Jay Z to Frank Ocean: Radio is supposed to be instruments for the arts

Frank Ocean launched a #BlondedRadio on Beats 1 and his first guest was Jay Z who interesting spoke about modern radio ‘working’ for the advertising agencies and demography instead of the art.

Here is a transcript for what he said:

“Radio, for instance, is pretty much an advertisement model,” he said in one clip. “You take these pop stations. They’re reaching 18-34 young white female, so they’re playing music based on those tastes. They’re taking those numbers and going to advertising agencies. People are paying numbers based on the audience they have. These places are not even based on music. Their playlists are not based on music. A person like Bob Marley, right now, probably wouldn’t play on the pop station, which is crazy. It’s not even about the DJ discovering what music is best.”

“There should be a better way that music, musicians, radio, and these things that are supposed to be instruments for the arts, should exist and it shouldn’t be about advertisements,” he said. “The more times someone like yourself can bypass that, it’s better for the arts, and it’s better for the audience because you have to have a level of discipline and a belief to put music out in this place. People want to shoot for that and then they’re making music that’s not really conditioned to who they are so they can reach a certain platform.”

Frank and Jay gave collaborated on songs like “No Church in the Wild,” “Oceans,” and “Made in America.”
Hypocritical since Jay Z has always been a radio darling or ‘word’ as he has had to play the politics for this airplays? Your thoughts.?

Nicki Minaj’s ‘dumb’ response at Remy Ma’s ‘Shether’ Diss

That is Remy Ma’s new diss at Nicki Minaj.

Nicki Minaj has been taking subs at Remy Ma. Nicki is eatured on Gucci Mane’s new track ‘Make Love’ where she gets personal, rapping: “You the queen of this here?.. One platinum plaque, album flopped, bitch, where?” Currently, Remy only has one platinum plaque (for her Fat Joe collaboration “All the Way Up”) and a debut album There’s Something About Remy that undersold at the time of its 2005 release. Minaj appears to double down on that angle later in the verse: “Silly wabbit, to be the queen of rap / You gotta sell records, you gotta get plaques / S, plural.”

Also on “Swalla” bu Jason Derulo, the cut seems to aim at Remy: “I gave these bitches two years, now your time’s up,” raps Minaj. “Bless her heart, she throwin’ shots, but every line sucks.” Pointing to Remy’s release from prison in August of 2014, just two and a half years ago.

Now Remy Ma has unleashed “shETHER,” a seven-minute diss aimed at the Young Money star.

The scathing track, which is a play on Nas’ “Ether” diss towards Jay Z, pulls no punches and even starts with a clip of Nicki Minaj screaming “Free Remy.” From there, the shots are plenty.

“I told you I wasn’t talking about your dumb ass,” she raps. “It look stupid, you literally got a dumb ass…Let’s be honest, you stole that line about bitches being your sons / How you take my ’09 jail tweet and run / Talking about, bringing knives to a fight with guns / When the only shot you ever took was in your buns.” She references Meek Mill, Drake, Lil Wayne and Safarie.

Then there is this: “To be the queen of rap you gotta actually rap / The whole industry know that for you, it’s a wrap / No, to be queen of rap, you can’t have a ghostwriter / That’s why, this is my house, Flo Rida / Ni**as done seen Drake pennin’, Wayne pennin’ / And since your first boyfriend left, bitch ain’t winnin’ / You an internet troll, I’m sorry / You can’t get her online without Safaree.”\

Nicki Minaj responded just how many suspected (I honestly think it is dumb), she responded to Remy’s diss track by posting the underwhelming sales figures for Remy’s joint album with Fat Joe, Plata O Plomo. “yikes,” she wrote in the caption. Now she has deleted the post but see screenshot below:

tvD’s Storytellers Series Pt. 1

I love this Slick Rick record’s ‘Children’s Story’ and it inspired this series a long time ago. We at tvD are about to embark on an ambitious series. The tvD’s StoryTeller Series is a 10 emcees and a film maker’s project. In simple terms, we’d have a concrete story told slick reek – style by 10 emcees in a song – they would have to write without the other and at the end we’d have a film maker make a video for the song.

Story telling in rap seems to be a dying art and this is our bit to the artform.
While I have a story already and outline to drag it into 10 verses with suggested lyrics – I am open to contributions and even overhaul it all. This should be very exciting!

If you are interested as an emcee or a filmmaker, kindly send an email to holla@droameh.com.

Ego and The Quest for Commercial Success Ruined Rap in Nigeria!

NotJustOk’s Boye shared hsi thoughts on the failure of rappers to make the art as profitable as it should be, a topic that is pretty close to my heart. I have a feature (video) in the works which would come after my thoughts in the ‘DirtyHiphop Head Podcast’ with Terry the Rapman and another surprise guest.

Read his piece below and do share your thoughts:

Hip-Hop/Rap peaked in Nigeria in 2010 when rappers were the most sought after artistes in the industry. There was also a long list of acclaimed projects released in that calendar year with M.I Abaga releasing “MI2”, Dagrin redefined indigenous rap with C.E.O (Chief Executive Omota), Modenine released Da Vinci Mode, Sauce Kid also dropped his debut album “African American”. Rap fans were treated to a lot of great music in 2010; in fact, the biggest song of the year 2010 was arguably Ice Prince’s Brymo-assisted single – “Oleku” which spawned the most covers for a Nigerian song till date. “Oleku” was so big, it helped unearth another rapper in Yung6ix whose cover was co-signed by M.I. Abaga on the microblogging site twitter.

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s when the likes of Eedris Abdulkareem and Trybesmen were in the forefront of Nigerian Hip-Hop, they served up songs with heavy melodies and easy-to-understand lyrics, blending pidgin with African melodies which made their songs dance-ready. Then came the emergence of boom bap-type-rap with Modenine championing that with his “Malcom IX” and Pentium IX mixtapes which was not well received by the Nigerian music lovers. Their argument: his lyrics were dense -too hard to understand.

M.I Abaga made rap cool again in Nigeria when he released his debut album “Talk About It”. The album was filled with melodies, dope hooks, relatable and easy-to-understand lyrics. The album also put artists like Wizkid, YQ and Praiz on because they were allowed to showcase their talents by delivering catchy hooks on the full-length.

The success of “Oleku” in 2010 also helped reshape the landscape of commercial rap music in Nigeria with several rappers trying the Ice Prince formula; heavy melodies, catchy hook, light lyrics and dance-ready, just the way Nigerians like their rap served. This saw a growth in rap in Nigeria for a few years.

Fast forward to 2017, the two biggest rappers in the country – Olamide and Phyno – will easily pass as pop stars with their biggest singles being Afro-pop songs. Are we going to put the blame for the current state of rap in Nigeria on the rappers or the fans?

When you think about it, Olamide started out rapping his heart out with “Eni Duro”. His debut album “Rap Sodi” was also filled with heartfelt rap songs. Before “Fada Fada”, Phyno’s biggest song was “Alobam”, a dope hip-hop record. Reminisce did not make his breakthrough until he switched up and dropped the street-tailored “Kako Bii Chicken”, Ice Prince’s recent buzz single – “Boss” is an Afro-pop song produced by Tekno, and obviously tailored for the clubs. M.I Abaga’s last album “Chairman” housed a bunch of club-tailored singles.

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My thoughts: It is a complicated matter that boiled down to ego, lack of hindsight, partly selfish (maybe greed) and disunity but mostly unreasonable EGO. I remember the ‘African Hiphop’ movement I was working on with Modenine when he was at his prime before he found an issue with my review of one of his album, I was really excited about this (and saw that the industry would get to this where rappers doing it for the art form can’t eat off it or pop records take up nominations for rap and Hiphop award category) and everything fell apart with Modo. I leave the rest of my thoughts for the podcast. Out soon.

Boogey – Incognito

Celebral ;yricist Boogey followed up “Face Off”, a collaborative album with Paybac with the “Incognito” mixtape.

“Incognito” is his fifth body of work in the last four years. It is also his third body of work since he once again became an independent/unsigned artiste.

On this project, he portrays himself as an unfamiliar being (Messenger X) from an unknown place, with a message of truth and hope that is only understood by those who have been chosen. The MC merges fictional elements with his real life and career struggle, as the latter translates the former.

The 12 track project also features Danny Gomez, Vemor, Tay, Lady Donli, Cat Mayel, Whykay, Bella, AT, Cyclone Artemis, Kel, Phlow, Maka and Zee.

Original production is credited to DJ Babus, Chris Prythm, Odunsi, Teckzilla, DJ Woske and Bigfoot.

A favourite 2016 tape, listen!

Okmalumkoolkat – Mlazi Milano

This album contains 17 songs and it features musicians such as Mashayabhuqe KaMamba, uSanele, Bra Sol , Boyzdem, Petite Noir, Riky Rick, AKA, Amadando, Spoek Mathambo and The Brother Moves On. South Africa’s Okmalumkoolkat is definitely someone to keep a tab on. Check on the album and see:


01. Bayavuma (Intro)


02. Mlazi Milano 


03. Spina Gusheshe Like a Skateboard (Skit!) 


04. Ntwana Yam’ DOWNLOAD



05. Mathananazane Wami (Feat. Mashayabhuqe Ka Mamba)


06. Amalobola (Slow Jam sase Mlazi)


07. Tongue Foo Action (Feat. uSanele, Bra Sol & Boyzdem)/Forever (Feat. Petite Noir)



08. Galileo



09. Uk’thula (Soulfaktor’s Interlude)/ Spura Maluda (Feat. Reba Red)



10. Ekse Aweh! (Vacay) [Feat. Petite Noir & Reba Red] 



11. Sele Sele (Feat. Riky Rick) 



12. La Liga 



13. Mega Milano (Feat. AKA) 



14. Gqi (Feat. Amadando) 


15. Ngiyashisa Bhe! (Feat. Boyzdem)



16. Spoek Mathambo International Airport (Feat. Spoek Mathambo) 



17. Ubhuti Ontsundu (Feat. The Brother Moves On)


A-Reece – Loyal

If you missed it, Ambitiouz Entertainment and her artistes have hit a snag. The South African label had artistes Emtee, Fifi Cooper and of course, Lyricist of the Year A-Reece and days ago, they all have decided to leave the label. Back story? Ambitiouz Entertainment is a South African independent record label owned and founded by Kgosi Mahumapelo in April 2015. After all the drama of artists leaving Ambitiouz Entertainment, A-reece has decided to hit back at the label with ‘loyal’.

A-reece paints the picture clear on how disappointed he is with the bad treat he got from the stable. Let’s breakdown notable lyrics (the label is in court already for redress).

About being exploited:
LYRICS: Either the rich man nurtures your talent or exploits it

A-reece reveals he don’t give an issh about the contract because he was shown false figures:

LYRICS: And f*** your contract n***a
Should be ashamed you tried to call back n***a
After sitting down and showing me those false ass figures
You a foul ass n***a
Should have seen you from the beginning…you double ass crossing n***a

It is alleged that the label has been buying awards, secondly; Amanda Black’s album which reached platinum (3 weeks after release), still has no plaque. The question is; who actually bought?

LYRICS: these are all facts n***a
Why the f** you pulling B3nchmarq back?
Where the f** ya’all awards stay at?
How come Amanda Black ain’t even seen her plaque?
What the f** is going on? yo let me know, I need some answers n***a

Regardless of numerous bookings throughout a month, A-reece reveals he was paid just under R20 000..

LYRICS: Getting monthly pay of less than 20k was never in our plan, it don’t match up

Ambitiouz staff shining more than the artists….
LYRICS: PR buying cars before the artist with our rack cities…

Listen for yourself below:

Khuli Chana – One Source (EP)

The Motswako Originator released this critically acclaimed project last year in collaboration with the Absolut vodka beverage.  Titled One Source, the project is an EP which has a total of 9 tracks.

After unleashing the first single off the EP called One Source, The ‘One Source’ EP features Patoranking, Sarkodie, Victoria Kimani & More.


1. One Source (ft KayGizm, Victoria Kimani & Sarkodie) – DOWNLOAD
2. All hail (ft MDB & Cassper Nyovest) – DOWNLOAD
3. Love still (ft Victoria Kimani) – DOWNLOAD
4. Success (ft Patoranking) – DOWNLOAD
5. Kapunta (ft Zeal of VVIP, Tubazacks & KayGizm) – DOWNLOAD
6. Two step (ft KayGizm, MDB & APU) – DOWNLOAD
7. Shots (ft APU) – DOWNLOAD
8. Moteng (ft StoneBwoy & KayGizm) – DOWNLOAD
9. Tlekeke (ft Shareen & Dj Buckz) – DOWNLOAD