper will be his last body of work, is set to be released next month.

Fans have continued to share their heartfelt decisions both on the song and how they will come to terms with the possibility of not hearing Olamide more regularly after the new album drops.

Listen to New Religion with the link above, while we look forward to what is to come.

Ke Nako Ya Ma Nigga: Dali Danger Drops Debut

The most dangerous man in Vosloorus and passionate hater of pies, Dali Danger, has officially released his debut album, KNYMN (Ke Nako Ya Ma Nigga).

Following his initial announcement as well as some single releases, Dali shared that this was a dream come true. “I’ve waited my whole life for this moment,” he said as he released his body of work to the world.

Ke Nako Ya Ma Nigga (directly translated to “it’s time for the niggas [Hip Hop heads]”) sits at just 9 tracks long and is indicative of its Kwaito influence, from the production to the interpolations. Growing up, Dali was inspired to pursue music after hearing a Kabelo “Bouga Luv” Mabalane classic.

“To that 6-year-old boy who heard ‘Pantsula 4 Lyf’ and was inspired to chase his dream, this one’s for you.”

Dali Danger

The album highlights life in the hood, Dali’s love for music, as well as his aspirations; a successful music career and a soft life that enables him to give back to his day ones for their love and support.

Feature appearances include Loki, ASAP Shembe, and Tweezy, who deliver stellar performances to help bring the project to life. Ke nako ya ma nigga!

Listen below:

BOJ & OdumoduBlvck Shines On “No Option”

No Option

Nigerian singer and songwriter, BOJ DRB has just released “No Option” off volume 2 of his most recent album “Gbagada Express“.

The project which features a lot of talented stars, also features the hottest Nigerian rapper on the block, OdumoduBlvck.

The record they titled “No option” sees us enjoy the old but golden flows we all know BOJ to possess. Odumodu, on the other hand, comes in with his usual always scintillating flow with which he rides the wave through the whole length of his verse on the record.

READ ALSO: MetroBoomin Announces Wizkid For The SpiderVerse Movie Tracklist Album

The features come without much surprise since Odumodu is signed to Teezee’s label (A pioneer member of the DRB Lasgidi)

Enjoy “No Option” with the link below.

TBT: WTF Happened to Witness The Funk?

In 2015 three boys from Durban had the whole of Mzansi with their unique sound Gqom-trap, pioneered in their breakout single ‘Wangnika’ featuring Aewon Wolf. Their signature sound took hold of the country when they released their nationwide hit ‘Nomusa.’ This was the era of Babes Wodumo and Emtee’s come up— WTF was a cocktail of both sounds.

Young party goers, shirtless white kids and backpack carrying black kids at Hunters and Castle hosted festivals in Joburg, or Durban July, were all singing “Nomusa, Nomusa, I won’t fall for her rachet trap.”

Then their debut album ‘Finding Nomusa‘ arrived and the boys toured the country, from the Cape to Limpopo, and got nominations in the Metro FM Awards for Best Hit Single (iLife) and won best newcomer at the South African Hip Hop Awards, and Best Group at the 2016 South African Music Awards.

‘iLife’ had such big names as JR, Slique and Okmalumkoolkat on it alongside the boys.

But then when the world was ready for their music, they disappeared.

WTF Happened to WTF?

Witness the Funk was made up of three young boys from Durban, Lindokuhle ‘Efelow’ Gcwensa, Charles ‘Aux Cable’ Mchunu, and Nhlakanipho ‘Moshine Magnif’ Shongwe.

The oldest of the three Moshine was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and could no longer continue with the group, most SA music fans thought the group had gone into oblivion ,but the other two members Aux Cable and Efelow had to go on as solo acts, but they could not quite tech the heights the group had seen in its short stint.

Sad to see that such a vibrant act that looked like they were about to dominate the new generation of SA hip hop, just fizzle out into thin air after dominating Mzansi social media, even bagging a feature with DJ Tira on ‘Sbusiso.’

The group went from a MAMAS performance in 2015 to rape allegations against all three members in April 2016, which was the beginning of their silence on the music scene.

A few years ago, Moshine was spotted on the streets of Durban freestyling, looking nothing like he used to back in the group’s heydays. Rumours flew that his drastic health and physical changes is not only due to his disorder but also as a result of chronic drug use.

All we know now is that the group is still making music as a duo, but there is no concrete news about a release or a show.

What’s your favorite WTF song?

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A-Reece Channels #Achilles In New Single, “P2 Coming Soon”

In Greek mythology, Achilles, Son of Thetis and Peleus, was a Greek warrior who possessed extraordinary strength, speed, and stamina and was the greatest of all Greek warriors.

A-Reece sees himself as the combatant; a strong and inexhaustible lyricist who possesses the wits, the penmanship, and the influence to go against any and everyone.

In the song, he opens by drawing an analogy between himself and the Italian polymath, Leonardo Da Vinci. He has mastered the art of rap, having proven this and slain opponents on various occasions, and thus being deserving of praise and his flowers.

As the song draws to a close, Reece announces to listeners the arrival of Paradise 2 (P2), the long-awaited sequel to his debut.

Listen to Achilles below:

Trabolee: The urban legend

Trabolee is most definitely one of the best lyricists to bless the mic. Few rappers can match his level of artistry and mastery of his craft. His intelligent bars and witty flow are one of a kind.

Trabolee stands for Truth Reigns Above, But Only Love Exists Eternally. He is, however, commonly referred to as Tra. He refers to that as a mantra that describes his innermost reflections while creating.

Trabolee, in his element.

Trabolee was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, where he developed a passion for music and poetry at an early age. He grew up listening to various genres of music, such as reggae, soul, jazz, rock, and hip-hop.

Creating for Tra is an artistic process incorporating different elements of art. He is more grounded in expressing meaning through his art by taking the audience through a musical journey. 

Trabolee’s music spans various genres and topics, from the sacred to the profane, from the profound to the mundane. His songs also explore identity, culture, love, and consciousness themes.

Trabolee’s Art

Trabolee creating some art

Trabolee’s art is a reflection of his creative vision and philosophy. It also is a manifestation of his spirituality and worldview. He believes art is a powerful way of expressing oneself and connecting with others on a deeper level. 

He is unafraid to challenge the status quo and speak his mind on social and political issues. His songs also explore themes of identity, culture, love, and consciousness.

He experiments with different styles and sounds, from boom bap to trap. He blends hip-hop and spoken word poetry with other art forms, such as visual art, storytelling, and performance art.

Trabolee’s Discography

Trabolee’s music is a showcase of his lyrical prowess and talent. He has released several songs and projects that have received positive feedback and acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Trabolee’s Vision

Trabolee’s vision is to use his art and music as a social change and empowerment platform. He aims to spread his message of positivity that will inspire people to awaken their inner potential.

He also hopes to positively impact his community and society by addressing the issues and challenges that affect them.

Why should you listen to Trabolee?

Trabolee performing on stage.

Trabolee is a rising star in the African hip-hop scene with much to offer to the world. He is a voice of truth, love, and art that resonates with many people across the globe.

He is a rapper and poet who is not limited by labels but rather transcends them with his creativity and skill.

If you want to learn more about Trabolee and his music, you can follow him on his social media platforms and check out his website.

MetroBoomin Announces Wizkid For The SpiderVerse Movie Tracklist Album

Metro Boomin

Drake’s producer and songwriter MetroBoomin has just announced that Nigerian Afrobeats Superstar and performer Wizkid will be appearing on the SpiderVerse movie tracklist, billed for release on the 2nd of June 2023.

The record producer who has at various times collaborated with Wizkid will now be extending their collaborations with this appearance.

READ ALSO: Rapper Dremo, Set For New EP

The two stars were spotted together on the red carpet yesterday at the movie’s premiere in Los Angeles.

Let’s enjoy borrowed love, one of their standout collaborations while we await what these two have coming for us.

Nasty C & Cassper Nyovest Announce Joint Tour #AfricanThrone

Nasty C and Cassper Nyovest, two of South Africa’s biggest exports, have just announced a joint tour dubbed “African Throne” where they’ll be traveling all across the continent and abroad, performing for their supporters.

The two rappers have been busy with separate projects and seem to have been keeping this news under wraps for a while. They last collaborated on Loco, taken from 2022’s Ivyson Army Tour Mixtape and this might just be their biggest collaboration yet.

As two of the country’s most celebrated artists, it’s no doubt that this tour will be anything short of electrifying.

Countries expected to host the rappers:

Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, UAE, Eswatini, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique, and many more.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest.