Yes! They are scared of releasing projects because they believe that it isn’t worth it; I’m sure you know I’m referring to artistes in the grand University of Nigeria Nsukka. The music space in the University is extremely poor, it wasn’t this way at first, once upon a time acts like Flavour and Waje turned UNN into a musical eldorado serenading the environment with stellar sounds and breathtaking performances. Today the story has taken a different turn with a truck load of rookie, underserving artistes maiming the quality of music , scaring away potential fans and ruining business for show promoters.
Hopefully we still have great artistes who have been consistent with releasing great music and this scriber believes they should make releasing albums a top new year resolution come 2020.
The chief ambassador of Afro&B and the alternative sound, JC Jones is that artiste that makes music you don’t get to hear any where else in UNN. With a voice that sounds very much like a mash up of Praiz and John Legend he has churned out a couple of scintillating hits that have stolen the hearts of virtually every ‘lioness’ in our den. Songs like ‘Need You More’ and his viral freestyle ‘Fine Boys Like Us’ have been instant classics and have had rotations in radio stations in the South East. In the last conversation I had with this artiste he hinted on releasing his debut EP, hopefully we might hear from him come 2020.
Undoubtedly the most popular battle rapper in UNN, PlayMaker is that HipHop artiste that has proven that words are just pieces of cake he can eat up at will; emerging victorious in countless rap battle contests within and outside the school. We have heard stories of hardcore battle rappers who couldn’t really do well with releasing good tracks but PlayMaker broke the jinx with the release of his own version of Joyner Lucas’ viral song ‘ISIS’ which was all about PlayMaker fusing street hop and HipHop with the UK grime sound. The track is also on ace online lyric site GENIUS. With a strong fan base and popularity this writer believes that PlayMaker should have an album come 2020.
Drecos Entertainment frontliner and street hop artiste ShaggyBlaq is that artiste that felt confident enough to host his very first concert in UNN, The ‘Ekurole Concert’ which was a solid promo for his smashing street hit ‘Ekurole’ which was also aired on Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija opened a lot of doors for him. I remember interviewing this act in Lion FM where he talked about his single ‘Alubarika’ which happened to be a heartfelt story about the rigorous and heartbreaking effects of not gaining admission. With songs like Ekurole and Tile Tile he has solidified his stake as the biggest commercial artiste in UNN with the The Next Gen Entertainment as his unrivalled management team. He’s not mainstream yet but I believe an album would do the trick.
Trap music is gradually becoming an actual ‘thing’ in UNN’s mainstream music scene and this artiste prides himself as its King. AjayRock popped up with his first hit single ‘SuperMan’ in 2016 which he performed in countless Lagos events. He’s that artiste that keeps churning out singles almost every month with the aim of promoting the trap music sound in UNN.
He is set to release his debut EP ‘REDBULL’ in 2020 with tracks like Bounce and Sound Wave as its headliners. Are we gonna love it? I’m sure we will
PK THE RAPPER
The HipHop artiste who strongly believes in using skits to promote his music; he’s that artiste that will totally remind you of Ycee or PortHarcourt based Instagram rap sensation Dr. Barz. ‘MY MY’ was a single that proved that Pk wasn’t just great with bars, verses, freestyles and covers, he could also make his own music accompanied by an almost excellent hook. He hasn’t been too consistent with releasing new music but this scriber really believes he should have a body of work come 2020 after all that’s what HipHop’s all about..having an epic music catalogue
The rapper who took a huge step and released his first body of work on December 1, 2019 totally deserves to be on this list. The DOUBLE EDGE EP which had 6 tracks on it broke records by amassing 1000+ streams on AudioMack in just 72 hours making him the first artiste in UNN to do that. With singles like ‘MMBM’, ‘Ada’, ‘Uprising’ and ‘Akpo’ he has actually earned himself a mainstream spot in UNN’s music space. The experimental EP worked, it should be his cue to come through with a full length album in 2020.
If you are that UNN student that attends every party that pops up in school, you should be familiar with the ATM crooner Frank D. This artiste who to some people sounds like a younger version of the now defunct legendary duo P Square is that Afro pop singer that is just everywhere, performing in parties, departmental nights, Faculty nights, SUG nights, bonfires. He is the most consistent artiste on this list releasing brand new singles every month back to back.
Highly influenced by mainstream acts like Ali Kiba, Diamond Platnumz and the defunct duo Psquare, he makes serenading music with funny hooks that are undoubtedly enticing
Songs like ATM(Mugu For Life), ‘Versace on the floor (Cover), ‘Package’ and a host of other songs have set the stage for the release of his album come 2020. He should have one, don’t you think?
UNN has two kinds of artistes, the ones with a future in the industry and the ones who should reconsider doing music. Hopefully 2020 will be the year for great albums and the restructuring of UNN’s music space.