Burna Boy turns a corner on ‘Redemption’ EP

‘Redemption’ EP by Nigerian dancehall artist, Burna Boy hit the internet last month ahead of his London homecoming concert. A timely follow up to ‘On a Spaceship’, his 2015 sophomore album, ‘Redemption’ sees Burna Boy open up his innermost thoughts. Produced entirely by former Aristokrat Records label-mate, LeriQ, this is a 90s inspired body of work.  The 7 track EP is heavy on the afro-dancehall and reggae, but also features trap influences in… Read More

Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ is a keeper

Solange’s ‘A Seat at the Table’ comes eight years after her last major album, ‘Sol-Angel and The Hadley St Dream’. This 21 track project is a mix of neo-soul, funk and R&B and features both songs and personal accounts in the form of interludes such as “Don’t Touch My Hair”, “Cranes in the Sky” and “For Us By Us”. Solange has expressed that “#Aseatatthetable is meant to provoke healing & journey of self empowerment.” The album features… Read More

Verbal Vixen Music Review Ratings Explained

Music review ratings are often controversial and misunderstood, so I thought I’d make it clear and easy to understand which releases are worth listening to, and which are just a waste of phone storage and time. On VerbalVixen.com, I score every album, single or EP out of 10 – one being the lowest and ten being the highest. Take a look at the breakdown of what all the music review scores mean. Music Review Ratings… Read More

Olamide’s YBNL UK Concert: why all the fuss?

This past Sunday 9 October saw Nigerian rapper Olamide takeover the Eventim Apollo, London for what’s said to have been a recording-breaking headline show. Instead, it turned out to be the most memorable afrobeats afropop concert of the year, for all the wrong reasons. Excited fans descended on the iconic west London venue to see the “Durosoke” rapper alongside his YBNL generals Lil Kesh, Viktoh and Adekunle Gold. The evening’s… Read More

More Than A Rookie: An Interview With YCee

YCee is the Lagos-born rapper and songwriter who made the the Nigerian music scene wake up and listen, when we he released his edgy street anthem ‘Jagaban’ in 2015. Recently crowned ‘Rookie of the Year’ by one of the nation’s most prestigious award shows, and all without a debut EP and album,  YCee is predicted to make waves over the coming months. Verbal Vixen caught up with YCee on his recent… Read More

6 Reasons Why We’re Obsessed With Jidenna

For a guy who only signed his first record deal a year ago with Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, American rapper, Jidenna sure has blown up fast. Whether it’s his eye-catching style, outspoken views (that open letter to Nigerians springs to mind) or his great chart-topping singles, Jidenna is one of 2015’s standout acts. Grab a seat and find out why we just can’t get enough of him. 1. He’s got… Read More