“Chocolate City Is Doing Well, Not Imploding”- Dice Ailes

nigerian music industry, dice ailes, chocolate city, Chocolate City artiste, Dice Ailes, has joined M.I. in reiterating the fact that the music imprint, is not imploding as suggested by many.

Following the exit of ice-prince and rapper, Milli, from the group Chocolate City, the ‘Telephone’ singer told Channels Television that they left amicably and nevertheless, still maintained a good relationship with the record label.

“We’re doing well at Chocolate City, I think it’s just growth. People are pretty much growing and evolving into new things. Ice-prince left but he’s still a part of the family.

“Everybody is doing their own individual thing but we’re still a collective family at the end of the day,” he said.

Highlighting the progress of his career in Nigeria, the performing artiste talked about his latest single, ‘Machinery’. “It is doing pretty well… really accepted by the streets”.

He also mentioned that his new single, ‘Miracle’, featuring Lil Kesh, would drop sometime between late August and early September.

Although, he started performing in Canada, until he was introduced to the Nigerian mainstream music in 2014 by the Chocolate City label, the artist said it was not much of a task.

He has,however, switched his style, to the dominant Nigerian hip-hop, because according to him, he grew up in a typical Nigerian home and listened to typical Nigerian music.

“I like to believe that I’m a very versatile artist. I can band however I choose. So it wasn’t really much of a task.

“I just knew that the Nigerian commercial market wanted to hear a certain thing and I gave it to them with ‘Machinery’,” he said.

Here is a video of the song, Machinery.

Chocolate City’s Ailes Drops Visuals To Machinery

AilesMulti-talented Chocolate City artiste, Dice Ailes, has dropped the visuals to his newly released single ‘Machinery’.

The much anticipated video shot on different locations in Lagos, southwest Nigeria was directed by Visionnaire Pictures.

The video also features appearances from M.I, Ice Prince and Jesse Jagz.

Chocolate City Unveils Artwork For Joint Album

One of Nigeria’s leading record labels, Chocolate City has unveiled the official artwork for ‘The Indestructible Choc Boi Nation’ compilation album.

CHOC CITY

The artwork shows all Chocolate City acts including Jesse Jagz, who recently reunited with the team.

M.I Drops Video For ‘‘Monkey’’ Ft Chigurl

m.iOne of Nigeria’s most respected Hip hop artistes, Jude Abaga, better known by his stage name, M.I has released the video of his hip hop tune titled ‘‘Monkey’’.

Monkey is a rap song chorused by Chigurl.

The video was directed by M.I.

 

Nigerian Entertainment Conference To Hold On April 22

entertainmentMo Abudu, Davido, Joke Silva, M.I, Jason Njoku, George Thorpe, others will speak at the third edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday April 22,

This is according to a statement issued on Monday, by organizers, NET Newspaper.

The umbrella conference for the Nigerian entertainment sector which debuted in 2013, would see everyone come together again at Eko Hotels in Lagos, for a full day of deliberations, workshops, exhibitions and master-classes.

Past editions have featured renowned celebrities including 2face Idibia, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Amaka Igwe, Kenny Ogungbe, Jimmy JATT, Basketmouth, M.I, Don Jazzy, Kunle Afolayan, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Lagbaja, Tony Okoroji, Audu Maikori, D’banj and Ali Baba; as well as respected executives like Aina Kushoro, Emeka Mba, Chris Ubosi, Ayo Animashaun, Olisa Adibua, Colette Otusheso, Steve Babaeko, Ifeoma Williams, Efe Omorogbe, Frank Nweke, Gab Okoye, and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Speakers and facilitators for this year include acclaimed Nigerian actress and trainer Joke Silva; BET and MTV award winning pop star, Davido; Afrinolly’s Chike Maduegbuna, founder and CEO of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu; IT entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi; rapper and business executive, M.I Abaga; iROKO TV founder, Jason Njoku; music distributor, Uba Pacific; media administrator, Deji Awokoya; marketing icon, George Thorpe; entrepreneur Ayo Makun, founder of NotJustOk, Demola Ogundele and Quilox Chairman, Shina Peller.

Session moderators include Bukky Sawyerr-Izeogu (Classic FM), Zainab Balogun (Ebony Life), Osagie Alonge (Pulse), Oreka Godis, Dayo Odulaja (NET), Olamide Adedeji (Soundcity), Ehiz Okoeguale (MTV Base) and others.

The event will be hosted by Tee A for the third year running.

This year’s conference, according to NEC founder, Ayeni Adekunle is themed: ‘Buying And Selling Nigerian Entertainment And Everything In-Between’

My Resignation On Twitter Was To Get Fans’ Attention – M.I

jude abagaPopular rapper, Jude Agaba also known as M.I, has said that the stunts he pulled on the social media platform ( Twitter), that he was leaving the music industry was a way of getting the attention of his fans.

He explained that the idea was for him to to tell his fans that “election season is round the corner and I wanted to tell my fans that before people campaign to you, be sure the kind of leaders you want to elect”.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Saturday Sunrise, M.I said that his single, King James was a reference from Lebron James not the Bible, but means “when you’re lost in Hip-Hop and wondering the balance between Hip-Hop and commercial, just go back to wherever point you started making music from”.

Born into a christian home, M.I said his parents made him read a lot because when growing up. “We had no television so it gave me an opportunity to read and get into music together with my younger brother Jesse Jags”.

M.I also cleared the air on his silence after the release of his single Chairman.  He explained that after the release of the single, there was a change in the label which started with Jesse Jags leaving the record label. “It sort of changed the dynamics of the label and I needed sometime to reassess and know what I wanted to do.”

Watch the interview with M.I.

Nigerian Superstars Set To Go On Tour

Wizkid-Tiwa-Savage-Pepsi-ambassadors-featNigerian music stars, 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, and 20 other artistes are set to thrill fans in 10 cities lined for the annual Star Music Trek.

After weeks of speculation, the full artiste line up for Music Trek 2014 has finally been unveiled.

The sensational unveiling, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel Victoria Island Lagos on March 19 in a scintillating sign-on party was well attended by dozens of celebrity guests, including Olisa Adibua, Toni Kan, Uti Nwachukwu, Tee-Y Mix, Mark Redguard, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Tunde Ednut, Mo’ Eazy, D’Tunes, HarrySongs.

Hosts, Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2UN of Cool FM and Laf Up ensured that the suspense was fully maintained with guests left guessing right up to the final unveiling of who would eventually make up the Star 2014 Trek line up.

This year’s selection of Nigerian stars comprises an exciting combination of artistes at the top of their game with a few major surprises. Still on the Trek this year are fans’ favorites, Tiwa Savage, 2face, M.I, Olamide and many others. Noticeably missing, however, are D’banj and dynamic duo P’square, who featured prominently on the 2013 Trek.

The surprise introduction of Davido, and Wizkid promises to spice things up!

Artistes on Music Trek include 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, Pasuma, Mr Raw, Dr Sid, Naeto C, KCee, Sean Tizzle, Phyno and May D.

Hosts are Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2TUN of Cool FM and Laf Up with DJ Xclusive, DJ Neptune, DJ Switch, DJ Blaise as official DJs for The Trek.

The Trek 2014 will be touring the following cities across the country, Nsukka (29th March), Makurdi, (5th April), Uyo (12th April), Umuahia (19th April), Orlu (26th April), Ekwulobia, (3rd May) Onitsha Fegge, (11th May), Benin (17th May), Ado Ekiti, (24th May), and Lagos May 31st.

NEW MUSIC: Lil Flow Out With “Loving About You” Featuring Yemi Alade

New act, 17-year old U.K-based Nigerian hip-hop artist, Lil Flow has just released his debut single “Loving About You” which features R&B/Pop Diva Yemi Alade.

The song was produced by the award-winning, DJ KLEM.

Lil Flow recorded the tune, “Loving About You,” at age 16. The song showcases his witty wordplay, catchy flow and lyrical dexterity which he brings to the forefront in the record.

Popular ‘Ghen Ghen Love’ crooner, Yemi Alade delivers the exquisite chorus and infectious adlibs.

Poised to conquer the radio airwaves across the country this Summer, Lil Flow is being touted as a future leader of the new school of Nigerian urban music that is poised to take over in the coming months.

The young act already boasts of features and co-signs from M.I, Chase and Yung Six.

Enjoy “Loving About You” below!

Vector, DavidO, Psquare clear Headies awards

The 2012 edition of Africa’s prestigious entertainment awards The Headies took place on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at the expo hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites

The event was cohosted by singer Omawumi and rapper M.I.

The high point of the event, which started three hours later than scheduled, was when fast rising lyricist, Olanrewaju Ogunmefun, popularly known as Vector the Viper was announced as winner of two awards, Best Rap Single and Lyricist on the Role.

M.I and Omawumi thrilled the audience with their little song titled ‘The Headies’.

Omawumi, who often tease herself with the name ‘Urhobo mama’ because of how she blends the pidgin English with the regular English language, promised the audience that she was not going to speak an atom of pidgin while hosting the event placing a bet of N500,000.

The winner of the 2010 MTN Project Fame, Chidima opened the show thrilling the audience with her latest song“Kadike”

Psquare return to the Headies’ honours list after a two-year break and with their ‘Invasion’ album the pop twin won two awards – in the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best R&B-Pop Album’ categories. Also, Jude Okoye, Psquare’s elder brother received the award for ‘Best Music Video,’ beating tough competition from Clarence Peters.

The biggest award of the night ‘Artiste of the Year’ went to EME signee Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun. The 22-year-old, who was the third and final act to walk away with two awards was also awarded the ‘Revelation of the Year’ award.

Wande Coal and Tiwa Savage of the MAVIN Records crew picked up awards for ‘Best Vocal Performance’ in both male and female categories – with Wande Coal’s ‘Private trips’ and Tiwa Savage’s ‘Love me 3x’.

The ‘Next Rated’ award which comes with the special prize of a Hyundai Sonata was won by  DavidO.

Highlights of the show were the live band performances from Bez and Praiz, who rendered their duet ‘Stupid song‘, Timi Dakolo who gripped the audience with his ‘Great nation’ song, and surprisingly rookies Burna Boy and Dammy Krane.

Winners of the Headies Rockie competition, Burna Boy and Dammy Krane performed also thrilled the audience with their performance.

The so much talked about “Stupid Song” by Bez ft Praiz got the audience excited.

Other performances were from Omo Baba Olowo also known as DavidO, Timi Dakolo , Chuddy K and Brymo.

The Headies brought together all the Nigerian musicians in the 80s and 90s as a way of reunion and letting them know the impact they have made in the music industry and the traces they have left behind.

These include Onyeka Owenu, Oris Wiliki, Mike Okori, Baba Fryo, Sir Shina Peters, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Daddy Showkey and many more.

Verve card gave an opportunity to the audience to win the verve surprise winner gift through a raffle draw. The lucky winner got the star prize of N500, 000.

Nominees and winners absent at the event included the winner of the Best Album of the year, P Square, winner of the Best RnB single May D, D’Banj, Mavin Crew, Wizkid, Ice-Prince and African Artiste of the year Sarkodie.

Below is a list of the winners:
• Best RnB single – May D (Soundtrack)

• Best pop single – Iyanya (Kukere)

• Best Rap single – Vector ft 9ice (Angelina)

• Best Street Pop – Chudy K (Gaga Crazy)

• Best RnB Pop Album – Psquare (Invasion)

• Best Rap Album – E.L.I (Ice-Prince)

• Best Vocal Performance Male – Wande Coal (Private Trips)

• Best Vocal Performance Female – Tiwa Savage (Love me, Love me)

• Best Collaboration – Soundsultan ft Excel and Flavor (Orobo)

• Song of the Year – Oliver Twist (D’banj)

• Recording of the year – Ara (Brymo)

• Producer of the year – TYMix (Super C Season by Naeto C)

• Best Music Video – Chop My Money Remix –Jude Okoye

• Next Rated – DavidO

• Hip-Hop Revelation of the Year – Wizkid

• African Artist of the Year – Sarkodie (Azonto Fiesta)

• Headies Hall of Fame – Femi Kuti

M.I composes poem for murdered UNIPORT students

Nigeria’s talent rapper Jude Abaga popularly known as M.I has condemned the killings of the 4 University of Port-Hacourt students who were beaten and burnt alive in front of a crowd.

The young men were accused of stealing laptops and mobile phones before being burnt to death.
In reaction to this, M.I wrote the poem below:

The hope is the worst part of it.

The way they lay there, beaten and broken, battered and bruised. Knowing their end had come for certain. Knowing that the crowd meant to see this through to the end. And yet, in the midst of all this certainty, in some small corner of their hearts, hoping. That something would happen, some miracle perhaps.

I am speaking of course, of the #Aluu4, students of University of Port Harcourt who were beaten and set ablaze last week.

I’d heard the news sometime last week and devoted all of 10 seconds of thought to it. I wondered briefly who the students were, and what could possibly have driven them to steal. I briefly wondered if they were really guilty but my mind quickly shied away from where that road could lead. I remembered all the stories I grew up hearing about thieves and the instant justice meted out to them, and mentally shook my head.

That would have been all, I suppose, but for the video. It is probably the most gruesome thing I have ever seen, and the worst I ever hope to see.
Hope.

There, I’ve said it again. Somehow it seems there is no escaping it.

Because when things like this happen, it seems our default reaction is to hope it will never happen to us or any one we know or love. Then we hope that our religion and hard work and luck will exempt us from senseless suffering. Sometimes we hope that right thing will be done, the wrong doers brought to book, and the victims receive some sort of justice.

Every day we hope the country we live in will be a better place for us and for our children.
And that is the problem with hope.

That we have allowed it to cripple us and render us inactive.

You , me, all of us who sit by hoping and doing nothing to change.

The question is not whether or not the 4 boys stole anything. That is quite besides the point.

Let us ask instead: What do I need to ensure my children do not grow up hearing stories like these?

What would it cost to make this country and are we willing to pay the price?

Because if I were there that day, would I have spoken up and done my best to put a stop to it? Or silently stood by, condemning the actions in my heart, but doing nothing? Would I have been seized by the bloodlust and fear and anger myself, and spurred them on with my shouts, and cries for blood, maybe tossed in a rock or two for good measure.

The society is a mirror of each of us. It is sad and sickening that this was allowed to happen. It shows us all what we are capable of, what w will each do given the right set of circumstances.

These 4 murdered men, their deaths should not be in vain. If anything good could come out of a mess so sordid, let it be that every Nigerian begins to think about the problem and what to do to solve it. Let it be that we understand the problem is ourselves and our failure to take a stand against injustice and lawlessness over the years. Let it be that we promise ourselves never to let this happen again. Not on our land. Not as long as we’re alive.

I hope this time we get it right.

Video: Tiwa savage, M.I, Tuface, D’banj, Wizkid: Let’s get the party started

It’s a collaboration of the hottest Nigerian artistes coming together to produce “Let’s get the party started”.

The music featured  Tiwa Savage, M.I, Tuface, Wizkid and D’banj, produced by JaySleek and directed by ace music video director, Clarence Peters

Watch the video below and share your opinion in the comment section.

 

Hennessy Artistry unveils “Bartender” Video (Review)

Hennessy Artistry announced earlier that their headliners were World Famous Academy (WFA) Naeto C and popular rapper M.I,  to add color to the video was one of Nigeria’s best producers Clarence Peters.

Clarence Peters earlier on said, it’s a collage of different set pieces, styling and values’, , “Hennessy is a very premium brand, and the headliners – M.I and Naeto C – are also top notch. So we’ve created something that complements the brand and personalities while making sure it’s fun and spontaneous. In the video, everyone just blends and flows, and I’m sure the fans will like the result!”.

Truly with what we see he was very creative in the concept of the video, graphics was on point, shoots were very clear.
One of the cameos TY Mix who produced the song said, I’m so excited; the video is bright and brilliant. It was wonderful watching the artistes come alive with the song on the video set. Their live performances together on the Hennessy Artistry stage will be phenomenal I am sure!’,

M.I and Naeto C were also on point, they put in a lot of swag and energy although the Costumier would have done better.
The Artistry has had a mixture of different talented Nigerian artiste including, Sir Shina Peters, Nneka, Bez, Jesse Jagz, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Eldee amongst others.

Watch the vide.