Coming off the back of releasing their critically acclaimed 21-track compilation album#VirusdaMixtape earlier in June, Ibadan-based record labelGberatinrin Studios takes things up a notch with this new and intriguing Hip-Hop collaborative effort from 16-year old future star KILT KRANIK and up and coming Nigerian femcee MINI YONG.
Together known as GTS GANG, Kranik and Yong come together on this thumping opus titled “Go Hard” with excellent production coming from in-house producer Buster Keyz.
Laced with dark drum patterns, commanding guitar riffs and heavy synth keyboards as well as lush horn and string inserts that all come together to give this record life, “Go Hard” is a lively and hugely infectious Hip-Hop song which sees Kilt Kranik and Mini Yong flexing their lyrical muscles with hard-hitting lyrics, witty punchlines and clever wordplay that is sure to leave you hitting the rewind and repeat button after listening. | ENJOY!!!
KILT KRANIK is a 16-year old rapper, singer and songwriter that is poised to take the African music scene by storm. Signed to Gberatinrin Studios, ‘Kranik’ as he is fondly called started music at about the age of 13 when he was in Junior Secondary School and since then has been growing his craft exponentially.
The fast-rising all-round artist was the first artist signed to Gberatinrin Studios and features on the label’s #VirusdaMixTape project alongside the likes of Phizzle, New Kentro World and Mini Yong.
Kranik’s debut single “Takeover” was released in December, 2011 and has been enjoying massive radio and media support across the country – the single peaked at number 7 on Beat FM Abuja’s weekly charts while enjoying chart success on various other Radio stations across the country. Kranik also features on the hook on Phizzle’s massive “Rewind Your Mind” single which is also currently enjoying good airplay across the country.
Kilt Kranik’s latest solo single “Wagwan” is also featuring on the recently released #VirusdaMixtape compilation as he completes work on his forthcoming debut EP titled Prince of the Throne (POT) which will be released later in the year.
Mini Yong is a talented young, up and coming Nigerian female emcee and burgeoning photographer who you should keep two eyes on in 2012. Born and bred in Ibadan to academician parents, Mini – real name Ekemini Ekpenyong – is currently studying Law at the renowned University of Ibadan while she hones her artistic crafts, both in Hip-Hop music and Photography.
Mini and Hip-Hop music met in her younger, very formative years. She fell in love with the artform, genre and way of life after witnessing rap battles amongst her high school mates during her time as a student at the International School in Ibadan. She found the attitude, the style, and passion behind Hip-Hop music as a new way to express herself, her individuality and her creativity and she hasn’t looked back since in her pursuit of this elite form of expression.
A big fan of Eminem among other rap greats, she places high importance and emphasis on her lyrics with which she excellently uses to tell stories and paint pictures about her life, her society, influences, aspirations and dreams with the right amount of witty word play.
With her extensive discography of recorded but unreleased music ready and waiting to be unleashed on the world, a lyrical acclaim that places her as one of the top young female rappers in Nigerian Hip-Hop and a feature on GberaTinrin Studios’ #VirusdaMixtape compilation album, Mini Yong is set to make her mark in the Nigerian music industry, and in extension, the world so as we said in the beginning – keep two eyes (not one) on the one they call Mini Yong!