The Unbridling Case of Nigeria Entertainment

Davido OBO Necklace

Pretty funny entertainment news made the round the last couples of weeks. While I’ve been sipping my lipton tea in my Kermit state of mind, some of the news have repeatedly been resonating like a dangling gong in my head. “Davido revealed the cost of His OBO Necklace”, “Inyanya served Groundnut and Hennessey to VIPs in his Abuja Album Launch”, “Basket Mouth Blast Sean Tizzle”, “2face FORTIFED party” bla bla bla…….

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I’m particular concerned with Iyanya. Yes, Iyanya again!!! I’m not trying to kill his career, as some people outrightly accused me of the last time i wrote about him. Listen, he’s my friend. He was once my favourite musician and i think he’s talented. But some things have to be set straight. Some truth have to be frankly spoken regardless of who’s been hit.

Lanister Iyanya

Lanister Iyanya

Album launch is a serious business. In this country, so many artists have raked in millions from the launch of their album even before the first copy of the album is sold. Did you just said how? Unlike the Americas or Britain, Album launch in Nigeria is done with a House Warming and “Naming Ceremony” flavour. While Jay-z and Beyonce will debut their Albums on Itunne and Billboards, thier Nigerian conterparts will rather make it an “Owambe affair” where their fans and well-wishers will come and spray Naira. So when iyanya announced his Applaudise Album Launch in Abuja, we all knew the format the Launch was going to take. Regular’s fees and VIP charges were all structured out. The Very Important and Rich fellas in the society will out rightly dough out Four Hundred Thousand Naira Only. An Amount an average Nigerian Student attending a public University won’t spend in Five years (I’m even assuming the student spilled oooo).

Royalty Bequest Royalty. If someone is forking out a VIP Amount, shouldn’t he be getting a VIP treatment? It’s just like flagging down a Taxi in Lagos. You sure know it’s exclusive and expensive. As such, you won’t expect the Driver to pick more people on the road. It’s just You and You. It must be just You! It’s an unwritten rule. An unsigned contract.

So how my “bloda” Iyanya ended up serving his VIP guests and Fans Groundnut. That’s EPA!!! Calling it groundnut may even makes it Tush. One of the angry guest was quoted as saying:

“When I told my wife that I got a table at iyanya’s album launch, she was ecstatic because the singer is one of her favorites. It came to us as a rude shock when we were served groundnuts and Hennessy. I mean we paid N400,000 just to be given groundnuts?”

And should the Season film should have ended there? Nah! Here the statement from his management team:

“Go and check iyanya’s promotion for the album, we did not promise anybody that we would put anything on the table. If you are sitting on the table, it is premium. iyanya gave them a proper show for three hours. iyanya and I were not in charge of what would be put on the table,”

So who should have been in charge of what’s on the guest table? Who is pocketing the #400,000.00 the guest paid? Whose brand and name is on the Show IV? Whose name brought the guest to the event? It’s one thing to be an inept artist, but to have an inept management just sums it up.

#OkMyRantsAreOver

As always, your views and comments are ever welcomed in the comment section below.

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Random Thoughts With Asat – Drake Beef or Meek Mill Ponmo?

Let's Pray - Meeky Drake

Let’s Pray – Meeky Drake

Last night while most people were sleeping, a number of hip-hop artists started voicing their opinions on ghostwriters after Meek Mill targeted Drake for not writing his own verse on “R.I.C.O.,” and for not promoting his album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. Allegedly, after Drake found out that Meek Mill knew he didn’t write his own verse, Drake refused to promote the album to his 24 million followers.

If this flurry of tweets is to be believed at face value, it would appear that Meek Mill is over-reacting to a practice that happens often in hip-hop. The name Meek mentioned, Quentin Miller, is actually credited on “R.I.C.O.”, which means that it’s common knowledge that someone other than Drake wrote it. But maybe there’s more to this story than meets the eye. Maybe this could be a classic case of a love triangle gone wrong, with Drake feeling false ownership over Minaj after her relationship with Safaree Samuels. Or maybe it can be deeper than love or money, and be an issue of respect tied to each artist’s use of album art. We dug up the thoughts of the designer of Meek Mill’s album cover to find out every angle to these theories in an attempt to get to the bottom of this.

Theory #1: He Wanted the Drake Stimulus Package

Meek Mill is genuinely upset that Drake, currently the biggest rapper in the game, may have a secret crutch with the army of songwriters under his wing. While this practice isn’t anything new in the music industry—Kanye has been more than open about the army of writers he enlists for a new song—it’s still a touchy subject in hip-hop which still holds the outdated ideal that every lyric is entirely written pen to paper by one artist.

Meek has always been very vocal about social support from his rap peers, which caused Wale to catch flack when the D.C. rapper didn’t tweet about Meek’s debut. This time around, according to Meek, once The Boy found out that Meek knew he didn’t write his own lyrics, he pulled away from sharing the social media love.

While it would be easy to call Meek Mill petty, it’s hard to ignore the influence of the OVO rapper. With over 24 million followers on Twitter, his support could have given Meek’s already large sophomore sales an even bigger debut. Perhaps adding fuel to Meek’s claims is the fact that for no rhyme or reason and a week in advance of Future’s Dirty Sprite 2, Drake announced that he would be the sole feature on the album. And while many would argue the strong arm of #FutureHive for the impressive 125,000 – 135,000 opening sales of DS2, the “Drake Stimulus Package” is a real thing.

Theory #2: The Lover’s Triangle

The Love Triangle

The Love Triangle

Before Meek and Nicki started officially dating this spring, there was always some romance brewing between Nicki and Drake. This has a long history, dating back to Nicki’s “Moment For Life” video where the two are seen getting married and as recently as the infamous lap dance in her “Anaconda” video. Now there is reason to believe Meek and Nicki’s relations is on the rocks, as video footage from Nicki and Meek’s Miami performance from July 20th displays them interacting awkwardly on stage and barely looking at each other. In his storm of tweets last night, Meek put it on display that he’s sensitive towards Drake and Nicki’s ambiguous relationship, saying: “When he said the dream girl shit on Rico I thought he was coming at me lol.”

Theory #3: Art Attack

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Meek Mill Album Art

Meek Mill’s album art features a stack of money unfolding to expose what appears to be a page from the bible with the same prayer hands that are on Drake’s If You’re Reading This Its Too Late. However, if you look closely, you can see it’s a page from a service for Robert Parker, Meek Mill’s father. The date of August 19, 1992 on the page matches up to the date of the news report announcing Parker’s death, and the prayer hands seem to be lifted straight from the funeral program. Meek Mill’s album was pushed back from September of 2014, a full 4 months before Drake dropped his mixtape. In a phone call with Noisey, Chaz L. Morgan—the designer who created Meek Mill’s album art—stated that Meek had approved all of the promotional artwork leading up to the original September 2014 release, and approved the image of the prayer hands for the release. “I drafted up the funeral service page. But the hands, I was able to get the original copy because Meek put it on Instagram like two or three years ago. I wanted to put a picture of him on the cover, so I was researching and I was able to find a picture of them cropped out. I was just reinterpreted the rest of it with based on dates.” When I follow up and ask how he feels about Drake using the same image for his mixtape, or if Drake may have seen the image ahead of time, he replies with the silent treatment. Like most superstars, Drake has a history of being influenced by outside forces. Was Meek Mill’s use of prayer hands so impactful that Drake felt he needed to claim it as his own? Although Meek didn’t allude to it in the tweets, the fact that a peer used an image that holds such gravity to your personal history and, in a way, represents the love you feel for your late father, might have been one of the many straws on this camel’s back.

Final Thoughts

The truth may lay outside of those three theories or be some weird combination of them, but the fact remains that this rap beef is in full swing. Drake has historically not been one to engage in rap feuds, but with one of his former allies taking such a hard stance against him, it would appear that this beef holds more substance than one with, say, Tyga. We will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they happen.

As you all are taking sides already, what’s your take on the Drake-Meek Mill Beef? Share your thoughts with me in the comment section.

Nominees: 2013 Nigerian Entertainment Awards

NEA Awards is an annual event focused on recognizing the many contributions of African Entertainers to a thriving entertainment industry. Established in New York City in January of 2006.
The annual NEA Awards has been attended by the biggest names in African entertainment with the likes of Ramsey Nouah, Tuface Idibia, Funke Akindele, MI, Super Model Oluchi, Former Miss World Agbani Darego, Banky W, Wiz Kid, Ice Prince, Davido, Kenny Ogungbe, D1, Juliet Ibrahim and Mr. Olu Jacobs amongst others.
Last year’s event was hosted by AY The Comedian and Actress Funke Akindele (aka “Jenifa”) and it featured performances by Brymo, Seyi Shay, Ice Prince, Vector, Waje, Banky W, Skales, Wiz Kid. And appearances by Don Jazzy, Davido, Vivian Ndour, DPrince, Sakordie, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Uche Jumbo, Susan Peters, Juliet Ibrahim amongst others.

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Below are the Nominees for this year and there categories
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
TIMAYA UPGRADE – TIMAYA
OBO – DAVIDO
YBNL – OLAMIDE
EMPIRE MATES STATE OF MIND – EME
SON OF A CARPENTER – BRYMO
R&BW – BANKY W

HOTTEST SINGLE OF THE YEAR
KUKERE – IYANYA
THIS YEAR – JAYWON
KOKOMA – K9
LIKE TO PARTY – BURNA BOY
LIMPOPO – KCEE
BEAT OF LIFE (SAMBA) – SARZ FT WIZKID

BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR
SEAN TIZZLE
KETCHUP
SEYI SHAY
BURNA BOY
AJEBUTTER22
DAMMY KRANE

GOSPEL ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
FRANK EDWARDS
ONOS
MONIQUE
FUNKE AKINOKUN
SAMMY OKPOSO
BOUQUI

BEST POP/R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR
PRAIZ
BANKY
WIZKID
IYANYA
DAVIDO
WANDE COAL

BEST RAP ACT OF THE YEAR
OLAMIDE
JESSE JAGZ
ICE PRINCE
VECTOR
PHYNO
RUGGEDMAN

MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
SPELLZ
MASTERKRAFT
CHOPSTIX
SARZ
SHIZZI
FLIPTYCE

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
TONIGHT – BURNA BOY (DIRECTED BY MEX)
SISI EKO – DARE FT FLAVOUR (DIRECTED BY MARK HOFMEYR)
SKIBO- SOLID STAR (DIRECTED BY CLARENCE PETERS)
GHETTO – SHANK (DIRECTED BY PATRICK ELLIS)
VOICE OF THE STREETS – OLAMIDE (DIRECTED BY MATTMAX)
OLIVER TWIST – DBANJ (DIRECTED BY SESAN)

MOST PROMISING MALE ACT TO WATCH
SUGAR BOYZ
K9
BULAR
BLACK MAGIC
ENDIA
MAN
YUNG L

MOST PROMISING FEMALE ACT TO WATCH
ARAMIDE
OYINKANSOLA
LOLA RAE
EMMA NYRA
KIMANI
AURA
LIL MISS MISS
NIYOLA

EASTERN AFRICAN ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
CAMP MULLA
FALLY IPUPA
K’NAAN
NAVIO
RADIO & WEASEL
P UNIT

WESTERN AFRICAN ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
SAKORDIE
TOOFAN
EFYA
R2BEES
MAGIC SYSTEM
VIVIANE CANDID

SOUTHERN AFRICAN ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
TEAR GAS
AKA
ZAHARA
THE VERY BEST
DAMA DO BLING
ZONE FAM

BEST INTERNATIONAL ARTIST
LIL’ SIMZ
FUZE ODG
STYLZZ
SEAN CSA
TOLUMIDE
JJC

BEST INDIGENOUS ARTIST/GROUP
FLAVOUR
OLAMIDE
TIMAYA
JAYWON
KCEE
REMENISCE

BEST COLLABO
TONY MONTANA- NAETO C FT DBANJ
BOTTOM BELLE – OMAWUMI FT FLAVOUR
EMI NI – CHIDINMA FT SUSPECT & ILLBLISS
GHOST MODE – PHYNO FT OLAMIDE
BADDEST BOY – E.M.E
WITHOUT MY HEART – TIWA SAVAGE FT DON JAZZY

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN FILM
OC UKEJE (ALAN POZA)
FEMI JACOBS (THE MEETING)
BIMBO MANUEL (HEREOS AND ZEREOS)
ALI NUHU (CONFUSION NA WA)

 

Marriage vs Album: WeirdMC Prefers Album

Weird MC is an artiste that has been in the game of music in Nigeria for a long time. Her hit single ‘Allen Avenue’ of the 90’s shot her into limelight. Not many who listened to that song then may ever envisage that she would still be talked about in 2013 because most of her contemporaries have gone oblivion.

After her ‘Ijo Ya’ hit single in mid 2000, it has been a battle for Weird MC to headline some Nigeria’s biggest shows again.

As it is being rumoured, the artiste has clocked well over 30 but she has remained single.

In an interview with HipHop World recently, Weird MC reportedly said she has no plan of marriage in her mind for now. She was quoted to have said that her album release is paramount to her not marriage.

Hear her, “I don’t have time for that (marriage). It’s not even in my plans. Right now, I’ve got an album coming out, so that’s not in my plans.”

 

WeirdMC - Asat Media

WeirdMC – Asat Media

TERRY G BATH HIS SON – AND SO?

The online community can be so so funny at times. if someone coughs, nah News. If another smiles with open teeth, nah Bloggers’ Joy. And how on earth can we be reporting a father who decided to bath his son as News!

Headlines be like “TerryG Bath His Son!”, “How many Fathers Can do This!” “TerryG the Good Father” Blah! Blah!! Blah!!!

But Me be like, if he likes, he should bath his son. That is and won’t be my Headache. My father did that several times for me and nobody, i repeat, no body reported it as News!

Nigeria! It’s time to wake up.

 

TerryG - Asat Media

TerryG – Asat Media

I Don Upgrade To Another Level – Saka

Ace comic actor, Hafiz Oyetoro spoke with GBENRO ADESINA of PM News about the challenges he faced before his breakthrough

How far have you gone with your Ph.D programme at the University of Ibadan (UI)?

I am still on it. This is my second year. I am currently doing some field work. I hope to round off the field work by the end of this year. Afterwards, I will start writing.

How are you combining it with your tight schedule?

Everybody knows what he wants in life. You have to create time to do all the things you want to do and that is why everyone must be good in managing his or her time. Definitely, scale of preference will come in. No one has time to combine many necessary and important things but one has to create time to achieve one’s dream.

You did an advert for Etisalat and all of a sudden, you switched over to MTN. Why did you switch from Etisalat to MTN?

I will not want to say anything about that for now. Please, do not let us go there. It is no go area now.

Saka - AsatMedia

Saka – AsatMedia

You have participated in many adverts and television programmes. You were involved in ‘Back To Root’ on NTA; you did an advert for NNPC, Etisalat and now MTN. How do you feel about your rising profile?

Back to root on NTA is a national programme which was done about three or four years ago. I was not the only person that did it. I was one of the least persons in that programme because there were many people that participated in it. We have superstars, the super super-stars. I was one of the little guys there. It is just a television programme which has nothing to do with whether I am a celebrity or not. I was still a young person as at that time.

Contrary to your perception of yourself, people see you as a super super star.

My brother, I still have a long way to go. You know I am a lecturer, a simple civil servant who is trying to make it in the entertainment industry. I only practice what I teach as a lecturer in Theatre Arts at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. I practice a little bit of it outside in order to enhance my teaching methodology. I still have a long way to go. I am still pursuing a Ph.D programme. I am not as popular as you are portraying me.

But this day, everyone wants you to feature in their productions, especially adverts. So, don’t you think you are qualified to be in the super superstar class?

As far as that is concerned, to God be the glory. It is the grace of God. It is not me but the grace of God. There are still other people better than I who have not received that grace and I pray for such people too. As you are talking to me, you are a superstar. Once you are able to do things in your own field very well, you are a superstar. Mr. Adesina, in your own right as a reporter and writer, you are a superstar too. It is just in Nigeria that we give some special emphasis to some people. Once you are able to do what you are doing very well and you are known for it, then you are a superstar. But for me, I am still struggling and striving.

How are you coping with your rising status?

I am an average Nigerian, a simple average lecturer who goes about in my small car and it doesn’t take so much from me, unlike the superstar who will hide and hide. I go where I go now without policemen escorting me. Like I told you, I am still moving up. Maybe when I become the so-called superstar, I will need all those things. But to the glory of God, I am growing; things are working well for me. I am teaching well. I am super in what I teach. I thank God for that.

Do you intend crossing to the university as a lecturer later?

For now, I am satisfied where I am. The essence of getting more knowledge is to be able to add more value to your immediate environment. If Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, where I teach now, gives me the opportunity to go and learn more, when I come back, I think it is my responsibility to first and foremost add more value to the college that has done so much for me. I will like to come back and add more value to the community that has brought me up.

But what about progress, being a professor which you can only attain in the university?

When I am ready to do that, I will go further; maybe go to a university to avail myself of the opportunities there but for now, my immediate target is to get a Ph.D, go back to the college, and add more value to the college. I don’t want to grow too old before I retire. I want to retire when I am still at a productive stage. If by next year or two years, I have my PhD and I practice for like three years, I can retire and become an educational/production consultant. I really want to be productive to myself and the society at large.

Are you going to continue combining acting and lecturing?

Acting and teaching are almost the same thing. Teaching is a formal style of acting, acting is an informal style of teaching. They are related. When you are teaching you are acting, you are performing, imparting knowledge in a formal manner. It doesn’t really take so much from me because that is what I learn and that is what I have been doing over a long period.

How many awards have you received?

About 25 for now, about four of them are international awards. There are many other nominations that I can’t remember now. You can now understand why I said that I am just coming up, going by the few awards that I have received compared to other actors and actresses who have received about 100 or more.

What went into that good performance in the MTN advert?

I don’t want to say anything about MTN.

I mean you acting as a musician?

I am just an actor. An actor will mimic professor, doctor; an average actor knows something about almost everything. As far as I am concerned, a performance is a performance and I have been trained. I am a trained actor.

During our last chat, you talked so much about how poverty dealt with you, how is life now?

My brother, to the Glory of God, level don they change. Let me put it like that. I believe that in the nearest future, level will finally change. But for now, level don dey change. I have murdered poverty and God in his infinite mercy murdered poverty for me.

What is the definition of level don dey change?

Comfort. Like the so-called superstar that we are talking about. It takes so long to be satisfied with what you want in life. Even the Dangotes of this world are still looking for more level to change. Unlike before, I was not married, I did not have children, I really struggled as a student but today, I am married, I have a job as a lecturer, I have about three degrees and I am currently pursuing a Ph.D programme. That means that level don dey change. Maybe when I have my Ph.D and become a professor, level don change be that.

What was your turning point?

Haa, let me tell you, it is a combination of all the hard work, to the glory of God and the power of the Almighty God who has given me the grace. God’s grace is the turning point. What I am doing is acceptable. For instance, Gbenga Windapo, my friend and my HOD wrote and created House Apart where the character was Saka and Sule. That was when the issue of Saka was created. That was about 2005 or so. It came out and people liked it. But we started with Area C where I played Sergeant Dudu. I have done many live performances in one man show of about two-hour packages. This I did for many years across Nigeria before I finally came to Lagos and got involved in television shows. I did both Yoruba and English shows. These performances were very challenging. To the glory of God, God has given me the grace to play my part in a way that people love it. It is just the grace of God that you do something and people will like it. It is that grace of God that dropped into my life and made people to notice what I have been doing all this while.

How many years have you been acting?

About 25 years.

What is your advice to the upcoming actors and actresses on how to be successful in the entertainment industry?

First, identify your potential. Don’t just go into acting because other people are doing it. If you don’t have the talent, forget it. Once you have been able to identify your talent, go for training. In the process of training, save it very well, endure it, work very hard and take God as the pillar at every step. Talent, training and God are equal to success.

Do you have time for your family?

I don’t joke with my family. Yes, it is true that sometimes, I travel and spend like three days. At times, I travel out of the country for production or conference. Sometimes, I spend like three weeks. But since I got married, I have been very close to my family. I appreciate them because they are supporting me and I have a woman who actually handles my house. She has actually turned my house into a home. I don’t joke with my family.

Any message for your fans?

Thank you very much, I love you all, I thank you for your support and the privileges you are giving me. I thank you for allowing the grace of God radiating through me to affect you. I pray that God will grant you everything that you desire in life.

DBANJ SIGNS DURELLA!!!

A lot of Rumours have been flying around town about banger lee signing Durella to his record label. NETS, usually reliable, are saying it is already a done deal!

Banger Lee with King Of the Zanger

Banger Lee with King Of the Zanger

 

 

D’banj‘s quest for dominance in the Nigerian music scene won’t stop now; he might have lost out on signing Olamide and Davido – but he has nicked another artiste, this time a familiar friend-foe.

The self-proclaimed ‘African Michael Jacskon‘, we’ve learnt has signed his friend-turned-foe-turned-friend Oluwadamilare Okulaja better known to the public as Durella.

The move might however not come as a surprise to everyone, considering that Banger Lee (that’s D’banj’s new nickname by the way) and the ‘King of the Zanga’ Durella recently settled their differences. Some weeks back, D’banj and his DB Records crew released a single ‘Ibadi e‘ off their compilation album (D’ King’s Men) which featured a verse from Durella.

Fans were very excited to see the pair had reunited after a very long and well publicized fall out between the pop acts.

FLASHBACK

The beef between Durella and D’banj started in late 2006 when the latter accused Banger Lee of jacking his style of singing. Apparently when D’banj and Don Jazzy returned to Nigeria in 2004, they met up with Durella and soon became friends. Sources tell us that D’banj and Durella were quite close and were spotted together in the studio several times.

I remember when Durella followed D’banj, Don Jazzy to Jahborne’s music factory studio when D’banj wanted to record ‘Tongolo’ remix’, a source recounts.

Of course D’banj had blown up and had released his second album ‘Rundown’ in 2007 when Durella signed with TC Records and finally launched his career. It didn’t take long for Durella to blow up too with hits like ‘In da Zanga’, ‘Wiskolowiska’ and ‘Shayo’ gaining massive appeal. He also won the MTV and Zain ‘Advance Warning’ reality show in 2008.

Then came the interviews; Durella clearly stated that D’banj had stolen his style. The media of course jumped on it, comparing both artistes. Truthfully, they did sound very similar. And it seemed like D’banj was aware as he switched up the flow on the 2008 Nigerian Pop classic album ‘The Entertainer’. Their fight sort of fizzled out though as Durella later backed off. ‘D’banj is my man, aaah, I like his mo gbono feli feli jam’, Durella told Onome ‘BigTyme’ Oyaide in an interview on urban radio station Rhythm FM 93.7 in late 2008.

BACK TO THE MATTER

We are told that D’banj and DB Records bought out Durella’s contract from his present record labelIKONIC Music where the Pop act’s career has been in limbo since he signed in mid-2011 after ending his three-year contract with TC Records. His upcoming album ‘Back/Better/Bada’ has been pushed back one too many times

Durella has signed with D’banj, he (D’banj) bought out the contract, that’s what I can tell you’, a source in Durella’s camp tells us.

A rep for D’banj refused to respond to enquiries after asking us to send text messages to her mobile phone.

Culled from theNETng.

 

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