Ok, just when you’d think she was done, Weird MC is back in the news again.
The bestselling rapper, songwriter, performer and entrepreneur who has been working on her third studio album for years, premiered two singles ‘Jehovah (Da Paper Song, feat. Switch)’ and ‘Don’t Stop (Se were feat. Dr Pat) with both production credits to Legendury Beatz.
Now just incase you don’t know, Weird MC’s label is called 0907 – named after her date of birth, July 9. And this is not the first time she’ll be playing with the 9th day in premiering her songs or videos. This time around, her reps say, the new singles were premiered globally on 9 radio stations and 9 websites at 9:07AM on November 9 – Nice, right? ‘She’s spent over 18 years in the game, sold over 10 million albums and won hundreds of awards across the continent. She has inspired dozens of female acts and stayed relevant despite all odds. She’s Nigeria’s most daring female hip hop act and we’re happy to deliver these gift – her new singles – to her loyal fans who have waited for years for this album’ a statement from her label 0907’ Funke says.
The new singles are the final set of materials from her long-anticipated third album titled – ‘BROKEN SILENCE’. Earlier singles include “Riranwo”, “Step Up” and “Happy Day” – All bonafide hits and chart toppers on both radio and TV. The album is scheduled for a late 2010 release.
Real name Adeshola Idowu, Weird MC first gained national recognition in 1997 with her hit single ‘Allen Avenue’ which won her the award for the Best Hip Hop act at the first edition of the Awards for Musical Excellence (Amen awards) in October 2008, after which she went on a long sabbatical. She made a comeback in 2005 with her monster hit “Ijoya”. Her influences include Fela Kuti, Miriam Makeba, Femi Kuti, Lauren Hill, Jimi Hendrix and others.
Her first album ‘SIMPLY WEIRD’ was Nigeria’s first full-length rap album, earning her a position as a pioneer of the hip hop industry in Nigeria. And when many were expecting her to fall below standard with her belated sophomore album ‘AFTER DA STORM’, she took the game to a whole new level, establishing herself as one of the continent’s most amazing performers and a multi-faceted entertainer. With the new achievements came brand statements like the elongated ‘gele’ which remained her signature for years.
“We’re back again” she says. “People should get ready for the full album. Yes we’ve just dropped two fresh bangers, but these are just samples of what the full album will be like. It’s been so long coming, I’m excited!” Weird Mc says.
Weird MC has collaborated on stage and in the studio with the likes of Femi Kuti, Lagbaja, Yinka Davies, P-Square, Don Jazzy, Tony Allen, Wunmi, Kween and Ashley Beedle. She has also toured extensively with the Shrine Syncro Sound System, Afro Celts, and with her own band, taking Womex by storm and performing across the length and breadth of Africa.
On record she has featured on ‘Rhythmic Altered State’ with RAS from Berlin, Tony Allen’s “Home Cooking” and the Original Afrobeat Compilation. Her song ‘Palava’ has been included in two major global vibes compilations: EMI’s World 2003 (selected by Charlie Gillett) and Peace Lounge Recordings’ ‘Pop d’Europe: Migrating Sounds In and Out of Europe’. Weird MC also has a track (‘What Are You Waiting For?’) on the Backbone Music compilation ‘Have You Got Skills? Vol.1’, a collaboration with Africa On Your Street host JJC and his group 419 Squad. Her last album ‘After the storm’ featured on many respected charts across the world and sold over 10 million hard and digital copies.