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Wizkid is set to release his highly anticipated album “Made In Lagos” this month of October, 2020, and to prepare his fans for the incoming project, he released the official artwork and two singles off the album; “Smile” which features American singer, H.E.R and “No Stress”.

The title, “Made In Lagos” is a direct reference to his Nigerian roots that lead straight to his Shitta (Small London), Surulere, Lagos beginnings, the city that made him who he is today. “Growing up in Lagos made me the man I am today. The most beautiful city in the world! Exciting times ahead “

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While his 2016 hit “Ojuelegba” showed bits and fragments of his humble beginnings “Made In Lagos” aims to share his deep connection with the city which shows that he is intentional with this album. “Smile” and “No Stress” tell an interesting tale of what to expect in the album but its artwork is another interesting feature that invites scholarly analysis.

In this article, we would be highlighting the distinguishing icons on the artwork that represent different landmarks portraying a typical Lagos story. From the Lagos Sun to Lagos traffic, to the Liberation image of the Afrobeat King Fela Kuti, to the Lekki Ikoyi link bridge, this is a story that only true Lagosians can relate to.

The Lagos Sun & Traffic

Located at the center of the artwork is a circle with dotted lines around it. This represents the Lagos scorching and ever blazing sun and traffic. For Lagosians, there is no energy and life if these key factors are absent. The hustle makes everyone bustle. This might appear like an attempt at humor, but Lagosians actually spend a huge part of living in traffic. They spend more time in traffic than in their homes or places of work. That is how brutal the legendary Lagos traffic could be but hey that’s what keeps the city alive

Fela Kuti

What’s Lagos without music? What’s Lagos without Fela? The Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti continues to remain a legend for decades even after his passing. His music which was aimed at fighting for the liberation of the masses and against corruption is still very much relevant today.

Every year, the “Felabration,” which is an annual festival of music and arts is hosted at the New Afrika Shrine to commemorate the life and times of the late singer. At the 2017 edition of the festival which also marked the 20th year anniversary of his demise the famous “Liberation Statue” was mounted at Allen Roundabout, Ikeja, Lagos by then Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode now moved to Toyin Roundabout by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The artwork was created as a form of respect and remembrance to the legend; what he stood for and fought for with his music; his mythology; struggle for freedom; fight for human dignity; social consciousness; courage and Pan-Africanism. The Liberation Statue was brought to life by Nigerian artist Abolore Sobayo who used fiberglass to design the golden headless effigy of the legend with its handless arms raised into the sky. This is Wizkid’s way of paying homage to the late legend, King of Afrobeat who inspired him to make music.

The Lekki – Ikoyi Link Bridge

The bridge is the first cable-stayed bridge to be built in Nigeria and was constructed at a cost of 29 billion Naira. Lagosians use this bridge as an alternative route to escape traffic and it also serves as a recreational facility especially for those that like to jog or work out. The bridge is the most photographed place in Lagos as tourists and other visitors have named it one of the places to visit in the state. The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg even went on a morning run on the bridge during his visit to Lagos. You should see the view of the bridge at night, absolutely breathtaking and stunning. The bridge is also home to the Lagos Lagoon, canoes, and boats which is illustrated in the artwork,

National Arts Theatre

The National Arts Theatre is an important building in the history of Lagos as it is the primary center for the performing arts in Nigeria. The monument is located in Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos.  With its exterior shaped like that of a military hat, It has a 5,000-seater Main Hall with a collapsible stage and two capacity cinema halls, all of which are equipped with facilities for simultaneous translation of 8 languages; among others. It’s not just a building its art with deep history, art that makes Lagos shine.

Tafawa Balewa Square, (TBS)

Originally called the “Race Course” in Lagos Island, the entrance to the square has gigantic sculptures of four white horses hovering above the gate and seven red eagles, which are symbols from the national emblem signifying Strength and Dignity respectively. It is bounded by Awolowo Road, Cable Street, Force road, Catholic Mission street, and the 26-story independence building. The square has a capacity for 50,000 people and is mostly used for numerous events such as musical concerts and religious gatherings.

Eyo

Another important symbol to note in the artwork is that of the “Eyo” “It refers to the costumed dancers, known as the masquerades that come out during the festival. The white-clad Eyo masquerades represent the spirits of the dead, and are referred to in Yoruba as “Agogoro Eyo.”

Back in the days, The Eyo festival was held to escort the soul of a departed Lagos King or Chief and to usher in a new king but now, it is still almost universally observed as tourist attractions for visitors worldwide.

The Three Wise Men (White Cap Chiefs) – Welcome To Lagos

There’s no way you’ll miss three men greeting you upon entering Lagos. “Welcome to Lagos” is an Art Deco statue of three Lagos white-cap chiefs located. It was designed by Bodun Shodeinde in 1991 and stands over 12 ft high. It portrays the image of three white cap chiefs in slightly different positions, wearing white wrappers tied across their shoulders with their right fists clenched.

The figure on the right-hand side stretches his fist forward to the air; with an inclined fist a bit down, the figure in the middle holds his right fist forward while the figure on the left brings his two fists together, slightly touching each other in the air. Welcome To Eko!

Lifting Nigeria Up

Lagosians are often presented with beautiful scenery that leaves one wondering even during the hustle and bustle. Formerly in Maryland, that statue of three men lifting Nigeria up is seen as a reminder of how the three major tribes of Nigeria came together to keep Nigeria as a whole.

There is also the busy weave signs and canoes which indicates that Lagos is a lively environment surrounded by Water and enjoyed with great Musics.

“Made In Lagos” is sure to make history because it marks another era for the singer since he released his debut single “Holla At Your Boy”. We’ve seen tremendous growth from the days of “Superstar,” “Ayo,” “Sounds From The Other Side” to “Soundman Vol 1” and it is certain that “Made In Lagos” would be extraordinary. We can’t wait for the album to drop!!

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Loki finds out The Variant’s plans, but he has his own that will forever alter both their destinies.

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JUICE WRLD NEW ALBUM RELEASE INFO – Lil Bibby

 

Juice Wrld’s ‘The Party Never Ends’ album is part of trilogy
Juice Wrld’s team has also released a teaser for Juice Wrld’s forthcoming ‘The Party Never Ends’ album.

Juice Wrld’s next posthumous album will be the first of three.

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On Thursday (July 8), Interscope Records and Grade A announced that Juice Wrld’s The Party Never Ends project will be part of a trilogy. Lil Bibby previously teased as much with a tweet he posted a few weeks ago. Now, the information has been confirmed.

As part of the announcement, the labels also released a teaser trailer for the project. Filled with shades of purple, pink and some space imagery, the teaser trailer sees Juice Wrld in what looks like a variation of the healing chambers found in “Dragon Ball Z.” While in the chamber, an animated version of Juice can be seen with his eyes lighting up as a snippet of new music plays.

Lil Bibby teases posthumous Juice WRLD album

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The release date for the new LP still hasn’t been announced, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if it came very soon. The album can be pre-saved now.

Not too much is known about the album, but Juice’s manager, Pete Jideonwo, has given a little bit of information on the project. In an interview from last month, he said the project would include a feature from Lil Uzi Vert, as well as other big names.

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The one-year anniversary of Juice Wrld’s last posthumous project, Legends Never Die, is on Saturday. The project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 497,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release. That number obviously speaks to an enormous fan base, one that was built from the late rapper’s emotional transparency and knack for melodic tunes. After his tragic death of an accidental drug overdose in December 2019, the number of Juice Wrld fans has only continued to grow with his catalog.

When this new trilogy concludes, there will be four posthumous Juice Wrld projects online. Watch the teaser for The Party Never Ends for yourself just below.

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Have you see the state of her body? Mad!!!! Adeola wants to roll with the geezer… ? ? ?

That’s most probably the last drill hit you heard. But I’ll also have you know that it’s just one amidst all the major banging drill records that we’ve got in the air in the past year.

Drill music is a sub-genre of hip-hop that originated in Chicago’s South Side area in the early 2010s. The sub-genre is strongly influenced by trap music, another sub-genre of hip-hop that emerged from the Atlanta, Georgia music scene that shares the drill sound’s propensity for dark, slow atmospheres and a lyrical focus on the dangers of criminal activity.

Ever since records like Pop Smoke’s ‘Dior’ became global smash hits, it’s been a flight to the moon for drill rappers around the world.

Although the earliest days of the Drill stardom can be attributed to rappers like Soulja boy, the inability to scale the song to a grossly commercial level outside the United States and more specifically South Side Chicago is Pop’s edge over his predecessors.

Even Nigeria’s own Underground rapper Eniola Havoc is quietly building his Ikotun Bando Boys army after his Afro-Drill based Kele started gaining traction on Audiomack and other locally available streaming services. Legendary Styles also did a re-brand of the buzzing Drill genre with his viral song – Looseguard (I See, I Saw).

Granted, drill’s been in the United States & the U.K for a while, but I think we can both agree that Pop Smoke took it to China & Japan, even good old Naija.

It’s a new dawn for hard core drill producers out in these streets, especially those ones who’ve toiled hard for the sub genre to get to global recognition.

Who knew Pop’s death would do more for the industry than Migos did to Trap? Did you? definitely not me.

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You probably heard by now, that Pop’s dropping a new album soon. I think we might both agree on how powerful that legacy is. Given his increasing popularity since his death, I think it’s safe to say that the drill audience hasn’t got enough of the rappers gritty baritone.

ArrDee is the latest big thing on the drill scene, and he blew up via the UK drill/grime pipeline after his chance verse on Russ & Wayne Tion’s Song of the summer; Body.

He has since dropped a follow up titled ‘Oliver Twist‘ and you can get that he’s slowly creeping up the charts and smashing records just by jumping on the barely tapped drill potential.

Here in Africa, you can hear the underlying influence of drill on some of the new school artistes. Underground Rappers are steadily building a fan base for themselves by jumping in the drill wagon.

Songs like Eniola Havoc’s Kele and Legendary Styles’ Loosegaurd which are doing incredibly well on streaming platforms and have received co-signs from numerous industry execs are starting to contributing to the growth of this fast moving sub-genre.

It’s just like every other business, the early birds get the best and you can rest assured that the Afrobeats musicians who take the pain to infuse drill songs/influences into their projects right now may just be the biggest beneficiaries of this sub genre that’s in the rise.

So what do you think? Might Pop Smoke be nearing GOAT level in HipHop anytime soon? Especially since his label has announced that he’s got a new body of work coming soon.

Will Pop Smoke’s Post Humous album make him one of HipHop’s greatest Icons? 

Written by Chukwumerije Bisi-Taiwo (Yinka)
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