Cblvck, Mohbad, ZinoLeesky and FabianBlu welcome to MarlianMusic❤️👊🏾✌🏾
— nairamarley (@officialnairam1) December 31, 2019
Since he stormed the Nigerian music mainstream charts with the 2017 football themed and NTA sports jingle inspired hit ‘IssaGoal’. 25-year-old, father of four and No Belt Gang Honcho Naira Marley has strengthened his grip at the top of the Nigerian music scene, against all odds.
While some dislike him for his use of foul language and derogatory terms, many find his personality fascinating. One thing is certain though; Naira Marley’s talent is exceptional. His vulgar, catchy lyrics dished in a signature nonchalant baritone has surprisingly endeared him to the hearts many.
So much so that he has built a cult following of loyal fans; The Marlians. A fan movement that can only be matched by the Wizkid Fan Club. But while Wizkid FC have battle scars from online skirmishes with Davido Fans and popular writer Joey Akan, Marlians have had squabbles with one of the most feared security agencies in Nigeria. A rare occurrence in our landscape, only the great Fela Anikulapo Kuti comes to mind in cases like this.
An EFCC arrest on Friday, May 10, 2019 made Naira Marley, real names Azeez Fashola the most searched item on Google that period. Sparking protests by Marlians in front of the EFCC office at Ikoyi, Lagos.
With controversial songs like ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’, ‘Soapy’ and the raunchy ‘Opotoyi’ , Naira Marley has continued to keep fans sweating on the dance floor back to back. He ended a good 2019 with a solid album; ‘Lord Of Lamba’ and a sold out Marlian Fest concert. To cap it all, he signed four new artists to his new imprint; Marlian Music.
Meet the new Marlian poster boys;
C-Black: Naira Marley went in hard on the remix of C-Black’s sleeper hit ‘Ogologo’, His bars were so good -laced with lyrical gems and even some incantations- it elevated the Peckham-raised rapper’s profile. Scary stuff to deal with for an underground rapper on the come up, but C-Black didn’t show any signs of cold feet, instead he delivered. He went in first and hard like a veteran. C-Black is also the only one out of the new Marlian recruits to feature on Naira Marley’s latest album. ‘Tingasa’ is one of the album’s finest tracks, a jolly trip. A lot of music experts believe that C-Black has all the talent and confidence required for the journey ahead. Marlians 1 Haterz 0.
Zinoleesky: Singing half of the pair of skinny but eager young Agege boys that blew up on social media early 2019. He came through with a single titled ‘Who Knows’ featuring his other half, rapper Lil Frosh, Zinoleesky followed it up with some other features with emerging street acts like Ibradoosky before dropping ‘Money’ with Zlatan Ibile. His latest release ‘Popo’ is a jam and a half, produced by Shockerbeatz, a frequent Small Doctor collaborator, ‘Popo’ slaps hard when you’re on an Okada, being chased by a SARS van, in Bariga. Zinoleesky has star quality, a loyal fan base and street credibilty. He will find acceptance and support within the Marlian ranks.
Mohbad: Cocky, loud and care-free, a true Marlian. Mohbad projects an Alpha persona, always demanding a level up from his listeners. Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba is a true heir to the throne. He commanded attention by winning the Baddy Oosha #WhoDeyCompetition. His follow up single ‘Mio Fo’ released under Banks Nation Entertainment in early 2019 still bangs till date. He came up with the genius idea of spicing up his tracks with popular social media skits and stars, a decision that produced underground hits like ‘Neon’ featuring Updateboyz, JerryClef and Dopesticks and his latest serving; ‘Balan Zia Gar’ which still resonates across the underground and south-west higher institution circuit. Mohbad would later call on Small Doctor for some help on ‘Balan Zia Gar Remix’, a move that did his brand a lot of good, adding to his huge following online and offline.
Fabian Blu: Not much is known about the new signee apart from the fact that he is a singer and his debut single titled ‘Sisi Nene’ is scheduled to be released in January after Naira Marley himself dropped a teaser. We are sure to hear more from Fabian Blu in coming days as Naira Marley is expected to use his influence to push the young artist. Fabian Blu’s Instagram stories are popping though, you can check it out here.