Here is a list of our carefully curated songs. The first edition of the “Worth The Hype” (WTH) newsletter. The songs we just can’t get over with.
This playlist is not based off genre or personal interest whatever. Our music critiques simply analyzed the efforts x the creative improvisation made, based on the quality of the song and it’s Urban feel.
Worth The Hype #001
Howbeit, this playlist edition features songs more from the Nigerian alté scene. However, we cannot but recognize the efforts of the artists from this genre of music, and their contribution to the African music scene and the world in general.
1. “Ain’t Mad At You” – Rod Wave
Released into the “Pray for love” Album, in August 7, 2020. Rod Wave penned eccentric melodies in to mellowed vibes. Speaking of his childhood friend, and the avaricious dreams they both had, “young and wild, on a rush to get paid.” With a nostalgic effect, Rod rapped about how he disregarded his friend’s legitimate business plan, for kicking against their “get rich quick scheme.”
2. “You Don’t Know” – Ms Banks
British Nigerian female rapper, Ms Banks comes banging on new swing derived song. Produced by Rymez, Ms Banks rapped about her prodigy, putting in to notes the reasons for her bad attitude “Coming from the jungle so I act wild.”
3. “FWB” – Chika
Grammy Nominated Artist, Oranika Chika Jane, best known as Chika, opened up about her explorations, her lustful desires “i don’t want your love, i just need your touch, yeah …” Chika, a part of the XXL Magazine Freshman 2020, is a leading Alabama born r&b singer, one of whom to look out for in the year 2021.
4. “Fuji 5000” – Odunsi (The Engine)
All time Nigerian alté king, Odunsi (The Engine) explores new world of alternative music. With new aesthetic perspectives, Odunsi delivers a fusion of the Nigerian renowned Fuji genre, blended with his potential alté vibes, he sings about where he is from “Where I’m from, Government don’t give a f*ck bout us.”
5. “Damages” – Tems
Temitope Openiyi, the Nigerian alternative R&B singer, also known as Tems has Found a new voice for her former self, and other vulnerable girls in the urban world. Her new song, Damages has become a freedom anthem for ladies in toxic relationships, bringing in a new perspective for self love.
6. “Zoom” – Cheque
Superboy Cheque delivers a new energy conserving tune. Off the “Razor” E.P, the Nigerian rising Afro-fusion Star, Akanbi Bamidele Brett showcased his potentials while he raps about keeping enemies off his trails.
7. “Rapid Fire” – Cruel Satino
Leading the alté scene, Cruel Santino explore themes of freedom and rage. Alongside his Monster boy crew, Santi uproars with a fusion of dancehall and nostalgic R&B vibes, off the “Mandy and the Jungle” E.P. Featuring Shane Eagle and Amaarae, the video was shot in Nigeria and South Africa as Directed by Santi himself.
8. “Jumping Ship” – Amaarae
Ama Serwah Genfi, the leading Ghanaian American alternative R&B singer, also known as Amaarae has made her legacy clear in the alté scene, as an Angel untold. From the “Angel You Don’t Know” album, Amaaree serves her voices up like a whirling wind, a devouring fire that licks its preys beautifully. She teamed up with Joey Radical and Cruel Santino for “Jumping Ship.”
9. “So Lonely” – Buju
After the release of his breakout single “Lenu (remix) featuring the Afro-fusion pioneer, Burna Boy. Buju, now signed to Marlian Musik, goes subtle in new mind captivating blend of Afro-pop tunes. Buju served a loop of a magical hook, reiterating the desires of his hidden lover.
10. “Elevate” – PsychoYP
Abuja based Nigerian rapper, PsycoYP comes wavey in new single. From the YPSZN2 album, PsycoYP delivers a stunning blend of Afro-fusion, rap and trap sound. Making you feel like a room with no roof, “Elevate” is another song which is definitely worth the hype.
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