The first Quarter of 2021 has come and gone and we decided to go down memory lane into the Nigerian music projects which include both albums and EPs that have been released during that period.
From the month of January to April 2021, we had some of our favourite Nigerian artists drop their long-awaited music projects, while some newcomers also blew us away with their debut music projects.
However, for the remaining part of the year, fans should be looking forward to projects from Tiwa Savage, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Runtown, Olamide, Naira Marley and the likes.
Mp3bullet.ng put together a list of Nigerian Music projects that were released in the first quarter of 2021 and that you might enjoy listening to all over again.
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In no particular order,
Ayra Starr- Ayra Starr
Ayra Starr entrance into the music industry was a surprise, no one saw her coming. In the month of January, Don Jazzy announced a new signee to the Mavin family in the person of Ayra. Hours following her unveiling, her self-titled EP dropped.
The project received critical praise due to its range, Lyrics, Ayra’s vocal prowess and songwriting chops.
Joeboy- Somewhere Between Beauty and Magic
Joeboy is everyone’s favourite lover boy and this album encapsulates that part of him. Released in February, the album is a long love letter addressed to the various women in Joeboy’s life. It is the perfect album to listen to during quiet time.
Teni broke into the scene in 2017 but didn’t release her debut album until this year. While a lot of people would say it’s a bit late, it still doesn’t stop one from enjoying the project. The album is energetic and like the name hints on, takes you to a fun place when you get into it.
CKay has been on the music scene for a while. “Boyfriend” is a seven-track EP that touches the subject of Love from a different point of view. One of this writer’s favorite is “Felony”. The Ep is a fusion of Afrobeat, Latin Pop and R’n’B while the lyrics are the usual combination of Lamba, adlibs and expletives.
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Ruger is another 2021 newcomer who was introduced under the stables of Jonzing record, the home to Rema and the subsidiary of Rema.
Ruger is an afro dancehall artist who is lyrically worded. On “Pandemic” he shares his grass to grace story and captivates listeners in every song.
Even with no feature, the 6 tracks body of work has a strong foundation to stand on its own.
Ric Hassani- The Prince I Became
The Album dropped and the praises heaped. Every song on the album is a door into the evolved state of his artistry and creativity.
Peruzzi- Rum & Boogie
It’s quite rare and risky when an artist drops a double album but Peruzzi confidently achieves this feat. The 20-tracks album represents the depths of Peruzzi’s talent, his dexterity and his flexibility.
Peruzzi in an interview revealed that Rum represents the emotional part of him while the Boogie section represents his up-tempo nature. One of fans’ favorite from the album is currently “Available” featuring Wande Coal.
Laycon- Shall We Begin
Since winning the big brother naija show in 2020, Laycon has been on the spotlight as an artist to break the curse that seems to affect all artists that attend the show and with this album, he has taken the first step in doing so.
“Shall We Begin” gives one an insight into the different part of Laycon. The album shows the egoistic, emotional, playboy, loverboy sides of him.
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Blaqbonez- Sex Over Love
Since his rise to fame, fans have come to know Blaqbonez as an unconventional rapper who stubbornly sticks to his philosophies no matter how controversial they are.
The rapper knows how to stir up conversations with his songs and on “Sex over Love”, he dismantles every society standard of the concept of Love. The album which is pg 18 doesn’t shy away from topics on sex.