At 10 pm on April 3, 2020, Nigerian producers, Rexxie and Kel P will face off in a ‘Battle of Hits.’ This will mark the third ‘Battle of Hits’ in under a week. The first involved Sarz and Shizzi while the second involved Pheelz and Masterkraft.
Rexxie and Kel P were nominated to face each other by Sarz and Shizzi upon the completion of their session. Pheelz and Masterkraft were also nominated to face each other by Sarz and Shizzi. Rexxie is known for producing hits for Naira Marley and Zlatan while Kel P is known for producing 60% of Burna Boy’s Grammy-nominated album, African Giant.
The ‘Battle of Hits’ will take place on Instagram Live.
The first involved Sarz and Shizzi while the second involved Pheelz and Masterkraft.
During the first edition, Sarz and Shizzi played a total of 82 songs – Sarz played 42 songs while Shizzi played 40 within two hours and thirty-two minutes. Some of the key moments were purely driven by nostalgia and excitement or even both.
One of the greatest talking points on the night; unreleased music. Sarz went into the infamous ‘hard drive music’ of Wizkid and pulled out his original ‘One Dance‘ verse. Now, this is longer and more detailed than the one Black Coffee had. At some point, it seems Wizkid actually wrote a significant chunk of the song.
Sarz also played two other Wizkid releases; a random song and another ridiculous song on which Wizkid sang in patois. For his part, Shizzi played an amazing song by Davido featuring Wale, he played a Davido and Akon song and played an unreleased version of Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’ featuring Meek Mill and song on which Wizkid features Swizz Beatz.
On the second edition by Pheelz and Masterkraft played 71 songs in total and amassed a peak viewership of 28.5k – that’s 6.3k viewers more than Sarz and Shizzi amassed. It shows that people who are stuck at home from the lockdown coronavirus imposed were in the mood to learn new things and watch two great producers slug it out.
Known music industry figures who viewed the live session were, MI Abaga, Ozedikus, Ovie O, Peruzzi, Sarkodie, Adekunle Gold, Tuzibeatz, Tunex, Krizbeatz, Rexxie Vector, Oxlade, Broda Shaggi and more.
While a lot of people might think it was wholly a competition – which it was, this event was bigger than that. This was the celebration of an under-celebrated demographic – the guys who make the beats for artists to say nonsense on. It was also a moment for people to get familiar with producers and their work while getting educated by these producers and celebrating them.
The battle also birthed a rift between Jaywon and Masterkraft over how he got signed to Kennis Music.