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#MiixtapeChiickReviews Mariah The Scientist’s “Master” EP



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If you’ve ever been through a situationship, relationship, or whatever title you may have with your significant other and things didn’t work out (and you’re high key still feeling a type of way about it), Mariah The Scientist’s Master is for you. Oftentimes, we may feel like our friends don’t understand us while fighting our counterparts to make them understand.

I can’t speak for anyone else, but myself, when I say that trying to make a guy understand where he fucked up, how he did it, and how it made you feel, is useless when he ultimately never cared in the first place.

For a debut project via RCA Records, Mariah The Scientist certainly did the damn thing. Whether it’s questioning her self-destructive habits while being fully aware of them, questioning if she’s capable of love, or being taken for granted, the 21-year-old bares all on the ten-track effort, executive produced by Tory Lanez.

You can certainly hear Lanez’s influence throughout the project, especially on “Hotel,” which is reminiscent of the end of his I Told You LP-cut, “Guns and Roses,” along with the Mansa-assisted track, “Disclosure.”

I say all that to say this: Mariah The Scientist has gained a new fan after streaming this project and I can’t wait to see what the body of work she’ll release as a debut album.

Scroll down to read by track by track reaction.

Note To Self

Here, Mariah The Scientist demonstrates self-awareness. My favorite part of the song is where she questions love. Is it real? & if so, is it even worth it? How do I even find it within myself? Judging by this song, she must be an overthinker like I am.

And they talking ’bout love, what is it?
Didn’t know it existed
Now they telling me it’s within myself
But, baby, what is love?
A figment? Tell me am I imagining shit?
Thinking about the lies I tell myself

2. In My Nightmares

I felt this record. A dude can easily become a nightmare in ways you could have never imagined.

3. Note to You

THIS SONG GOES OFF IN MY CAR. I felt every single word and have already learned all the way. You ever get sad when the one person you want to call doesn’t call, anymore? And then you get upset and ask yourself why do you even care cause he played you mad times? This song is for you (and me).

Why do I still contemplate picking up the phone when I know you used to dub me?

4. Hotel (Interlude)

As aforementioned, this record to me mirrors Lanez’s “Guns and Roses” record. However, I could be wrong. Anywho, the autotune was very fitting for this record. I could certainly relate to the words on this.

I tried my best to buy us time
And you didn’t even notice it
Now you’ll never notice it
Hard to figure out my type
When I’m focussing on you

5. Reminders

I didn’t like this record when I first heard it. I think it was because when I first heard the record, it was with the video and I was expecting something totally different. However, when I was listening to the project in the car, “Reminders” came on and I realized how I perfect it went with the EP, and it totally has Tory Lanez written all over it.

6. Thanks 4 Nothing

I easily connected to this song when I heard the opening lines. Sometimes when you get played in certain situations, the jokes on you because at some point the person told you who they were, but you didn’t wanna believe it.

Some things never change
You’re crawling under my skin
But I ain’t had no business being in my feelings

7. Beetlejuice

One of the slower records of the project, Mariah was lowkey dropping some bars on this record. “Beetlejuice” is the story of an emotional rollercoaster … more on your end than his. Having no consideration for your feelings, but you continue to follow.

8. 7am

Another song I consider a banger (ESPECIALLY THAT LAST VERSE). Sometimes you need drugs to help you feel numb. It’s bad, we know. But when love makes you feel a pain you’ve never felt, you need something to help you escape.

Out of all us in this universe, And I still chose to put you first. Said I love you and I meant it, but you can’t comprehend it anyway.

9. Disclosure (ft. Mansa)

This record introduces fellow One Umbrella artist, Mansa. Listening to his verse, he certainly could be Tory Lanez’s protege. You honestly can’t convince me otherwise. I like his response to Mariah’s prior verse and the way Mariah closes out the record.

10. Not a Love Song

My third favorite record (and by favorite, I mean I have it on repeat at least 5 times). She had bars on this record as well. If I were to introduce someone to Mariah The Scientist’s music, I’d probably play this first. But it’s the perfect outro to the project.

My mama said she saw your new bitch and she’s gorgeous.
You know how I love to avoid shit
You know how I think that the internet is poisonous
I wasn’t good at it, competition
Take your phone and go and block all of your mistresses
Guess I’m possessive or I’m sensitive
These days I don’t know what the difference is

Before becoming signed, a young Mariah The Scientist, who was known as Mariah Buckles, was asked by Rolling Stone to finish the following sentence, “When the crowd is responding to my music I know…” and Buckles replied, “I’m not alone.” The Atlanta native certainly succeded.

There are no happy records on Master which is great because sometimes you just want to be in your feelings and reminisce on what could’ve been without someone badgering you to get out of it.


Nigerian Artists to Watch Out for in 2024



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Afrobeats, a captivating fusion of hip-hop and electronic elements with West African rhythms, has become a global sensation in the music industry. Although well-known heavyweights like Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido still dominate the scene, a new generation of gifted musicians is emerging and has the potential to propel the genre to new heights.

In recent years, we have witnessed the rise of stars like Rema, Asake, Tyla, Ayra Starr, Libianca, Fireboy DML, and a host of others armed with unique sounds, captivating lyricism, and undeniable stage presence, pushing the boundaries of Afrobeats by infusing it with elements of R&B, pop, and even alternative sounds.

This year, the Nigerian music industry is experiencing a surge in popularity from a new breed of talents. Let’s meet the Nigerian artists you need to know:

Qing Madi

Chimamanda Pearl Chukwuma, better known by her stage name Qing Madi, is a multi-talented Nigerian singer, songwriter, and performer who is shaping 4music with her distinctive blend of pop, soul, R&B, and Afrobeats. Her breakthrough single, “Why,” released in 2023, quickly gained popularity, marking her arrival in the Nigerian music scene. Her unique style and artistic ability are harmoniously blended in “Why,” a song that mixes melodicism and an irresistible rhythmic drive.

With her self-described Afro-R&B sound, Qing Madi has boldly carved out her own musical niche while elegantly following in the footsteps of famous Afrobeat giants. Qing Madi recently unveiled her latest project, inviting listeners to experience the unique melodies and lyrical depth woven into each track. The self-titled project “Qing Madi” showcases the artist’s dedication to her craft, further solidifying her position as a significant figure and one to watch out for in 2024. “American Love” is one track off the EP that is promising, and I suggest everyone take a listen. Listen here.


Nigerian musician Tonade Oladapo Adetunji, better known by his stage name Oladapo, is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, and performer. His sound, described as “Afro-fusion,” combines highlife and R&B melodies with unique contemporary elements, all artistically complemented with elements of his native Yoruba and Nigerian Pidgin. His listeners are taken on a never-ending musical journey by his soulful vocals and artistic vision.

Oladapo’s newest body of work, “IN CASE I NEVER LOVE AGAIN (ICINLA),” is poised to win hearts once more. A story of poignant intimacy, the 10-track project offers a cathartic journey for people who have felt the pain of unfulfilled emotional connections. Listen here.


Daniella Daniel Ibinabo is a singer, songwriter, and creative who goes by the stage name Morravey. With her soulful vocals, this fast-rising R&B musician has undoubtedly captured the eye of the Nigerian audience, going from making covers to becoming an online sensation. Recognized for contributing her beautiful yet exceptional vocals on “In the Garden,” one of the most celebrated albums of 2023, “Timeless” by Davido.

The buzz surrounding Morravey’s debut EP, RAVI, which consists of five mesmerizing tracks, is growing. The EP, released on November 2, 2023, includes the top-charting track “Magician,” a collaboration with Davido. Listen here.


Winifred Ohili Adanu, popularly known as Winny, is a talented artist from Nigeria. With her unique vocal delivery and a sound that combines R&B/Soul, Afro, and reggae, the gifted singer offers her music a distinct edge. Inspired by artists such as Chris Brown, Wizkid, Chronixx and Kranium, Winny aims to convey love, compassion, self-awareness, and a sense of belonging through her music and songwriting.

Winny proves she’s one to watch with her breakout self-titled EP “WINNY.” Her breathtaking single, “Pretty,” is a lovely song with excellent writing and composition. It debuted in the Top 200 of the Apple R&B/Soul Chart in Nigeria, Kenya, the Congo, and the Gambia. Listen here.

Kold AF

Aninooritsewarami Alero Oritsesan, a Nigerian rising star with a unique voice and style who goes by her stage name Kold AF, has proven why she is a queen in her own world and deserves everyone’s time and attention. Through her popular song covers, the rapidly budding artist has gradually and steadily grown her fan base.

Her recently released body of work titled “KOLLIDE” showcases her genre-bending ability that shares the spotlight with her superb songwriting. Kold AF is making a difference with her distinct style in Nigerian music by experimenting with Pop and R&B, complemented with dancehall style. She is showing signs of being a force to be reckoned with. Listen here.

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The Rise of R&B Music in Africa



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The world’s music industry has always been inspired by Africa, the continent of rich cultural heritage. In the African music scene, R&B is experiencing a significant comeback, despite the historical dominance of Afrobeats, Amapiano, Gengetone, and other genres. This is an exciting development for the continent.

Africa’s R&B scene is proof of African musicians’ uniqueness, versatility, and creativity. R&B has always been associated with romantic themes and soulful songs, but African musicians are giving the genre a distinctive new direction by incorporating elements of their own cultures and musical tastes.

Africa has a never-ending love for good R&B; South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, and Uganda have the highest R&B listenership on Spotify. Collaborations between international superstars and African musicians in the R&B genre are becoming more frequent than they were a decade ago, mostly due to this tremendous rise.

From the mesmerizing strains of “Big FU” by David Guetta, featuring Nigeria’s finest Ayra Starr, to the captivating melodies of “Sensational” by Chris Brown, Davido, and Lojay, and Travis Scott jumping on Tyla‘s “Water,” one of Africa’s breakout songs of 2023. Africa’s stars are shining bright on the world stage.

And now, African singers are also connecting with one another to release global hits all on their own.

Soulful vocals combined with modern production techniques, Afrobeat loops, and traditional African rhythms are being skillfully blended by musicians all throughout the globe. This blend produces a sound that not only resonates with listeners but also bridges the gap between the past and the present.

In Africa, R&B is growing in popularity more than ever. We see that the power of music transcends all borders, whether by location or generation, as this global journey spreads like wildfire.

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Lil Durk Cancels Rolling Loud Performance & ‘Sorry for the Drought Tour’ Dates



Lil Durk Cancels Rolling Loud Performance & ‘Sorry for the Drought Tour’ Dates
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Lil Durk has made the difficult decision to cancel his much-anticipated Rolling Loud Miami performance and a significant portion of his ‘Sorry for the Drought Tour.’

The announcement comes after the rapper was recently hospitalized for dehydration and exhaustion, as reported by TMZ. Lil Durk, whose real name is Durk Banks, expressed his regret at being unable to take the stage but prioritizes his health and well-being above all else. Despite the setbacks, the artist remains positive and is looking forward to resuming his performances as soon as he receives medical clearance.

“Since I’m still awaiting to get full clearance from my doctors to travel and perform again, I have no other choice but to cancel my headlining Rolling Loud performance.,” Durk said in a statement to Akademiks. “While I’m home resting, I am looking forward to my two homecoming shows on the 11th & 12th in Chicago. For the rest of the country, I’ll be announcing new dates soon. #StillHealing”

Despite the unfortunate circumstances leading to the tour’s postponement, there are still some bright spots for fans. Five of Lil Durk’s shows remain unaffected by the cancellation. Among the unaffected performances are two hometown shows set to take place at Chicago’s United Center, with one of them being an appearance at 107.5 WGCI Summer Jam on August 12.

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