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“No Apologies Will be a 12 Track EP”- AJO [see Track List]

AJO is set to release his No Apologies EP (as am writing 14 days from now), and will be his second full length release, it is to serve as a follow-up of his debut Mixtape Rap Music I Sing / RMIS. The mixtape had a number of tracks  that got utmost rotation especially Back Down Ft Lethal and Hannz Tactiq. He Featured a number of known artists like Lethal, Hannz, O.P.U, So Severe (on What do I rap For), and others on that project which gave him a clear sphere to push on with his raw talent. This seems like a solo project but well guest appearances from Akongo, Essie and Nina MC are to be expected.

The EP will have 12 tracks including the Intro

Now on No Apologies just like RMIS he dedicated his time and work to have his EP worked on by one sole studio, Port Bell drive Music. RMIS was 90 % babied from Yego Productions. This said has given AJO  a chance to explore new sounds and approaches to his career, with various producers on this project including Nase Avatar, Alz, and others. For now we can listen to Kamikaze (which was a popular song released last year and a video shot for ) and Freak A free style as we wait for the whole project to drop on 18th May, 2016. * Date was changed to 27th May, 2016* 

Track list

1. Intro
2. No Apologies ft Essie (Prod. Alz Analytical & Nxcco)
3. Kamikaze (Prod. Nase Avatar & Martin-UrbanAksent)
4. Aphrodite ft Akongo (Prod. Nase Avatar)
5. Word Smith (Prod. Nase Avatar & Nxcco)
6. Like A Drum ft Nina MC (Prod. Alz Analytical)
7. Rhyme Scheme ft Essie (Prod. Alz Analytical & Nxcco)
8. Word Smitten (Prod. Nase Avatar)
9. Family Ties (Prod Nase Avatar)
10. Word Smith II (Prod. Alz Analytical)
11. Freak A Free Style (Prod. Alz Analytical)
12. Ekos Koku (Prod. Nase Avatar & I-Am-recktor)




 

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Rewind of The Day: Dreaming in Color | ‘Slept on Poetry’

Dreaming in Color – This is most likely the most slept on track/poem on GNL Zamba’s Album, Dreaming In Color. The  album has amazing tracks like Voom Voom, Tebangatika , and others, but for the deepest of poeticalness this title track is deal and rich. With a well orchestrated production and back dropping instruments that enable him to talk about the hard life in “the Ghettos” or any unprivileged place.

You Know him with the metaphors and punch lines, and well he blesses this one with both English and Luganda lines.

Listen Below:


Written By: Ayella N Robert

St Nelly Sade sells 1000 copies of ‘Stories of Elevation-Omulondo n’engero’

St Nelly Sade took to his social media account (FB) the great news, having sold 1000 copies of Stories of Elevation also known as Omulondo n’engero. The album which was released last year (2015) on 20 February  had amazing tracks that contributed to his continued satisfaction of Ugandan ears that demand for stories by real story tellers. The hip hop heads of course will use statements like ” he is a great lyricist”. Definitely and an amazing story-teller! The 18 track album has continued to set the bar as one of best organic and well-stretched luga flow albums in the country so far( this doesn’t mean Koi Koi and Ziva Muntuuyo by GNL and Sylvester are not in mind)

The album that features rappers such as The Mith, Patrobas, Moth, Agee and singers such as Sonny Sowez is highly relate-able that it selling 1000 copies might have been a long wait. That is if you consider the packaged content (music). But well finally that’s another win for hip hop and we hope to keep score of units like this. The Bwosumagira singer besides making some bucks off his creative work S.O.E is also nominated in the Galaxy Fm powered Zzina Awards. 

Watch Nina Plan Off S.O.E- St Nelly Sade ft Moth:


 

You can Now rap and sing along to ‘Mama Let’s Talk’-Luganda Xlz Ft Nemesis (Lyrics + Audio)

Lyrics to Mama Let’s Talk ft Nemesis

Chorus(Nemesis)
Let’s talk you and me yeah
Mama let’s talk you and me

Verse 1
Owe’kkobe ayazalila ab’engo/
She’s heaven-sent my guardian angel/
Words can’t explain the whole depth/
But amma try coz my thoughts just won’t rest/
Look for nine months to 19th October/
She endured more than just weight on her shoulder/
I mean, even after she birthed me/
Coiled me and gave me her chest when i was thirsty/
She was my ultimate host see/
Yeyampa olulimi nedobbozi/
Taught me my first lessons from her lap/
Played with me just like a kitten and a cat/
And when i was uncomfortable i would raise hell/
And damn she wouldn’t rest till i laid well/
That’s why i look at you in awe and honor/
Nga bwensaba Katonda obulamu bwo gwe Mama

Chorus *2
(Luganda XLz)
They always say that am your favourite, nange gwe ansingila
Twogele, tuseke, tuzanyemu, nga bwetwalinga

Verse 2
Owe’kkobe ayazalila ab’engo/
When i started crawling i nearly made her brains blow/
It was always kakali kakali/
Man i ain’t wanna chill down properly/
Nga olwo nzijula enfuufu/
And you didn’t get tired of cleaning me the truth’s you/
Did it all and more than what i understand/
Look at me maa you done made a man/
That’s why i gotta pass on your legacy/
Your hustle love and care till the death of me/
Am talking past longevity/
Everyone should respect this i don’t care your pedigree/
Kano kaabuli mukyala alinga gwe/
The single moms and i don’t care if it does not play/
How i wish i could control karma/
Nkuwe buli kilungi kyewegomba Mama

Chorus *4
(Luganda XLz)
They always say that am your favourite, nange gwe ansingila
Twogele, tuseke, tuzanyemu, nga bwetwalinga
Nga bwetwali mubuto, twogele

Outro
Dedicated to the most lovable Ms. Nanteza Yudaya


Listen or Download Below

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 The single is off Telling My Story an album from Port Bell drive which has so far had contributions from rappers like The Sphynx, Mickey Solow and Mc Wang Jok. On this one he features Nemesis who does a good execution for the track with his hook. It’s a dedication probably to his mother if we are not mistaken it is Ms. Nanteza Yudaya. Enjoy the song!

Futuristic Past, an Album that is an Hypothetical Journey by S.T.R.A.P (@Listen2Strap) Reviewed

S.T.R.A.P is a Ugandan born rapper based in Kansas  whose name is an abbreviation of Sound that Roars African Pride and so he does so on his second Album (released September 2015)  that i will be telling you about below:

The Album is inspired by the movie Back to the Future and thus the concepts revolve around it. He is so deep into very deep thoughts on this album, the samples, and other added features including metaphors are not to be taken lightly. The reggae influences also serve to shape the album’s sounds on tracks such as The Next Level, Friend Zone and Sliding Thru Her DMs. This will be a long review in order to try understanding the most problematic Hip Hop Album of 2015-Futuristic Past.  Production ranges from LexiBanks, AFOST, Christophilus, Jay X Jay, Ayodlo, Arkutec, and Bigg Kid with only two features Kapela and Crystal Foxworth. The quote below is also carried forth from eyeWonder which features FoxWorth off Oblivion making Futuristic past seem a continuation.

“How you supposed to see when the blind don’t look”

Futuristic Past opens up with a perfect song for the theme of this album- Before the storm. We are taken straight into the album with somewhat soft hitting instruments introducing us to time travel thoughts about the past and the future. The vicious persona (or Volatile STRAP) comes out on Back to the future, which gives you an immediate hint on what the Album is about if you missed the point on Before the Storm. The highly Imaged collection of thoughts, visions is what makes up this album. You might think it’s a foreign rapper (for those who don’t know him), but well he clarifies and asserts that he is Ugandan on Back to the Future saying “I promised I will never tell a rap lie/ I promised I will always be reppin’ UG on a song till a n*gga flat Lines”

Listening to Dark Night ft Kapela, despite the mild and infecting hook, STRAP still goes hard on it with Kapela, at this point in time of the Album you Notice S.T.R.A.P is a deep movie guy. However the movie head shouldn’t be taken for granted because it’s through which his motivations and imagery develop. On this one he speaks of his transitioning to something new (if we are to psychoanalyze him) I mean when do wolves or any other creature transform? If we are to pick it from Oblivion his previous project we notice the changes even though the remix to Façade feels like a redefinition

“Full moon turning into a liken.”

May be you haven’t seen the point, the state of mind he is in is a bit bitter, hungry and yet determined to tell these stories, painting pictures some of which when he was growing up in Ntinda. Now that preceding sentence is inspired by Seen it all on which S.T.R.A.P features Crystal Foxworth as he recollects “the simple life we miss growing up in Ntinda” The hook well positions you to the journey STRAP intends to present to you. It’s also a tale of a rappers journey, writing and re-writing bars just to perfect it.

“You can’t live this long to f*ck up”

2nd guessing takes you to sounds that are inspired by hip-hop in the Bronx as he gives a more lax and yet still crisp flow telling a tale of a person, who doubts himself in search of glory and how he over comes it(doubt). Summer Breeze is much celebratory making a mark on what you need to consider as the view of the Album, to be honest at this point besides the problematic interpretation I had on the title. Summer breeze hints on that past (for example hard work as a rapper or anyone else) and the Future (Futuristic self celebrating after this sustained hard work) you know that success is repeatedly worked for, despite the initial second guessing. To agree more he asks on My Actions,. why you are in the game when you can’t really score’. Through his actions he hopes to inspire and if am not mistaken its part of scoring in life which he confirms “I always talk life.”

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The Tale is a sound of an angry S.T.R.A.P who is still on his braggadocio despite the nine months it took him to deliver the album. He goes into his own mind taking us with him so as we recognize his lyrical prowess in other words “a spectacular emcee”. The Tale serves to question ideologies in the world that have had many, prisoners of conscience and he asserts he is “only a vessel trying to deliver a message.” The feeling it creates is of self worth within humanity that needs to be restored despite everything. The tale is a low key sound to highlight some painful things both in his and others lives

To prove he is off that futuristic and deep mind talk he comes back to talk to his ‘Mama’ with Sliding Thru Her DMs. He re-calls Kapela on this one to act as a melodic back up to bars being spat, appreciating this beautiful girl who he barely know so much because he “tranna halla” at her. We all know we love to hit a pretty girl’s DM (Direct message call it inbox) you could agree with me that the future (Dreams) and Past (Memories) meeting together is a creative man’s present time.

“Hey wasap mama I been tryna halla at you mama”

The difference between Friend Zone and Sliding’ Thru her DMs is that this time round he highlights how this girl he had thoughts for “introduces him as a brother” and in between he reminds her of how he was sliding thru her DM and now they are friends. Well “She a murderer” but he insists buy asking her through  Justin Timberlake’s My Love  slowed down to portray the feeling- even hard core rappers entreat.

“Enough of that Lovie dovie sh*t”- DJ Sh*t On Your Mixtape

Which other way would he do so?  STRAP structured this Album that’s one thing to be certain of and They want 16s is proof of his spit-game and not to be taken lightly. This is a manifestation of flow Diversity if you allow me to say so. The next level (on which he samples sister Nancy’s Bam Bam) what away to switch flow!  The Next level highlights that despite where he is (Kansas, or Uganda) he is pushing the bar higher, with of course acceptable braggadocio clarifying what he says on they want 16s. I don’t know if it’s clear now, as regards the concept? The back and forth of this album is what makes it Futuristic Past.

My name is STRAP NKober n UG is what am Repping/

Tell ma people I will be coming home in a second/

Chasing all these dreams but it’s never what it seems…/

On The Home coming He clarifies he’s pursuits here and there and alarms us to expect his home coming, to relate he could be coming from the future or the past and thus currently he is coming at a close range with the present time. How he came up is essential to him and thus recollects the time once again just as pretty much said on Seen it all.

Façade being on this album makes me think it’s the perfect beat, Delivery and flow time travel from the Past (Oblivion) and the definite future on (Futuristic Past). Somehow it makes you feel he has travelled from a certain world to the other one, where things could be done differently and yet at the end of the day he remains STRAP no matter the time.

The employment of Dj Sh*t on Your mix tape in between tracks does the magic for him making it a seemingly less troublesome understanding of the work of art and  to enjoy it you need to acknowledge the talk in between tracks. They provide you with an insight and relation between all the tracks. Problematic it is, you might want to get the Album and go along with STRAP on his journey.

Listen To Futuristic Past Here


Written By Ayella NuveySHAWN

 

The #808s that bang for CHRIST: Stream They Talk A lot by Brian Wade(Free Download)

Just like Ruyonga who found and still finds glory in Christ, Brian Wade of Great Music Group chose that path too. The song They Talk A lot is a story  of this young rapper highlighting what he has been through and “.. because of Jesus” he is where he is now. He speaks of how he lost his friends, his dreams as a teen, the negative actions “thought i was  king…” Thus he is humbled in christ so as not to slide into the ever fading path of fame.

What is the Motivation for the song
In his own words he says,
“Lots of things been happening in my life ,and many people have been discouraging me through talking !!but I end up winning and my glory is from the lord not me !

He continues:The song has part of my life story ,the strugle been through.and where am going !! But all my trust is  in God !! Basically in this song I was highlighting part of my story ,to the friends and supporters who are listening to it !!”

The song is produced by Word Exclusive and it has a very domineering #808 like on a trap song by any Trap Lord( Atlas i See you) , and i thought this would affect the delivery of the song however it complements it. He raps with a confident and well composed bars. I HAVE TO WARN YOU; you are most likely to dance to it and slowly will be stuck in his dimension which is what the song is intended.

Reasons why you chose Christian hiphop :
“From way back.I have been in love with hip hop /Rap , so its been my thing ! ,but when I got saved I  understood the real purpose of my creation was to glorify God ,not my self ,and also to point the generation to the right Direction . Since hip hop is the kind of genre am into most ,I had to switch the Gospel into the genre!

So I became a hip hop artiste who does music that gives glory to God and also a person that creates music which can inspire or teach the entire generation . my hip hop is based on the truth and faith   of  Jesus Christ.”

This is positive music, They Talk A lot is off the forth coming album Self Esteem and it is the second single.

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I was a dead man living in the flesh/ my friends never knew the way I came from the fire/
they got close to me when they so me going higher/ (yes)hallelujah, Christ my messiah/
speaking telling the truth homie its ma riot /yes, am on fire going far ,miles and hours/

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Connect with Wade:
Facebook : BriandWade
Twitter: @BrianWade_music  Soundcloud
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Written by Ayella NuveySHAWN

prepared by NuveyLIVE Editors

Reasons why poor #Branding as an Artist is affecting YOU

“Do you know how long it took me to write bio?”
“Dude three days!”
“Yes yo’ right, and…”

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And what is your excuse for having a Bio that has been up on-line or wherever it is for months without re-editing or at least an update. Now i think you’re looking for the person this message is intended. Welcome on board our dear reader/follower/fan/rapper/poet/hip hop producer and in case your are a visitor, NuveyLive got you covered. (Winks)

Last night i was looking for some new content, poetry on line to be specific and new music for review and i landed on a page which i don’t hope to mention with a Bio that i presume has been up for months with grammatical errors. That was a long sentence there ↑↑. I was disturbed for minutes as i tried to make guided interpretations of the first two lines of this individuals’ About. Who am i to reduce him to an ordinary being, i mean it was clear he is a rapper and poet! With all due respect i was put off with this wreck-less behavior.

Now many people will tell you that part of your presence as an artist includes packaging(i said Branding up there i mean the same thing down here too) true that’s a fact you need to consider that. People love to read something about you. To know your journey and inspirations in that it is easy to determine why you write or rap about certain things.  How to COME up with a Bio is so easy like buying an Album you like.

(Note: Navio Just released a new album The Chosen)

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HOW  to get my self a good biography?
You can hire someone to do it for you, a person who is good at biography writing or call it profiling the essential things that need to be related to your personality and you as a brand. Some costs will be incurred(It isn’t your Chapati guy).You can also do it your self and cut costs and reduce the chances of lying through someone else, meaning you will have to be honest men! Make sure to revisit your bio at least for updates, clarity and certainty of the grammatical errors. A friend would be helpful to go through it for you. You could ask google BTW.

 

Hey but i have done all that.
Then you are lucky. If you haven’t done that something must be wrong, and most likely its your profile i saw. The EFFECT of having information that isn’t well written, packaged,outlined and organized won’t be good and will also say a lot about your personality. Honestly the rapper or poet might have good material but neglect of language use (grammar)while writing could be a threat to yo next fan. And if your really lying in your profile it may be very had for you to account for that. What i can leave behind for you is Twakuggudemu  the song even when i know Nakuggudemu ( its you i landed on)

Part two on  Branding continues…


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Written by Ayella NuveyShawn

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Rewind of the day: We Are-Bantu Clan The Tribe (REVIEW)

Going through my archive i landed on a folder titled Bantu and i remembered the beautiful pieces i had saved in it. Going through the files and Playing through the tracks an idea popped in my mind.

Do people know who they are?

I think i know who i am or atleast i can tell that i am not another person. We are is an amazing song that sent me direct to many thoughts and honestly i said to my self: ‘These guys are highly slept on. So organic!’ Having no clue of how the song came about and so i had to ask.

What is the idea, concept and inspiration behind this song?

We Are is a song that came at a time (2013) when Africa in general was going through a spin of a lot of evil acts, the killings in Sudan by the natives of the land and the genocide background, the in same year 5 Pakistani investors had gang rapped and sordomised a 23 year old Ugandan girl and walked away with it and a lot of corruption in the judiciary which always gave no rights to the poor who were oppressed by the rich. We Are urges us to unite and fight together to make Africa a better place.

The song was recorded during the 2013 DOA DOA arts market by Mukalazi David (Bantu Clan’s official producer) which features a female Emcee, poet from Rwanda with a Lauryn Hill background Angel Mutoni and an RnB artist with a John Legend background from the same country Mike Kiyihura Ntwaza. We Are comes off the Bantu Clan The Tribe’s compilation entitled “Boda II Boda” which features 7 artists from 7 different countries. ” Buka Chimey

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Well as you see there its deeper than what i thought, its more than identity of an individual but US as a PEOPLE. Conscious hiphop blended with all these organic sounds and influences from genres like RnB and instrumental is what you can categorise with.

Bantu clan in a sec?

BANTU CLAN THE TRIBE BAND
An indigenous Hip Hop band on a quest to unify cultures, express consciousness, identify indigenous sound and expose it to the world, “Brothers Alliance Navigating towards Unity” Bantu Clan The Tribe is at once reminiscent of soothing – groovy conscious Hip Hop, while simultaneously hearkening to a heartfelt, down- home charm. The blend of traditional indigenous sounds, western sounds to marry the cultures, authentic rap, melodies and hook-laden, conscious lyrics in more than three native languages from Uganda and Zimbabwe is garnering them notice in East Africa and beyond the borders.

How you can connect with Bantu Clan and get more music like We Are?

Website
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There you Go.


Written by: SHAWN

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Here is T-Jay’s King Me (Stream or Download Audio)

The song is the literal version of Crown me  after a long hustle that T-Jay of Replica Music brings in mind with raw cut lyrics.

its replica you gotta “king Me” like
the four Ks in a card game,
Word!!!

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In his own words:

“KING ME” by T-Jay (@TJayUG) is a self-Inspired HipHop/Rap song voiced, mixed & mastered at “Buzz Audio” by Capital KEN & Y-Tud, Special Shouts to Juan Boadella (@JuanBoadella) German based producer & Beat Maker.

“KING ME” is off T-Jay’s #OriginalDanDalla upcoming Mixtape dropping early October-2016. The single is based on personal Life battles and struggles, that T-Jay was goin through and eventually emerging a Winner/ Hero after having to put up with Haters, Bankruptcy, Relationships, just to mention but a few; The “King Me” single also emerges  as a straight shot assurance to these other “soft” UG swagger jackin’ rappers, according to him.

//HOOK//
Im my only Hero, the weaknesses are all gone
I was in a battle, but did survive my crown on
King Me, Now I can see, witness the greatness the freshness in me
Just King Me now I can feel, thoughts in my head pacin’ up King is Me.

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