Rapper Deletes Pro-Moscow Video After 1.5 Million Dislikes


A popular Russian rapper on Tuesday deleted a music video singing the praises of Moscow authorities ahead of contentious elections after it gathered almost 1.5 million dislikes on YouTube.

Timati, a 36-year-old rapper known for his fervent support of President Vladimir Putin, posted the video, titled simply “Moscow”, shortly before Muscovites were set to vote in elections for city parliament on Sunday that had caused mass protests.

“I don’t go to rallies, I don’t bullshit,” the song goes, apparently referring to weeks of protests in Moscow after the authorities barred opposition candidates from running in the polls.

Lyrics in the clip praise the Russian capital as a wealthy city that has become “world standard” and “doesn’t hold gay parades.”

“I will down a burger for Sobyanin,” the song says, referring to Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a Putin ally who has been in charge since 2010 and is detested by the opposition for refusing permission for rallies and cracking down on protesters.

Timati, who is ranked the seventh wealthiest celebrity under 40 in Russia by Forbes magazine, made the video together with another rapper, Guf.

The video had gained 1.48 million dislikes when Timati took it down on Tuesday, writing on Instagram that he did not intend any offence.

“I’m deleting the video to stop this wave of negativity,” he wrote. “I made a record. Only I didn’t have such a goal.”

In Instagram comments, Russians mocked Timati, accusing him of being a sellout and getting paid by the authorities to make propaganda.

“The world’s first government rapper. I’m sorry for his fans,” one commentator wrote.

“Did you also return the money to those who ordered (the video)?” asked another.

Guf for his part posted an apologetic expletive-ridden video assuring his fans that he was “used” and “didn’t get a penny for this, I swear.”

“I am proud of our young people who understand politics,” he says.

“I’m sorry that I don’t follow the political situation in the country.”

According to Wikipedia, the video is the 30th most disliked in YouTube history and the most disliked Russian music video.

The Russian opposition has accused celebrities of engaging in paid propaganda before.

Last year a wave of nearly identical messages praising the positive changes in Moscow appeared on celebrities’ social media ahead of the mayoral polls swept by Sobyanin.

Other Russian rappers have performed at opposition protests and expressed solidarity with people arrested over the summer.

Cyprex Releases ‘Money’ Music Video

Singer, Cyprex has released a video for his latest single ‘Money’.

The music video which was directed by Matt Maxx has its central theme on the connection between love and money.

Cyprex, born Chukwuyem Onyemaka Romeo delivered mellow vocals on the beat produced by Emani.

‘Money’ is coming off the back of his previous single, ‘Colombi’, a collaboration with Oritsefemi and Harrysong.

Signed under the music company led by Jegbefume Henry, Cyprex is confident that the new single, will rock the airwaves.

Cyprex made his way to fame with the release of his first two singles, ‘My Time’ and ‘Honey’ both released in 2016 to wide acclaim.

BBN’S Efe Drops Video For Single ‘Somebody’

Reality TV star Ejeba Efe Michael popularly known as Efe has released the music video for his latest single ‘Somebody’.

This is coming off the back of the success of his debut single “Based on Logistics” which he dropped in April.

Efe who was the winner of the 2017 Big Brother Naija reality show, made the announcement on his Instagram page.

Besides getting an endorsement deal with PayPorte, the Delta born also got an endorsement deal with Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa.

TY Bello Set To Release Music Video For “Heaven Has Come”

Singer, songwriter, photographer and philanthropist Toyin Sokefun-Bello, better known as TY Bello, is set to release another music video titled “Heaven has come”.

This follows the release of her worship offering “Victory Is Won” which was produced by Samjazzy.

The music video “Heaven Has Come” is directed by Joel Kachi Benson.

In the course of her career, TY has won awards such as Best Female Video at the Sound City Music Video Awards 2009, she also won the Best New Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2008.

TY Bello, who loves to give back to the society, organises an annual photography exhibition to raise funds for orphans in Nigeria.

She is also the director of Link-a-child, an NGO dedicated to proliferating information on orphanages in Nigeria and seeking sponsorship on their behalf.

In 2016, she was behind one of the most memorable stories of the year after she found the bread seller-turned model Jumoke Orisaguna and shot her to fame.

She was also a former member of the defunct gospel band ‘Kush’ alongside Lara George.

Katy Perry Served Up As Food In New Video

Pop singer Katy Perry released the music video for her latest single “Bon Appetit”.

The video shows Perry being cooked and served up as part of a menu.

The single is another preview of her upcoming fifth studio album “Witness”.

The track features the hip-hop trio Migos, from Atlanta, United States.

The video attracted 14 million views on You Tube in 24 hours.

Prior to the video’s release, the singer wrote on social media: “Hot and ready to serve but make no mistake, I’m not your piece of meat” followed by #sexualliberation.

The first single “Chained to the Rhythm”, released last February, has been certified Platinum in the American service of Spotify and topped the charts around the world.

Katy Perry’s new album, the follow-up to 2013’s “Prism”, is set to be released next June 9.


Singer Blizzy, Shares Concept Behind ‘Mumu’

blizzy Fast rising singer, Blizzy has released the visual representation of his song, ‘Mumu’.

Explaining the concept behind the song, he said it is a song for fun with a mix of reality. In his words, a “jonzing song”.

“If you are a guy or a girl who is in search for love, you might be a victim of that kind of ‘Mumu trip’.

He said he had been a victim of that situation in the past and the idea for the song just came as an inspiration, while he was in the studio one day.

He said it took three days to create the music video and he enjoyed working with the director because of his patience and creativity.

Blizzy also talked about another one of his tracks titled, “tomorrow carry belle”, one he describes as an inspiration for Nigerians in the face of much economic hardship.

He says the song is expected to give Nigerians hope that their tomorrow would be better, regardless of what today brings.

Spotless Drops ‘Take am’ Music Video Featuring Olamide

spotless, take am, olamideEmerging mocking bird records signee, ‘Spotless’, has released the video for the remix of his single, ‘take am’, which features YBNL boss, Olamide.

The song which also had cameo appearances by YCee, Boj, Veecko Kyngz amongst others, was produced by Adey and directed by him, along-side Duks Arts.

The young artist, originally named Augustine Uche, is a talented singer, up-coming songwriter & music producer who comes from Ebonyi state.

Spotless, the last child from a family of eight, said he started singing and playing musical instruments from a very tender age with his elder brother, Kelechukwu Augustine, popularly known as Tekno Miles.

Growing up, he enjoyed playing musical instruments such as the guitar, piano as well as drums while according to him, he developed his love for music from watching his dad play the guitar when he was a child.

Just as his borther, and ‘Pana’ crooner, Tekno, has carved a niche for himself within the period of his brief entry into the music industry, Spotless believes that in no time, he would equally take the entertainment industry as well as the world at large by storm.

Tu-Baba Set To Launch ‘I Hate What You Do To Me’ Video

Tu-babaAfrican music legend, Innocent Idibia, also known as Tu-baba, has announced that he would be launching the video to his latest hit track, ‘I hate what you do to me’, at the Dare To Mix festival.

The festival organised by Campari and set to take place on November 5, 2016 in Lagos, would also feature superstar performances from top acts like 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ycee and a host of others.

With the brand’s recent ‘Dare To Mix’ Campaign, it has decided to celebrate the diversity in music, comedy as well as cocktails.

The event would mark the first ever cocktail festival in Nigeria.

It would also feature various attractions, including comedy, a ‘mixology session’ with Tu-baba, making his signature mix, “Implication Shakerato”, a DJ face-off, among others.

Orezi Drops ‘Call The Police’ Music Video

It seems to be an era of new music video releases as Singer, Orezi has released the video for his single, ‘call the police’, produced by Mystro.It appears to be an era of new music video releases, as Singer, Orezi releases the video for his single, ‘call the police’, produced by Mystro.

The video was shot by Oliver pictures and directed by Paul Gambit.

Likewise, Rapper Chin is out with the visual interpretation of his song entitled ‘Hollywood’, which was created by beautiful mind pictures while emerging act, Chleo Thelma has released the video for her music collaboration with rapper Falz.Paul Gambit, Falz

The project titled yoga, was also directed by Paul Gambit.

Gospel Artist, Precious Sam Hosts Album Launch Concert

gospel artist, precious sam,concertFollowing the successful release of the music video for his latest single, ‘Alagbawi’, musicologist and gospel music singer, Precious Sam, hosted an album release concert in Lagos, for the new album titled ‘The Future’.

Giving insight on the title of the album, he explained that “the future is bright” although many seem to have given up on Nigeria.

He said it is a reminder that other developed countries have had their fair share of hardship however, they overcame.

In the case of Nigeria, he says everyone ought to be in unity as the nation is only passing through a phase.

He also hinted that some tracks on the album give insight as to where the problems lay, rather than the popular idea that it’s the fault of the government.

The gospel artist says his academic background in music gives him an edge and the opportunity to create something unique which he called a fusion of afro-beat and high-life.

He considers his music to fully message-based as opposed to the dance concept of regular music.

Business With God

gospel artist, precious sam, concert, monique

Another gospel singer and music partner, Monique expressed joy over the album launch, saying that she feels blessed to win souls for God through the ministrations.

“Doing business with God is always profitable we are winning souls and getting blessed.

“Even if other artists are killing it, we are winning it. we are not setting our standards by whatever they are winning,” she said.

Yemi Alade Strikes A ‘Pose’ In New Video

yemi aladeYemi Alade is out with the visuals to “pose”, one of the collaborative songs on her King of Queens album.

The song features Mugeez, a member of Ghana’s foremost pop group – R2bees.

The video for Pose was shot on location in Nigeria and Ghana by Paul Gambit.

Eva Alordiah Performs ‘Double Double’ In New Video

evaAs the industry awaits the arrival of Eva Alordiah’s debut album “1960”, the rapper continues to tease with new music and videos.

This time, she’s out with the official video for “double double“, produced by Tintin, off her second EP, “Eva, the EP”.

The video was directed by Patrick Ellis and shot in Lagos, Nigeria.