On ‘Blackmagic Version 3.0’, BlackMagic Redefines Himself

January 31, 2020

About 7 years ago, BlackMagic landed his breakout hit with “Repete” — a song that announced him as a star to watch. While he followed up that timeless gem with a slew of other solid songs, none of them ever caught on quite like they deserved to. 

With the start of this brand new decade, the versatile star looks to be on a mission to redefine himself, and he accomplishes that with his strongest and most cohesive body of work to date, Blackmagic Version 3.0 (Starving Artist).

blackmagic

On the 13-track project, BlackMagic shows off his impressive range, both as a performer and a writer. He seamlessly alternates genres, sings rather beautifully, raps with gusto and thoughtfully tackles a bunch of complex themes. 

More vulnerable and introspective than most Nigerian artists tend to be, BlackMagic raps about navigating depression (“Blue”), fighting for his sanity amidst relentless scrutiny (“Koole”) and our flawed government (“Ponmo”)

Like with any good body of work, BlackMagic isn’t the only reason this project works so well. The impeccable production work from Xela, Bond, Ikon and Spax help elevate his words, ensuring that the album never feels boring or repetitive.

On the album’s Tems-assisted opener. “Soon”, BlackMagic takes out time to apologise for taking so long to release the project, saying he was “chasing inspiration”. Considering the outstanding outcome, it’s safe to say that the wait was more than worth it. 

Listen to Blackmagic Version 3.0 (Starving Artist):

NerdEfiko

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

November 29, 2019

Last year, Olamide dropped YBNL Mafia Family, an overstuffed and ultimately forgettable compilation project, which had only one bright spot: Fireboy DML. “Jealous”, the 23-year-old’s solo effort on the mixtape, deservedly turned him into a breakout star. Since the success of that song, Fireboy has pushed two more fantastic singles, “What If I Say” and […]

Olamide's new EP, 999
February 11, 2020

2019 was the first year in almost a decade that Olamide didn’t drop a project. He chose, instead, to focus his energy on pushing Fireboy DML — the breakout star we first met on the rapper’s 2018 mixtape. Now, with Fireboy’s position in the afropop scene solidified, Olamide has come through with a new EP, […]

November 1, 2019

For the past year, Zlatan has been one of Nigeria’s most essential stars, collaborating with a lot of the biggest names in afropop — from Burna Boy to Davido — and helping them elevate their respective tracks. Now, he’s finally dropped his debut LP, Zanku, which alternates between expected and pleasantly surprising. Although Zanku’s lead […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

January 24, 2021

What does it mean to be a man? Surely, it’s not one thing. It’s a series of little moments that add up. “Man Like” is a weekly Zikoko series documenting these moments to see how it adds up. It’s a series for men by men, talking about men’s issues. We try to understand what it means […]

Recommended Quizzes

November 19, 2019

Regardless of what society has tried to tell us, enjoying sex is not something to be ashamed of. So, in a bid to celebrate our generation’s sexual agency, we’ve created a quiz that will accurately (again, keep your complaints to yourself) infer how many people you’ve spelt with. Try it out: 11 Quizzes For The […]

October 29, 2019

We are going to be attempting to guess when you’ll marry based on your favourite Nigerian foods. What does your fave swallow have to do with when you’ll tie the knot? Please, don’t ask complicated questions. This quiz is rigorous and accurate (don’t quote us), so just take it already. QUIZ: Why Do You Have […]

October 10, 2019

2019 is certainly Burna Boy’s year, but, if we are being honest, so was 2018. Since his transcendent mixtape, Outside, the afro-fusion star has refused to get his foot of our necks — dropping a string of fantastic singles and then capping it all off with his career-best album, African Giant.  So, in a bid […]

November 25, 2019

We already guessed how many people you’ve slept with, and y’all were out here denying the truth. Anyway, we won’t hold that against you. This time, however, we’ve created a quiz that predicts who you’ll sleep with next — so you can either prepare or try (unsuccessfully) to prevent it. So, take and see:

April 14, 2020

Every friend group consists of very different and specific characters — from the parent to the fun one — and it can be a little tough figuring out where you fall. So, we’ve created a quiz that lets you know exactly what kind of friend you are. Take to find out:

More from Reviews

Olamide's new EP, 999
February 11, 2020

2019 was the first year in almost a decade that Olamide didn’t drop a project. He chose, instead, to focus his energy on pushing Fireboy DML — the breakout star we first met on the rapper’s 2018 mixtape. Now, with Fireboy’s position in the afropop scene solidified, Olamide has come through with a new EP, […]

blackmagic
January 31, 2020

About 7 years ago, BlackMagic landed his breakout hit with “Repete” — a song that announced him as a star to watch. While he followed up that timeless gem with a slew of other solid songs, none of them ever caught on quite like they deserved to.  With the start of this brand new decade, […]

December 18, 2019

In the past couple of months, Naira Marley has managed to inexplicably garner a cult following.  Following his 2017 breakout single, “Issa Goal”, an EFCC arrest and a slew of divisive hit songs (“Soapy”, “Pxta”), the rapper has been on a mission to become the new king of the streets, and he may very well […]

December 13, 2019

Show Dem Camp’s duality has always been the group’s strongest asset. They can go from light and breezy (Palm Wine Music 2) to pointed and impactful (These Buhari Times) without sacrificing quality or entertainment value, and their latest release, The Palmwine Express, is no exception. On the 12-track project, the third entry into their Palmwine […]

December 6, 2019

After collaborating with Beyoncé on “Brown Skin Girl”, the biggest hit off her Grammy-nominated soundtrack album, The Lion King: The Gift, it seems Wizkid picked up the singer’s affinity for surprise releases: He just unexpectedly dropped a new EP, SoundMan Vol.1. While this isn’t the project fans were expecting from him — he’s been teasing […]

November 29, 2019

Last year, Olamide dropped YBNL Mafia Family, an overstuffed and ultimately forgettable compilation project, which had only one bright spot: Fireboy DML. “Jealous”, the 23-year-old’s solo effort on the mixtape, deservedly turned him into a breakout star. Since the success of that song, Fireboy has pushed two more fantastic singles, “What If I Say” and […]

November 22, 2019

It’s been seven years since Davido dropped his debut album, Omo Baba Olowo, and a lot has changed for him since then. Not only has he found love and immense global success, but he’s also much more musically adept, and all that is clear on his sophomore album, A Good Time.  On the 17-track LP, […]

November 12, 2019

The Lost Okoroshi, a 94-minutes film, snagged its audience from the first scene, which was reminiscent of childhood nightmares. The lead character, Raymond Obinwa (played by Seun Ajayi) ran from a masquerade, also referred to as ojuju, in his dream; his wife, Nneka Obinwa (Judith Audu) would have none of it, advising him to seek […]

November 8, 2019

Sarz and WurlD first teased their immense chemistry on 2018 highlight, “TROBUL”. They then quickly reaffirmed it with another seemingly effortless collab, “EGO”. Now, they’ve utilised it to full effect on their joint EP, I LOVE GIRLS WITH TROBUL. Sarz has always been widely regarded as Nigeria’s greatest producer, and if we are judging by […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X