Saturday, December 28, 2013

VIDEO | Zone Fam & Camp Mulla - Jus Ride

New Music: Gee2dKay Feat. Latham - Make Me High

Gee2dkay debuts with a Puffy T-produced up-tempo song this yuletide season called 'Make Me High'. He features fellow up and coming artiste 'Latham'. This song is definitely something for the clubs during this season of festivity and celebration. Enjoy!

Gee2dKay also known as Peluola Kayode Chrisantus is an indigene of Ibadan North East Local government area of Oyo state. He was born in Lagos into a family of three boys respectively. This promising rapper, singer, songwriter and entertaineris in his early 20's and he Started music far back the age of eleven. Gee2dkay went into entertainment full_time in the year 2008 and got signed to Breaking News Entertainment. The Lagos-based act describes his musical sound as Hip Hop, Afro hip hop alongside Dancehall. He has worked with the likes of P Loope, Samklef, Latham, Makaveli. In the nearest future he hopes to work with Ghetto P , Skales, Dreystick, Glemn, just to mention a few. 

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Monday, July 1, 2013

VIDEO: Fela, Sound Sultan, Eedris Abdulkareem, Asa, Nneka, Eldee -The True Voice of the people

MUSIC | Terry Tha Rapman - BANS Is The Motto [Prod. By Victoriouz Icon]

The producer of the sleeper hit 'Sweet Poraro' by Wizkid has teamed up with Terry Tha Rapman on a brand new song. Victoriouz Icon proudly presents Terry Tha Rapman on a new song titled 'Bans Is The Motto' This song sees Terry Tha Rapman rapping and flipping bars on a crazy, left field instrumental.
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Patogen - ‘School vs Rap Da Mixtape’

Patogen due to his personal troubles and challenges he faced through out his stay In school has drawn inspiration from that and created his first mixtape ‘School vs Rap Da Mixtape’.

MUSIC | Modenine - Some More ft. Don Jazzy

Nigerian rap veteran, Modenine is out to play in the mainstream with his new single 'Some More' featuring one of Africa's biggest producers, DonJazzy. This is something for the ladies.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

PRODUCERS LOUNGE: MEET TECK-ZILLA AND SENCO

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Teck-Zilla is a Nigerian born emcee/beatmaker/producer. A founding member of the Hiphop group "Str8Buttah" with members in the UK and Nigeria. After graduating from the prestigious technical school "Recording Arts Canada, he proceeded to work with like minded artists in Montreal and beyond. He's worked with African artists such as Zone Fam and The Holstar.
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Babalola Oluwaseun a.k.a Sencosonic is a Lagos based Nigerian producer whose vision for the Nigerian music industry is for it to grow to a point where there is a formal distribution channel within and outside the country, anti-piracy implementation and intellectual property protection. He started music production in 2005 and have worked with the likes of  Victoria Kimani, Terry Tha Rapman, Godwon, Fecko, DJ Atte et al.

HOW DID YOU BEGIN PRODUCING?

Teck-Zilla:  A friend of mine gave me fruity loops 1 and I struggled with it for a while until I discovered how to sample and all, so many aspects to how I started producing.

Senco: I started out as a singer and a songwriter with a strong passion for music. I hooked up with a couple of hot producers at the university where I was studying Architecture but I was too broke to pay those producers to make a beat for me.  I decided to hang around them to learn the art of beatmaking. I developed a good ear for music and I would spend about 6hrs on a stretch exploring new sounds and methods on my favourite beatmaking software FL studio. That was when I was 16. Over the years I've purchased more gears and produced a lot more tracks.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE

Teck-Zilla: At the stage I'm presently in, I must say I can do anything. I won't categorically say I have a style. I just go with the flow though most people would say I make hard core hiphop beats but I just do what I want at this point. I got a dubstep/electro ep dropping soon by the way and do check out my house/tech track called 'Fire' with Canadian singer Peggy Hogan!!

Senco: I would say my style is eclectic. I could start out making music with a riff, lick, bassline, chord progression or percussion. My most prominent style of production is sampling Afrobeat/highlife music and fusing them into a hip-hop groove. It's creative and I enjoy flipping those heavy brassed samples because it comes natural to me every time. I don't limit myself to any genre of music. I love to explore my world and create new ideas every time I sm about to make music. I think everything around me affects me in a certain way and inspires me in a certain way to make the music I make.

ARE THERE ANY TRADEMARKS YOU LIKE TO EMPLOY ON THE BOARDS?

Teck-Zilla: I don't really understand this question but I do live sound and I sometimes DJ using the apc40, a dj mixer and the soundboard at the same time so I can do a lot of crazy stuff but recently I have been sticking to just virtual dj for the fun of it.

Senco: I love my sound to come out crisp and heavy through the speakers and Izotope Ozone 5 has been helpful in achieving that. I love to treat my lowend/bassline appropriately with a matching kick and once in a while I like to employ some sidechaining/ducking.

WHAT ARE THE NEW TRENDS TO HIT PRODUCTION IN AFRICA AND THE WORLD AT LARGE

Teck-Zilla: New trends? Heavy synths and drum/snare rolls…seems majority of producers are trapping out. Trap is the new trend now.

Senco: In Africa now, I think there's an eclectic mix of synthesised sounds, pulsating beats, and groovy samples with hip-hop kicks. Electronic dance music is taking over the mainstream music in the world at the moment with the likes of Daft Punk, Avicii, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Skrillex to name a few.

HOW DO NIGERIAN PRODUCERS COMPARE TO PRODUCTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD?

Teck-Zilla: I won't necessarily compare Nigerian producers to others, we all have different styles and what may work in Nigeria may not work elsewhere. All I can say though is, there has been a lot of dope producers coming out of the wood work. Ain't gonna mention names but I know y'all.

Senco: I think we have got our own unique and creative style of production but there is a need to work on the quality of our production output so that it can match the world class standard.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT? ANY CHALLENGE SO FAR?

Teck-Zilla: Being selected as one of the contending producers in the last Canadian beat battle in Toronto last year. I didn't win but to be recognized is definitely a plus. Challenges, well everyday is a challenge so I do what I can to surmount whatever obstacle life throws at me.

Senco: I wouldn't consider my biggest achievement an achievement at all. I'm constantly hungry, wanting more and more till I get to the tip of the top.  Crossing the borders of Nigeria with my production style would be one of the things I want to achieve. The Nigerian music industry gives very little respect for music producers and most of them are never well paid for a well produced song. The industry still needs to be structured so that everyone involved can get properly paid

WHAT TRACK BY FECKO WOULD YOU SAY 'YO I'M PROUD I PRODUCED THIS TRACK'?

Teck-Zilla: Hmmm, so many but for now I would say "The Future". We still got so many dope collabos to create

Senco: Oh yeah! Chill and Relax is a fantastic song. It's fresh, it's hot and so urban afro.

SOURCE: THIS IS FECKO

FRESH MIXTAPE- BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS AND YEARS| PHEROWSHUZ

Pherowshuz is proud to present his new mixtape 'Blood, Sweat, Tears and Years' which represents his grind to the top layer of the rap game. If anyone has doubts concerning Pherowshuz's abilities both as a rapper and a producer- this mixtape will lay them to rest. Phero (for short) showcases his impeccable rap skills and credible production on #BSTY. He takes the art of sampling higher on several tracks on the mixtape.

"This mixtape has been a while coming. I am happy it is out. I am confident that it will make an impact in the game. I just put in my best so that the name Pherowshuz will mentioned when it comes to quality rap music" says Pherowshuz.

The mixtape features acts like Terry Tha Rapman, Beazy, Yung 6ix, Morell, 5 Mics, Maytronomy, Fecko, Olamide, Davey Jones (USA) and AT.

Now that he has wrapped up his mixtape, Pherow will continue working on his next album and the BANS compilation album.

Teck-Zilla - Chicken & Chips/ Crackers & Cranberry Juice EP

Montreal, May 30, 2013- Montreal based Nigerian producer, Teck-Zilla is at it again as he drops his latest instrumental tape titled "Chicken & Chips/ Crackers & Cranberry Juice EP".
The EP is far removed from what he is known for as he ventures into the dubstep/electronic/trap/Hip Hop region. The project is essentially a collection of ideas and concepts that brewed over time as he immersed himself in the electronic scene in Montreal.
"I've always been of the school of thought that one should endeavour to push your limits whenever you can. I learn everyday by trying out new things and building with people who come from different musical backgrounds. This work I feel is definitive in that it not only shows you another side of my musical tastes but also hints at where my production skills might venture to."

The EP contains 5 solid tracks, hard hitting, grim and off kilter and pretty much unique to say the least.

Music | Da L.E.S. – Heaven Feat AKA & Maggz

 


Hiphop births the 'United States of Africa'

 
Africa is the second largest continent in the world with a population of 1.0billion people and a total number of 54 sovereign states "countries".

Is it me or is Hip hop not playing a major role in terms of bridging gaps between all the geo-political zones in the continent. Hence, giving birth to what I call the "United States of Africa".

As I write this article, I am seated at a windy balcony listening to "All In" by Camp Mulla featuring Manifest and "African & Proud" by Banky W featuring L-Tido, Camp Mulla, Vector and Sarkodie. For me, it spells out one thing and that's 'Unity'. I am glad to see a lot of cross-border collaborations within the continent. If you have been a long time follower of my music, you will recall that I released a song with a similar concept, titled 'Raw African Poetry' which featured various rappers from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya. The track was even mentioned in SA's number one Hiphop magazine, HYPE. I am presently working on a reloaded version of that song by the way.

If African artists keep chunning out collabs like that, perhaps someday you might bump in to Nigerians in diaspora speaking Swahili eloquently and also find Kenyans conversing in Pidgin. It is our duty to embrace and nurture our different cultures.

Hip hop shouldn't be the only music genre saddled with the responsibility of uniting Africa. What about Pop, Jazz, Reggae, RnB, Afrobeat or Kwaito? Won't it be awesome to hear Asa and Freshly Ground on one song? Or imagine Femi Kuti teaming up with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I am sure there is a newer generation of music lovers that crave a breath of fresh air in the kind of songs they listen to.

Apparently, the African music industry is fast evolving and this is evident in the way most record companies operate these days. For instance, Kenyan-based record label Taurus Musik has Zambia's award-winning group, Zone Fam, under its stable. To further illustrate my point; Kenyan songstress, Victoria Kimani is signed to Chocolate City Music (Nigeria). Distance is no longer a barrier, especially when A&Rs are dealing with pure talents. Label executives now go all out! So it is seemingly possible that I could get signed by Sony Music Africa someday...'you never know!'

Late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikpolakpo Kuti once said "Music is a weapon...".  Senegaleese singer Youssou N'Dour knew he held this power in his hands and decided to organise a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela in 1985. N'Dour also discovered Somali rapper, K'Naan during a speaking engagement before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1999, where K'naan performed a spoken word piece criticizing the UN for its failed aid missions to Somalia. N'Dour's goodwill was not only restricted to his home country, but was felt in other parts of the continent. He believed in the 'United States of Africa'.

I was interviewed on a radio station in Malawi a while back, where I extensively talked about 'Unity in Africa' and the need to produce more African Hip hop TV shows. The media can serve as a catalyst in the process of bridging gaps. Don't you think it will be better if the next BET cypher in Africa features different African rappers under one umbrella? Just a thought! The world is looking at the motherland for inspiration. Viva Africa!

Music | Blitz The Ambassador – Dikembe!

DIKEMBE! is inspired by one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players to ever bless the NBA,Dikembe Mutombo. This is banging.

VIDEO | PROVERB - BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED FT. THE SOIL

VIDEO | CAMP MULLA - ALL IN

Monday, June 3, 2013

MUSIC: Fecko - Raw African Poetry 2.0 ft. Khaligraph, Dominant-1, The Holstar & Raiza Biza


Promising African rapper, Fecko, is back with another heavy collaboration. His style has been compared to the like of K'Naan and this time he's waving the 'green and white' flag on this classic rap song titled 'Raw African Poetry 2.0' produced by Teck-Zilla. 


MUSIC: WAKY O - SEXY MAMI

Street Pop Act Waky O Makes his debut appearance on MKM with an Uptempo song that is guaranteed to get you moving in the Club, The Native of Oyo State Mentions Tuface, Eldee Da Don, R. Kelly and Puff Daddy amongst others as influences .His mission is to take Nigerian music to the next level and make good music that his audience can relate to,and also feel the rhythm that will make them dance.