DAVIDO CROWNED BIGGEST NIGERIAN ARTIST BY HOT 97
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HOT97 released a post via Instagram yesterday which stated Davido might be the biggest Nigerian artist at the moment, which is hard to disagree with considering the type of work he is putting in for the culture right now, alongside the walls he is knocking down he is also building bridges. The latest collaboration saw him team up with American rapper Russ in an unlikely match up which seemed to be received very well by both Afrobeats and Hip Hop fans.

As always with rivalry/competition there are fans with different views, when you mention Davido you know it isn’t long before Wizkid fans voice their opinion and our comments section was bombarded with Starboy fans disagreeing with the statement. Wizkid is definitely a world star in his own right and has maybe done a similar press run to what Davido is on now but that shouldn’t take away from the work Davido is currently putting in and considering the fact NEW music has been rare it isn’t unfair to say Davido is currently hotter, not better but just more active right now.

Davido stays shining…

Davido stays shining…

Anyway they’re both kings can’t we just celebrate the both of them?

BURNA BOY SENDS POWERFUL MESSAGE
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Burna Boy took to Instagram last night to put out a very serious, heart felt message to other artists in the industry both established and up and coming. Now despite numerous fans trying to insinuate that he was referring to specific artists, it felt more like a warning for new artists in the game not to sign ‘international’ deals without establishing if it is in their best interest first. It was a post giving awareness to the current interest being shown to African music from companies, labels and other entities overseas.

Powerful message Burna Boy keep guiding us and shedding light on the industry for what it is.

KIZZ DANIEL BRINGS OUT WRETCH 32 & LADY LESHUR AT O2
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Sound City reported: Kizz Daniel’s NBS World Tour impacted London last night and the turn out was mind-blowing. The Afro-pop superstar sold out the Indigo at the O2, where the London leg of the tour took place, thrilling fans to live renditions of his numerous hits.

Assisted by Lady Leshurr and Wretch 32, the FlyBoy INC. captain made a historic outing

JOHN SINGLETON DIES AGED 51

Gaurdian Reported: Singleton, who was the first African American to be nominated for the best director Oscar, led a resurgence in mainstream black film-making in the 1990s

Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton, who became both the first African American and the youngest-ever film-maker to be nominated for the best director Oscar, has died aged 51. Singleton had been hospitalised following a stroke on 17 April.

Earlier on Monday, Singleton’s family announced that he would be taken off life support. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off of life support today,” a spokesperson for the family said in a statement to Deadline. “This was an agonising decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John’s doctors.”

Born in Los Angeles in 1968, Singleton released the incendiary Boyz n the Hood in 1991 and its portrayal of gang violence and the drug epidemic made an immediate impact. It was a commercial success, made stars out of lead actors Cuba Gooding Jr and Ice Cube (who was already well-known for being a member of hip-hop group NWA), and installed Singleton as the leader of a new generation of African American film-makers aiming for mainstream influence.

The film reflected his own background growing up in South Central Los Angeles. His parents were separated, and Singleton, like his lead character Tre, went to live with his father as a child. He drew on his own experiences, such as his father’s encounter with a policeman after seeing off an attempted burglary, as well as his friends’ for Boyz n the Hood, which he completed after successfully applying to USC film school. He was 24 when he was nominated for best director and best original screenplay Oscars.

By his own admission, Singleton was an “angry young man”, and found it difficult to repeat Boyz n the Hood’s zeitgeist-altering impact. Subsequent films included Poetic Justice, with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, and Higher Learning, dealing with the racial fault lines in student life. A remake of 70s blaxploitation classic Shaft, starring Samuel L Jackson, restored Singleton’s Hollywood credibility and he was hired to direct the sequel to The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, released in 2003.

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YEMIALADE COLLABS WITH RICK ROSS

Yemi Alade, the queen of Afrobeats, dropped her top-tier collaboration with a remix of ‘Oh my gosh” featuring Rick Ross.

"Oh My Gosh," which was initially released last year, this new remix sees the American rapper and Maybach Music founder jumping on to deliver an enjoyable verse full of all the Rick Ross-isms we've come to expect: hopping on private planes, riding in Porsches, and icing out everything.

The "Oh My Gosh" remix which dropped today will be featured on Yemi Alade's upcoming album, Woman Of Steel,listen to it below.

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50 makes $300,000 from T-shirts

Sources close to 50 say he sold over 10,000 shirts Sunday after having someone create swag mocking the ongoing fight with Emmett. The graphic that was printed on the shirt is a real text message exchange with Emmet and reads, “I’m sorry FOFTY,” followed by a response of “$1,000,000.”

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The rapper had the shirts printed after annihilating Emmett and his reality star fiancée over a loan that wasn’t paid back. After Emmett constantly misspelled 50’s name, “Fofty” began trending, and even celebrities like Chrissy Teigen are getting in on the fun.

We’re told in the first two hours of debuting his “Fofty” shirts, 50 made over $300,000. They retail for $32.99.

However, that money does not offset the debt Emmett owes, which currently sits at $750,000.

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REMA says he is doing it for Nigerian Music Culture not the MONEY

Rema was interviewed last night and asked how it feels to be signed to Mavin records who have changed the lives of other big well established acts such as Korede Bello ect. Rema replied by saying he feels he is here to change the world and wants to push African music to the front of the world to give it the expose it deserves from Nigerian trap/hiphop to African music in general.

He also stressed that as much as the lifestyle, fame and money is nice it isn’t his main motivation and his purpose is bigger than those things, hats off to you sir, you’re a very wise man.

Young Star in the Making!

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UBA Chairman takes requests for Wizkid to perform

Wizkid has made the headlines again this time after performing at the UBA CEO award ceremony last night, UBA chairman Tony Elumelu took requests from the audience for Wizkid to perform 5 songs of their choice, he also referred to Wizkid as the best performer, which is hard to disagree with.

Please see video below

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GOT: Game of thrones sends social media into meltdown

Last night episode 3 from the final season of Game of thrones was aired and sent social media into a frenzy, spoilers were posted left, right and centre as fans couldn’t resist the temptation to publicly expose the result of ‘ battle of winterfell’.

We don’t do spoilers here at Urfreshtv, what we do instead is give advice: We advise you to either catch up immediately, don’t watch it at all or risk the possibility of having one of the biggest and highly anticipated episodes to be ruined for you in the space of a 1minute video clip.

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DAVIDO PERFORMS AT IDRIS ELBA WEDDING

Nigerian music superstar, Davido made a surprise and thrilling performance at Hollywood actor, Idris Elba's secret wedding to Sabrina Dhowre.

The wedding took place in Morroco with Elba and Sabrina exchanging vows and partying with close friends in a three-day celebration that begun on Friday.

Please see video below:

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JAY-Z SPITS A FREESTYLE DEDICATED TO NIPSEY HUSSLE

These days, Jay-Z is stadium status. However, on Friday night (April 26), the rap giant performed in his hometown of New York City for a special B-Sides 2 performance at Webster Hall where he delivered a new freestyle that addresses the late Nipsey Hussle.

Hov hit the stage in a black suit, backed by a live band. A huge mock Roc-A-Fella chain hung from the rafters. Plenty of jams were performed but it was Jay's poignant freestyle talking about Nipsey that really struck a chord.

"Gentrify your own hood before the people do it/Play imminent domain and have your people moving/That's a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/To anybody still confused as to what he was doing," Jay rapped. "The neighborhood designed to keep us trapped/They redlined it so property declines if you live by Blacks/They depress the asset and take the property back/A ruthless but ingenious plan in fact."

STORMZY RELEASES CLEAN VISUALS FOR JIGGY BOP - FEATURES IDRIS ELBA

South London grime rapper Stormzy is back with a new song. It’s called “Vossi Bop,” and you can watch the video below. Idris Elba makes a cameo when he’s mentioned in the lyrics. Stormzy is back and this song could possibly hit the number 1 spot given the anticipation of his return alongside the fact UK acts like Dave & Fredo have had a lot of chart success recently. This song is catchy, the video only enhances the audio with clean visuals and clever cuts keeping you in sync with the journey throughout.