Nigerian recording artist OLAMIDÉ will release his forth album, Carpe Diem, on Oct. 8 through a new partnership between his long-running YBNL Nation imprint and U.S. indie powerhouse, EMPIRE.
The project features collaborations with: Fireboy DML, Omah Lay, Peruzzi, Phyno, Bella Shumrda and Bad Boy Timz. 18-year-old prodigy P.Priime (Fireboy DML, DJ Cuppy) produces the majority of the tracks on Carpe Diem, with the remainder coming from a production squad of Pheelz, VStix, ID Cabasa and Young Jonn.
Widely regarded as the Voice of Nigeria’s streets, OLAMIDÉ is among the most successful and acclaimed hip-hop acts from Africa, with over 430 million streams of his music to date.
The first single off Carpe Diem,“Eru,” debuted as the No. 1 song on streaming platform Audiomack earlier this month.
“Power Book II: Ghost” picks up after the earth-shattering events of “Power” as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed.
Not to mention the academic rigors of the Ivy League university Tariq is attending to earn his inheritance. Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean, the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha’s only hope of escaping prosecution by U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe.
Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada, that’s been at it far longer than him. As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love, life and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him, only better.
Rapsody has certainly raised the bar for female lyricists. Gone are the days when women were held to a lower standard than men, as it relates to their lyrical content and delivery. The Jamla artist goes hard on her new single, “12 Problems,” released on September 17th.
I don’t think anyone would disagree with the opinion that hip-hop songs, much like dancehall, is more often than not, highlighting alot of negativity. Both genres tend to degrade women and promote violence, while somehow glorifying these actions. It is very unfortunate, but fans and supporters of these musical styles now see this as the norm, so much so that they desire these destructive behaviors from the artists they follow.
Keeping the aforementioned in mind, one can understand how difficult it would be for conscious hip-hop lyricists to break through and achieve commercial success. One that has done it however, is Chance The Rapper. The Chicago native has been keeping his music above board since he came on the scene in 2011. His latest release, “Holy,” a pop song done with Justin Bieber, is a clear indication of his position.
This new song from Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak, “YUUUU,” has the same type of energy and feel as some of Busta‘s earlier hits. All old school hip-hop lovers would know that Busta Rhymes carved out his place in the rap industry by creating unique, fun and captivating music with very unusual hooks. “YUUUU” is one of those songs!
It was released on September 17th via The Conglomerate Entertainment label, and is already enjoying solid radio rotation. Click here to check out the video, which is just as alluring as the song.