New Music Weekend: The Grind Don’t Stop; Music from Tems, Simi, Zarion Uti, T-Classic, and More

Our music industry put the ‘P’ for ‘play’ in the saying that goes ‘the grind don’t stop.’ So of course this week, there’s more fire releases and the onus lies on we the people to keep up. 

This could be tiring but as always, we’ve curated a list of some songs we know you’ll hate to miss:  


Damages – Tems

Not all relationships end well but most times, we get the wistful breakup songs. But not on Tems ‘Damages,’ the lead single off her upcoming ‘For Broken Ears EP’ which will be her debut project.

On Damages, she uses her voice over the drippy Spax-produced instrumentals as a baseball bat in address to a past lover as she clearly affirms that she wants no more of him. 

Breakup song notwithstanding, this one will have Rebels fuelled till their Queen drops the EP. 

No Longer Beneficial – Simi

Is your FWB trying to initiate a handshake that passes the elbow with a relationship that goes beyond the other room? 

Well Simi and her piercing butter-soft voice did her thing on ‘No Longer Beneficial,’ the lead single off her yet to be released ‘Restless EP, so you don’t have to worry about sending long paragraphs.

Omolope – Kamp

The Nigerian dream isn’t a lot of things but at the same time is. We just want to have lots of money, spoil our parents and get every other thing we ever wanted. 

Kamp’s ‘Omolope’ off his first studio album, ‘Janitor,’ is laced over spare trap beats, piano riffs and horns and is the song to pray and dance to as it is the aural description of a Nigerian that has hit the jackpot and is living the dream we’re all hoping to manifest.

Rain or Shine – Zarion Uti Feat. Buju

If you’re in the ‘God when’ type of relationship or in a phase where that’s your question, and you’re not using Zarion Uti’s Rain or Shine as a prayer point, you’re wrong.

On ‘Rain or Shine’ Zarion Uti crafts an infectious song about the perfect relationship and recruits Buju’s help to doubly ensure it doesn’t get out of our head anytime soon. 

Jojo – Darey Feat. Patoranking

Darey is slowly making a comeback to the music scene and ‘Jojo’ is his second single off it as he prepares us for his upcoming project, Way Home.’ 

With it he said ‘you guys have to hit the floor to this one and that’s on period.’ So he hopped on Samba-type beats, brought Patoranking along, and backed it up with flutes like the pied piper of good vibes.

Mama – DJ K3yz, Oxlade & Blaqbonez

Oxlade might have directives from his mom to stay off molly, but this DJ K3yz produced number might as well have been made for a night out in the trap house. 

‘Mama’ comes with heavy 808s, hums, trippy piano keys, intertwined with Oxlade’s euphonious singing and Blaqbonez’s even paced bars that’ll have us re-pledging our grind to our mom while doing the things she warned us about. 

Challenge – Krosszn Feat. Loti

It’s an irresistible blend of lo-fi rap, trap beats, piano riffs and ambient music. 

Krosszn brings the melodic lines with and Loti takes the mic with rap lines and while they may sing about the challenges of being in a relationship, their collaboration belies that challenge.

Pepper Dem – Shope Feat. Angeloh

Pepper Dem is Shope’s first single off his upcoming 7-song long ‘Rikiki’ project.

It is a catchy and apt aural depiction of an answered prayer in the perfect partner and Shope and Angeloh’s synergy does everything to add to the narrative. 

Jonze – 141 Music Group Feat. Samvsthekids & Droxx

It starts with a racing heart and that sets the tempo of the afro-trap drill rager that is ‘Jonze.’ 

‘Jonze’ sees Samvsthekids and Droxx flowing with the chemistry of an experienced wrestling duo as they equally go ham to deliver a rap anthem that’ll have the listener pumped. 

Synergy – Berry Vybes

Berry Vybes is in his self-asserting bag on his ‘The Darker the Berry Bag EP.

And ‘Synergy’ is one of the cogs that set that narrative in motion as he confidently croons about pleasuring his woman and being the man over slow dancehall instrumentals. 

Escape – Zen Feat. 99

On his ‘Bad Decisions’ EP, Zen serves nothing but the right sounds that touch on love, coming of age and youthful struggles. 

But on ‘Escape,’ all he wants to do is find a getaway in his lover’s arms. 

In the process, he creates an eclectic dancehall-infused record with vocalised chants and elements of DIY music over which he raps, sings and then completes his escape with a verse from 99.

Pour Me Water – Mix Naija & T-Classic. 

Named after his mother, the EP, ‘Alirat’ might be a collaboration between T-Classic and Mix Naija Entertainment but it’s still very much T-Classic’s story. 

On ‘Pour Me Water,’ he admits to being a sinner and sings about needing God’s guidance, delivering a cleansing song that we can all vibe to. 


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