Big Sean Gives Pop Star JUSTIN BEIBER . . . A $30K FRIENDSHIP RING!!!

Big Sean recently gave Justin Bieber a $30,000 friendship ring on the “Today” show. The gift was a thank you token from the Detroit rapper for being included in Bieber’s latest LP “Believe,” on the song “As Long as You Love Me.”

Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, explained the event, saying “When they first met, Sean has this ring. It was his first ring he ever bought, the first piece of jewellery when he got his record deal…He gave it to Justin [at the ‘Today’ show]. He said, ‘I know you said you liked it, and I want to say thank you for involving me in the process and being a part of this. And I want you to have the ring.’ And he took it off, and Justin put it on and it was a real genuine moment. They’re friends.

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Happy Birthday OJB Jezreel

Babatunde Jezreel Okungbowa aka OJB Jezreel

Music is undoubtedly the essence of his life and making beautiful music the purpose of his existence. Jigga, as he is affectionately refered to by his Gbaja Street homies has been the creative force behind the numerous hits of a countless number of artistes from Ruggedman, 2Face Idibia, Jazzman Olofin, Up coming Wizkid then,Nomoreloss to Raskie, K-Show & Six-O, C-mion, Abounce, Jafaar, Amah, Funke, the list is so endless.

OJB isn’t so sure of when he caught the production bug but believes it started sometime in 1986. The artiste who confesses to having a rather uneventful childhood started making beats in backroom studios, first in his Surulere neighbourhood and later in other parts of the city. Inspired by music made by legendary producers like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin, LA Reid & Babyface, Teddy Riley and later R.Kelly, he and his friends, Micheal Richman and the three Dairo brothers, Henry, Banji and the now famous Paul Play, scions of Nigerian juju music icon,IK Dairo, formed a production crew called Playground, House n Effects(PHE) and started making and offering Hip Hop/R&B beats to popular Nigerian artistes at the time.

But that was the late 80s and such sounds were alien to mainstream Nigerian artistes who were more into reggae, afro-pop, afro-funk and disco. Even their attempts to give the beats away for nothing except credit on albums were spurned. Rather than give up on their dream of creative fulfilment, OJB restrategized, this time they learnt the polyrhythmic style of the time as pioneered by famous producers like Odion Iruoje, Lemmy Jackson, Laolu Akins, Emma Ogosi, Tony Okoroji and Harry Moscow which incorporated elements of reggae, pop funk, punk, disco as well as indigenous genres like juju, highlife and afrobeat. While their self re-education lasted, OJB kept his ears to the streets, across the atlantic that is, listening up to the works of emerging beatsmiths like Eric B, Dr. Dre, Erick Sermon, The Bomb Squad, Marley Marl and DJ Premier, knowing fully well that sometime soon the sound created in the south of Bronx will rule the world. OJB honed his singing and songwriting skill so much that he became as consummate a performer as he was a producer haven learnt how to play the drums, guitar and piano during the same period.

Their second attempt at industry recognition was a little more successful. Their beats made the cut on top artistes’ albums but they still didn’t get credit let alone cash. But they had put a foot in the door of recognition. Lack of income led to the dissolution of the crew in the mid 90s with some members opting out of music and others like Paul Play changing position from behind the boards to behind the mic. OJB wouldn’t dettach himself from the boards even when faced with enormous personal and social challenges like a pregnant wife and family disapproval of his chosen profession. He also had to cope with the ignominy of being a school drop out. But the cast iron resolve of this Agbor, Delta state native to make it as a producer wouldn’t be broken. OJB had another idea on how to break through the industry’s glass ceiling.

This time he focused on making beats for talented and determined groups made up of youngsters like X-Appeal, Harmony and Plantashun Boiz. This initiative, concretised and christened Silver Point Productions, coincided with the emergence of more privately owned radio stations in Lagos. The plan worked as joints from these young guns got appreciable airplay on the new stations. His name started making the rounds amongst music industry insiders, especially young upstarts in search of a distinct identity for Nigeria’s hip hop generation. The money trickled in, enough for him to acquire basic studio equipment and a system.

Jigga knew music made from a computer software was the way forward. In the middle of all this he had his first stab at recording with the release of his debut album, Deep Light, on Ayetoro Records in 1999. The album was a commercial failure mainly because the label didn’t know how to go about promoting a Hip-Pop R&B album. It however announced the arrival of one of the most well rounded artistes of our time. His profile as a producer continued to rise with further credit for work on Baba Dee’s hit single “Governor’s Daughter” and Daddy Showkey’s sophomore album. Silver Point grew rapidly with young production understudies like Jokaynie, Mr. Smith, Segzion and Niyex making the grades and becoming bonafide hit makers. OJB points out that his Surulere hit factory is the creative engine of their fledgling label, Point Beat Records, and they have already rounded up the usual suspects for their inaugural foray into the Nigerian music industry.

These days the self confessed studio rat lives under less socio economic pressures, charging a handsome five figure for a beat and a king’s ransom to produce an album especially when the client is a sexy but musically deficient screen godess looking to cash in on the loyalty of undiscerning fans. Make no mistake, Jigga hasn’t lost his touch with the yes y’all. Still very much in the mix, the beatsmith still laces straight up, funked out hip hop beats for thoroughbred mc’s (and the fizzy drink variant for air headed teeny bopper hip hoppers).

OJB took the business arm of his game to another level with the signing of a distribution deal with Kennis Music, the record distribution behemoth run by industry fat cats, Kenny “Keke” Ogungbe and Dayo “D1” Adeneye. His first assignment was to do an urban makeover of Ace, the classic album by juju music maestro, Sir Shina Peters. The charismatic entertainer had also signed a deal with the enterprising duo for the re-release of his 1989 classic. OJB has also just released his sophomore offering, a seventeen tracker titled Jah’s My Lite. With an intriguing variety of styles and sounds, the album is one of the best Hip-Pop R&B albums ever released in Nigeria. The album moved 20.000 units in it’s first week, an impressive figure for an artiste more renowned for his skills behind the boards than behind the mic. His label packaged a U.K tour for the international promotion of the album in June 2005.

Beyond making music OJB is the creative director of an ambitious new multimedia outfit called One Beat. The company run a TV programme of the same name to showcase the arts, music and culture of contemporary Africa to Africans at home and in the diaspora. It aired first on local TV networks in selected African countries before going on cable TV.

With an astonishing number of competences, OJB seems destined to emulate his number one role model, the legendary Quincy Jones.

He’s got major hits like

-Jah is my lite
-Searching
-Pretete
-Shitta Anthem
-Gbemileke
-Follow Me
New From OJB
-It’s All About
-See Me Up

From Clue here we wish you Happy Birthday!

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Freaky Friday [TGIF] + The Audio Jingle

MO’BB
Present :: Freaky Friday
It’s been awhile since Mx [Minna] have a feel of a wild party like this and this is a come back!

Gino is making it rock this friday! And we all will be saying TGIF!

So get ready to go freaky
-18+
-Strictly for ballers
-And a bevy of beauties

Artistes
-Vector
-Rayce
-YQ
-Spotlyt

Venue
Veez Garden,London Street,Mx

Time :: 6:00pm

Gate Fee
N1000
N2000
Ladies Free

Barbeque,Champagne

Supported by : Mo’BB,9jaBreed,Search Fm,Veez Garden,Hype Wear,Kulture Creations.

It’s Going to be TGIF!
Tomorrow
Don’t Miss it!

[Download Here] Audio Jingle

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Rihanna Sent Chris Brown An Adorable Message After He Rocked The BET Awards.

Just because Rihanna wasn’t at the BET Awards, doesn’t mean she missed Chris Brown’s amazing performance

Rihanna sent Chris a sweet text after his BET Awards performance on July 1.

“Rihanna texted Chris early monday morning and the text said ‘you nailed it good job,’”

RiRi sent him a text wishing him luck before the performance saying: “Im thinkin about ya; good luck tonight :).” They are so supportive of each other!

Chris went out and celebrated until 3 a.m after his BET wins and amazing performance.

And clearly he’s feeling inspired from all the good vibes surrounding him because he tweeted “personality” with a twitpic of a painting he’s working on.

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Chidinma:”He Is Someone Who Pushes You To Do Things You Feel You Can’t Do” Clarence Peters

All over the world, popular video director and film maker, Clarence Peters is known for a lot of things especially his creativity,style and drive for originality and so much more. But guess what he did to MTN Project Fame winner, Chidinma he threw his sleepers on her.

In a very recent interview with City People, the gorgeous singer revealed what transpired between she and the award winning video director to drive him into throwing his slippers at her.

“Talking about my experience with Clarence peters, he is a very creative guy. He makes you do things you feel you can’t do. At some point, he was throwing his slippers at me while we were shooting my first video because he wasn’t getting what he wanted. Being my first time, i was bound to make mistakes. He is someone who pushes you to do things you feel you can’t do. it has been a very wonderful experience working with him,” she explained.

For those who did not know, Clarence Peters directed the video for Chidinma’s hit single, ‘Kedike;’ a video that has taken the international music scene by storm and earned both Chidinma rave reviews and millions of new fans across the globe

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Mavin Records First Concert

Mavin Records, one of Nigeria’s biggest record label set up by Don Jazzy, is set for it’s first concert organised by Flytime Entertainment in partnership with Industry Nite and TRACE Urban.

VENUE: Oriental Hotel Ball Room, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

DATE: July 4th, 2012

TIME: 9pm

HOST/MC: Jimmy (Beat FM

You don’t want to miss this for anything

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eLDee’s Fifth Album “Undeniable” Drops July 1

The much anticipated fifth studio album of multiple award winning artist eLDee is set to drop on July 1, 2012 [Today]. The producer, songwriter, and performing artist has a history and track record that speaks for itself. 15 years in the music business and still topping all relevant charts, eLDee has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is a legend in the making.

The album “Undeniable” features hits such as “Wash Wash,” “Higher,” “Today Today,” and includes songs which he feature the likes of K9, Wizkid, Sojay, BankyW and more. elDee, who was born in Kaduna, Nigeria, recently described his latest LP, saying “This album is different from my previous albums because i decided to take a fresh and truly original stab at what contemporary African music should sound like today.”

“Undeniable” is loaded with traditional African rhythms that have been creatively modernised by the use of contemporary synth sounds, and is sure to connect with listeners from all over the world.

eLDee “We chose not to compromise on the quality of the CDs, when you lay your hands on a copy of #UNDENIABLE tomorrow, you will see what I mean.”

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