By Esther Kainebi-Daniel
Multiple award-winner, Damini Ogulu popularity known as Burna Boy, has unveiled his much-expected seventh studio album production, I Told Them.
The Grammy award-winner’s seventh studio album released on Thursday, August 24, spans approximately 40 minutes and boasts 15 tracks, each offering a unique glimpse into the African Giant hit maker’s musical evolution. The album features a star-studded lineup of guest appearances, including collaborations with GZA, RZA, 21 Savage, Dave, Seyi Vibez, J. Cole, and Byron Messia.
Received with widespread acclaim, the project has already garnered significant attention for its rich blend of musical influences and Burna Boy’s signature storytelling style, with many fans praising his ability to evolve and innovate while staying true to his roots.
One of the standout tracks, Sittin on Top of the World, features 21 Savage and showcases Burna Boy’s ability to merge different musical styles seamlessly. Another highlight is 12 Jewels, which features RZA, offering listeners a fusion of Afrobeats and hip-hop.
Sharing insights into the album’s creation, Burna Boy emphasized the importance of expressing genuine feelings and experiences, stating that the album offers a side of him that the public rarely sees. He further elaborated on the album’s essence, highlighting its blend of musical influences and the distinct brand of storytelling that elevates the entire project.
In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the music powerhouse said that he gravitated toward J. Cole following their joint performance at the rapper’s Dreamville Fest earlier this year.
The Afrobeats singer’s words: “The truth is often hidden, but when you come across it and you are a person of truth yourself; you can’t help but recognize it. You know what I mean? That’s really the story of me and J Cole. It’s like, I recognize it.”
In another interview with Speedy on Complex’s 360, the multiple award-winning artiste, said the new album is merely the first part of a larger series. However, he wouldn’t get into further details.
Going memory lane from his childhood, first song, Jump, he said, “I haven’t even told anyone this, you know too much. Where did you get that from? Did you speak to my mom or something? What else do you know? Where are you getting all this info from?” he queried Speedy.
On what informed the choice of the album title, Burna said, “I was scrolling on Twitter page one day and trying to see my first ever post and they just sent me down to everything I ever said. My world, it’s crazy; like I really did say all these and all that is happening now, that kind of made me name the album I Told Them.”
In addition, the album release is accompanied by a special edition magazine. This collector’s item provides fans with a deeper dive into I Told Them creation process. It includes exclusive content such as a conversation between Burna Boy and RZA, articles penned by his grandfather, Benson Idonije, who was former manager of the Afrobeat progenitor, the legendary Fela Kuti, and behind-the-scenes photos from the album’s production.
As the music world continues to buzz about “I Told Them,” it’s clear that Burna Boy’s influence and impact on the global music scene remain unparalleled.
At 27, MohBad Prematurely Quits The Stage
By Esther Kainebi-Daniel
A blooming singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, has prematurely quit the stage. Aloba popularly known as MohBad died at the age of 27.
MohBad’s news of death was broken by music executive, Ovie via his X page #Ovieo on Tuesday evening. “Confirmed. MohBad is deadlt. Sad, sad day,” he tweeted.
A former Marlian record signee, MohBad reportedly died at the age of 27. He was best known for his hit singles Ponmo, Feel Good, and KPK (Ko Por Ke) (you will always be remembered) with Rexxie which was nominated three times for The Headies awards 2022.
He released his debut album, Light EP, in the fourth quarter of 2020 as a follow-up to his viral song ‘Ponmo’ which featured Naira Marley and Lil Kesh, after agreeing to a record deal with with Naira Marley led Marlian Records World in 2019.
The rapper cum songwriter was listed in Audiomack’s top 21 afrobeat artistes of 2021. In 2022, he released Peace produced by Rexxie, and peaked TurnTable charts top 50 in 2021 and top 100 in 2022.
His discography includes Feel Good, Backside, Weekend, Tiff, Peace, Hallelujah, Ronaldo, KPK, Peace, Komajesun, Pariwo.
In February 2022, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) arrested Mohbad, Zinoleesky and four other people following their possession of illegal substances like MDMA and cannabis at their home in Lekki, Lagos. Some viral videos on social media showed NDLEA operatives breaking into the musicians’ home in the Lekki district of Lagos State in the early hours of Thursday morning.
According to witnesses, the officials carried out the arrest without any search warrants and mistreated the singers. The NDLEA officers were seen hitting the musician with clubs and shooting into the air, forcing them into waiting trucks.
Two years after the incident, MohBad announced his departure from Marlian Records, accusing Naira Marley of domestic violence and stated that the later ordered people to beat him up when he confronted him about his decision to employ a different manager to handle his music and business affairs.
The circumstances leading to his death and where he died remain sketchy as of the time of this report, but there were indications that his elder brother had confirmed the sad news of his demise.
Meanwhile, rapper Olamide Adedeji, popularly known as Olamide Baddoo shared a cryptic message on his X handle, saying “Damn! Mohbad (sic)”, while in another tweet, he wrote, “This life (sic)”
An old video of Bella Shmurda saying Mohbad was battling mental health issues recently resurfaced online minutes after the reported death of the singer.
Tolanibaj, Frodd Evicted From BBNaija
By Esther Kainebi-Daniel
Tolanibaj and Frodd became the fourth and fifth housemates to be evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality show dubbed the All Stars Season 8 on Sunday.
The duo were sent packing after failing to garner a enough vote to keep them in the house. Their evictions leave the All Stars Show with 11 housemates remaining.
Tolanibaj was the first housemate to be evicted, following a live eviction that lacked a jury panel unlike the previous evictions. She garnered attention for her “situationship” with another housemate, Neoenergy.
She opened up about getting to know him better during her time on the show, when quizzed by the show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (Ebuka) on what changed after she had said she wasn’t attracted to Neo.
“Neo is a sweet guy. I saw some things others didn’t see in him,” she said.
Her eviction sparked a variety of reactions among viewers, with some expressing surprise at Seyi’s continued stay in the competition.
Frodd was the second housemate to be evicted during the live show night, following a close vote. The businessman and entrepreneur had been a popular figure in the house, but he ultimately fell short of the public’s vote.
Asked what he learnt from his time in the house, the newest father said: “I learned that I am stronger than I thought I was. I also learned that I am a good person, and that people appreciate me.”
His eviction, however, was met with sadness from many viewers, who had enjoyed his positive energy and sense of humor.
Meanwhile, it appears Seyi has probably been briefed by one of newly introduced housemates – Kim Oprah, Prince, Sholzy or Lucy – about how he is perceived outside the show by Nigerians. In a viral video online, the reality star told Venita he heard Nigerians are angry at him, and it means he is one of those carrying the show.
According to him, what the anger translated to was that he is one of the six, if not the first, on the list carrying this season’s show.
His recent statement sparked reactions online as many people hoped he would get kicked out soon.
Kiddwaya Evicted From BBNaija Reality Show
Terry Waya, popularly known as Kiddwaya was on Sunday evicted from the Big Brother All-Stars show.
Kiddwaya was drown alongside fellow Housemate, Tolani Baj having polled the least number of votes of the week.
Of the 15 Housemates up for eviction, Tolani BAJ and Kiddwaya had the least number of votes but only one of them could be evicted, by the power of the jury, consisting of former Housemates, Elozonam, Vee and Saskay.
The general expectation was that Tolani would be the third woman in a row to be evicted from the house after Princess and Uriel were axed in the second and third week respectively.
Apart from the cult following of the housemates, it appears the power of the three-member jury is the ultimate decider, at least for the last two who could not amass enough votes.
A number of factors do influence the decision of the jury, but it appears Vee and Saskay just couldn’t bear to see another woman go.
The first eviction Sunday had Seyi and Princess in the hole, and the jury, despite having two women, Dorothy and Bisola in the committee sacrificed a woman to save a man, Seyi.
The outcome got many women angry on social media, condemning the duo for not standing up for their own.
The second eviction Sunday saw another woman exiting the show. The Jury of Laycon, Teddy A and Diane voted Uriel out.
With female powerhouses like Mercy, CeeC and Alex, many believe this season is one for the women. Of course, women have not been particularly lucky on the show as more men have won than women.
Since the inception of the franchise, only two women, Mercy and Phyna have been prosperous while four men have won, .Namely; Efe Money, Miracle, Laycon and Whitemoney.