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The Big Hash Leaves innanetwav and Drops New Single ‘Peace of Mind’

Listen to The Big Hash's new single 'Peace of Mind' from his upcoming album 'Heartbreak Hotel'.

A day ago, The Big Hash announced that he was leaving innanetwav, the popular hip-hop collective, he has been part of since he showed up on the scene. He didn't cite reasons for his departure, but he promised new music.

This morning, the singer and rapper delivered on his promise when he released the song "Peace of Mind", an R&B number that sees Hash croon about a lover he wants out of his life because he needs peace of mind.


He sings in the hook:

"I'm just so sick and tired of trying/ I want you out of my life/ I want you out of my mind/ This time/ It's fine/ I need/ A peace of mind"

The song was produced by one the country's most sought-after producers and artists, Elizée, who has most notably produced for Elaine.

The Big Hash has been on an admirable R&B streak since 2020, a year in which he released the singles "Again" and "Amnesia". But he never deserted his rap roots as he released some rap singles including "High School", featuring Kwesta, and "Mission Pryce", featuring Luka Pryce.

The Big Hash's upcoming project, titled Heartbreak Hotel, will be a double album which will be divided into two sections—one hip-hop and the other R&B. In his Instagram post, he assured his fans the project would definitely drop this year.

Stream "Peace of Mind" on Apple Music and Spotify.




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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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