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What Are M.I Abaga’s Best Days Behind Him? [Rendezvous Playlist Review]

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Artiste: M.I Abaga
Album: Rendezvous
Features: [Various Artistes]
Label: Chocolate City (2018)
Duration: 53 minutes

The “legend” title is usually good to bear until ones relevance as an artist is brought under question. After 6 successful projects, M.I Abaga is given the accord of a Nigerian hip-hop legend even though people are starting to raise suspicion that the ‘Short Black Boy’ might be past his years of active service.

Of late, M.I has been alternating between love and hate emotions with the Nigerian hip-hop audience; sometimes he is a celebrated icon who is remembered for pushing the culture to previously unreached heights, other times he is criticized for being a hypocrite with the audacity to ‘shame’ rap contemporaries for being comfortable in their secondary role on the continental hip-hop scene, even when his own efforts are few and far between.

M.I has been repeatedly told that he can only cast the first stone if he has no sin to his name. But is he innocent? Did he not lead the once-formidable three man hip-hop force to break into feeble skeletal parts? Did he not shun the same hip-hop he now claims to advocate for, when he went on sessions of hiatus? These accusations of inconsistency, hypocrisy and the clause of losing his creative mojo, are some of the accusations raised against M.I.

With the announcement of the ‘Young Denzel’ album, he gave the impression that he is out to correct these impressions and notions but he instead settled for the shocker effect of releasing a playlist titled ‘Rendezvous.’

The 15-track playlist is the type you’d expect to find on the phone of a Covenant uni fresher who enjoys the kind of laden hip-hop beats and sketchy lyricism on Big Sean’s 2015 album titled ‘Dark Sky Paradise.’ The psyche-forming theme of the intro feels like the thoughts one would have sitting at the edge of the bed when the day is ’bout to start – the thoughts of tasks to be carried out and the pending challenges that would make a man exclaim “what a day!” ahead.

In between the tracks, the smooth switch of moods keeps you as a listener from getting lost or bored enough to start skipping tracks. On ‘Soup‘, M.I flexes acquired confidence reeking from his accumulated successes in the game and left a boastful claim that should offend other leading rappers when he said, ‘still occupying the throne, I’d let you know when it is vacant.’

‘Are you going to play hip-hop all night or you’re gonna play something that we can vibe to?’ said in a soft female voice, inspired the switch to tracks beautified by their different ranges and styles of vibes, although the preference for sweet vibe toned down the depth in lyricism on songs such as ‘Wats D Level‘ on which M.I used a line like ‘they all tryna take me to court they know I ain’t ready to settle’ – the kind of line an elementary lyricist should be scribbing down.

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The boyish theme of songs like ‘Playlist‘ and ‘Jungle‘ on which new generation artistes like Nonso Amadi, Tomi Thomas & Santi are contributors, makes me want to agree with T-Rexx when he said “M.I made music with the kids for the kids” but that must mean a new audience comprising of elite youths who prefer to source for their favourite alternative Nigerian music on streaming platforms like SoundCloud.

The contribution of one of these featured ‘kids’ has become perhaps the biggest story of the album. M.I said Odunsi stretched him to rework the project after listening to the first draft and it brought about an overall improvement to the album, according to ‘Young Denzel’. Odunsi produced and took the hook of the most lyrically concentrated track of the album titled ‘Popping‘ which saw the recantation of the lyrically fearsome M.I of the days of ‘Safe’ and one of those classic 16-bars from Ghost (of SDC) that takes you back to the hip-hop heydays of the late 90s.

Mostly, ‘Rendezvous’ contains radio-friendly songs which seems deliberate when you consider the involvement of some of the country’s top OAPs on the project. The funny skit on which Vic-O features and the chest-beating input of Charles Okocha aka Igwe 2Pac introduced a much-needed flair to the project which adds to M.I’s pride of compiling the best hip-hop materials around here.

Longtime M.I fans who fell in love with his reflective lyricism on Illegal Music 2 for instance, and his ironically tall posture on M.I 2 [The Movie], would love this playlist less than his potentially new set of listeners who I expect to appreciate his syncing with their favourite alternative artistes. Most pre-Rendezvous M.I fans would have been expecting him to address more volatile topics like the waning hip-hop culture in Nigeria, his legacy and his plans as regards his stay in the rap game, M.I dodged those topics to show that he is still young at heart.

Rating: 3.5/5

Reviewed by Oluwatobi Ibironke
@ibironketweets

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(Music) Kaha – “Mariana” ft. Timaya

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Veteran Nigerian musician, KAHA continues to plot his return back to the music scene with the release of a brand new single featuring longtime friend and colleague Timaya.

The song titled ‘Mariana‘ has a contagious vibe and is laced with very catchy slangs which KAHA is renowned for even as Timaya delivers his own verse with so much finesse, guaranteed to keep you on your feet.

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Currently based in Atlanta, ‘Mariana’ follows the successful release of ‘Shakara‘ which dropped last year and is receiving massive rotation on TV and Radio.

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Check out the complete winners list at the SoundCity MVP Awards 2019

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The third edition of the Soundcity MVP Awards goes down on Saturday, January 5, 2019 with a number of Nigerian artists emerging winners in different categories.

The awards which takes place at the Eko Convention Centre of Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos in Nigeria sees the likes of Wizkid and Burna Boy competing in multiple categories as a recognition for their works during the calendar year.

Here is the full list of winners at the Soundcity MVP Awards 2019

BEST MALE MVP

Burna Boy was the biggest winner of the night with four awards in his bags

1. BURNA BOY- WINNER
2. NASTY C
3. MR EAZI
4. OLAMIDE
5. A.K.A
6. SHATTA WALE
7. HARMONIZE
8. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
9. DAVIDO
10. WIZKID

BEST FEMALE MVP
1. BUSISWA- WINNER
2. SIMI
3. NINIOLA
4. TIWA SAVAGE
5. YEMI ALADE
6. SHEKHINAH
7. EFYA
8. BECCA
9. LADY ZAMAR
10. MAUA SAMA

BEST HIP HOP


AKA took home ‘Best Hip Hop‘ at the SMVA 2018

  1. M.I ABAGA
  2. KHALIGRAPH JONES
  3. NASTY C
    4. AKA- WINNER
  4. KWESI ARTHUR
  5. PHYNO
  6. SARKODIE
  7. KWESTA
  8. FALZ
  9. MEDIKAL

BEST POP


1. KIZZ DANIEL
2. FALLY IPUPA
3. TIWA SAVAGE
4. YEMI ALADE
5. DAVIDO- WINNER

6. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
7. MAYORKUN
8. WIZKID
9. KUAMI EUGENE
10. MR EAZI

BEST COLLABORATION



Terri and Ceeza Milli both won best collaboration with Wizkid for the song ‘Soco’

  1. MAKHE – DJ MAPHORISA, DJ SIMBA FT MOONCHILD SANELLY
    2. SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI- WINNER
  2. JIBEBE – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ, MBOSSO, LAVA LAVA
  3. KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
  4. ISSA GOAL – NAIRA MARLEY, OLAMIDE, LIL KESH
  5. SPIRIT – KWESTA FT WALE
  6. FAKE LOVE – WIZKID AND DUNCAN MIGHTY
  7. CLUB CONTROLLER – PRINCE KAYBEE FT LASOULMATES
  8. SAID – NASTYC & RUNTOWN
  9. AMAKA – 2FACE IDIBIA FT. PERRUZI

DIGITAL ARTISTE OF THE YEAR

  1. DAVIDO
  2. TIWA SAVAGE
    3. MR EAZI- WINNER
  3. BURNA BOY
  4. CASSPER NYOVEST
  5. VANESSA MDEE
  6. FALZ
  7. WIZKID
  8. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
  9. YEMI ALADE

VIDEO OF THE YEAR



Patoranking’s ‘Heal The World’ won best video of 2018 at SMVA

  1. GRINGO – SHATTA WALE
  2. MIDNIGHT DRUM – A PASS, ROUGE, FIK FAMEICA
  3. SHORT N’ SWEET – SAUTI SOL
  4. YE – BURNA BOY
  5. FEVER – WIZKID
  6. SURRENDA – ADEKUNLE GOLD
  7. SCIENCE STUDENT – OLAMIDE
  8. KING – NASTY C FT A$AP FERG
  9. HEAL THE WORLD – PATORANKING- WINNER
  10. KSAZOBALIT – CASSPER NYOVEST

BEST GROUP OR DUO


1. DISTRUCTION BOIZ
2. SAUTI SOL
3. NAVY KENZO- WINNER

4. MICASA
5. MAFIKIZOLO
6. SHOW DEM CAMP
7. R2BEES
8. TOOFAN
9. GOLD FISH
10. REGGIE N’ BOLLIE

SONG OF THE YEAR


1. YE – BURNA BOY- WINNER
2. SHORT & SWEET – SAUTI SOL FT NYASHINKI
3. AFRICAN BEAUTY – DIAMOND PLATNUMZ FT. OMARION
4. SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
5. KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
6. MAKHE – DJ MAPHORISA, DJ SIMBA FT MOONCHILD SANELLY
7. SKELETON MOVES – MASTER KG
8. ASSURANCE – DAVIDO
9. AMAKA – TUFACE IDIBIA
10. KWANGWARU – HARMONIZE FT. DIAMOND


Teniola, SMVA New Artist of 2018

  1. KIDI
  2. SHO MADJOZI
  3. ODUNSI
  4. PERUZZI
    5. TENIOLA- WINNER
  5. KIDA KUDZ
  6. SHANE EAGLE
  7. KING PROMISE
  8. KWESI ARTHUR
  9. MBOSSO

VIEWER’S CHOICE


1. YE – BURNA BOY
2. DROGBA – AFRO B
3. SOMISO – WANDE COAL- WINNER

4. SCIENCE STUDENT – OLAMIDE
5. FEVER – WIZKID
6. SOCO – STARBOY FT WIZKID, TERRI, SPOTLESS & CEEZA MILLI
7. KUPE DANCE – A STAR
8. MAGUN (RMX) – NINIOLA FT. BUSISWA
9. AVAILABLE – PATORANKING
10. TIWA’S VIBE – TIWA SAVAGE

LISTENER’S CHOICE

  1. CLUB CONTROLLER – PRINCE KAYBEE FT LASOULMATES
  2. KATIKA – NAVY KENZO FT. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
  3. SOCO – STARBOY
    4. YE – BURNA BOY- WINNER

  4. WETIN WE GAIN – VICTOR AD

  5. KWANGQARU – HARMONIZE FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
  6. FAKE LOVE – WIZKID & DUNCAN MIGHTY
  7. CONFUSION – KUAMI EUGENE
  8. CCTV – KING PROMISE FT. MUGEEZ, SARKODIE
  9. ASKAMAYA – TENI

AFRICAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR


1.Killertunt
2. JULZ
3. SARS
4. NAHREEL
5. NORTHBOI
6. DJ TIRA
7. PHANTOM- WINNER

8. SPEROACHBEATZ
9. FRESH VDM
10. KEL P

AFRICAN ARTISTE OF THE YEAR


1. BURNA BOY- WINNER

2. DAVIDO
3. SARKODIE
4. YEMI ALADE
5. A.K.A
6. TIWA SAVAGE
7. WIZKID
8. DIAMOND PLATNUMZ
9. NASTY C
10. OLAMIDE

AFRICAN DJ OF THE YEAR



DJ Neptune, disc jockey of 2018 (Winner)
1. BLACK COFFEE
2. DJ SPINALL
3. DJ MIC SMITH
4. DJ KAYWISE
5. DJ XCLUSIVE
6. DJ NEPTUNE- WINNER

7. PRINCE KAYBE
8. DJ ARAFAT
9. DJ MAPHORISA
10. DJ VYRUSKY

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Tall lady struggles to find love because of her height

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A tall lady has spoken about her struggles to find love because of her height. the obvious reason is not many men are taller than her.

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The 26-year-old taekwondo star Jade Slavin who stands at 6ft 4in has embraced her height after years of bullying.

Jade was offered a place to represent Team GB in taekwondo at the age of 21, and went on to win the Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow in 2014, and made two world championships and European championships.

It soon became clear to Jade that it was her height that contributed to her success in the sport, as she had the leg length that other athletes longed for. She said:

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“One of the main struggles I face is finding clothes to fit my extremely long legs. Not many shops offer tall sections and if they do there is not much choice.

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“Another struggle is dating as I like boys to be the same height or taller than me and there aren’t many tall boys in my area.”

Jade has now given her words of advice to others who might feel insecure about their height. She says:

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“Don’t ever let anyone bring you down. I spent so much time hating myself and would cry to my mum wishing I was ‘normal’.

“But embrace being different. It has brought me so much success being tall which I would not have achieved if I was smaller.

“Embrace who you are and don’t let anybody dull your sparkle”

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