As soon as this song came on I knew I was going to love it. “Mighty Jesus” by Ghanaian artists Edem, Jayso, & E.L. is a Christian hip hop/rap song. These artists are using their God-given talents to give thanks to the highest of highs. It’s very crazy how God works. Who would have known that this song would come up for me to review. This song is something that I definitely needed to hear during this time in my life. Every morning before I start my day I play music similar to this song.
Continue reading “Jesus is very MIGHTY!”
Iain Robinson a.k.a Ewokessay is a freestyle battle and Slam champion, Hip Hop activist, South African rapper, and a spoken word flavored Hip Hop activist. Ewokessay writes and recites rhymes, raps and poetry of a performative nature. He considers this to be the core of his career. He has been a student of Hip Hop history and culture since he first learned to love Graffiti in early high school. Since then he has been devoted to discovering how he can get to play my his part as a practitioner of Hip Hop arts. When it comes to his words you can tell that he tries study things that either interest or upset him. The interesting things seem to be his inspiration. In his blog he states “Spoken Word is the combination of all of my inputs and outputs, some rhyming, some comic timing, some serious jiving and some straight shooting without the ducking and diving.”
Continue reading “Spoken Word or Rap?”
Panashe Wilbrod Pfunye, better known by his stage name Will-Broad is a 22 year old Zimbabwean rapper. He has just released his promo track to his debut single entitled Only Son. The song is a fusion of African Jazz and Hip Hop. From a young age, Will-Broad music has always played a major role in his life. He started writing r&b songs at the age of 12, but soon realized that his passion was more amplified when he focused on music that would preach about life lessons and the sharing of different stories that he saw different people experiencing. Will-Broad started his rap career years later as he was free-styling as a joke with a couple of his friends. In November 2016, he then met up with members of Afro Kreative music and Fashion Gang records where he recorded his first few tracks. At the time he was a “trap” rapper, but in early 2017, he was then guided at Enlisted International records, where Victor Mhonde better known Victor Enlisted encouraged him to focus on jazz based hip hop. Will-Broad is Known by the names Willie-B and Guest The Ghost in different parts of the country.
Continue reading “Willie-B Hopes to Reach the Souls of His Audience.”
I had the pleasure of reviewing one of N-Jay.52 songs once again. Njabulo Skondo (born September 26, 1995), known as N-jay.52, is a South African rapper from Engcobo, Eastern Cape. N-jay.52 embarked on his musical career as a teenager releasing a mixtape that sparked the birth of 3rd Grave 1.0.2. In 2011 he released his first mixtape titled The Son of Victoria and the following year, he released a sequel of the project, The Son of Victoria:2.
Continue reading “N-jay.52 Has an Ocean Special”
This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. You should definitely have heard one of these artists on the radio, or even while you’re out partying, but if not, be sure to listen and get to know a bit about each of them. Stay tuned all the way to the end to hear which American hip-hop artists we think they should collaborate with.
Follow the artists we discussed on social media to keep up with their music, events, and more!
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sounds-from-the-other-side/id1245549634?app=music
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/davido/id254654363
3. Tekno Miles
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/ng/album/diana-single/1165390646
4. Korede Bello
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/korede-bello/833611554
5. Maleek Berry
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/last-daze-of-summer-ep/1158084658
This is a special episode produced by our students for their project looking at Nigerian musicians: In our episode, we are focusing on the top five Nigerian artists that have an influence in American mainstream media. We are giving you a breakdown of these artists, their beginnings, and of course, a listen to one of their most popular songs. Each artist has their own distinctive style and sound, and some even do much more than just sing/rap. Continue reading “Student Project: 5 Nigerian Artists to Know”
I had the pleasure in choosing to review one of my favorites, Minz! Damilola Aminu aka Minz, is a recording artist, singer/songwriter from Lagos, Nigeria and producer that produced one of his recent songs “Story”, which has been by far, one of my favorite Afrobeats type of songs. A fun fact about Minz is a recent graduate of International Law from Babcock University but decided to pursue his dream of making music in 2016 and as we can see, has definitely started to pay off. Minz also refers himself as “fireboy” or says the phrase “minzu lode” in all of his songs, which is a cool indicator when listening to a song that it’s him singing it. Once I heard “Story”, I automatically downloaded and kept it on repeat because the beat is that good! Although the song contains some lyrics that I don’t understand, I get the gist of it, which is about him singing to a women he will do anything in the world for and professing his potential love for her. Other than the lyrics, this is definitely the type of song where your body will move without you even knowing because of how smooth the beat is. Minz also has other work out like one of his other popular songs called “Aunty Paticia” produced by Mowizzy and Minz himself, which is another song I suggest to listen to for anyone into Afrobeats music. It will move you (literally)! I highly recommend everyone, even if you don’t usually listen to Afrobeats, to take a listen to “Story” by Minz and you will not regret it. I’m sure you will keep the song on repeat too! Check them out and happy listening!
Here are his soundCloud and Youtube Links to stream his work:
You’re welcome in advance!
Born Pat Nkosinathi Pat Khoza but better known as NPK Twice. He is a South African Rapper,Entrepreneur,Poet, and Creative. The NPK are actually his initials and the Twice was given to him by a close friend in a cypher. He started rapping in 2010 under a crew called Fusion. NPK Founded the label Syntex Inc in 2014 after talks for him to join Sony Music Africa failed. He has also worked on the West Rand Music Awards and West Side Entertainment.
At the age of 12, NPK Twice began to write and compose his own lyrics, focusing heavily on his rhyme scheme and flow, as a result of a heavy Lil Wayne influence in the year of 2007, disregarding subject matter and content for the time being. His first rap, a 16 second, 8 bar verse, could easily have been confused for a nursery rhyme.
The music I usually get sent is just a song/single. When I received this EP, I was pretty excited to listen to more than one song! Each song has really dope beats. I was doing a little dance to all of them! I feel like the use of profanity could have been left out in some of them, a good rapper does not have to curse in every song he or she makes. The lyrics are great by themselves to not use “bad words.”
My favorite song is Trippin On Me, the beat is just amazing and sounds like a song that would make everyone in the club and just vibe to the song. After the beat drops the catchy chorus comes on and I can’t get it out of my head. I feel like this song shows his personality, because it is a very fun upbeat song. This song would definitely make everyone’s girlfriends trip on NPK Twice! I would watch out for this artist is on a rise to the top and in his PRIME.
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This week I had the pleasure of reviewing a South West London based Rap artist named “Trap King Chrome” who recently released a song called “Very Dangerous Noma Sana”. He’s got a lot going on in regards to success of his career and outreach in his seven years since starting his career. He’s scored openings for Grandpa Records, Bingwa Music Awards. He has performed all over the Nairobi including the Prestigious Safaricom’s Michael Joseph Center and as guest judge for Akon’s Music Star Trace, Notting Hill Carnival, Country Show,. He’s organized his own events such as “One Night Only”, a fashion show, Young N reckless Pool Party, Urban Mic, a competition show for musicians, he’s received reviews by ‘The Niaje!’, Ghafla, X-News etc. He’s also been featured on Hits FM and 1 FMs Spanking new music, featured on tracks with everyone in Nairobi Visita to Videz Hybrid, ,Kenrazy, Bruno Kips etc. All in all, he has definitely been “grinding” throughout the duration of his career thus far. Hi song “Very dangerous Noma Sana” is a rap song that kind of reminded me of American trap music. In my opinion, his music can definitely correlate to the trending hip hop/rap music in today’s African American society even though he is London based. I would definitely recommend his work to any person who really likes the whole trap music feel like the trending music that’s out today as well as anyone who likes supporting up and coming rap artists from other countries. Trap King Chrome is one to look out for in the upcoming years, I am sure his work will become highly recognized if he keeps the consistency of his outreach and continues to put out more music to his growing audience.
His website: http://trapkingchrome.com
Here are his YouTube and Soundcloud Links: