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Nigerian Music Industry: 2014 In Review

2014 has been a massive year in the music industry with great hits and lots of revelations. As for the friends in the industry, well… we’re proud of each and everyone of you but some of you need to chill on the hustle though. There were couple of tweet-fights. Stop acting desperate. It’s never that serious.

OK, let’s get back to business…

Omo Baba Olowo ( O.B.O ), the baddest, has been dynamic, hardworking and unique this year. He gave us a banger earlier this year followed by great hits that rocked the air waves. AYE, song of the year ( Headies, 2014) , produced by T Spize, was undoubtedly one of the best hits in 2014. It was a memorable year for Davido, as he scooped 22 awards in the year 2014. He plans to release his sophomore album April, 2015.

God bless Don Jazzy… he’s indeed an enigma. I’m loyal to him any day, any time but I pray Mavins would live up to its full potentials. The Mavins gave us major hits for the year – SURULERE, ADAOBI, DOROBUCCI, GENTLEMAN amongst many others, that rocked the country after which DOROBUCCI was awarded the pop single of the year ( Headies, 2014). Don Jazzy did it before with Mo’Hits. I believe he can do it again ”IDJA”, with the signing of Rookie of the year ( Headies, 2014), Reekado Banks, Korede Bello and Aphro Di’ja…

Tuface has really chilled these days… been a family man ain’t easy talk less of been a multi-family man. Respect anyday, any time. Another Legend.

Shallah to Wizkid though… I believe the entire Starboy is on his shoulders and yes, he hasn’t failed us yet. Having dropped his second album AYO ( JOY) in 2014 with great collabos featuring top artistes, Wizkid should keep up the good work. 2015 promises to be a better year.

Banky W has always been a boss, give it to him. He gave us something we held on to – ( JAIYE ORI MI ) in the year 2014.

Skales, one of the major hit-makers for the year 2014 ( SHAKE BODY ). I pray for Skales and hope you guys would appreciate his hustle… that nigga is talented, don’t take that away from him.

Yeah, back to the street of Bariga …

The King Baddo, himself with the YBNL crew had a great 2014 and are still much in the game. They created SHOKI, they trended it and here it is, almost everybody is dancing it.

Olamide’s songs; AWON GOONS MI and STORY FOR GODS made our best naija songs for the year 2014. Kingin, as Olamide is mostly called, dropped his fourth album titled STREET O.T, which was among the best selling naija albums for the year 2014. Olamide revealed the sensational Shoki crooner, Lil Kesh through his record label, YBNL and he’s been doing good ever since.

Victor… the new year would reveal.

Have I said something about Dem Mama Records… Timaya wasn’t ommitted in the year 2014. He released some club bangers. He was also signed as MTN brand ambassador this year. Timaya was notably credited for the emergence of the Next Rated Artiste for the year (Headies 2014), Patoranking with his first official track, ALUBARIKA followed by major tracks like GIRLIE ft Tiwa Savage, HAPPY DAY.

Big ups to my brother, Sean Tizzle, he has kept the hustle real, releasing his debut album and some classic videos off the album. The album titled THE JOURNEY bagged the Best RnB album ( Headies, 2014 ) and it was dropped under his record label – Difference Entertainment – managed by the Real DTunes, a renowned producer in the industry.

I will try and study the Capital Hill family but I do believe they have potentials, funny thing is I always had my focus on Ms. Kedike, Chidinma and Phyno … Shout-out to the big boss, iLLBliss. ALOBAM !

A few talents came out strong in 2014. Runtown ( GALLARDO ), Korede Bello, Pepenazi, Orezi ( YOU GARRIT ) especially. God bless your hustle hommies.

Alright… let me sign out right here. I’m hoping for the best in 2015 and yes, shout-out to the lovers of the the game especially the ones who love to take-off their clothes for the love of it, you all made the industry what it is though.

HAVE A WONDERFUL YEAR AHEAD

TAIWO, TAIYE TAYO

@TAYO_TAIWO ON TWITTER

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