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Olamide Drops New Nine-Track EP '999'

Listen to Olamide's new EP '999' featuring Phyno, JayBoi, Sosa-E and several others.

Olamide has just dropped his first official body of work for this year—an EP titled 999.

The nine-track EP is the follow-up to his 2018 collaborative album YBNL Mafia Family and features several talents including Phyno, JayBoi, Sosa-E, Rhatti, Snow, Cheque, Milly and Jackmillz.


The Nigerian hip-hop artist hits the ground running with the opening track "No Time". The track is slow-paced with an almost nostalgic synthesised sound which brings a calming feel. In "Warlords", Olamide recruits Phyno, Snow, Rhatti and Cheque to produce an ominous but upbeat sounding track where the five all drop some fire verses.

"Dance with the Devil" featuring Sosa-E and Jackmillz is arguably the standout track on the EP followed closely by "Mojo" featuring JayBoi.

Stylistically, "Wonma" and "Prophesy" abandon the classic hip-hop rhythms and rap verses to take on a more Afrobeat and dancehall feel. "Rich and Famous", the final track on the EP, appropriately wraps things up again with a slow-paced melody that makes for some really easy listening.

Olamide proved himself to be one of last year's most consistent artists and this year will likely follow in the same spirit. His 2019 single "Pawon" was a smash hit and had folks running to the dance floor to do the zanku. The visuals for the track, which were directed by TG Omor, saw the artist living his best life and turning up.

Listen to Olamide's 999 on Apple Music.


Listen to Olamide's 999 on Spotify.

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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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