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Rolling Stone lists Blaqbonez among rappers shaping the future of Hip Hop

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Chocolate City’s forefront Hip-Hop artist Blaqbonez has been honored as a groundbreaking innovator, earning a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s exclusive list of 50 Hip-Hop Innovators shaping the culture.

Since breaking into the mainstream, Blaqbonez has become one of the stars shaping Nigerian Hip Hop through his distinct flows, thrilling personality, and sheer drive.

Starting as a sharp-talking rapper who doesn’t shy away from a face-off, Blaqbonez would go on to sign for Chocolate City and gradually work his way to mainstream success by relentlessly churning out impressive body of works and boldly marketing his craft.

His inclusion in Rolling Stone’s list is a testament to his exceptional talent, dedication, and notable contributions to Nigerian and African Hip-Hop.

Blaqbonez has consistently pushed not only the boundaries of his artistry but also Nigerian Hip-Hop as he blends different genres to add much-needed excitement to the genre.

The rapper is one of the artists currently shaping the commercial return of Hip Hop in Nigeria through his innovative music and brand. His inclusion on Rolling Stone’s Innovative Rappers list is an endorsement that will spur him to continue offering more creative sides of his talent.

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Police detain Sam Larry amid probe into Mohbad’s death

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The Nigeria police say they now have Sam Larry, the music promoter, in their custody — amid an investigation into the death of Mohbad.

The law enforcement agency broke the news in a short statement on Thursday night.

“Balogun Olamilekan Eletu aka Sam Larry is now in our custody. He is currently assisting with ongoing investigation,” the statement reads.

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Mohbad: I’ll return to Nigeria if my safety is guaranteed, says Naira Marley

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Naira Marley, the Marlian Records head honcho, says he will return to Nigeria for interrogation if the police can guarantee his safety.

Mohbad, the former Marlian Records signee, died on September 12 and was buried the next day.

Marley is one of the persons of interest in the death of Mohbad.

On Tuesday, the record label boss said he would honour the police invitation to assist in the ongoing investigation of Mohbad’s death. He also insisted that “I have no hand in Mohbad’s death”.

In a recent chat with Reno Omokri, Marley said he was aware that Mohbad “was in danger from people around me but not from me”.

The music label head also expressed concerns that the “mob has been poisoned by the media against me”.

Marley said he will only return to the country if the police guarantee his safety. He also denied any involvement in cult activities.

“There are a lot of angry mob that do not really want my head. I have been poisoned enough by the media so if they can guarantee my safety, I will be there,” he said.

“I personally believe that he was actually stressed as much as he needed help. I believe he had been bullied. There were people on his neck. There were people all over him that were in danger, but he was just not in danger from us.

“If he was in danger from me, if anybody is scared of me, you will see nobody is gonna come out on videos doing all of this. I do not belong to any cult whatsoever. I have not been in Nigeria since like 2019. From England, I do not know what is cultism.

“I have been wandering away. There are so many times in Lagos, I have been getting away from it. I am actually anti-cultist. I am against it. Because of so many times, they have tried to force me into it, but thank God, they have never succeeded in doing it.”

The Marlian Records label boss earlier said although they had “disagreements, no harm whatsoever was wished on Mohbad”.

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Burna Boy announces North American tour for ‘I Told Them’

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Burna Boy, the Afro-fusion singer, has announced the North American tour for ‘I Told Them’, his latest album.

The singer took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a flyer containing detailed information about the tour.

He said the tickets will be available for sale from Friday.

The tour is scheduled to take place in sixteen cities from November 3, 2023, to March 9, 2024.
The cities include; Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Denver, Houston, Austin, and Minneapolis.

Others are; Chicago, Columbus, Toronto, Montreal, Camden, Boston, Washington, and Atlanta.

Here are the tour dates below:

Nov. 3 – Los Angeles, CA – BMO Stadium
Nov. 5 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Nov. 7 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Nov. 9 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Nov. 12 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Nov. 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Nov. 18 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Feb. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Feb. 21 – Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Feb. 24 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Feb. 28 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
March 1 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
March 2 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
March 7 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
March 9 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

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