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<p class="">The veteran rapper and activist has since commented in his Instagram page.</p> <h1>Nigerian rapper Ruggedman who is presently in London, England was attacked by unidentifed men at a restaurant.</h1> <p class="">In the early hours of Saturday June 15, 2019, Ruggedman posted an <strong>Instagram</strong> video of him being attacked by 4 unknown men in a London restaurant.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Being attacked by 4 misguided boys will not deter me from fighting for the youths, even though they blindly fight me. #shoutout #londonmetpolic @london_police_department for prompt action. The restaurant owner was just asking if everyone had paid for their food 🤣🤣 #businessneverpersonal #GodOverEverything #saynotoviolence #mayoroflindon #japa #wakajeje #Ruggedman</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The post carried this caption, "<em>Being attacked by 4 misguided boys will not deter me from fighting for the youths, even though they blindly fight me.#shoutout #londonmetpolic@london_police_department for prompt action. The restaurant owner was just asking if everyone had paid for their food. #businessneverpersonal"</em></p> <p class="">The hoodlums were so vicious that one of them repeatedly hit Ruggedman with a chair before he managed to escape. On the messages he has received, the rapper has since thanked his fans for the support.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Thank you all for the love and support. I am alright. God bless y'all. #GodOverEverything #staytrueandreal #staystrong #londonthings #londonlig</figcaption> </figure> <h2>You might remember that...</h2> <p class="">On his causes of activism, Ruggedman has rustled a few feathers. One of those feathers belongs to UK-affiliated <strong>Afeez Fashola </strong>also known as <strong>Naira Marley.</strong></p> <p class="">It took the intervention of celebrities like <strong>Davido</strong> to douse the situation. Even when Naira Marley was arrested, several Nigerians implied that the veteran rapper played a role in his arrest.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Why would I want an artist arrested? What will be my gain? I have read and heard all sorts of comments pertaining to the @nairamarley case and seen the misinformation making the rounds which is quite unfortunate to say the least. I note that saying I was “happy in a way” about his arrest has evidently frayed some nerves and for that I apologise. It was in hope that it would serve as deterrent for persons who might consider the said ills or need to make a u-turn. It by no means was intended to wish for his downfall. It perhaps was not a good choice of word in hindsight. I do not look forward to anyone’s downfall but rather hope we all learn from the situation. I do not know Naira Marley personally, the same way I do not know the over 300 Nigerians I have gotten justice for against police brutality. I do it because it is who I am. All I did was caution a young artist, who has influence, against making utterances about an issue that by global standard is considered a crime. I believe correcting this was the way to go as an elder, but got insulted for this even by those being misled. I never responded to Naira Marley’s invectives nor those of his fans, same way I have not responded to any of the negative comments from social media. I hereby state categorically that I had nothing to do with his arrest. We all must recall that he glorified fraud on a public platform where security agencies like the Police, NDLEA and EFCC are also on. I am sure they saw his posts and captions the same way we all did. I, however, was the one that cautioned him. I guess this was what led all the darts and arrows my way as a literal mortal retribution to my person. Despite the disrespect to my person, I got nothing against him and only longed for him to be discerning and utilise his position of influence appropriately. May God bless you all and yes that includes those wishing me evil and threatening me. Nothing will change who I am and I will keep you all in my prayers. God bless us all.</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The veteran rapper had to <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/celebrities/ruggedman-says-he-has-nothing-to-do-with-naira-marleys-arrest/t0rmzte" id="b60b1bf4-1d18-4286-951a-2a53f8044c77">rebut the claims</a> with a statement of his own. </p>
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<p class=""><strong>Kapital E Music finest EBlack aka Mr. Onpoint Officially drops the impressive hit collaboration of the year titled “BILIE after much hype and anticipation.</strong></p> <p class="">This hit track “BILIE” features the “Fake Love” crooner <strong>Duncan Mighty</strong>. BILIE is another banger &amp; a top charting song to hit the street real quick, as produced by <strong>Malega </strong>&amp; <strong>Idee Stringz</strong>, &amp; then mixed &amp; mastered by STG.</p> <p class="">The Imo born singer EBlack has revealed his talent by dropping such a prolific, inspirational, motivational &amp; a groovy song this year 2019 as a follow up to his previous single “Show Love”. </p> <p class="">While we anticipate the visual of this banger, I urge you to click on the download button &amp; see for yourself.</p> <p class="">@eblackonpoint</p> <p class="">@duncanmighty</p> <p class="">@gaawa_melega</p> <p class="">@ideestringz</p> <p class="">@stgthaprodigy</p> <p class=""><a href="http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/sqx37q3pqx/EBlack_-_Bilie_ft_Duncan_Mighty.mp3" id="3e14025d-86a8-48f1-a8c3-e9bca5491096">http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/sqx37q3pqx/EBlack_-_Bilie_ft_Duncan_Mighty.mp3</a></p> <p class=""><a href="http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/sqx37q3pqx/EBlack_-_Bilie_ft_Duncan_Mighty.mp3" target="_blank"><strong>DOWNLOAD HERE</strong></a></p> <p class=""><strong>This is a featured post</strong></p>
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<p class="">This week, we have act who feature <strong>Ice Prince, Naeto C, Davido</strong>, <strong>Kwesi Arthur </strong>and so forth. </p> <h2>It's another installment of 'Who Get Ear,' Pulse's weekly list of the 10 songs you need to play for the entire week. </h2> <p class="">As we countdown to the second half of 2019, album preparations are heating up from several artists. Meanwhile, it's been a slightly more quiet week than most, but it still culminated in the release of <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/celebrities/naira-marley-reportedly-out-of-jail/m3e9snz" id="f29c393a-6790-423f-be92-12d02920d26e">Naira Marley</a> from jail. </p> <p class="">For last week's installment of Who Get Ear, check <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/who-get-ear-vol-68-here-are-10-songs-you-need-to-play-this-week/1g9twr9" id="0337d846-290e-482b-8426-de77dfabd024">HERE. </a></p> <p class="">For this week's artists, please check them out below;</p> <h2>Davolee - Festival Bar II (Rodo)</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Davolee - Festival Bar (Part2) @EmiNiDavolee</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">A follow-up to the 2017 single of the same name, it continues the story of Segun after leaving <strong>Mama G</strong>. His life got tougher and tougher before he finally found a breakthrough.</p> <p class="">The story is Davolee's journey from the streets to <strong>YBNL Nation</strong>. </p> <h2>Hotyce - I Dey Tell You </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>HOTYCE - I Dey Tell You Oh! [Ghetto] Official Video</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">In 2018, the rapper released his impressive album, R<strong>edhotycecold Vol. 1</strong>. After performing on stages like <strong>Coronation</strong> and <strong>Rap Kulture</strong> so far in 2018, he is back with this new video. </p> <p class="">This one is an impressive bar-fest about self-appreciation. </p> <h2>Attitude featuring Mayorkun, Reekado and BOJ - Higher Your Body</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Attitude – Higher Your Body ft. Mayorkun, Reekado Banks, BOJ</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This one is an absolute jam. <em>'Gbe body e' </em>is Yoruba for '<em>Higher your body.</em>'</p> <p class="">The song is one for lo-fi parties and vibes. The song is produced by <strong>Tuzi.</strong> </p> <h2>Dammy Krane - Enjoy Lagos </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Dammy Krane – Enjoy Lagos</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Dammy Krane is on a comeback trail. This song is dedicated to the new Governor of Lagos, <strong>Akinwunmi Ambode. </strong></p> <h2>Lady Donli - Comforter </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Lady Donli - Comforter (Official Audio)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Two days ago, the singer took to Twitter to reveal that her album is imminent, but that her imminent song <em>'Comforter'</em> won't make the cut. </p> <p class="">The song echoes 90's Nollywood soundtracks and the early 2000's Nigerian pop music. </p> <p class="">This song sees an evolving <strong>Lady Donli </strong>take on more risque sound while it runs on a good guitar chords and OJB Jeezrel-esque drum arrangements. </p> <h2>Dicey featuring Naeto C and Ice Prince - Ki Jo Mole </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Dicey – Ki Jo Mole ft. Ice Prince, Naeto C</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This one is for the streets. A shepeteri song with pop strings. The song, as its title suggests is a party starter with no distinct topical base. </p> <p class="">It's great asset is the vibe it evokes as a sonic unit. </p> <h2>Mo Gunz - Paranoid </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>PARANOIA - MO'GUNZ</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Produced by <strong>RSPKT,</strong> this comes months after dropping his debut body of work <strong>SIWITA. </strong>The song is also <strong>Mo Gunz</strong>'s first single of the year. </p> <p class="">The song lets listeners into the world of the artist as he gives a vivid picture of the state of his mind. </p> <h2>C Blvck featuring African Boy - Eberu Olorun</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Eberu Oloun (Fear God)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This one is a thumping beat that preaches the fear of God - usually a way to garner God's mercies.</p> <p class="">The song is socially conscious and politically conscious as the piano strings dominate the ears. </p> <h2>CaZe - Sonto</h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>CaZe – Sonto (prod. Mystro)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">This one is lo-fi vibes that shares striking similarities to '<em>Redemption</em>' by<strong> Runtown</strong>. While Runtown talks about love, CaZe talks about sex. </p> <h2>Wale Kwame featuring Davido and Kwesi Arthur - All Over You  </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Wale Kwame - All Over You ft. Davido, Kwesi Arthur</figcaption> </figure> <p class=""><strong>Wale Kwame</strong> is a 26-year-old act signed to <strong>DMW/30GB</strong>. The song is also produced by Shizzi. The song feels suited to a party, cookout or nightly function.</p> <p class="">Unsurprisingly well-produced, Wale Kwame performs commendably. </p>
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<p class="">The new single is an uptempo dance track. </p> <p class="">Date: June 14, 2019</p> <p class="">Song Title: Jensimi</p> <p class="">Artist: Reminisce featuring Niniola </p> <p class="">Genre: Afro-fusion, afro-house</p> <p class="">Producer: Tempoe</p> <p class="">Album: TBA</p> <p class="">Label: TBA</p> <p class="">Details/Takeway: The new single appeciates womanly curves with endearing vulgar wash on what is a smooth afro-house song. </p> <p class="">You can listen to the single below;</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Reminisce ft Niniola - Jensimi</figcaption> </figure> <p class=""><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5SWYkPVNKw" id="21c5e87d-3341-42f1-9734-ede8a14ef500">h</a></p>
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<p class="">The song sounds like a 90's Nollywood Soundtrack or early 2000's TuFace Idibia song. </p> <p class=""><strong>Date</strong>: June 13, 2019</p> <p class=""><strong>Song Title:</strong> Comforter </p> <p class=""><strong>Artist</strong>: Lady Donli</p> <p class=""><strong>Genre</strong>: Afrobeats,</p> <p class=""><strong>Producer:</strong> </p> <p class=""><strong>Album</strong>: TBA</p> <p class=""><strong>Label</strong>: TBA</p> <p class=""><strong>Details/Takeway</strong>: This one echoes 90's Nollywood soundtracks and the early 2000's Nigerian pop music. </p> <p class="">Two days ago, the singer took to Twitter to reveal that her album is imminent, but <em>'Comforter'</em> won't make the cut. </p> <p class="">This song sees an evolving Lady Donli take on more risque sound. The short song runs on a good guitar chords and <strong>OJB Jeezrel</strong>-esque drum arrangements. </p> <p class="">You can listen to the song below;</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Lady Donli - Comforter (Official Audio)</figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">Since 2017, Davolee has been telling his inner-city Lagos story with 'Festival Bars.'</p> <h2>After the exodus that involved Chinko Ekun, Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Adekunle Gold, Olamide signed Davolee to YBNL in November 2016. </h2> <p class="">His signing got announcements on Olamide's Facebook and Instagram pages with the message, <em>“Artiste ‘Davolee’ new YBNL boy… new song… Festival Bar…Davolee Ileka."</em> </p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/Njc7MDA_/08cdcb1d488e430fd144fd28f43d3900.jpg" alt="Olamide announces Davolee's signing toYBNL. (Facebook/Baddosneh)"> <figcaption>Olamide announces Davolee's signing toYBNL. (Facebook/Baddosneh)</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Festival Bar I</h2> <p class="">What followed in 2017 was the <strong>B-Banks</strong>-produced <strong>'Festival Bar.'</strong> The song is a lo-fi, drum-heavy, bass-rich trap beat laced with a the story of inner-city lifestyle and majorly, the topic of deceit and greed. </p> <p class="">The song is about Festival Bar, a local pub where <strong>Davolee</strong>'s character named <strong>Segun</strong> used to work as a bar man. The bar is owned by a White man married to a Nigerian woman named Mama G. </p> <p class="">In front of the bar is a shop owned by Mama G. In addition to his bar responsibilities, Segun (Davolee's character in the song), also goes to Mama G's shop that is managed by a sales girl named <strong>Salewa</strong>, a deceitful person </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Davolee - Festival Bar (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Salewa hikes prices on everything, and reject Segun's counsel to stop doing such. She sees the money she makes from her deceit as a way to maintain herself. It all comes to a head when Salewa sold <a href="https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHZL_enNG820NG820&tbm=isch&q=don+simon&chips=q:don+simon,g_1:wine:GlzB8H44xLM%3D&usg=AI4_-kQh7JjFmSnoSq67C2SJV3DDTX731g&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj3md7F2-jiAhVLVhoKHcOLAwIQ4lYILSgD&biw=1366&bih=625&dpr=1#imgrc=lVcb12IRU0i-2M:" id="247b2fe4-2945-447f-9aaa-760b2fc3cfa6">Don Simon</a> a regular customer for NGN1,000 - it ordinarily sells for NGN600. </p> <p class="">She was new, so she didn't realize who she sold to was a regular customer who then protested so much that Mama G had to intervene. In the end, she chastises Salewa, but ends up blaming Segun for teaching an already corrupt Salewa bad habits of deceit. The song ends with Segun rejecting such claims of deceit as an '<em>igboro boy.</em>'</p> <h2>Festival Bar II</h2> <p class="">Since leaving <strong>YBNL</strong>, Davolee has been relatively quiet, barring a single titled,<em> 'Way'</em> that struggled to shake a few trees. Released a couple of days ago, '<em>Festival Bar II (Rodo)</em>' is a continuation of '<em>Festival Bar I,</em>' and it chronicles Segun's life after leaving Mama G's. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Davolee - Way</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Segun now jobless goes back to the hood. His life was headed nowhere, and he had limited life prospects. Fearing for his future, his family members tried to help him find his path shut his football dreams down. </p> <p class="">With little money to fund an education, and an unwillingness to go into a life of crime, Segun took to working with with constructions company. When he realized that hustle was not going to fund his big dreams, he left it. </p> <p class="">His parents started criticizing his life choices. Frustration became anger as he couldn't find employment. So, Segun started lashing out, fighting and breaking bottles in the streets. About seven months later, Segun got a job at Aqua Dana where he was earning N17,500. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Davolee - Festival Bar (Part2) @EmiNiDavolee</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The money was insufficient to fund his feeding, transportation and music career so he started doing a little 'Dine and dash' at Iya Nafi's place - he also introduced his friends to the madness. A little later, he quit Aqua Dana after having issues with his tyrannical boss, Mr. Tony. </p> <p class="">Instead of apologizing, he left defiantly due to his ego. He then became a motor boy before he got sick. All this while, he was dropping freestyles on his <strong>Instragram</strong> page, but didn't realize <strong>Olamide Badoo</strong> was watching. </p> <p class="">This version ends with Davolee promising to tell the story of his short affiliation with <strong>YBNL Nation</strong> on the next '<em>Festival Bar.' </em></p> <h2>Which 'Festival Bar' was better? </h2> <p class="">Each song will be judged on five headings on a total of 10. Each heading will be scored on a two point. </p> <h3>Bars, technique, flow and cadence</h3> <p class="">Neither version is about outrageously impressive bars. Instead, they both thrive on intricate, impressive rhymes schemes. '<em>Festival Bar I</em>' is the bigger one, but '<em>Festival Bar II</em>' has slightly better rhyme schemes and words. </p> <p class="">At times, '<em>Festival Bar I</em>' seems to lag on beat counts with some bars ending abruptly. But at the time, Davolee was just coming into his own. On the second one, his technique is obviously better and growth is apparent. </p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar I</strong>: 1.3/2</p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar II</strong>: 1.6/2</p> <h3>Story</h3> <p class="">Both parts have detailed stories, but Part one painted a better picture, while Part two adequately incorporated more moving parts. </p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar I</strong>: 1.7/2</p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar II</strong>: 1.7/2</p> <h3>Production</h3> <p class="">Production on Part two is impressive, but the production on Part two is slightly denser and better. </p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar I</strong>: 1.7/2</p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar II</strong>: 1.9/2</p> <h3>Cohesion</h3> <p class="">Part I is one story at one sitting, but Festival Bar II fuses several timelines into one story. While Part I sometimes saw Davolee veering off course to amplify conversations, Part II saw Davolee focused and on course while managing several storylines across a few months on one song. </p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar I</strong>: 1.4/2</p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar II</strong>: 1.6/2</p> <h3>Themes</h3> <p class="">Both parts chronicle the unsavoury parts of lower-class inner-city Lagos Lifestyle. Part one runs on themes of deceit, empathy and implication while Part two runs on contentment, hustle, desperation, frustration, and pride. </p> <p class="">Both times, themes were well articulated.</p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar I</strong>: 2/2</p> <p class=""><strong>Festival Bar II</strong>: 2/2 </p> <h2>TOTAL</h2> <h3>Festival Bar I: 8.1/10</h3> <h3>Festival Bar II: 8.8/10</h3>
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<p class="">Aramide joins eighteen other person in the music business to be inducted into the Recording Academy governing board of the Grammys</p> <h1>Aramide has certainly climbed a step further in her music career as she is to be inducted into the governing board of the Grammys.</h1> <p class="">The music star made this known via her Twitter page on Friday, June 14, 2019. According to her in a series of tweets, she reminisced on the time she started singing and how she wanted to just be heard. She went on to reveal that after being an active voter of the Grammys recording academy for years, she finally gets to be inducted in its board.</p> <p class=""><em>"And today I'm happy to announce to you that after being an active voting member of the recording academy for years, this Monday, I will be inducted into the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs®) Governance Board. I will now be a part of the Governors for the Washington DC Chapter board,"</em> she tweeted.</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Aramide joins 18 other members in the yet to constituted board. Congratulations to one of Nigeria's biggest export on this new move. </p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/OGU7MDA_/2f771302024def0e699765534d754812.jpg" alt="Aramide joins 18 other members in the yet to constituted board [Instagram/AramideMusic]"> <figcaption>Aramide joins 18 other members in the yet to constituted board [Instagram/AramideMusic]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Aramide isn't the only celebrity who has been able to achieve such level of greatness. About a year ago, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde was invited to become a member of the Oscars award body.</p> <p class=""><strong>Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde invited to become a member of the Oscars award body</strong></p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MzU7MDA_/57f92c59915c64dbbdf5b4008f0fc134.jpeg" alt="Omotola Jalade Ekeinde [Credit IG/Omotola]"> <figcaption>Omotola Jalade Ekeinde [Credit IG/Omotola]</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Back in 2018, <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/movies/omotola-jalade-ekeinde-actress-has-been-invited-to-become-a-member-of-the-oscars/b9dlqpd" id="420a8811-bb9c-419c-8a8f-da587a462a82">Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde was among the new members</a> invited to join the group behind the Oscars film awards. The actress, alongside Nigerian filmmaker <strong>Femi Odugbemi</strong> [<strong>Battleground</strong>, <strong>Gidi Blues</strong>]are among the 928 people who've been invited to join the <strong>Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science</strong>.</p> <p class="">Including a 14-year-old actress <strong>Quvenzhané Wallis</strong>, 86-year-old Russian composer <strong>Sofia Gubaidulina</strong>, and new members from 59 different countries, this year's invitees marks the academy’s largest and most diverse class ever, topping last year’s 774 new members, which itself was a jump over the previous year’s 684 invitees.</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MWM7MDA_/1f0d015d2aa6e6ffb19a128787fdcfa8.jpeg" alt="Femi Odugbemi"> <figcaption>Femi Odugbemi</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Other new members from different countries include South Korean actress <strong>Doona Bae</strong>, Algerian actress <strong>Sofia Boutella</strong>, and Indian actor <strong>Ali Fazal</strong>.</p>
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<p class="">Some of these exists were amicable while others were not. </p> <h2>Olamide's YBNL has contributed to some of the biggest music careers Nigeria has ever seen, but this Lyta shines light on some unwanted issues. </h2> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Olamide - Eni Duro (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">In 2010, Nigerian rap superstar, Olamide Adedeji also known as Olamide Badoo launched onto the the scene with his monster hit single, '<em>Eni Duro</em>.' At the time, he was signed to ID Cabasa's record label, <strong>Coded Tunes Records.</strong> Under the label, he released his first album, <em>'Rapsodi.</em>'</p> <p class="">The terms of his exit were amicable. Olamide branched out and founded his own record label, <strong>YBNL Nation</strong> (Y.B.N.L is an acronym for Yahoo Boy No Laptop, a tribute to how much money he makes) under which he released his subsequent albums.</p> <p class="">The label has also taken to signing artists. While some of those artists 'blew' off the label before leaving, other artistsss flopped. </p> <h2>Here is a list of the top 7 artists to leave YBNL;</h2> <h2>Viktoh</h2> <p class=""><em>Year of signing: 2014</em></p> <p class=""><em>Year of exit: 2016</em></p> <p class=""><em>Stint at the YBNL: Promising, yet unimpressive  </em></p> <p class=""><em>Manner of exit: Amicable</em></p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/YWM7MDA_/159393b4e861ccf0693644e2e161138a.jpeg" alt="Viktoh left YBNL in 2016. (Instagram)"> <figcaption>Viktoh left YBNL in 2016. (Instagram)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Edo State-born Nigerian rapper, <strong>Viktoh</strong> signed to YBNL in 2014 - around the same time as <strong>Lil Kesh. </strong></p> <p class="">Rumour has it that he introduced Lil Kesh to Olamide. Around the time of his signing, label boss, Olamide posted the following message of him on social media, "<em>Kingbaddo Go shine boi ! @viktoh_ybnl."</em></p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Viktoh - Skibi Dat [Official Video] ft. Lil Kesh</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">While signed to the label, the rapper/singer with the unique style and technique released a strings of singles like the mildly successful hit, <em>'Skiibi Dat</em>' to other singles like '<em>Say Dem Say</em>,' <em>'All My Ladies,</em>' and '<em>Mad Jam.</em>'</p> <p class="">When things didn't really work out for him, his exit was confirmed in a December 2016 report by <strong>NET</strong> alongside <strong>Adekunle Gold</strong>'s and <strong>Chinko Ekun</strong>'s. News of his exit had, however, been making the rounds since April. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Viktoh Ft. Olamide - P-Popping (OFFICIAL AUDIO)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">To underline how amicable his exit was, he collaborated with Olamide on a 2018 single, <em>'P-Popping.'</em></p> <h2>Davolee Ileka </h2> <p class="">Year of signing: 2016</p> <p class="">Year of exit: Late 2018-Early 2019</p> <p class="">Stint at the label: Underwhelming </p> <p class="">Manner of exit: Mildly controversial</p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/NDg7MDA_/cdbd906f090affc02a0332f3fbd925ff.jpeg" alt="Davolee has reportedly left YBNL. (Naijaloaded)"> <figcaption>Davolee has reportedly left YBNL. (Naijaloaded)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">In November 2016, Olamide signed<strong> Davolee.</strong> This was after the exodus that involved Chinko Ekun, Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Adekunle Gold. The label needed some fresh blood and it duly got one. </p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/Njc7MDA_/08cdcb1d488e430fd144fd28f43d3900.jpg" alt="Olamide announces Davolee's signing toYBNL. (Facebook/Baddosneh)"> <figcaption>Olamide announces Davolee's signing toYBNL. (Facebook/Baddosneh)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">His signing got announcements on Olamide's <strong>Facebook </strong>and <strong>Instagram </strong>pages with the message, “<em>Artiste ‘Davolee’ new YBNL boy… new song… Festival Bar…Davolee Ileka.</em>" </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Davolee - Festival Bar (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Between 2016 and 2018 that he was assumed to be on the label, he released two genuinely impressive songs, 2017's B-Banks-produced <em>'Festival Bar'</em> and 2018's '<em>Cirocing</em>.' His talent was apparent was never apparent, but it was never truly backed up with any hits.</p> <p class="">Signs of a divide were obvious after the signing of <strong>Picazo Rhap, Fireboy DML </strong>and <strong>Yomi Blaize</strong> to the label. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>I Never Had A Signed Contract With YBNL - Davolee Opens Up</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">In November 2018, he told Naijaloaded TV that he never had a contract with YBNL. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Juju Guns & Roses (YBNL Mafia) ft Picazo, Limerick, Davolee, Yomi Blaze</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">The rapper's picture alongside those of Picazo and Blaize were used during the promo run for the label's December 2018 compilation album,<a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/see-first-listen-review-of-ybnls-group-album-ybnl-mafia-family/btezwqp" id="cd696b24-93fb-4f2c-b06d-e9c188b11fff"> YBNL Mafia Family</a>, but he when the album dropped, his picture was off its art.</p> <p class="">Also earlier in 2019, Pulse obtained unconfirmed and sterile reports that the rapper had signed to New Nation Muzik and had left YBNL. </p> <p class="">Currently, he is listed as neither a current nor a former artist of YBNL on the label's <strong>Wikipedia</strong> page. </p> <p class=""><strong>Xino </strong></p> <p class=""><em>Year of signing: 2015</em></p> <p class=""><em>Year of exit: October 2016. </em></p> <p class=""><em>Stint at the label: Underwhelming </em></p> <p class=""><em>Manner of exit: Controversial </em></p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/ZjM7MDA_/2033e15c1b854509d5453c473e4fb896.jpg" alt="Promo bill for Xino's singles with YBNL (Accelerate TV)"> <figcaption>Promo bill for Xino's singles with YBNL (Accelerate TV)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Xino is definitely the most ineffectual YBNL signing. Signed almost at the same time as Chinko Ekun, the Plateau State-born artist released two singles, <em>'TTYL' </em>and <em>'Nakam</em>' on the label before exiting in acrimonious circumstances per 2016. </p> <p class="">Upon his exit from the label, the singer gave an exclusive interview to Showtime where he took swipes at Olamide, "<em>YBNL management and other labels in Nigeria need to adopt an entrepreneurial system that focuses on artiste development because there is zero fan base in Nigeria.</em></p> <p class=""><em>"Beyonce’s husband, Jayz, is an undisputed boss because he understands this concept and creates acts that last to create others too. </em></p> <p class=""><em>“I’m engaging in other money-making options, music is just an option and one that I love very much; I never asked to be signed on to YBNL, so I’m not bothered as much. But for the sake of those who dig my songs I’m coming with something soon, something cooking with Kiddominant is dropping soon.</em>”</p> <p class="">Nonetheless, he attempted some conciliation in 2017 by attempting to mend fences with the label and Olamide. </p> <p class="">He wrote on his Instagram page that, "<em>Mood, feeling like Baddo right now, I want to take this time out to apologize, first to @baddosneh for the rash things I said last year. </em></p> <p class=""><em>"I was bitter over how things took a turn, I guess I owe all of you an apology and I humbly ask that you guys overlook what I said and see me for who I really am, a happy, fun-loving and jonzing pretty boy. I also apologize to the whole YBNL team and take responsibility for my words. </em></p> <p class=""><em>I love @baddosneh as a big bro and how creative he has inspired me to want to be better. I guess I was really missing the crew; I love you guys. Thanks for not judging me and taking time out to read this. I want to get accolades and shit, but I want to get it with the people who were there for me</em>."</p> <h2>Chinko Ekun </h2> <p class=""><em>Year of signing: 2015</em></p> <p class=""><em>Year of exit: October 2016. </em></p> <p class=""><em>Stint at the label: Underwhelming </em></p> <p class=""><em>Manner of exit: Amicable </em></p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/NzY7MDA_/bb7ee25afbdacf7bd0db7f990a829b10.jpg" alt="Wizkid and Chinko Ekun on stage at the Exclusive Live concert"> <figcaption>Wizkid and Chinko Ekun on stage at the Exclusive Live concert</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">While still a Law Student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the rapper with the ridiculously hilarious Mandarin gimmick signed to YBNL. </p> <p class="">But sadly, only Xino had a quieter stint at YBNL than Chinko Ekun. He had the name, but it was never really backed up for one reason or the other - presumably schooling and schedules. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Day in the Studio with Chinko Ekun Pt1</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">His biggest act at the label was probably the <strong>Day In The Studio</strong> freestyle. When he left the label in 2016, he posted the following message to Olamide, "<em>@baddosneh gave me a voice when nobody did and put me on . Come rain come shine I am forever grateful for impact in my life!"</em></p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/Nzc7MDA_/9dcc260417ef3131d350719ef74961f0.png" alt="Chinko Ekun shows gratitude to Olamide. (Information Nigeria)"> <figcaption>Chinko Ekun shows gratitude to Olamide. (Information Nigeria)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Since his exit, he most notably released the mega-hit 'Able God' alongside Lil Kesh and Zlatan Ibile. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>CHINKO EKUN - ABLE GOD ft LIL KESH X ZLATAN IBILE [OFFICIAL VIDEO]</figcaption> </figure> <h2>Lyta</h2> <p class=""><em>Year of signing: 2018</em></p> <p class=""><em>Year of exit: May 2019</em></p> <p class=""><em>Stint at the label: Average</em></p> <p class=""><em>Manner of exit: Amicable </em></p> <p class="">Singer, <strong>Lyta</strong> was discovered by Olamide while he was on the streets. During his stint with the label, he released the September 19, 2018 buzz singles, '<em>Self Made</em>' and '<em>Time</em>,' both featuring Olamide. He arrived at YBNL a little before Picazo, Yomi Blaize and Fireboy DML. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Lyta - Selfmade (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">But after the rumblings of his YBNL exit from YBNL earlier in the year, he finally jumped on <strong>Naijaloaded TV </strong>to confirm the end of his mixed affiliation with YBNL. During the interview, he claimed that though he was paid between 50,000 and 80,000 for shows, he never had a written contract with the label. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>YBNL Exit Issue:- Lyta Shares What Happened Between Him And Olamide On NL TV</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">He said, “<em>I don’t have any deal with YBNL or Olamide. Olamide saw me on the street and helped me, I don’t have any written contract with him… YBNL and Olamide with always be part of my story. God bless Olamide, thank you for everything. No love lost.</em></p> <p class=""><em>"Yes, I was getting benefits. The used to pay me for shows. Sometimes 80k, 60k to 50k. But when I dropped my songs, ‘Temi’ and ‘Selfmade,’ I didn’t get anything.”</em></p> <p class="">Olamide <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/entertainment/music/5-talking-points-as-olamide-part-ways-with-lyta/gv6prbx" id="342820bd-7780-4f6d-bb11-6651d5017e2d">also responded</a> and claimed that YBNL has a promotion calendar that Lyta was unwilling to follow. When other artists started getting their shine, the rapper claimed Lyta became unhappy. So, to avoid "<em>bad energy</em>" Olamide claims he unfollowed Lyta on <strong>Instagram.  </strong></p> <h2>Lil Kesh </h2> <p class=""><em>Year of signing: Around April 2014</em></p> <p class=""><em>Year of exit: April 2016 </em></p> <p class=""><em>Stint at the label: Excellent </em></p> <p class=""><em>Manner of exit: Amicable </em></p> <figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/YTA7MDA_/1fc8f9cfaffb0212870aa28cff33a3c2.jpg" alt="Lil Kesh appears on this list for the second and this time around, he featured Olamide in the controversial song 'Logo Benz.' [LilKeshOfficial]"> <figcaption>Lil Kesh appears on this list for the second and this time around, he featured Olamide in the controversial song 'Logo Benz.' [LilKeshOfficial]</figcaption> </figure> <p class=""><strong>Ololade Keshinro</strong> was signed to YBNL around April 2014. To commemorate the signing, Olamide wrote on social media that, "<em>Lil kesh @mynameiskesh …. Time bomb lomoyen .. E go soon blow."</em></p> <p class="">He was right. Lil Kesh went on an almost peerless run between April 2014 and April 2016. By January 2016 when Lil Kesh lost the next rated award at the Headies to Reekado Banks, he truly had five back-to-back hits. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Lil Kesh - Efejoku [Official Video] ft. Viktoh</figcaption> </figure> <p class="">Some of those hits were, '<em>Lyrically,' 'Shoki,' 'Shoki (Remix'),' 'Gbese,</em>' and <em>'Efejoku.'</em> This made the loss to Reekado a particularly tough pill to swallow. </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption></figcaption> </figure> <p class="">On April 26,2016, Lil Kesh released a statement confirming the expiration of his contract with YBNL. He also released one album with the label. '<em>YAGI</em>' was released in March 2016, just before his exit from the label. </p> <p class="">In late 2018, he collaborated with Olamide on the controversial single, 'Logo Benz.'</p> <h2>Adekunle Gold </h2> <p class=""><em>Year of signing: Around April 2014</em></p> <p class=""><em>Year of exit: April 2016 </em></p> ..
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<p class="">After the Ghanaian original, this is the Nigerian version. </p> <p class=""><strong>Date</strong>: June 13, 2019</p> <p class=""><strong>Song Title</strong>: Awolowo (Remix)</p> <p class=""><strong>Artist</strong>: BOJ featuring Falz Ycee and Fresh L</p> <p class=""><strong>Genre</strong>: Afrobeats, Vibes</p> <p class=""><strong>Producer:</strong> GMK</p> <p class=""><strong>Album</strong>: Alte Bank of Africa</p> <p class=""><strong>Details/Takeaway</strong>: Fresh off releasing the original version of the song with<strong> Darkovibes, Kwesi Arthur </strong>and <strong>Joey B, DRB Lasgidi</strong> member, <strong>BOJ</strong> releases the Nigerian remix to the song. </p> <p class="">As noted in the article for the Ghanaian version, the song is a laidback tune that soundtracks the seemingly cool parts of living and getting money as BOJ sings in Yoruba on the hook that, “I’m smoking and I’m collecting money…”</p> <p class="">The song title, ‘<em>Awolowo’ </em>is also a play on words. </p> <p class="">You can listen to the song below; </p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>BOJ – Awolowo (Remix) Ft. Falz, Ycee, Fresh L</figcaption> </figure>
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<p class="">The video has a colorful, risque fashion-forward effect. </p> <p class=""><strong>Date</strong>: June 13, 2019</p> <p class=""><strong>Song Title</strong>: Anybody</p> <p class=""><strong>Artist</strong>: Burna Boy</p> <p class=""><strong>Genre</strong>: Afro-fusion</p> <p class=""><strong>Producer</strong>: </p> <p class=""><strong>Album</strong>: African Giant</p> <p class=""><strong>Label</strong>: </p> <p class=""><strong>Video Director:</strong> </p> <p class=""><strong>Details/Takeway</strong>: After a stellar 2018, 2019 has been another stellar year for Burna Boy. Asides performing on two Coachella stages, he lays claim to two hits - <em>'Killing Dem</em>' and '<em>Dangote</em>' so far in 2019, as well as a one EP, <strong>Steel and Copper</strong> with <strong>DJDS.</strong> </p> <p class="">While he is currently on his <strong>African Giant Tour</strong>, which has already hit Africa, Europe and America, he releases this new single, an uptempo, socially conscious party starter. </p> <p class="">Its video is also features colorfully risque, yet fashion-forward props. The song addresses topics of respect, empathy, growth, and, more importantly, pride in oneself. </p> <p class="">The song looks set to be another hit. </p> <p class="">You can watch the video below;</p> <figure class="embedded_application" align="center"> <figcaption>Burna Boy - Anybody (Official Video)</figcaption> </figure>
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