LeriQ vs Chopstix Has Been The Best Producer Battle So Far [Review]
We’ve been having some really sick producer battles (friendly, I must add) of late. First of, Shizzi and Sarz, two of the biggest producers out of Africa, with decades of working behind the boards for the finest afrobeats songs in history, kicked it off. It was a great battle, one filled with a lot great moments and songs. (We’ve got the complete playlist for you here.)
Masterkraft and Pheelz also got their time under the sunshine, both producers flexing their sleek catalogs in different ways, bringing us one of the most fiercest battles this period’s birthed. (I reviewed the event here.)
Rexxie and Kel – P, although relatively new, last Friday, also gave us a taste of their genius – the event, expectedly, a hits affair.
The latest battle, as held last night, came by way of LeriQ and Chopstix, two producers who’ve put in their hours and have made some of the finest songs out of contemporary Nigerian music.
Here are 5 takeaways from LeriQ vs Chopstix
1. LeriQ should get new network providers
The show had both producers playing their hits, much to the adoration of streamers, albeit LeriQ’s network set us aback (and made us wait) some times.
Throughout the night, the producer LeriQ couldn’t produce the permanent solution to the very bad network which made the video at his end crack, pause, and had to be stopped, many times.
Of course no fault of his, LeriQ should take solace in the fact he has many “sufferers” in the struggle, as internet providers, rather than make this isolation thing bearable, are making people all over the country lose their cool over the bad network of late.
But the show on the night was too dope to be killed. We called the paramedics, and we got through it.
2. Nothing, Just Pure Vibes
Going by the energy exuded from both rooms, this has, by far, been the best battle. There were no sneak disses, no condescending, just respect, and nothing, just pure vibes.
3. LeriQ and Chopstix are kings in their shared lane
Throughout the 2-hour event, fans vibed very similarly to songs from both artists.
There are reasons for this: first, they’ve produced for a similar line-up of artists; second, both the production of both veterans are chill, with leanings towards reggae/dancehall; third, they’ve, over the years, crafted hits for a niche audience, an audience which came out en massé on Saturday night to show their love and respect.
4. It was a well attended event
It goes without saying that such an event between producers of their caliber will get good numbers. But the roll call of celebrities and the numbers in which they came –that’s major stuff.
Artistes like Endia, Adekunle Gold, Burna Boy, Adekunle Gold, Ice Prince, Dada Boy Ehiz, DJ Lambo, Kemi Smallz, BUJU, and a host of others showed up on the comment section and elsewhere to support the movement.
5. Surprises on the night
First of all, Burna Boy. The artist was at LeriQ’s end and his unexpected cameo gave a certain edge to the event, with many of his songs being played; being there, singing the words, puffing on his joint, we got a feel of the African Giant energy, free of charge baby.
From Chopstix’s end, “Gimme Dat,” a hit in its day (which was Ice Prince’s song and featured Burna Boy and Olamide), was played, and there was a familiar voice at its end: WANDE COAL!!! Apparently, the legend was supposed to have been on the song, but something happened, and “Gimme Dat” happened without him.
On the night also, it was revealed to a lot of people that Chopstix had produced for international dancehall superstar Sean Paul. On the artist’s 2018 Mad Love: The Prequel project, Chopstix chopped the first two songs, “Naked Truth,” feat. Jhene Aiko, and “Bad Love,” feat. Ellie Golding. Shoutout Chopstix, major stuff.
Finally, as requested by Burna Boy, both producers played unreleased songs on their folders. Chopstix went first, playing a BUJU song, to the adulation of many streamers and Burna Boy – who’s reported to have signed the young star to his label imprint – who corrected a comment while the song played, bluntly, saying “BUJU, not Banton.”
As for LeriQ, the man went for the kill, playing an unreleased Burna Boy joint which sent social media to a frenzy. In hours, both BUJU and Burna Boy was trending. LeriQ and Chopstix also got their praise, with many agreeing that it was the best battle so far.
A big shout out and Thank You to both producers; and to Dada Boy Ehiz and Ovie Ofugara (our own Editor in Chief) for setting this up. Great stuff!