With the release of his debut mixtape, YPSZN, PsychoYP confidently announced himself as one of the most impressive rappers in the Nigerian music scene. While he isn’t yet as mainstream as he deserves to be — a burden of the genre he inhabits — his gifts remain impossible to deny. Now, with his second body […]

With every new release, it becomes increasingly clear that Prettyboy D-O is incapable of making a bad song. The manic energy he brings to every track is utterly infectious, and whether it’s a solo effort or a one-verse feature, he is always a memorable presence.  This year, he’s soared on two fantastic tracks, Mojo’s anthemic […]

Ladipoe has been one of 2019’s most quietly impactful rappers. He not only dropped one of the year’s best songs, the criminally underrated “Jaiye”, but he’s also been soaring as a featured act on a number of phenomenal deep cuts (Bella Alubo’s “Summer’s Over”, PsychoYP’s “ViBES”). Granted, he didn’t drop as many singles as we […]

BUJU has been one of the year’s most exciting new talents. He landed his big break with “Spiritual” — a Zlatan-assisted hit that ranks among the best songs of 2019. He then went on to earn a well-deserved nomination for ‘Rookie of the Year’ at the Headies. Since then, the rising star has continued to […]

Since he made the jump from just producing to producing and performing, Maleek Berry has been a force to reckon with. He’s given us some of the best afropop songs of the decade — from “Been Calling” to “Kontrol” — and he hasn’t even released his debut album yet. This year, he’s been a little […]

For anyone who’s been paying attention to her work for the past couple of years, it’s always been glaringly obvious that Bella Alubo is meant to be a star. Thankfully, with her impressive new EP, Summer’s Over, she’s taken her first major step towards making that happen. The project, which includes features from gifted artists […]

Lady Donli has always been a gifted and shockingly versatile artist, and following the success of her 2017 breakout hit, the Tomi Thomas-assisted “Ice Cream”, she started getting the attention she’d always deserved. 2019 finally saw her fully claim her crown. After an album rollout that deserves to be taught in schools, Donli dropped her […]

While people keep struggling to find a box to force him into — is he a rapper? a singer? an afropop star? another hip-hop messiah? — YCee continues to swerve, demolishing the hefty expectations fans tend to thrust upon the artists they love the most. Back in 2018, following a string of releases that focused […]

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