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Can Wizkid’s New Album “More Love, Less Ego” Reciprocate the Impact and Success of “Made in Lagos,” or Is It Too Much to Ask Even With Its Ostensibly Chart-Topping Tracks?

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A lot of effort has gone into determining who the true king of Afrobeats is, and as various fan factions continue to argue over who they believe deserves to take home the crown, the floodgates of more afrobeat-inspired music have opened, and there is an endless outpouring of music so fine you want to chew it!

While it is fine to argue, there has never been any doubt about Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun alias Wizkid’s pioneering role in shaping the industry into what it is today. Most are of the opinion that the track “Ojuelgba”, off of his 2014 self-titled 2nd studio album “Ayo,” which was produced by Legendury Beatz, was his breakthrough track, and they are not wrong. This track put the industry on high alert for someone who went on to make afrobeats a globally revered sound; the industry is now thriving in huge part because of the role played by this ingenious prodigy!

Wizkid released his 4th studio album, “Made in Lagos,” on October 2020 to record-breaking success. The standout track “Essence” featuring Nigerian songstress Tems shattered every available record and topped musical charts back to back like nobody’s business! It even got a special remix featuring internationally acclaimed pop star Justin Bieber.

When Wizkid announced on his last day on tour that he would be releasing his 5th studio album, “More Love, Less Ego,”  his millions of fans were eager and couldn’t keep calm; – their ears and souls itching for that quenching dose of music from their cherished superstar!

This album was fronted by the lead single “Bad to Me” and the promotional single “Money & Love.” The entire project was dropped on November 11, 2022, much to the relief of the impatient fans.

“More Love, Less Ego” is a 13-track compilation with guest appearances from Ayra Starr, Skillibeng, Shenseea, Skepta, Naira Marley and Don Toliver. So far, the album has been critically acclaimed, with top tracks such as “2 Sugar” and “Wow” dominating charts globally.

“2 Sugar” brings Nigerian high-flying queen Ayra Star on board, and together, they engineer a timeless masterpiece. I honestly believe that Wizkid uses some magic to choose the right female collaborators for his tracks; at this point, it kind of defies all odds how good it is; from Tems to Justin Skye and now Ayra Starr, it is no coincidence at all, magic is involved somehow, and you can’t convince me otherwise!

In this beguiling tune, they complement one another so naturally as to authenticate a very addictive jam that feels sweet and really colorful. The hooks are very infectious, and the blend between the vocals and the articulate afro beats is just top-notch. This is the kind of music that takes its time, growing on people gently, and then all of a sudden everyone can’t keep it off their playlist!

“Money & Love” sees Wizkid being really sensual and composed, as his R&B crooning vocals blend favorably with the flow of the beats. He kind of just moves with the flow, and the beats really flow like water.

“Bad to Me” is another eclectic banger. It has a slight melodic similarity to his “Soco” song, which was mixed and mastered with the sparkling Amapaino beats to make a very sobering and rapturous melody that you can dance to all night long.

“Wow” sees Wiz bring British-Nigerian grime MC and rapper Skepta and Nigerian wonder kid Skepta for a very memorable performance. Their energies bounce off one another, with the rap bars spectacularly melding with the afro-pop vibe to alluring effect.

There is so much to excite a listener throughout this valuable collection, and while it’s still in its early stages, nothing has suggested its impending topple over “Made in Lagos”; I just think it will take some beating to plummet its impact. For now, we just have to take “More Love, Less Ego” as it is and run with it!

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The incredibly gifted artist and performer GSimone returns with an empowering performance dubbed “S.I.S”

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In this ever-evolving musical landscape, Simone G. Parker, known professionally as GSimone, emerges as an artistic giant, showcasing artistic integrity with her refreshing sound inspired by real life. Her magical spell fuses hip-hop, R&B, and soul, casting a wide-reaching influence that only her broad lyrical spectrum can match. She is an artist in the truest sense of the word, has had notable achievements throughout her career, and continues to do so as she aspires to leave a lasting legacy, one masterpiece at a time. What you are looking at is a legend in the making, a progressive artist and entertainer who holds the music world in the palm of her hands.

Last year was a successful one for her. It was the year she released her album “Such A Feelin” that went on to earn her global acclaim from fans and critics. This project dominated the airwaves and amassed significant streaming numbers from her ever-expanding fanbase.

She returns with an empowering, inspiring, and uplifting performance themed “S.I.S” – a bold delivery that was inspired by women and sisterhood. This tune features powerful affirmations and captures the importance of women supporting each other.

Raw and honest, GSimone powerfully captures the immense strength and potential women possess, and just how unstoppable they can be when they harness that power. Her delivery echoes the need to love and support one another as opposed to tearing each other down. The outdated notion that women are their own worst enemies is something she aims to dispel with “S.I.S,” promoting solidarity instead.

She comes off poetic with a spoken word delivery that highlights her versatility as a performer. The production is smooth and gentle, providing the perfect backdrop for her lyrical prowess and allowing for the emphasis to be on the raw, meaningful words and GSimone’s emotive delivery.

The accompanying lyric video allowed the words to resonate with depth and meaning, making it an ideal complement to this masterpiece.

To experience this empowering track, follow the attached link, subscribe to GSimone’s official YouTube channel, and share it with friends and family to celebrate women’s power together.

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Gospel music artist Called 2 Repentance delivers “The Good News” of Christ with a captivating and memorable performance.

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Gospel music artist Called 2 Repentance delivers “The Good News” of Christ with a captivating and memorable performance.

Christ’s own disciple who has accepted the call to be used as a vessel for the Lord’s work, Called 2 Repentance, is a Christian artist, singer, songwriter, and rapper from Florida. His songs emanate from a heart of worship as he continues to grow in experience and fan appeal. He aims to use his music to foster positive change, heal, uplift, and inspire God’s people, and win more hearts for Christ. Using his voice, songwriting, and music production to spread the message of Christ, Called 2 Repentance is an artist to watch. He presents the true gospel in a way that resonates with listeners of all ages.

Believing that everyone faces conflicts, both external and internal, as much as the good and the evil in this world, his latest single, “The Good News,” was the perfect way to relay God’s message of reconciliation.

The spiritual war between good and evil is what inspired this song. Here, the proclamation is that the Lord’s goodness always prevails over evil. No matter how much trouble comes, if you’ve built your life on the Rock of Jesus Christ, you cannot be shaken.

The production is lively, featuring a futuristic hip-hop beat that provides a captivating backdrop for Called 2 Repentance’s singing and rapping. The lyrics pertain to breaking chains and freeing yourself from your own prison, with an unforgettable chorus that underscores the song’s message: in Christ, we are indeed born again and all our sins forgiven. He leads and protects us from all evil.

With its meaningful message and stunning production, “The Good News” is an ideal tune for your playlist and one to constantly remind you of Christ’s graciousness.

To add this fulfilling song to your playlist, check out the link below. Since sharing is caring, please consider recommending it to others as well.

 

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When the Streets Called, Hip-Hop Whiz Daraja Hakizimana, Known as $TYLJA, Answered With a Game-Changing Masterpiece, “MVP (Mix 1)”

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When the Streets Called, Hip-Hop Whiz Daraja Hakizimana, Known as $TYLJA, Answered With a Game-Changing Masterpiece, “MVP (Mix 1)”

Painting the intricacies of his own musical canvas with multiple colors is the producer, rapper, songwriter, and singer Daraja Hakizimana aka $TYLJA from Houston, Texas, and a proud member and contributor of “My Block Recordz,” a Houston-based indie label known for transforming the dreams of so many upcoming art creatives into reality. As a producer, Daraja has a knack for creating infectious beats and haunting melodies that tell deep and relatable stories. He released the 12-track album “MVP (Mix 1),” which received critical acclaim, with many applauding his production skills and competency to tell stories with mere beats.

“Shut That Trap” brings life to the beat with its ethereal vocal layers, sirens, and other distinct additions to elevate its appeal to stunning heights. The production fits the right merit for those introspective listening experiences, seeing that it has not been overdone and is still expressive in its own captivating ways. A fine balance has been achieved here between atmospheric appeal and laid-back melodicism.

With “Back To Work,” the stripped back foundation serves as an earworm for anyone listening and serves as an exceptional accompaniment for morning drives to work. The beat feels special and soothes the soul as well as warming the heart.

The song “Practice” gains depth and intensity from the famous quote by Allen Iverson, “I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game” sampled over the exquisite production.

Featuring eye-catching NBA clips, the music video for “Majic” elevates the jam to epic heights as you enjoy the music and get fascinated by the killer moves and dunks being unleashed by the players. This is a music clip that captivates and holds your attention.

Throughout this album, $TYLJA continues to showcase such production excellence with some otherworldly music in “We Outside,” “After The Game,” “Gang Gang,” and “She Needs To Go.”

The collection stands as a work of art, akin to a musical hall of fame (if it exists!)

After the long day you’ve just had, you deserve to listen to some good music, and $TYLJA offers just that with “MVP (Mix 1)”

The streets were calling and this is how Daraja Hakizimana answered the call—think of him as a musical Batman.

Check out the link below, make sure you subscribe to Daraja Hakizimana’s YouTube channel, listen to the album, and let us know how you feel about the music.

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