Read Between The Lines Already!

Read Between The Lines Already!

I try to shy away from controversial posts but some things are just too glaring it’s blindening. I’m tired of listening to arguments about he said she said what? Come on mehn, some things shouldn’t even be said coz they’re right thurr.
First of all (before you go down low), Wizkid and Davido ain’t all so tight, you don’t need to hear from the horses’ mouths. Otherwise why didn’t either feature on the other’s projects?
They don’t need to spell it out for you, there’s either a silent beef about a “girl” or “who’s hotter” or who’s richer?
The beef might have been media induced, I don’t care.

Can’t believe some fans are still picking sides and crying over Dbanj and Donjazzy split?! Like you needa grow up already. These two are business men, even if they might have been friends first. They’ve moved on to greater things and some of y’all are there trying to put super glue on broken bones. Kindly take handkerchief for your sweat and tic-tac for your breath.
If you will just enjoy their separate individual music and other projects you’ll appreciate what they got going for themselves and frankly I don’t need a crystal ball to know they’ll eventually team up later.

On to the next one. Everyone’s tryna generate beef between 9ja rappers. Some of these rappers even orchestrate it themselves. I call it austerity measures. Fact is, no one wants to die, any beef you hear now is pure publicity stunt. Niccurs gotta pay bills ya know. So, MI and Olamide might not be buddies but I don’t see any beef coming off of that. Vector recently disclaimed any official beef with Reminisce too. With Muna and Modenine, well there are two things involved… lol

I miss the days of 9ice and Ruggedman tho. And the divas in the game are being too safe jor. We needa girl-fight already. (Lol. Don’t mind me, perv tinz)

On this note I hope these endless arguments will reduce. And yea, wassup with everyone buying Bentley these days, did I miss something? I needa hit the studio soon mehn, Hola! Outie.

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ALL-TIME MUST-HAVE 9JA RAP ALBUMS!!!

I was chilling with my homie from back in the day, a rap head in his own right. We got talking about some of the rap classics in 9ja rap industry which gave birth to this beautiful piece that got me emotional and gave breath to my love for good rap music once again.
These are some must-have rap albums for every hip hop lover.

Malcom IX (Modenine): This is the album that really opened my eyes to hip hop in 9ja, and gave me hope that deep dope rappers do exist in 9ja. Illest punchlines ever, coldest flows and sickest delivery, Mode9 showed us just how ugly it really can get, lyrically. This album also introduced his Swat Roots dope team with Overdose (OD) and Terry tha rapman venomously spitting on some tracks.

Da Trybes All Stars (Da Trybe): LD, Freestyle, KB- the original trybesmen, along with their team of fresh emcees and femcees, released this viral mixtape that put Lagos on the front page of rap. 2Shot, SID, Timi (the black one), Blaise, Sasha and Niyola also premiered on this album. Oya, Emi Ma Le Gan and an arsenal of bangers filled this album.

Thy Album Come (RuggedMan): Defiant and unapologetic, Ruggedman is probably the first rapper to really bring rap to the mainstream in 9ja. Born out of frustration, his break-out single “Ehen” featuring Nomoreloss, was a funny diss to every wack musician getting the shine he believed he deserved. The follow-up “Peace Or War” was equally undeniably consistent. A must-have album.

Talk About It (MI): This is by far the best rap album to come out of 9ja. The Short black boy and J-town lyricist bridged the gap between commercial and conscious music with this album and got even club girls rapping along with him. MI might just be one of those rappers who’ll never be able to top the success of their debut album, like 50 cent but I trust him. This album gave us hits like Safe, a parody of some of the biggest hits when it dropped. Lyrically ingenious, commercially on point, MI raps with the coldest flows and made it look and sound effortless not forgetting the best hooks. This album also premiered his clique, Ice-prince(who was already a familiar name in his city), Jesse Jagz (brother/producer), and Wizkid (the future).

MoneyLong Mixtape (Sauce-kid): Sauce-kid(now Sinzu) dropped this hot mixtape that got the industry shook. Playful yet serious, commercial yet conscious, this was just a dope one. Sanboribobo, Omoge, Round Here, are tips of the iceberg on this mixtape.

Pain Plus Work (Gino): One third of a mega talented family, Gino’s No Be God video paved the way for the state of the art music videos we have now. This album was near perfection. Lyrically wild, and production-wise, Sossick gave this album his best and tore up the damn beats. Tracks like Farabale and a host of others are just undescribable, you have to taste them first hand.

C.E.O. (Dagrin): Some have compared the late Dagrin to 50 cent, 2pac and even Biggie. This album is a must-have. Spitting grimey lyrics on banging beats, Dagrin was ahead of his time. With tracks like PonPon, Ghetto dreams, Kondo, His music was like drugs to the ears, and kept you fiending for more. So sad his life was cut short. His songs and several features attest to his greatness. A must-have album, must-cram lyrics, must-spread hustle, this has to be a hall-of-famer.

Gongo Aso (9ice): Alapomeji as he’s fondly called, 9ice dropped this MTV award winning album and the rest is history. Not exactly a rap album but undeniably one of the best albums ever to grace the 9ja music industry, every track took us on a journey through this man’s hustle. Gongo Aso took 9ja hostage. Street Credibility, Party Rider, Bachelor, this album is packed full. You don’t wonna mistakenly skip a track.

These are undisputably some of 9ja rap greats. Some other classics to have are Face-2-Face (2 Face), Asa (Asa), Game-Over (P Square) and Run-Down (D’banj).

Sinzu Is No Longer My Best Rapper!

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As far as 9ja rap music is concerned little will say they don’t know Sinzu (formerly Sauce Kid). In fact even fewer will probably say they didn’t at some point consider him the best in the game. But why will I say he’s no longer my best rapper? (of course I mean nigerian) Before you start raising your fake eye brows let me break it down, take you back down memory lane.

The first time I heard this soon-to-be my favorite rapper, I reached cloud9. Talk about grand entry, his debut single Omoge feat Mike Okri was way beyond where the industry was. His video was light years ahead of our best, his lyricism and flawless delivery on this track was beyond fresh and refreshing. The legendary Mike Okri laced a fine hook that still makes the track sound evergreen to my ears. Finally, we were getting it right with this one, or so I thought.

All these he did from abroad, so when he came to Nigeria to promote his music, I got the pleasure of seeing this golden boy (seriously I revered him that much). He was straight up real and hilarious, when I saw him answering callers on TV and even speaking the mother tongue. This was before MI and em, no offence. I think Mode9 and the SWAT Roots, RuggedMan, TrybesMen and a few other cats were running the show then. So his freshboy swag and different style was refreshing.

He would later drop his MoneyLong Mixtape- Product Of My Environment under Q-Beats (of Tee-Bills). His playful track Sanboribobo became the off-shoot single that would take over that year. Everything was looking perfect. Except he was no where to be found to promote this viral song. No video, No Shows! This I believe was the beginning of his undoing. To the extent that he became the scorn of the media and radio circle because he wouldn’t grant interviews or come for their shows.

At the other end, Q-beatz did not seem to worry, guess money was rolling in from other corners. Until he decided he needed to take his music seriously again. But Alas! A lot of damage had already been done. Remember I’m only painting this picture from my POV.

Fast-forward a couple good years, a lot of new acts came on board, meaning a stiffer competition. Sauce no doubt was now in a cross-fire of how to reclaim his shine. Should he sell-out or stick to his flows from Yankees? He would eventually drop a split-personality album titled African American under Storm Records. Unquestionable genius, but it would take more than this to reclaim his fan base in a now crowded industry and also make peace with the media world.

A couple more good joints, club bangers, dope videos and yet he can’t seem to get back to his rightful spot at the top. I know if he was 9ja’s recognised and acclaimed best rapper, we woulda had major collaborations with international rappers, especially now at a time when the Spot light is shining on our Nigerian musicians.

His nonchalant attitude to his music and disregard to the media people can only be blamed for this. I long to see the day when the E Don Dey Madt crooner would once again sit on the rap throne, until then he’s no longer my best rapper.

@pressplaybaeby

It’s The Grammys Baeby!

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The prestigious 55th annual grammy awards in recap, and no I wasn’t there yet again. *puppy-face*

The highlights of the night anchored by LL Cool J, for me are

-Seeing Jay and Bey together; always a sight to see.

-Beyonce and Ellen introducing Justin Timberlake; Beyonce was just so sweet and Ellen was just ridiculously funny.

-Seeing Chris Brown back at the grammy; even though he didn’t get an award, it was just a special moment and he was of course looking dapper in a white suit, and cheering his boo Rihanna away.

-Rihanna did her thing by performing Stay and left everyone guessing if she’s infact now rocking an engagement ring!

-The tribute performance to Bob Marley; after bruno mars and sting wowed us, rihanna flanked by the marley brothers joined the stage to take us back to jamaica with Could you be loved.

-Also the Tribute to Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen

-The red carpet was just as always full of grandeur, interesting people in everything avante-garde and the best of designers. What’s not to love to keep the dream alive? lol

-Nasty Nas looking classy but still didn’t clinch a grammy yet again. Can you believe Mr Illmatic has never won a grammy?

-Top winner of the night is Black Keys with 4 grammies. Jay Z and Kanye got 3 apiece.

Album of the year
El Camino,The Black Keys
Some Nights, fun.
WINNER: Babel, Mumford & Sons
Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
Blunderbuss, Jack White

Record of the year
Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson
We Are Young, fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
WINNER: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra
Thinkin Bout You, Frank Ocean
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Taylor Swift

Song of the year (goes to writer)
The A Team (performed by Ed Sheeran)
Adorn (Miguel)
Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen)
Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)
WINNER: We Are Young (fun.)

Best new artist
Alabama Shakes
WINNER: fun.
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Pop vocal album
WINNER: Stronger, Kelly Clarkson
Ceremonials, Florence + The Machine
Some Nights, fun.
Overexposed, Maroon 5
The Truth About Love, Pink

Dance/electronica album
Wonderland, Steve Aoki
Don’t Think, The Chemical Brothers
> Album Title Goes Here <, Deadmau5
Fire & Ice, Kaskade
WINNER: Bangarang, Skrillex

Rock album
WINNER: El Camino, The Black Keys
Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay
The 2nd Law, Muse
Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen
Blunderbuss, Jack White

Alternative album
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser …, Fiona Apple
Biophilia, Björk
WINNER: Making Mirrors, Gotye
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83
Bad As Me, Tom Waits

R&B album
WINNER: Black Radio, Robert Glasper Experiment
Back to Love, Anthony Hamilton
Write Me Back, R. Kelly
Beautiful Surprise, Tamia
Open Invitation, Tyrese

Rap album  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
WINNER: Take Care, Drake
Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, Lupe Fiasco
Life Is Good, Nas
Undun, The Roots
God Forgives, I Don’t, Rick Ross
Based On A T.r.u. Story, 2 Chainz

Country album
WINNER: Uncaged, Zac Brown Band
Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes
Living for A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, Jamey Johnson
Four the Record, Miranda Lambert
The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Americana album
The Carpenter, The Avett Brothers
From the Ground Up, John Fullbright
The Lumineers, The Lumineers
Babel, Mumford & Sons
WINNER: Slipstream, Bonnie Raitt

Pop solo performance
WINNER: Set Fire to the Rain (Live), Adele
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), Kelly Clarkson
Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen
Wide Awake, Katy Perry
Where Have You Been, Rihanna

Pop duo/group performance
Shake It Out, Florence & The Machine
We Are Young, fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
WINNER: Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra
Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO
Payphone, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa

Dance recording
Let’s Go, Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
WINNER: Bangarang, Skrillex featuring Sirah
Don’t You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin
I Can’t Live Without You, Al Walser

Traditional pop vocal album
Christmas, Michael Bublé
A Holiday Carole, Carole King
WINNER: Kisses on the Bottom, Paul McCartney

Rock performance
Hold On, Alabama Shakes
WINNER: Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Charlie Brown, Coldplay
I Will Wait, Mumford & Sons
We Take Care of Our Own, Bruce Springsteen

Hard rock/metal performance
I’m Alive, Anthrax
WINNER: Love Bites (So Do I), Halestorm
Blood Brothers, Iron Maiden
Ghost Walking, Lamb of God
No Reflection, Marilyn Manson
Whose Life (Is It Anyways?), Megadeth

Rock song (goes to writer)
Freedom at 21 (performed by Jack White)
I Will Wait (performed by Mumford & Sons)
WINNER: Lonely Boy (performed by the Black Keys)
Madness (performed by Muse)
We Take Care of Our Own (performed by Bruce Springsteen)

R&B song (goes to writer)      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
WINNER: Adorn (performed by Miguel)
Beautiful Surprise (performed by Tamia)
Heart Attack (performed by Trey Songz)
Pray for Me (performed by Anthony Hamilton)
Refill (performed by Elle Varner)

Traditional R&B performance    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Lately, Anita Baker
WINNER: Love on Top, Beyoncé
Wrong Side of a Love Song, Melanie Fiona
Real Good Hands, Gregory Porter
If Only You Knew, SWV

R&B performance  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Thank You, Estelle
Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.), Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Ledisi
I Want You, Luke James
Adorn, Miguel
WINNER: Climax, Usher

Urban contemporary album  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Fortune, Chris Brown
Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel
WINNER: Channel Orange, Frank Ocean

Rap performance  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
HYFR, Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne
WINNER: N—– In Paris, Jay-Z and Kanye West
Daughters, Nas
Mercy, Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz
I Do, Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z and André 3000

Rap/sung collaboration  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Wild Ones, Flo Rida featuring Sia
WINNER: No Church in the Wild, Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean and The-Dream
Tonight (Best You Ever Had), John Legend featuring Ludacris
Cherry Wine, Nas featuring Amy Winehouse
Talk That Talk, Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Rap song (goes to writer)  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Daughters (performed by Nas)
Lotus Flower Bomb (performed by Wale featuring Miguel)
Mercy (performed by Kanye West featuring Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz)
The Motto (performed by Drake featuring Lil’ Wayne)
WINNER: N—– In Paris (performed by Jay-Z and Kanye West)
Young, Wild & Free (performed by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars)

Country solo performance
Home, Dierks Bentley
Springsteen, Eric Church
Cost of Livin’, Ronnie Dunn
Wanted, Hunter Hayes
Over, Blake Shelton
WINNER: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood

Country duo/group performance
Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band
WINNER: Pontoon, Little Big Town
Safe & Sound, Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars
On the Outskirts of Town, The Time Jumpers
I Just Come Here for the Music, Don Williams featuring Alison Krauss

Country song (goes to writer)
WINNER: Blown Away (performed Carrie Underwood)
Cost Of Livin’ (performed by Ronnie Dunn)
Even If It Breaks Your Heart (performed by Eli Young Band)
So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore (performed by Alan Jackson)
Springsteen (performed by Eric Church)

Producer (non-classical)
WINNER: Dan Auerbach
Jeff Bhasker
Diplo
Markus Dravs
Salaam Remi

The Illuminati Blog By Russell Simmons

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Beyonce “Illuminati” rumors again? C’mon son, I thought we were done with that.

Everyone that’s been accused of being in the Illuminati: Beyonce, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye, even President Obama – they all have one thing in common, they work hard.

It’s not a secret society, it’s what we do. The status that comes with working hard and using your god-given talent is what leads to success. These “Illuminati” members are all focused and dedicated, and have been using their god-given talent since the moment they realized what was inside of them – what they were capable of and what they realized was worth working for.

After Beyonce’s performance last night, all the “Illuminati” accusations came rolling in because of how incredible her performance was. But, to reach her level of talent, she’s put in hours of hard work and practice.

What Beyonce’s done since childhood is no miracle. It may appear to be a miracle to someone who doesn’t put their head down and do the work, but if you work hard, the results are extremely real. Look inside at your inner strength and give everything you’ve got to your own work.

I know I’m doing well when I’m questioned about being in the Illuminati. If you want to know the truth, I’ve got my eye on Illuminati status, that’s how I know I’m on top of my game. And now that I’m out here in Hollywood, I’m ready to do it all over again.

~Russell Simmons
Culled from globalgrind.com
Read more: http://globalgrind.com/entertainment/illuminati-beyonce-super-bowl-performance-2013-blog-russell-simmons#ixzz2KCVltP4N

WANDE COAL (M2M) FLASHBACK

WANDE COAL

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I recently ran into Wande Coal’s Mushin to Mohits debut and just had to cop it again. If only I knew I wasn’t prepared for what was in store for me. This album I have to certify my official best 9ja album.
It provides everything you want in an album and is fit for all seasons.

From the Intro track- I Know You Like It, he serenades with a story line that captures, in a playful way a rendition of what usually happens in a lot of dating relationships.

You Bad– takes you back to the beginning of an era itself. No doubt Wande Coal paved the way for a lot of 9ja artists today, even Wizkid and Tiwa Savage have both creditted him for being an inspiration. This song is graced and accentuated by the KokoMaster himself.

Listening through the album, I dare anyone to skip any track. Well arranged, the progression is like watching a Montage, every track complements the previous and sets the stage for the next. Don Jazzy’s productive dexterity is seen in its full glory on this album.

Se Ope– So you want to take it to the church, Voila! This primary school rhymes inspired song is just for everybody- Mommy, daddy, children, students, graduates, workers, everyOne.

Bumper to Bumper leaves any club scene out of control. If you wonna dance like a burning candle, this is the wax you’re looking for. Even on this dance song, Wande’s command of lyrics and rhymes comes out just beautiful and effortless. Too bad he didn’t cement it’s video with a signature dance though.

Who Born The Maga– My personal favorite, don’t ask why. This synergy of monster beat, impossible lyrics and bestial hook combines together to produce Frankenstein’s genius. Love it, Love it!

That’s Wots Up– Another dope beat that only leaves one fiending for more. This track talks about a journey to fame and now living the life. Who doesn’t like that!

The rest of the tracks leave a progressive crescendo of pleasurable sounds with support from his team. There’s- Kiss Your Hands, Confused, Now It’s All Gone, Bananas, Taboo, Jehovah, TenT en, My Grind.

Not forgetting the track that introduced this black diamond to us all

Ololufe– If ever a song ever told the story of love, this does. Purity in voice, unadulterated innocence and full of passion, this song makes you either remember a lost love or crave your future love to walk down the aisle, raise a family, grow old and even die with. This song reminds us the true essence of love. Little wonder ladies love the black one.

With these said. I certify this album 5 Full Stars!

Don’t Touch My Radio!

Don’t Touch My Radio.

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Really I aint playin, don’t touch my radio main. There’s certain hours of the day you can’t tell me nothing- when I’m listening to Kanye or when I’m listening to my favorite OAPs on the radio. Even my momma knows that.

Call me boring, call me whatever but the radio is my favorite get-away. Where I listen to my favorite songs, hear the latest scoop on my favorite artists, call in to contribute on my favorite topical issues. The radio is my 411 box, nuff said.

I remember I couldn’t dare miss Wild Child (now IK) on Rhythm FM and Kemistry always had the juice. For the rap heads, JAJ kept it thorough on Top 7 Jamz. Dan Foster was just phenomenal and Olisa too on Cool FM. So many radio stations with their different flavours, some times I would think I needed more than one transistor radio or deck.

Beat FM and Wazobia FM came along and now the radio has never been more interesting. I never hide my feelings for Toolz (Beat FM OAP, Most Endowed, MEGN), I embrace it. Not like it’s a grammy or something but she did wave at me once at MMR so I’m not just your average fan or groupie… Yes I am shameless about my love for her (sigh).
Ok swiftly moving on, you just have to listen in to the now famous Handing-over on TheBeat to get the drift.

The radio is where you can always find me (listening i.e.) and I want to appreciate every presenter that has made it fun so far. Y’all have kept so many out of trouble, brought hearts together and saved lives, ok maybe i just over-did it but the radio for me is probably the best place to be.
…Well If you don’t know, now you know.

Your favorite radio kiddo sorry, boy next door… It’s Pressplay baeby!