Kanye West is working on a new album. The 42-year-old rapper only released LP ‘Jesus is King’ late last month but he’s already back in the recording studio, making a follow-up record with Dr. Dre.
Kanye shared a photo of himself and Dre on Twitter on Monday (18.11.19) and wrote: “Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon (sic)”
The announcement comes a day after Kanye – who has four children with wife Kim Kardashian West – announced he has an opera in the work.
The ‘Bound 2’ hitmaker revealed the production, ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ – a Biblical ruler – who presided over the Babylonian empire from c. 605 BC to c. 562 BC will be directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft and Kanye himself has provided the music.
Kanye shared the artwork for the event, a golden engraving of the titular king, and revealed the opera will take place at the Hollywood Bowl on November 24
Tickets for the opera went on sale on Monday.
Meanwhile, the ‘Famous’ hitmaker recently proclaimed himself the “greatest artist that God has ever created”.
Ahead of his own Sunday Service performance, Kanye appeared at pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday (17.11.19) in Houston, Texas, and told those gathered: “I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time.
“When I was in my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me, and I remember sitting in the hospital at UCLA after having a mental breakdown and there’s documentation of me drawing a church and [wanting to] start a church in the middle of Calabasas.”
The ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper went on to explain that he believes God is now using him, despite “all of that arrogance and cockiness that y’all have seen from me”.
He explained: “Because every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘I’m here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.’ Jesus has won the victory.
“I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already. Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him.”
Nasty C Features 11 “Up & Coming” Musicians On His “Lift As You Rise” Album.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (www.georgebritton.com) - South African rapper, songwriter and record producer, Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, known professionally as Nasty C has finally dropped a 2019 music project which features a legion of budding musicians, dubbed "Lift As You Rise", named after his deal with Red Bull SA.
The project which is stemmed and housed by Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records is intended to give exposure to talented aspiring hip hop artists, following a call made to budding African musicians to add their verses on multiple open tracks, which excluded 16 bars, but comprised verses from of Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D. Rowlene comments
With the release of the Lift As You Rise EP, the lives of Deekay_Did_It (Pietermaritzburg), Hanna (Cape Town), KDaVine (Pietermaritzburg), Msimisis (Swaziland), J_Reagz (Cape Town), Tembisile (Cape Town), Priscilla (Botswana), The Real Barry Lane (Nigeria), ThatoJessica (Johannesburg), Jay Hoodsa (Pretoria), and Flow Jones Jnr (Johannesburg) will see a positive shift, as their names will be scripted on a record featuring Mzansi’s established musicians.
The Lift As You Rise EP epitomizes a profound concept of collaboration; a view that lets artists see how their respective flow and talent works alongside other artists. As a recap to all that has been done to successfully finish the project, an EP dropped. It consists of all various artists who managed to make the cut. Available on all digital stores, the way it sounds one can conclude it was worth the wait.
Nasty C basically won this year, he has been nominated on almost all biggest musical Awards including BETs, SAMAs, SAHHHAs and AFRIMAs. He walked away with more than five awards from various categories. What the God’s Flow rapper promised fans this year is an album Zulu Man With Some Power, promised to have international stars as features. While fans wait, he gave them something to bump to.
- Outside – Nasty C, Tellaman Ft. Deekay Did It and Hanna (produced by Zeno D)
- Menace Tella – Tellaman Ft. KDavine & Msimiss (produced by Gemini Major & Select Play) 3. Alabama – Nasty C Ft. J_Reagz & Thembisile (produced by Gemini Major)
- Afraid – Lastee, Rowlene Ft. Priscilla & The Real Barry Lane ( (produced by Select Play)
- Download Dunno – Gemini Major, Rowlene Ft. ThatoJessica (produced by Select Play)
- Run it – Nasty C, Tellaman Ft. JAYHood Flow Jones JNR (produced by Gemini Major)
JMJ’s Hiphop Album Hits Number 1 On Boomplay Music.
Renowned Producer JMJ just hit the N.o 1 spot on Boomplay Music Ghana with his debut album from “Riddim Of The GODS” He crept to the top of Boomplay Music Chart with 8 songs from the Hiphop album on the 5-genre project.
And all these was achieved in less than amidst several heavy trending materials on the showbiz front; but JMJ and Boomplay were able to literally hijack music lovers’ attention the whole week.
The Rappers listed on the Hiphop project must be highly commended for their class and powerful lyrics and melody they fed on their respective records; making it very hard to arrive at a one top ‘winner’.
Though it wasn’t a competition among the artistes for some award or prize, the PR Campaign for the project was extreme and well calculated it felt like a sporting competition with fans of respective artistes and pundits keenly involved.
2 songs were released each day from Monday, December 9, 2019 to Thursday, December 12, 2019 – which listed Rappers Sarkodie, E.L, Teephlow, Strongman, Edem, Okyeame Kwame, Obibini & Flowking Stone, chronologically in order of releases from Boomplay Music Ghana.
At least 9 consistent radio engagements was done for the project within 5 days and it was so scintillating. It was so exciting that fans of other Rappers who couldn’t get listed are calling for a Part 2 of the Hiphop Album.
Listen to FULL (HipHop) ALBUM here: https://www.boomplaymusic.com/share/album/5784848?srModel=COPYLINK&srList=IOS
“Riddim Of The GODS” would become a yearly project, according to Elorm Beenie who is the lead PR for the project and Publicist for award-winning Producer, JMJ.
Boomplay Music indeed also deserves some accolades for being able to partner JMJ on this initiative and actually get fans patronizing their platform and supporting local content, which perhaps has never happened in Ghanaian history before.
10 years ago he dropped the first ever Riddim Album recorded in African history (Trigger Riddim – Ghetto KB, Samini, Mugeez, Zionite, Iwan, etc). Then he came through with the ever popular “Missile Riddim” which featured Samini, Kofi Kinaata, E.L, Stonebwoy, Kaakie, Ruff n Snooth, just to name a few – and then “Xtra Large Riddim” with Kaakie, Ghetto KB, Samini, etc. A decade later he returns to give us a more refined and well-packaged riddim project like this, called “Riddim Of The GODS” – and henceforth would be an annual project from JMJ, born Joshua Raphaelson.
[WATCH] “We Made Afrobeat Attractive to Africans. – Sarkodie
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Multiple awards-winning Ghanaian rapper Michael Owusu Addo, known as Sarkodie talks about afrobeat and the world invasion and more bop records yet to come from the African continent.
“Ghanaian Rapper Sway Gave Musicians In Africa Hope. – Skales
Nigerian rapper/singer born Raoul John Njeng-Njeng (Skales) has praised British rapper of Ghanaian descent Sway for paving the way for African musicians like himself.
Skales who looked up to Sway while growing his passion for music revealed watching “Sway on TV was a big deal for him personally."
Having started writing songs in 2000 in Kaduna, Skales is well-known for songs including “Shake Body”, “Mukulu”, “Keresimesi”, “Komole”, “My Baby”, “Take Care of Me” and “Denge Pose”. He has recorded over 200 songs and collaborated with numerous artists, including Ghana rapper Sarkodie, eLDee, Jeremiah Gyang, Banky W. and Knighthouse.
Skales' latest album, Mr Love, released in 2018, also featured Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie, Afro B, Phyno, Cassper, Phyno, some of the best artists from the continents. Watch Skales and Sway talk about their life, music and the way forward at the just ended Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES 2019) in Accra.
Born Derek Andrew Safo in Hornsey, North London, Sway is a British-Ghanaian rapper who's first big track 'On My Own' was released under the name Sway DaSafo. In 2005, Sway was named Best Hip-Hop Newcomer at the Mobo Awards, beating two US heavyweights - 50 Cent and The Game to take home the award, despite having not released an album.
Sway's debut album 'This Is My Demo' was released in 2006 and achieved critical acclaim, with one review hailing it as the "best British rap album in years". Sway produced more than 50 per cent of the album himself.
He has featured in three British films. Sway's film appearance came in 2012's The Grind, which also starred street magician Dynamo. In 2007, Sway won Best International Act at the BET Awards. Not only did Sway win, it was also the first time that a UK artist had been nominated for the award.
"He has indeed inspired African musicians. If he could do this all by himself, we can do it too," Skales said.
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