The Chosen 21 Deejays Battle It Out On Ignition

It was a long and thorough search that left only 21 standing out of over 400 applications.

The chosen 21 went through master class over the weekend for 2 days. The Masterclass  was a workshop ran by facilitators from both the HBR and Ballantines team who took the deejays through a series of training that included Customer service, Music Production, Financial Management and personal branding.

From here on out for a total of 21 days we shall have the deejays mix live on the drive show: #IgnitionHbr daily and from there you will be allowed to vote for the deejay you think held it down and stayed excellently true to their craft.

Meanwhile Dj Steno stepped up first playing on Monday, followed by Scratch Wailer on Tuesday and Dj Timan yesterday.

Here’s the link to Dj Steno’s mix on Monday below, watch out for the rest live on our You Tube Chanel.

Today, we have deejay RK coming through, make sure to tune in.

Brand New From Anto Neosoul: “Slow Down”

Sensimilia artiste Anto Neosoul is laying bare life as it is in one of Kenya’s informal settlement areas in his brand new video, Slow Down.
A place where he grew up, Anto tells the Kawangware ghetto story through the eyes of a poor teenage boy from the ghetto who wants to do good but the circumstances surrounding him forces him to indulge in crime.
He is a young boy whose football dreams and impoverished reality are inextricably intertwined to create the perfect ghetto tension.
He will pay the ultimate price for seeking a way out of poverty. Too soon. Too quick. Here in the ghetto, weeds are plucked faster than dreams are weaved. 
A robbery gone wrong; his undoing. What next? Watch the new video Written& Directed by J. Kuria below:


Fiery Performances At Industry Nite (Photos)

In case you missed the Industry Nite event that went down at the Gallileo Lounge Waiyaki, we are about to share with you picture evidence of why you should not miss the next one.

The event which was hosted by Homeboyz Radio’s Sheila Kwamboka, saw the up and coming talent in Nairobi as well as the veterans in the game share one stage with yet another amazing line up.

WYRE the Love Child, made the crowd feel the carribean vibes with his electric performance. Performances of Bless my room, Chuki, Uprising among others songs gave the audience life together with his band, the iklektik band.
Sanaipei Tande, with her amazing performance of Ankula huu, Rastaman, Mfalme wa Mapenzi. The audience were touched with her emotional performance of her new hit single Amina. 
Ousmane, the man with the voice for the ladies was also hype on his set. His songs already speaking to the ladies, he effortlessly went through his catalogue of bangers like ‘Dunda’, ‘VIP Love’ and ‘Nuks’ with good reception.
Lyrical Erico, with his remix hit Bambika alongside Shanky Radics, once he hit the stage, he had the same energy as before. 
Steph Kapela, the singer/rapper extraordinaire made an amazing performance and brought he crowd to a stand still with his performance of his songs BY FAITH, GOT THE SAUCE and DON’T FORGET ME. We always love Steph Kapela’s energy on stage and his enthusiasm in the Kenyan music industry scene.
Other amazing acts of the night included Jivu, Royalty by black, Le band and Beraccah Kisia.
All in all the performances were top notch.
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WorldStarHipHop Founder And CEO Lee ‘Q’ O’Denat Dies At 43

Lee O’Denat, founder of the influential website  is dead.

Q who was 43, is reported to have died on Monday in San Diego and according to CNN the cause of death has been listed as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

TMZ first reported his death on Tuesday and just today a post on the WORLDSTARHIPHOP twitter page confirmed the reports.

The San Diego County medical examiner’s office said O’Denat was at a business in a San Diego shopping center — identified by police as a massage parlor — when he became unresponsive.

Paramedics arrived and attempted to revive him with CPR, but he was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. The cause of death is heart disease, with obesity considered a contributing factor, according to the coroner’s office.

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Q who founded the popular hip-hop website in 2005 when he started posting mix tapes, which gradually progressed into a mash-up of hip-hop videos, fight clips and other outrageous camera footage categorized his site as “the CNN of the ghetto

The site became known for user-uploaded videos of street fights, so much so that its name became a meme in itself with parody videos made by fans surfacing. It now combines user-uploaded videos with current affairs news, including coverage of Black Lives Matter.

Though some were of the view that his site painted a bad picture about the USA (with the violence videos) he always maintained that he was telling it like it really is.

His website also became a platform where both underground and major hip-hop artists like 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, and Rick Ross would debut their music videos first.

In recent years, O’Denat had sought deals to bring WorldStar further into the mainstream. MTV2 announced earlier this month that a series based on the site, “WorldStar TV,” was set to premiere Feb. 3.

Watch his last video on The Breakfast Club show below where he talks about his life after dropping out of school and his website


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Keke Palmer Accuses Trey Songz Of “Sexual Intimidation”

Famed singer and actress Keke Palmer has accused singer songwriter Trey Songz of “Sexual Intimidation.”

How you ask? Well, the “Bottoms Up” singer dropped a new music video “Pick Up The Phone (Remix)” with Fabulous and Mike x Angel on Friday and Keke Palmer was not too happy to see herself featured on it, in fact she got furious and took to social media to blast Songz.

Palmer was at Songz’s house during the filming of the music video for a party and according to her Songz used “sexual intimidation” to get Palmer to be in the video.  

Here’s what Palmer had to say about the incident with Trey:

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Those are some career-altering accusations and the official music video has since been removed from the Internet. 

Trey has not come out with an official statement about the issue yet but his Instagram post below could assumably pass for a response.


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Watch Femi One’s new Video “Tippy Toe”

Now here’s a collaboration you probably didn’t see coming. Femcee Femi One has featured rapper Kristoff in her latest release “Tippy Toe”

Produced by Jack Jack on the beat and video directed by Johnson Kyalo of Empire Films, the visual entails ‘foot-work’ by 5 dancers who demonstrate the “Tippy Toe” dance.

Watch below:



Drake Buys Lopez a $100,000 Diamond Necklace

Rapper Drake now knows all too well that Jenny from the block’s love does cost a thing!

He bought Jennifer Lopez a Tiffany Victoria necklace for $100,000, that’s right 100,000 US Dollars.

The 17″ diamond strand that has over 15 carats worth of round, pear and marquise-shaped diamonds set in platinum is said to have been a new years gift from Drake.

Lopez was seen rocking the diamonds at Drizzy’s New year’s show at the Hakkasan Las Vegas nightclub.

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Rumours of the two dating started when Drizzy posted a photo on Instagram (see below) in which both artistes looked teasing a collaboration which we have seen no sight of since then but still waiting for it. Some sources believe ‘their’ assumed love affair was just a move to create hype for their music. Drake and Jennifer Lopez cuddle up on Drake's instagram page Source: Drake Instagram


Nicki Minaj’s Ex Safaree Samuels Makes A Move.

Now we are well aware that Nicki Minaj is officially a single woman, but before Black Barbie could even breathe or say good riddance to her so over relationship with Meek Mill, her ex, American rapper Safaree Samuels is out to ‘win her back!’

Her ex of 12 years, would like to rekindle his romance with the female rapper.





Going by the tweets, it appears that Nicki’s fans ain’t taking it too lightly.


She is the latest eligible bachelorette in hip hop and no doubt has hordes of men wanting to slide into her DMs.

Speaking to TMZ, a rep to the “It is what it is” rapper said that Safaree never stopped loving Minaj and is interested in rekindling their romance. Additionally, he believes that Meek did little to advance her career, and that he himself is a more worthy boyfriend.

In a nut shell, the self-proclaimed “#stuntdaddy” is making a quick wise move! *wink



New Music: Lupe Fiasco “Wild Child” (Drogas Light)

Lupe Fiasco has been dropping information about his forthcoming Drogas Light album over the past few weeks.

With just a month to go till his new album arrives in stores (Feb. 10), rapper Lupe Fiasco has offered fans another song off it. The latest is a banger titled “Wild Child” featuring Jake Torrey that the Chicago MC released today on both Spotify and Apple Music, he also decided to make the album available for pre-order on iTunes.

Listen to “Wild Child” below

The album will feature guest appearances from Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ty Dolla $ign (twice), Victoria Monet, Salim, and more.

Check out the tracklist (below).

1. “Dopamine Lit (Intro)”
2. “NGL” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
3. “Promise”
4. “Made In The USA” (Feat. Bianca Sings)
5. “Jump” (Feat. Gizzle)
6. “City of the Year” (Feat. Rondo)
7. “High (Interlude)” (Feat. Simon Sayz)
8. “Tranquillo” (Feat. Rick Ross & Big K.R.I.T.)
9. “Kill” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Victoria Monet)
10. “Law” (Feat. Simon Sayz)
11. “Pick Up The Phone”
12. “It’s Not Design” (Feat. Salim)
13. “Wild Child” (Feat. Jake Torrey)
14. “More Than My Heart” (Feat. RXMN and Salim)

And this right here is the album cover

Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello Out Of The Picture

Fifth Harmony have provided photographic evidence of Camila Cabello’s official departure from the group.


They did announce in December last year that the Cuban-American singer would be leaving the group to pursue a solo career both parties giving conflicting reasons as to why.

The group said that they had been informed about Cabello’s intentions to leave the group by her representatives, yet she maintained that she had personally told them.

The group however maintained that they would move on and were excited about what the new year would bring.

Their second full-length album 7/27 was released May 27, 2016, debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and containing their biggest hit yet, “Work From Home,” which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100