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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Take on the Hip Hop World Awards Nominations

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (in every realms: songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (sales, popularity)

C.E.O
Artiste: DAGRIN
Producer(s): Sossick, Sars, T-Frizzle and Dokta Frabz
Record Label: Missofunyin Entertainment

MUSHIN 2 MO’HITS
Artiste: WANDE COAL
Producer(s): Don Jazzy
Record Label: Mo’Hits Records

UN-DAREY-TED
Artiste: DAREY
Producer(s): Tee-Y Mix and Cobhams
Record Label: Soul Muzik

DANGER
Artiste: PSQUARE
Producer(s): Paul Okoye, Peter Okoye, J Martins, Effrenzy
Record Label: Square Records

LEAST EXPECTED
Artiste: BRACKET
Producer(s): Dekumzy, J Martins, Phino
Record Label: Ape Planet

This is one tight category. Expecting Wande Coal's Mushin to Mo Hits to come out tops although Darey could provide tough competition. I think Wande's album had more hits and was more popular with the people while Darey's style is hugely unappreciated by Nigerians.


ARTISTE OF THE YEAR
Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.

WANDE COAL
Real Name(s): OJOSHIPE WANDE JNR.
Album Title: Mushin 2 Mo’Hits
Record Label: Mo’Hits Records

TERRY G
Real Name(s): GABRIEL AMANYI
Album Title: Ginjah Ur Swaggah - Season 1
Record Label: Bluemoon Entertainment, TGP Recordz

DAREY
Real Name(s): DARE ART ALADE
Album Title: Un.Darey.Ted
Record Label: Soul Muzik

BRACKET
Real Name(s): NWACHUKWU OZIOKO and ALI OBUMNEME
Album Title: Least Expected
Record Label: Ape Planet

DAGRIN
Real Name(s): OLAITAN OLAONIPEKUN
Album Title: C.E.O
Record Label: Missofunyin Entertainment

Once again, I expect the boy from Mushin to come out on top. Bumper to Bumper, Taboo and You Bad were monster hits suggesting he was the most succesful in the last year.

SONG OF THE YEAR
Most popular song from an album in year under review. Decided by voting

“YORI YORI”
Artiste: BRACKET
Album: Least Expected
Producer: Dekumzy
Record Label Ape Planet

“KOKOROKO”
Artiste: KEFEE
Album: A Piece Of Me
Producer: K Solo
Record Label Branama Afrique

“YOU BAD”
Artiste: Wande Coal
Album: Mushin 2 Mo’Hits
Producer: Don Jazzy
Record Label: Mo’Hits Records

“FREE MADNESS Pt. 2”
Artiste: Terry G
Album: Ginjah Ur Swaggah - Season 1
Producer: Terry G
Record Label: Bluemoon Entertainment, TGP Recordz

“ALANTA”
Artiste: Art Quake
Album: Art Work
Producer(s): Puffy T, Del B, Austin Beat, Cheefo & Soso Beats
Record Label: K.I.P Entertainment

Personally, not a big fan of Yori Yori but I think it would win. Terry G and Wande Coal could provide stiff competition though.

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Best single recording (on-air only or released) by artiste or group in year under review. Originality and production very essential

“STRONG TING”
Album: THE W EXPERIENCE
Artiste: Banky W
Producer: Cobhams Asuquo
Record Label: Empire Mates Entertainment

“I LOVE U”
Album: DANGER
Artiste: P-Square
Producer(s): Paul Okoye
Record Label: Square Records

“HEAVEN PLEASE”
Album: TIMI (Unreleased)
Artiste: Timi Dakolo
Producer: Cobhams Asuquo
Record Label: (Unreleased)

“KEEPER OF MY DREAMS”
Album: Lara George
Artiste: Lara George
Producer(s): Wole Oni
Record Label: Soforte Entertainment

Banky W would probably walk away the Headie. It's probably the most popular song of all the competitors (It's people voting remember) and the production work is flawless thanks to Cobhams.

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
The individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed songs/album in the year under review. His CV for the year includes top notch tracks and production credits no one can fault.

TEE-Y MIX
Album/Song Title: “More”, “Love Truly
Artiste(s): DAREY ART ALADE, IYANYA

COBHAMS
Album/Song Title: “Strong Ting”, “No Stars”
Artiste(s): Banky W, Darey Art Alade


DON JAZZY
Album/Song Title: “Banana”, “U Bad”
Artiste(s): Wande Coal

SOSSICK
Album/Song Title: “Everyday”, “Igboro”
Artiste(s: Dagrin

DOKTA FRABZ
Album/Song Title: “Thank God”, “Ako Mi Ti Poju”
Artiste(s): Dagrin, Naeto C

Probably the toughest category as it is the one category where every nominee has an equal chance of winning. If I had to stick my head out I would go with Cobhams. How come Terry G's name is missing?

BEST MUSIC VIDEO (AWARD GOES TO DIRECTOR)
Best conceptualised, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.

JUDE OKOYE
Music Video Title: “DANGER”
Artiste - P Square

WUDI AWA
Music Video Title: “Kokoroko”
Artiste: Keffe

CLARENCE PETERS
Music Video Title: “Finest”
Artiste: Knight House Ft. Sauce Kid & Teeto

BOBBY BOULDERS
Music Video Title: Ako Mi Ti Poju
Artiste: Naeto C

MEX
Music Video Title: “Safe”
Artiste: M.I

This award traditionally goes to Jude Okoye but I see Bobby Boulders or Clarence Peters causing an upset. I am particularly surprised Bnaky W's Strong Ting video does not get a mention.

BEST R ‘N’ B SINGLE
Best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group)

“STRONG TING”
Artiste(s): Banky W
Producer: Cobhams Asuquo

“NEVER FELT A LOVE”
Artiste(s): Femi
Producer: Sure Fire Group USA.

“I LOVE YOU”
Artiste(s): P-Square
Producer: Paul Okoye

“NO STARS”
Artiste(s): Darey Art Alade
Producer: Cobhams Asuquo

“OVERKILLIN”
Artiste(s): Djinee
Producer: Jesse Jagz

Once again I think the award would go to Banky W. However, if Darey wins I would not be surprised.

BEST POP SINGLE

Best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)

“YORI YORI”
Artiste(s): Bracket
Producer: Dekumzy

“U BAD”
Artiste(s): Wande Coal
Producer: Don Jazzy

“KOKOROKO”
Artiste(s): Keffe
Producer: K Solo

“DANGER”
Artiste(s): P-Square
Producer: Paul Okoye

“HOTTER THAN FIRE”
Artiste(s): Dr. Pat and Sheyman
Producer: Sheyman

Yori Yori but You Bad could give it a run for it's money.


BEST R ‘N’ B/ POP ALBUM
Best R&B or pop album in year under review (by single individual or group)

MUSHIN 2 MO’HITS
Artiste: Wande Coal
Producer(s): Don Jazzy
Record Label: Mo Hits Records

DANGER
Artiste: P-Square
Producer(s): Paul Okoye, Peter Okoye, J Martins, Effrenzy
Record Label: Square Records

LEAST EXPECTED
Artiste: Bracket
Producer(s): Dekumzy, J Martins, Phino
Record Label: Ape Planet

UN.DAREY.TED
Artiste: Darey Art Alade
Producer(s): Tee Y-Mix, Cobhams
Record Label: Soul Muzik

It's Don Jazzy again. Wande Coal to win.


BEST RAP SINGLE
Best single released on-air recording of a rap song

“AKO MI TI POJU”
Artiste(s): Naeto C
Producer: Dokta Frabz

“OWO ATI SWAGGER”
Artiste(s): Catiair
Producer: J Sleek

“FINEST”
Artiste(s): Knight House ft. Sauce Kid & Teeto
Producer: Knight House

“SAMPLE Remix”
Artiste(s): Terry Tha Rapman Ft. Stereo Man & Pherowshuz
Producer: Pherowshuz

“SOMEBODY WANTS TO DIE”
Artiste(s): M.I
Producer: M.I

Being the big Naeto C fan I am I would be tempted to say Ako mi ti Poju but I think The Finest is the finest for a reason.


BEST RAP ALBUM
Best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review

CEO
Artiste: Dagrin
Producer(s): Sossick, T-Frizzle, Dokta Frabz, Sarz
Record Label: Missofunyin Entertainment

DAT IBO BOY
Artiste: Ill Bliss
Producer(s): Micworx, Osh, Suspect, Terry G, Frenzy, Tee Y-Mix, Elajoe, Paul Play, XYZ
Wazbeat, M.I, Jonah the Monarch
Record Label: Gorretti Records

MORE THAN RAP MUSIC
Artiste: Cartiair
Producer(s): J Sleek, Spanky, Sossick, WC, Mic-On, Kid Connect
Record Label: Magic Records

THE INVESTMENT
Artiste: Kel
Producer(s): Suspect, Jesse Jags, Tee Y-Mix
Record Label: Capital Hills

Da Grin baby. One of the best things my ear caught in the past year. Did for my Yoruba in one listen what my Yoruba teacher spent six years tryna do.

LYRICIST ON THE ROLL

Rap Artiste with best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album

M.I
Song Title: Somebody’s Wants To Die
Album Title: (Unreleased)
Record Label: Chocolate City

MODENINE
Song Title: Bad Man
Album Title: Da Vinci Mode (Not released in year under review)
Record Label: Red Eye Music

OD
Song Title: Got To Love Me
Album Title: (Unreleased)
Record Label: X3M Music

PHEROWSHUZ
Song Title: Sample Remix (Featured by Terry Tha Rapman)
Album Title: Boys Are Not Smiling (Unreleased)
Record Label: Megaphunk

This award tends to go Mode Nine so I wouldn't be surprised if he won but personally I think M.I's warning on Somebody wants to Die is a credible option.

BEST COLLABO
Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track (including cameos) in year under review

“KOKOROKO”
Artistes: Kefee Ft. Timaya
Producer: K Solo

“FINEST”
Artistes: Knight House Ft. Sauce Kid & Teeto
Producer: Knight House

“AYE PO GAN”
Artistes: Ill Bliss Ft. Terry G
Producer: Terry G

“SAMPLE Remix”
Artistes: Terry Tha Rapman Ft. Stereo Man & Pherowshuz
Producer: Pherowshuz

Kokoroko.

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (MALE)
Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

DARE ART ALADE
Song Title: “NO STARS”
Producer: Cobhams

BANKY W
Song Title: “STRONG TING”
Producer: Cobhams

WANDE COAL
Song Title: “BANANA”
Producer: Don Jazzy

GT THE GUITARMAN
Song Title: “KINIMATISE”
Producer(s): Gospelondebeat

TIMI DAKOLO
Song Title: “HEAVEN PLEASE”
Producer: Cobhams

If you follow this blog religiously you would know I think GT has the best voice in the country but I would pick Dare's No Stars as the winner.

BEST VOCAL PERFORMANCE (FEMALE)

Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album

IBIYEMI
Song Title: “DON’T LEAVE ME”
Producer: Ross Oscar

KEFEE
Song Title: “KOKOROKO”
Producer: K Solo

LARA GEORGE
Song Title: “KEEPER OF MY DREAMS”
Producer: Wole Oni

WAJE
Song Title: “Kolo”
Producer: 37

EVA
Song Title: “NO CRY”
Producer: Wole Adesanya

I would go for Waje's Kolo.

BEST STREET HOP

The most popular street-hop single in year under review

“FREE MADNESS Pt. 2”
Artiste(s): Terry G

“IGBORO TI DARU”
Artiste(s): Klever J Ft. Eedris Abdul Kareem

“FILE BE”
Artiste(s) – Jaywon

“ALANTA”
Artiste(s): Art Quake

“ONE BY ONE”
Artiste(s): Side One

I'm guessing Alanta would win.

NEXT RATED
Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review

GENERAL PYPE
Song Title: “CHAMPION”

MO CHEDDAH
Song Title: “IF YOU WANT ME”

JESSE JAGZ
Song Title: “WETIN DEY”

D’PRINCE
Song Title: “OMOBA”

SKUKI
Song Title: “BANGER”

One category where I am torn as I am a fan of all the artistes. D' Prince could win cos of the success of Omoba and the Mo Hits affiliation. However. Jesse Jagz could also win as a result of the M.I co sign. Notice how both of them are brothers of two of our country's best hitmakers.


HIPHOP WORLD REVELATION OF THE YEAR
Best New artiste in the year under review

WANDE COAL

Real Name(s): OJOSHIPE WANDE JNR.
Album Title: Mushin 2 Mo’Hits
Record Label: Mo’Hits Record

KEL
Real Name(s): KELECHI OHIA
Album Title: The Investment
Record Label: Capital Records

DJINEE
Real Name(s): NOSA OSAYAMWEN
Album Title: Djinee
Record Label: None

ILL BLISS
Real Name(s): Tobechukwu Ejiofor
Album Title: Dat Ibo Boy
Record Label: Gorretti

OMAWUMI
Real Name(s): Omawumi Megbele
Album Title: Super Woman
Record Label: OMA Records

Straight battle between Wande Coal and Omawumi but I think Wande Coal would come out on top.

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