As 2022 draws to a close, Nigerian artists are continuing their trend of song releases and even releasing surprise EPs and albums to cap up the drama-filled year. We’ve already heard intriguing music that spans several genres at the beginning of November; this is another evidence of the abundance of music in our day and the development of Nigerian Afropop.
This week, District234 will examine six top songs that you MUST listen to and include in your playlists. Have fun!
Judah Lion — Suté Iwar & WurlD
This entire song is exquisite. Suté Iwar and WurlD’s seductive vocals is accompanied by everything ranging from dancing tunes to an appealing rhythm. The music is glitchy and has jittery basslines. Suté Iwar, for one, steps on a beat and imprints it with his foot.
Y I Want You — Somadina
Y I Want You has talented Somadina tearing through the beat and gliding with the production as it moves along. She exudes female power and seductive energy on the beat of Y I Want You, combining the personalities of Cruel Santino and Odunsi the Engine.
If — Boy Ocean & Alpha P
By the end of the week, If is the song you’d want to play when you feel like bopping and dancing. The amapiano track features Alpha P and Boy Ocean singing on women and delivering heartfelt vocals to calm the upbeat beat. Their vocals are intertwined, so until you give it a careful listen, you won’t be able to tell when Alpha P joins the song.
Baddest Girl — Mavrick
Mavrick’s voice, which leans toward the baritone, blends perfectly with the crowd vocals on Baddest girl, along with the excellent log drums and instrumentals. He uses a chant to communicate his hook, and it is addictive to listen to.
Things I know — Runtown
The soundgod has returned with an even better sound this time. Things I Know is jam-packed with percussions, including log drums, and a beat that syncs up with his vocals and melodies. On Things I Know, he describes his lover through sensual lyrics and excellent sound design. If anything, this song ought to be at the top of this week’s best playlist (s).
Silent Mode — PsychoYP
The rap song Silent Mode, from Psycho YP’s third studio album, YPSZN3, is undoubtedly one of the hardest ones. Like in every one of his songs, PsychoYP’s intimidating aura is audible in Silent Mode over the drill rhythm with door knock sound effects enhancing the rap tune.