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Olamide 'Baddest Guy Ever Liveth'

Nigerian MC Olamide's latest LP 'Baddest Guy Ever Liveth' is a thoroughly enjoyable confirmation that success hasn’t dampened Olamide’s fire.


It used to be you could count the number of Nigerian rappers spitting in their native tongue on a leper’s hand and still have a finger or two to spare. Now you’d need a few more hands and the odd leg. Leading this onslaught are acts such as beast from the east Phyno, Alaga Ibile aka Reminisce and of course Olamide who blesses with his latest effort Baddest Guy Ever Liveth.

Hip-hop home or abroad has never lacked for self adulation (G.O.A.T, H.N.I.C., "I Am a God"). One might be as bold to say rap practically thrives off of it — every MC with a song out pro-claiming him/herself the best to ever do it. With Olamide, however, the "baddest guy" title is no empty boast. His work ethic and disregard for convention alone are enough to send him to the top of our baddest emcees list. Whilst others might have waited for their singles to catch on, the dust from Olamide's sophomore effort YBNL hadn't yet settled as he began unleashing a barrage of new singles.

At 21-tracks, Olamide's latest full length might seem a stretch for those of us who now find comfort in nine song strong LPs and 140 character tweets. Yet length doesn’t take away from it being a thoroughly enjoyable confirmation that success hasn’t dampened Olamide’s fire. The self-proclaimed 'heinous of bad' has not lost his ability to throw curveballs by way of squeal-inducing rhymes and a core audience connecting chorus.

Singles aside, prime cuts on the effort include "Anifowose," whose grass to grace story builds off a sample from fuji legend K1 the ultimate, the Mumford & Sons sampling "Motivation" with Ice Prince, and the makossa-esque "Position Yourself," — whose infectious beat is one to induce gyrating waistlines. Length and the somewhat derivative nature of some chosen beats are the sore points on a rather stellar effort. Regardless, Olamide's latest LP lives up to its name of being a long play worth playing for long.

Baddest Guy Ever Liveth is out now.

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Listen to WurlD's New 'Love Is Contagious' EP

A sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

Nigerian-American singer WurlD drops his new 9-song EP, Love Is Contagious.

The new release, which is led by popular singles like "Show You Off" featuring Walshy Fire & Shizzi and "Contagious," sees the blue-haired WurlD blending elements of Nigerian juju music with pop and R&B;, making for a captivating and energetic fusion.

"Love is Contagious is a conversation about love, from the infatuation stage to drowning in the emotion to the commitment stage," mentions WurlD. "This EP is something everyone can relate to at some point in their lives. It has always been my goal to add a different range to the conversation and Love is Contagious does that, taking my fans and family on the journey a man goes through finding himself in love."

WurlD's creates "a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind," wrote our contributor Joey Akan in an exclusive interview piece with the Lagos-born singer.

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Social Media Is Doodling On Pictures of Burundi's President In Support of Arrested Schoolgirls

Folks online are using the hashtag #FreeOurGirls to remind Burundi's president that scribbling is not a crime.

Last week, three Burundian schoolgirls were taken into custody after doodling on a picture of President Pierre Nkurunziza in their textbooks. The girls, all under the age of 18, face up to five years in prison for the act.

Now folks on social media are rallying behind the girls, using the hashtag #FreeOurGirls. People are not only voicing their unwavering support for the young girls against the heavy hand of the president, they're also using it as an opportunity to share pictures of the president with their own doodles.

In true elementary form, some images show the president with playfully drawn-on mustaches, hats and hair. One of the more creative doodles shows the president with a curled mustached and a short blue wig on.

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Nasty C Says The EP He’s Working on With NO I.D. Will Sound “Close to Home”

Nasty C says the songs on the EP he's working on with No I.D. "will sound so close to home, it will feel like they should be our gospel songs."

By now you should know Nasty C is working on some music with No I.D.. Ever since images of the South African rapper and producer in studio with No I.D. and Big Sean hit the internet about a month ago, we've all been kept guessing.

However, Nasty recently shared some new details about the project. While talking to Slikour in an interview that was published on Slikour On Life, the Durban rapper shared what the response to his sophomore album Strings and Bling (2018) meant to him.

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