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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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Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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