Two of the Nigerian Music Industry stars, rapper Blaqbonez and singer Joeboy has been named on the Rolling Stone Best Album List of 2021 so far, with a slew of other worldwide stars.
Blaqbonez and Joeboy join international acts like J.Cole, Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift on the RollingStone 2021 Best albums list.
Sex Over Love and Somewhere Between Beauty and Magic which was both released in 2021 made the list as the only Nigerian albums on the list alongside singer, Joy Oladokun.
Rollingstone describes Joeboy’s “Somewhere Between Beauty and Magic” album as an album with bright melodious, gorgeous rhythms and an optimistic vision.
“Indeed, his first album to be released in the United States teams with bright melodies, gorgeous rhythms, and an optimistic vision. On “Number One” his voice skates into a supple high register over a skittering beat, and “Better Things” creates something glistening and majestic from a simple guitar loop and his warm harmonies. Whether he’s singing about love and marriage or more ephemeral romance, everything on this uniquely pretty records flows with the warmth, generosity, and beauty of an Al Green valentine.”
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On Sex Over Love, Rolling Stone writes,
“Who hurt Blaqbonez? We owe them a thank you. The self-proclaimed “Best Rapper in Africa” channeled his romantic rage into his triumph of a debut album, Sex Over Love.
The 25 year-old MC began battle rapping in his native Nigeria at 16 before releasing a string of EPs and singles that flaunt his lyrical prowess and his undeniable ability to curate a vibe.
From the strip-club ready “Heartbreaker” with South African rapper Nasty C, to the cheeky “BBC” remix with afrobeats darling Tiwa Savage, to the Drake-influenced “TGF Pussy” with Blaq solo, Sex Over Love offers a cohesive collection of hip-hop and Afropop that may make you look at your partner sideways.”