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These 10 Nigerian Songs Are Turning 15 In 2022

Take a trip back to 2007 Nigeria and the sounds of 9ice, Timaya, Asa, P-Sqaure and many more.

The year is 2007, Olusegun Obasanjo is the outgoing president of Nigeria and, economically, the country is on the rise. The creative industry is also entering a new renaissance and Nollywood is booming. Enter, the Nigerian music scene.

2007 was a stellar year for Nigerian music. Sonically, it was extremely diverse as many new players entered the game with a bang. An array of new record labels, studios, and artists emerged with a hunger to take over an industry that was growing fast.

In the early 2000s, Kennis Music, an indigenous record label held a monopoly on the scene. If you weren’t dropping music with them, you simply weren’t popping; you were destined to only a fraction of the available limelight. By 2007, that dominance was well and truly over. By now, the scene had more or less completely moved away from being heavily foreign-dominated in style and aesthetics to a more Nigerian approach. Popstars traded their faux-American accents for their local dialects.

In 2006, this phenomenon was predicted by hip-hop veteran, Rugged Man, who on his track “Ruggeddy Baba” rapped: “Wetin go make them know where your music come from in the long run, na the fusion of grammar, your slang, and your mother tongue.”

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Here Are All the Samples In Burna Boy's 'Twice As Tall'

Sample Chief breaks down all of the samples on Twice As Tall, from Naughty by Nature's "Jamboree" to Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" and many others.

Following his Grammy- nominated African Giant album which dropped last year, Burna Boy's latest body of work Twice As Tall released on August 14. Executive produced by American rapper and record producer Diddy, the album has been making heavy waves.

Since its release, Twice As Tall has received glowing praise for its political consciousness, introspection, gut-wrenching honesty and fascinating experimentation with sounds, some originally devised and others sampled from Burna's musical influences.

If you found the collaborations impressive, wait till you get into the samples and influences that made the album such a solid piece of work.

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