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Total ELienation: E.L’s ‘’Bar 6’’ is out of this world

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For his sixth in the now landmark series, the rapper’s abode with Africa’s Top 10 rap hierarchy is no longer guesswork, but absolute. ‘’BAR 6’’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://fanlink.to/BAR6

 

In the decade gone, E.L reached escape velocity and shot for the moon. He was simply out of this world, leaving behind a trail of ubiquitous songs that embodied his then comprehensive style. But what was next? Well, in 2014 his conquest to become the ‘’Best African Rapper’’ (BAR) begun and after seven long years, he stares over a soon-to-be grateful continent right after placing his sixth Infinity Stone – ‘’Bar 6’’ in its groove.

 

A truly dense mixtape that makes his third studio album ‘’WAVs’’ feel like lightweight, E.L’s bite force is still strong and much closer to his wheelhouse of hardcore Hip-Hop. There’s a total of 14 songs amounting to 54 minutes, aside a roster full of rap-hungry megalomaniacs which include the likes of Joey B, Tulenkey, Kev the Topic, A-Clipse and Lyrical Joe to name a few.

 

Upon play, the first four songs are on the A-side – ‘Time’ through to ‘This Country’ – the former being an introspective opener on E.L’s ascent, to which he teasingly cites: “Can’t believe I shit on you niggas six times chale” and the latter being the heir to his ‘State of the Nation Address’ off the ‘’BAR 2’’ mixtape as he retouches on his motherland’s woes, though in a cynical tone. ‘Frodo Baggins’ (feat. Nova Blaq) plants itself among the aforementioned four, rocking that super tight – ‘’Ten years into my bag, no coming short like Frodo Baggins” line, as the project draws in on its run of star-studded features: ‘I Feel Like I’m the Shit’ (feat. Kev the Topic), ‘Kaafe Mafe’ (feat. Phyl4lyph & A-Clipse), ‘Dracula’ (feat. Lyrical Joe), the pre-released ‘Sudwe’ (feat. Joey B & Tulenkey) and ‘Rowdy’ (feat. Young Pabi & Temple), all putting rap fanatics on edge.

 

Towards its end however, the intensity gets a bit easy; ‘On God’ has the rapper toss in a couple of playful lines on the trap-like production, next to another song self-appreciative of his style – ‘Different’ (feat. Dr Laylow & Gambo). ‘The Bar Cypher’ isn’t far off from the previous two, but is the record’s chunkiest. It has E.L hand his platform to 6 budding guest artists: EL Deezy, Kimilist, Kojo Vypa, Gingsen and Hackey, all delivering that priceless cypher experience before the record rounds up with ‘Bar Out’ (feat. Kxng Tradey) and it’s solo close ‘Your Turn’.

 

Speaking with E.L about the series and what it is all about, the rapper shared: ‘’I consider this tape my social responsibility to keep hip-hop alive. I see so much talent around me and it casts my mind back to the times when I was an upcoming artist looking for someone to believe in me. I aim to keep using my platform to project and protect. It (Bar 6) is dedicated to all artists who feel like they have something special to offer. The goal is to encourage them to keep going against all odds and to do things their way’’.

 

On ‘’Bar 6’’, E.L’s aggression, uncanny pen game and ear for catchy production lives on, effortless in ferrying his rap legacy to where it belongs – everlasting plane.

 

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Nardo Wick drops his highly-anticipated debut album Who Is Nardo Wick?

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Breakout Jacksonville rapper Nardo Wick releases his highly-anticipated debut album Who Is Nardo Wick? via Flawless Entertainment/RCA Records. In little over a year, Nardo has earned a Platinum certification for Who Want Smoke?, debuted at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and scored features with Future, Lil Baby, G Herbo, Lil Durk and 21 Savage––and now with the release of Who Is Nardo Wick?

Nardo Wick is seizing his defining moment in undeniable fashion. The 18-track album is a collage of sharp flows, exhilarating instrumentals, and cut-throat lyrics––showing the full depth of Nardo’s cunning artistry.

From start to finish, Who Is Nardo Wick? is a non-stop thrill ride through the mind of Nardo Wick––detailing the vivid imagery and haunting anecdotes of his Jacksonville origins. Outside of the star-studded collaborative singles on the project, Nardo is joined by two of hip-hop’s most exciting stars on the project, 2021 XXL Freshman Lakeyah and Memphis’s own BIG30––with both tracks further highlighting Nardo’s ability to tailor fit his style with any collaborator. “Blam Bloom” is a fiery track that shows Nardo flowing ferociously over pristine production courtesy of the producer FOREVEROLLING.

The impressive producer credits don’t stop there, with Grammy-winning super-producer Hit-Boy curating the instrumental behind the gripping track “Power”, Murda Beatzproducing “Poppin Out (feat. BIG30)”, & Tay Keith working behind the boards for “Lullaby”. The release of Who Is Nardo Wick? is not only a massive moment for Nardo, but Jacksonville as a whole––with both him and the city reaching new heights that will redefine hip-hop in the region forever. Nardo Wick is notorious for moving successfully in silence and letting his music do the talking––and with the release Who Is Nardo Wick?,we are finding out exactly what the superstar hitmaker has to say.

Nardo Wick bursted onto the scene in mid-2020 with a string of releases, including “Lolli”, “Slide”, and “Came Up.” Music gave the shy teen an outlet to channel his angst and was accompanied by a fast-following. Though he’s soft-spoken off the mic, when Nardo enters the booth, the raps he produces are dynamic and haunting––a reflection of Jacksonville’s turbulent hip-hop scene. Hit-producer Cardo Got Wings laced Nardo for a last-minute request to appear on February’s Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album. That album topped the charts upon release, putting Nardo Wickalongside the biggest stars of Hip-Hop and R&B In 2021, Wick transitioned from making buzzing records to inescapable anthems. “Who Want Smoke?” became a widespread hit, with the track eventually earning a Platinum certification. The song reflected a menacing teen with a no-nonsense approach to life and music balancing between being captivating and fearsome. Wick followed this with the Nick Mira-produced “Pull Up” in July. In August, Nardo released “I Be Chillin”, an exciting addition to his growing discography. Then in October, after “Who Want Smoke?” initial explosion, Nardo delivered a new rendition of “Who Want Smoke??” featuring hip-hop’s Avengers: Lil Durk, 21 Savage and G Herbo. Not only did Nardo add that star-studded lineup to the hit, but the music video was handled by none other than Cole Bennett and Lyrical Lemonade. Between the remarkable features and cinematic visuals, Nardo set himself up for a certifiable hit––debuting at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. His most recent single Me or Sum (feat. Future & Lil Baby) is a lavish offering from Nardo and 2 of Atlanta’s biggest icons, and yet another example of his knack for collaboration at the highest level.

Please find links to stream Who is Nardo Wick? below and stay tuned for more announcements to come:

NARDO WICK DROPS HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM
WHO IS NARDO WICK? 
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Nardo Wick, whose name comes from his childhood nickname of “Lil’ Nard” and a shortened version of the word “Wicked,” first started rapping at age 17. Nardo’s father became an instant-believer upon hearing his sons’s music and soon after put together a studio for him to record in their home. Nardo used the studio his dad built and taught himself how to produce music by watching instructional videos on YouTube. By 18, Nardo was confident enough to start uploading tracks to Soundcloud, where he gained initial attention from cuts like “Lolli”, “Came Up”, and “Slide.”

Nardo’s deep and dark vocals accent every track he touches, reminiscent of the early years of some of his biggest inspirations like Lil Wayne, Future, and Gucci Mane. By the time he released “Who Want Smoke?” it was game on, as the world took notice in record time. It all started in November 2020, when Nardo posted a frightening woman on his Instagram page in a ski mask brandishing weapons to a snippet of the song. The clip went viral, which set the stage for the track’s full release. Since “Who Want Smoke?” officially dropped at the start of 2021, the song has climbed to over 24 million streams on YouTube alone, and 60 million across streaming platforms. Following up the meteoric rise of “Who Want Smoke?”, Nardo’s released a slew of successful tracks, including “Shhh”, “Pull Up” and “I Be Chillin”. As if these contributions weren’t enough to feed his loyal fanbase, so Nardo’s also supplied memorable features on Rylo Rodriguez’s track “Murder” and 42 Dugg’s track “Opp Pack”. Artists including Lil Durk, Lil Baby, Future, Coi Leray and G Herbo have publicly praised Nardo for his ingenuity and authenticity. Then some of Nardo’s idols, like Lil Durk, 21 Savage & G Herbo, shared he same stage with him for the new version of “Who Want Smoke??”, a testament to the faith this generation of superstars have in Nardo. The song exploded on social media, racking up over 130 million streams across platforms, including 51 million views on the Cole Bennett directed music video, and scoring Nardo a #17 debut on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Samini features Medikal, Kofi Kinaata, Efya on “Burning” EP

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Samini serves a fine collection of his first ever EP titled “Burning”, a 6-track catalogue.

 

Ahead of his “Samini Xperience Concert” slated for December 24th, this EP is timely and perfectly fits his 40th birthday celebration later this month, on December 22nd.

 

With over 2 decades of consistency, giving Ghanaians great music from Reggae to Dancehall to Hiplife and more, Samini is one of the few music icons in Ghana, who has earned some envious but legendary feats.

 

Showing no signs of stopping any time soon, the musician has released another project to add to his wide-ranged discography. The EP, ‘Burning’ is a 6 track body of sheer goodness. Samini’s hold over melody is evident through the songs, giving nostalgic feelings on the Highlife inclusive project.

 

Unlike ‘Untamed’, his last major project that demonstrated his depth in the Reggae genre, the ‘Burning EP’ maintains his usual feel-good vibe but this time, he plays around with different genre fusions.

 

Listen to “Burning” EP Here: https://smarturl.it/samini-burningEP

 

Preceding the release of this full body of work was a first single release off the EP featuring Efya titled “Picture”, you might want to check out the official video for that single (below) on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYRRPN3C9ag

 

 

On the first song, Samini reminds you of what we know him for. It’s almost like a statement of what he represents right before he delivers different fusions and genres on subsequent songs. The song, ‘Paper’ is a riddim for any hustler trying to survive. Samini acknowledges “Inna dis life man is all about the paper” on the hook and goes on to dedicate the song to everyone working hard. It’s a motivational push to keep going.

 

In a poetic delivery, the next song, right after hustling, is a song about wanting someone… satisfying an attraction to a potential lover. The song, ‘Picture’ features Efya and was released as a single, months before. With an already released video to complement the song, Samini and Efya display their versatility and skill as long term gems in the music industry and perform a melodious representation of the start of modern-day relationships: from social media.

 

‘Ware Me’ featuring Medikal is a pleasant dip from the Reggae/Dancehall fusions. It is a Highlife song bound to get anyone dancing. The detailed production by Moniebeatz is a beautiful medley of the keyboard, drums and trumpets… giving off a live band feel to the song. On ‘Ware Me’, which means “marry me”, Samini sings throughout, warming you up for Medikal’s verse which he delivers effortlessly over the switched up production.

 

On the next song, ‘Quansemah’, Samini continues to maintain the authenticity in his Highlife fusions, this time, with production from Finchy. ‘Quansemah’ is an upbeat danceable tune featuring Kofi Kinaata who complements the song with his equally authentic style. The two obviously have fun with the song while asking their lover to forgive them for something they did.

 

Right before the project ends, Samini draws you back, to his original style and delivers lines about how blessed and thankful he is in patois, instantly giving you that feel of Reggae fusion not just for his delivery but the production as well.

 

Just like the embers left off a flame on an aptly titled EP, ‘Burning,’ Samini ends the project on a mellow note. The song, titled ‘Gone’ is a feel-good one about letting go and having fun. It’s an excellent song to wind down the project but still keep you feeling good.

 

The Burning EP is an impressive body of work that proves Samini’s versatility. It is a reaffirmation of his immense talent at making good music with the right melodies and is right on time, weeks before his Samini Xperienceconcert on 24th December at the Grand Arena.

 

Music really is spiritual and with ‘Burning’, you’re bound to have a fun and enjoyable experience. The songs have productions from Loud City Music, Moniebeatz and Finchy.

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Guilty Beatz presents ‘Shots’ feat. Quamina MP

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It’s another Guilty beat! The Grammy-nominated Ghanaian producer and DJ is back with a solo effort, ending a year of hitmaking for music’s biggest stars with a bang: “SHOTS” featuring Ghanaian rapper Quamina MP. The catchy upbeat song pairs GuiltyBeatz’s signature intricate drum patterns with anthemic synths and catchy adlibs in the Ghanaian dialect Twi; crafting the perfect dance-ready banger with matching visuals featuring Ghana’s world-class dancers Dancegod Lloyd and Afrobeast.

GuiltyBeatz has been soundtracking           Afropops global ascension with world-conquering hits for the likes of Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Sarkodie, andKing Promise. In 2019 he was an instrumental architect of Beyoncé’s Afrobeats-inspired album The Gift, which received Grammy nominations. This year he was behind culture-defining releases like Jorja Smith’s Amapiano offering “All of This,” the NBA 2K22 soundtrack “Bradley Beal,” and had overwhelming production credits on TemsIf Orange Was A Place EP and Shaybo’s Queen of the South.

With “SHOTS,” GuiltyBeatz signals a solo project coming in 2022.

 

“SHOTS” will be available on all major streaming platforms on December 2nd.
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Apple Music’s The Dotty Show Amapiano Lifestyle take over

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Apple Music 1’s The Dotty Show presents a two hour Amapiano Lifestyle radio special on Wednesday 1st December at 3pm UK (5pm South Africa time), in celebration of Africa’s hottest genre. The Amapiano Lifestyle special on The Dotty Show cover stars include: Scorpion Kings – DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, as well as Lady Du and DBN Gogo.

 

The special episode will feature an exclusive DJ mix from Amapiano producer, songwriter, DJ and vocalist, Musa Keys, spotlighting some of his favourite tracks of the year from the genre and showcasing hits from his new album, TAYO. Musa Key’s Amapiano Lifestyle DJ Mix will be available to stream exclusively on Apple Music after the show along with DJ Mixes from South Africa and the continent’s hottest DJs.

 

Dotty will be premiering a new track by De Mthuda feat. Kabza Da Small, MalumNator and Da Muziqal Chef called “Khethile Khethile”, taken from his upcoming album, The Landlord 2.0.

 

Amapiano stars including DJ Maphorisa, Lady Du, Ch’cco, Aymos, Pabi Cooper, Slade and Felo Le Tee will also check in with Dotty to talk about the scene and play their latest singles, while Dotty will also feature new music from the likes of Mellow & Sleazy, MalumNator, MFR Souls, Major League DJz, Khanyisa and more!

 

“Irrespective of how crazy things have been over the past few months adapting to this new Covid lifestyle, Amapiano still managed to not only dominate the African sound, but also be in constant change, change which is very hard to keep up with.” – Ch’cco

 

“Amapiano is a fast-growing genre right now and not just in South Africa, but just globally.  Just to reflect from years back we were very much sceptical if it should even be called a genre, or if it’s still going to be relevant today because it felt like a wave just passing with a trend. I’m happy how we’ve managed to solidify the sound and how we’ve managed to create more creativity in the sound and the uniqueness. The sound is solid now and the future of Amapiano is very bright, especially with the collaborations which are happening right now across the country and the recognition we are getting as Amapiano artists is so amazing.” – Aymos

 

“Amapiano has been growing for the past years, and this year alone the culture has expanded even bigger, younger guys are coming in like myself and trying to feed the culture with something new so we can open doors for other young talent that’s going to come in which is an amazing and beautiful thing to witness. We’re thankful to DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small and DBN Gogo as they are opening up the culture. I’m just happy and grateful that the world is embracing Amapiano.” – Felo Łe Tee:

 

“Amapiano is a genre which has taken huge growth in South Africa and I can now say the world. It’s growing, it grows every day and to think about where it actually started it’s actually crazy seeing as where Amapiano is taking artists now and feeding a lot of families. Every six months the genre is in a different space, the artists are entering different spaces and making crazy moves. I’m really keen on seeing where ‘Piano will be over the next 12 months… just grow us as a nation & recognition for South Africa in the music space globally. I’m really keen on seeing where it takes us as a nation.” – Slade

 

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MOSAIC: The Gold Coast Report’s New Live Podcast Show

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In seeking to grow the podcast community in Ghana and beyond, Africa’s leading podcast network – The Gold Coast Report (GCR) – launched its latest live podcast show dubbed MOSAIC, at the Nubuke Foundation on November 27, 2021.

The event brought together lovers of podcasts, including the over 14 podcast shows created by Gold Coast Report.

MOSAIC provided a conducive environment for people, both young and old, to connect, network, interact with brands and engage in impactful conversations while having fun at the same time.

Hosted by Helen Appiah-Ampofo, the event had guest speakers and various GCR show hosts who engaged in fun and exciting conversations intermeshed with entertaining audience participation.

The event had three sessions that were hosted by Abby and Leonie; Yaw Ofosu Larbi and Smyly; Melika Boateng and Gerald Quaynor; with Ms Adjei (Director of Afternoon Jump), Ko-Jo Cue (musician) and Obed (a member of the SuperJazzClub) as guests respectively.

The audience were treated to good music in between the sessions by Eff The DJ, MC Nel, and DJ KO; as well as drinks from sponsors: Fika Teahouse, Jameson, and Django. Other sponsors of the event include Aftown, Bolt, YAKA, FanMilk, Respect and JamJar.

As a quarterly event, MOSAIC, promises to be even more exciting, as GCR aims grow the platform to provide opportunities for interested partners to engage with a vibrant and exciting community.

To be a part of upcoming MOSAIC events, reach out to GCR at social@thegoldcoastreport.com.

And if you haven’t listened to any of the podcasts created by GCR, you can access them via listentogcr.com, and follow them on social media for updates on the various shows.

Video recap to embed: https://twitter.com/GoldCoastReport/status/1465408796939989004?s=20

 

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Mark Asari is under God’s ‘Wings’ on new Amapiano-infused Gospel tune

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Having enjoyed good success earlier this year off his debut extended play ‘By His Grace’, British-Ghanaian Gospel singer-songwriter and producer, Mark Asari puts forth his next vocal foot. ‘Wings’ is available on all digital streaming platforms globally here: https://li.sten.to/MarkAsariWings

If you’ve ever wondered what the message of divine salvation would sound on Africa’s thumping new sound, Mark Asari’s ‘Wings’ has that feeling you so badly crave. Produced by his seemingly trusty producer, Ace Valentino, the song’s soulful air is inspired by the unmatched protection earned under God’s ubiquitous grace. Mark’s very rich vocals don’t fail in rendering this wonderful image either.

‘’The inspiration for ‘Wings’ came from Psalm 91: 1-4; ‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge’’, shared Mark. ‘’Ace already had the perfect base for me and I fell in love with it upon my first play. Amapiano was at the time a sound I had never experimented with, but I wasn’t about to let such a good production go to waste and jumped on the dance banger. I feel this would easily fit in a club setting, but with the gospel of God so I’m pleased to share’’.

‘Wings’ marks the singer’s debut release in the now buzzing world of the Southern African house music sound and is an exciting new song filled with God’s promise to protect his own. Enjoy!

 

 

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