Song of the Day: Mine – Kute Lee (ft. Tonee C)

Mine is the lead single from KUTEE LEE‘s EP ‘0 4 6’ which features rap prodigy Tonee C. The alternative rap song sees both artists discuss the affinity of a love interest for money and how that isn’t a problem for them on a quest to win her over. It’s one of those songs where the first and proceeding lines of the chorus could live rent-free in a listener’s head, with lyrics like “You got a fetish for dollar signs”.

A native of Anambra State but Based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Kutee Lee – whose real name is Chibuike Paschal Metu – began making music professionally in 2019 after he made a crucial decision of making a switch from his medical profession to building a career in music – a decision that wasn’t met with good reception from his family, but his affiliation with the renown creative collective Black Federation has been his center of support on a musical journey that has had it’s fair share of ups and downs.

He’s an artist with a voice that can fill a packed arena, firm, bold and unruly. His style of music could be described as Alternative because he plays across diverse genres with his music, and at each point tend to pass his message which mostly touches across subject matters like family, love, betrayal, life experiences especially back in the hood, amongst other things.

So here’s your chance to get acquainted with Kutee Lee; have a listen to ‘Mine’ below…

Spinall Drops Video For ‘Jabole’ Featuring Oxlade & Ycee

Following the release of his highly-anticipated fifth studio album GRACE (via TheCAPMusic) and a run of dynamic singles including ‘Everytime’ featuring Kranium, his collaboration with Afrobeats heavyweights Tiwa Savage and Wizkid on ‘Dis Love’ and the remix for his hit single ‘Sere’ ft Fireboy DML with additional vocals from the triple-Grammy Award nominated US alt-R&B singer, rapper and songwriter 6lack, the award winning DJ, producer and songwriter SPINALL has returned with the video for his latest single ‘Jabole’ ft Oxlade and Ycee.

“Ma Je Ko Jabole” is a street slang in Yoruba that is meant to encourage women to keep their swag on at all times. Directed by Dalia Dias, the video sees Spinall, Oxlade and Ycee accompanied by an array of beautiful and powerful women exuding their own unique style and confidence.

Spinall shares: “I was working on this sound when Oxlade walked into the studio and he fell in love with it and laid the hook. I rang the coolest guy ever – Ycee who went on to lace the record with his slick bars.”

Currently riding the massive waves he has been creating with GRACE, released in December, amassing over 100 million streams across all platforms and earning widespread acclaim from a slew of outlets with Clash describing it as a ‘symbolic record in more ways than one’, he continues to push the scene forward to the world with innovative concepts and collaborative efforts and with even more new visuals and music to come throughout the year, Spinall is set to continue his journey as one of music’s brightest stars in 2021 and for many more years to come.

Check out the bad boy production below…

Blaq Jerzee Drops Latest Single, ‘6AM’ From Upcoming Album ‘East Meets West’

A vitalising release from the West African Blaq Jerzee as he meets the Eastern side once again for the ground-breaking upcoming album ‘East Meets West’. Teaming up with Tanzanian hit maker Blackbeat, it’s a relaxing and emotionally rich track assisting the build-up to the long-awaited project.

Previously a top producer in the scene, Blaq Jerzee has switched roles displaying his astonishing talent as a front man and vocalist. As this album is accumulating, we recently were gifted the release of ‘Sokoma’ and ‘Falling for you’, which has achieved 2 million streams on Spotify alone. Gaining recognition across editorial playlists such as ‘African Heat’.

With the switch to artist, Blaq Jerzee is collaborating with chief beatmaker Blackbeat for ‘6am’. A clear display of the East meeting the West, Blackbeat from Tanzania brings his native and trademark ‘Bongo Flava’ sound to the ‘Afrobeat’ sound of the West. This hybrid is what the album is all about and a truly pioneering step for the scene.

Lush on the ears, ‘6am’ has lots of movement whilst also remaining effortless and seductive. An eclectic arrangement of sounds and instruments, sophisticated saxophones and dreamy synthetic melodies. Combined with Blaq Jerzee’s smooth and signature vocals that are entirely cohesive with the summery track.

Have a listen to ‘6AM’ below…

Album Interview: Far From Home – Acebergtm

ACEBERGTM is among the hottest artists to come out from Nigeria, so it was an absolute pleasure to catch up him to talk about his highly-anticipated EP ‘Far From Home’ and what inspired him to produce the six-track set.

NLM: Hey, thank you for taking part in an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. How is 2021 treating you so far?

A: I feel excited and happy about the new release, the response has been amazing and it’s keeps getting better every day.

NLM: You released your EP, ‘Far From Home’ in April. What is the public perception on the project so far?

A: Most of people say it’s unique and different, exactly what I hoped for it to be. Got new fans and the energy is really positive.

NLM: How would you describe the EP’s sound to potential fans?

A: I call my sound GOOD MUSIC, I’m all about trying out a lot of sounds with the aim of making a wonderful song.

NLM: What inspired you to produce the EP?

A: FAR FROM HOME was inspired by the thought of me trying to be different from everybody else. And as a rapper trying to show more versatility and fitting into my own space in the music industry. The aim of this release is to connect with everybody around the world through my music, that’s what “Far from home” is all about.

NLM: What is your favourite single from the EP and why?

My favorite single on the EP is Loyal, the last track on there. I really connected with the son due to personal experiences and the mood I had while I was writing the song.

NLM: What message would you like the listeners to take away from your EP?

A: I don’t know, let’s see about that.

NLM: Do you have other project(s) for 2021?

A: I’m working on an album but I can’t say yet when that would be released.

NLM: How can potential fans find you?

My music is on all streaming platforms, check out the FAR FROM HOME EP. On social media it’s @acebergtm on twitter, Instagram and others.

NLM: Finally, any special shout outs to those involved in the production of ‘Far From Home’?

A: Shout out to everyone supporting God bless y’all. The team, producers i worked with and also the label (SJW). I really appreciate the love and support.

Far From Home is available across all music platforms

Oxlade drops official visual for single ‘DKT’

Causing serious waves across the international music scene since the release of his dazzling debut EP ‘Oxygene’ which has since amassed over 70 million streams and its addictive lead single ‘Away’ being named as one of Rolling Stone’s ’50 Biggest Songs of 2020’ – Nigerian Afro-fusion sensation OXLADE drops the brand-new, official visual for his smooth single ‘DKT (Dis Kind Thing)’.

The follow-up to the ‘Oxygene’ EP, the Spax-produced single has now received over eight million streams since its release last year. The dreamy, visual depicting love’s ups and downs, was directed by Dammy Twitch (Davido, Teni The Entertainer, Mayorkun) and stars Nigerian model TaraGold.

Check out the video for ‘DKT’ below…