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Forget The Hype On ‘MIL’ & ‘ABT’, Timaya ‘s “Gratitude” Album Is An Outstanding Project



Forget The Hype On ‘MIL’ & ‘ABT’, Timaya ‘s “Gratitude” Album Is An Outstanding Project 1

Timaya Is Thankful On Gratitude Album.

Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come…” Dwayne Johnson

Yes! that’s the right quote to use in summarizing Timaya’s career. Ever since his induction into the Nigeria Urban Music scene, Timaya has kept the pedal to the floor and kept moving on his lane without veering off his message, style and music prowess.

I think foresight is why the Papi Chulo (as he likes to call himself these days) has gone this far. He has always been a visionar , a hustler and strong on his ideas even when the rest of the industry tends to go a different direction… Timaya has a stay on his lane, working his art and growing.

According to him, he once hawked plantain on the street of Port-Harcourt then used that same energy to sell his album for 500k to Alaba Marketers just for the promotion and yes, he did bank on it big time. Now he has albums every other year and you can tell that he is quite successful considering his depth in the industry ever since.


The new drop, “Gratitude” is Timaya’s 8th studio album (that’s if you consider his 2019 “Chulo Vibes” as an album). Well, this album is mainly focused on one theme which is Gratitude. Gratitude to God for how he has raised him to become what he is today but he didn’t stop there, he also took time to throw out gems to those who care to listen and talk a good deal about his life.

Gra Gra” is one of such tracks that he speaks his truth about the secret to success and life, encouraging his fans to work hard and take it easy on frivolous lifestyle. He made it clear that whatever life gives you, you have to make a good use of it and keep up the hard work rather than complain.
Many of these themes spawn throughout the album but it’s a good thing he made it groovy as he always does to make you enjoy the songs with all the substance in it.

Local & Bougie” is a new twist. Its components are South-Africa House and EDM . it’s a unique sound that really didn’t touch much on anything other than the fact he doesn’t have to beg for love and how he is risen from all that people said to become successful.

Ebiola Papa” is a Afro-Pop record that has a lot of Melody and rhythm going on in the backdrop of the song that will have you nodding or singing along. it’s more like a prayer song, asking God not to leave his side, and talking about the challenges in the world he can’t face alone without God.. a good production from Suka Sound and the melodic voice of Timaya made this one distinct.

L.O.V.E is a Dance-Hall record which has a lot of similarity to what he usually do. A love song that entails his affection and commitment to the love of his life. it’s a song that will go perfectly well on a DJ cue and such a song is likely to have a lot of international love since it has a lot of Dance-Hall elements in it. I think Patoranking feature was missing in on the song. It would have made a difference though.

Timaya took them to church on “Chulo Bothers Nobody” . The sound of this song is church mix with High-Life. Again, he makes it clear on how he likes to live his life being a gentleman, keeping his head up and straight and having his eyes on the prize.

Iberibe” is an Afro-beat/High-Life record that runs both sound interchangeable throughout the record. I think that’s phenomenal. Although Wizkid has done records like this before, it’s the distinctiveness of the sound that makes it different here. Timaya brags about spoiling his girl and talks about her beauty and the gratitude he has for having her .

The Album opened up with the next track titled “Born to Win“… a song about his past struggle and his philosophy of life… since no one was ready to help him, he has to get up and win . According to him, he is Keen on winning so much it’s the only thing he focuses on . His hustle and tenacity has been from his struggles in the past. This is a dance record that gives a lot of hope to those who need to hear a piece of Timaya’s mind .

Buru” is a smooth reggae record (reggae in its elements and beat production) that is basically a praise to God and the many blessings he has been blessed with, making it clear nothing is bigger than his God. He talks about haters waiting for his downfall but makes it clear that it’s not going to happen since he has God behind him .

Staying relevant in a culture of the 21st century means you are financial buoyant and this is what Timaya message is on “Don Dada” . Trust no one and be careful who you help. But if you must help others make sure you have invested in yourself first…. it’s really a message that everyone needs to hear. The Afro-beat/High-Life dance record is very insightful, filled with rhythm and easy to sing along. it’s known that Timaya’s DM records has given rise to a lot of prominent artiste in the country. So as someone who has done so much, it’s only right to say he knows what he is saying

No Limit” is a hit record. It has a groovy sound of Afro-beat mixed with dance. This is a new wave, I believe, since it’s really sounding fresh. He even thinks some people feel he is anti-social, making sure you know he care less since he has no limit with the hits and the money is sure coming in. I think it would be a real different track if he had feature Burna Boy. Well, on its own the song is a hit.

Now let me make a point; so far, Timaya hasn’t featured anyone in on the songs and he did well holding it down on every record.

Okaka” is a very indigenous record in it’s production as it embed High-Life with a lot of Percussion which is traditionally the sound from Southern Nigeria. it’s another praise record to God, on how he is now well established even though he was termed local but now he is international.

The Light” is about Timaya being vocal about the Nigeria Government and all its erroneous ways. Molded on an Afro-beat mixed with High-Life, this is one of the most distinct production on the album. It’s unique like the one I talked about earlier on. It’s cool, tight and just pleasing to hear the saxophone play all over the track. it’s worth the listen.

The first single off the album and one that has had a lot of radio airplay and popularity for over a year now is “I Can’t Kill Myself”. This record has a good video and it’s vibes are really relaxing.. still on the course of living life on his own terms and not letting the pressure from the external world get to his beliefs and conviction of putting God first
The name of the next record “Something Must Kill A Man“, which is almost similar to the previous one, is a warning to those who care to hear about being cautious on how they lead their lives. He stays on the course of planning, investing and taking it easy on frivolous spending..

The Mood” is an Afro-beat record that has a vibe so cool you probably press replay once the sax blast is over. it’s a good track since it can place anywhere in one’s list when picking out songs to listen to. The cool tempo Afro-beat is catchy and appealing. Timaya wasted no time to talk about his grind and the Fruits that comes with it .. a nice record indeed

Timaya is not your average artiste. As far as A-List is concerned, Timaya has been making the cut since he first came out and continues to maintain the top of the food chain .

Everyone is talking about the many dope albums of 2020, from Wizkid to Burna Boy, Olamide to Davido. And while most of these guys are really up the list and are doing great one can’t deny the greatness in an artiste like Timaya… although the album has some misses like his continuous using of the same mode of expression, which can be very tiring to the listener, it is complete in itself than Wizkid or Davido’s album this year .

Timaya has influenced a lot of artistes that are making great impact like Patoranking. It’s only evident that his power is in his consistency.. being able to stay focus, being able to keep up with the message while looking for a place to balance it up with the trend of the day.

Cohesiveness and Focus are surely two elements Timaya’s “Gratitude” album has over other album released this year. Maybe not as popular as the other A-List artiste, Timaya is one of the greatest Nigeria artiste. While you want to argue that make sure you listen to the album first and draw a conclusion and see what lines are left .

Theme: 9
Production: 7
Lyrics: 7
Replay value: 8

Timaya – “Gratitude” Album

Reviewed by Olalekan Okeremilekun
Twitter: @imjudah1

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(Series) Loki – Season 01, Episode 03



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Loki Season 01, Episode 03


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


Season Number: 1

Episode Number: 3

Episode Title: Lamentis

Air Date: Jun 22, 2021



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Juice Wrld Latest Album “Party Never Ends” Release Date Announcement by Lil Bibby



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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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Drill Songs Keeps Getting Bigger & Bigger, Will “Pop Smoke” Become HipHop’s Next ICON?



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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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