J-Town, Nigeria, Presents – a New Age Hip Hop Movement

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Check out this captivating article about a hip hop movement that has roots Jos city “J-town”, Plateau state. The ‘creativity capital’ of Nigeria.


“In Nigeria, battling the system one rap at a time”


The article by Kingsley Madueke on Radio Netherlands Worldwide Africa (RNW) covers the Critique Entertainment crew and their music movement, the heart of which beats (pun intended) at the Basement studios in Kufang, Jos. The article features respected rapper/spoken word artist Pizzo da lyrical Praxis and ace producer Tommy Shields of illtouch records.



Define: Renaissance


\ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s, -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs, ˈre-nə-ˌ, chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sən(t)s\
Usage: often attributive
1 capitalized
a : the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science
b : the period of the Renaissance
c : the neoclassic style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance
2 often capitalized : a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity
3 : rebirth, revival
the 19th-century literary renaissance that prompted people to refer to Boston as the Athens of America
Origin: French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born — more at nation.
First use: 1845
Synonyms: golden age, belle epoque
Antonyms: dark age

Welcome to The Renaissance!

African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment Ltd. (A.R.T), the brainchild of young Nigerian artists, is an artistic initiative developed out of a deep love, respect and undying passion for the arts.

This eclectic-electric arts movement, conceived in 2010 and founded in 2012, is laid upon the foundations of a simple idea: the belief that this generation of young Nigerians can come together with diverse knowledge, talent and capabilities, and do things profound. Things beautiful! Things as economically productive as they are artistically divine.

The arts, without a doubt, provides a fertile buffet for this to be achieved. A new golden age of Nigerian and African arts beams at the horizon. A.R.T has set its course for that destination. Will you approach it with us?
Primarily a performing arts movement, we nonetheless give total dedication and bring acute efficiency to activities and projects that cut across all forms of arts & entertainment. All arts are intertwined branches on the tree of creativity and expression.
The A.R.T vision is to see to the revival of moribund arts/entertainment industries, the sustenance and further development of those that thrive and continuous innovation of all, with Nigeria as the artistic heart of the continent. We believe in:
New ways of thinking!
New methods of action!
New explorations of expression!
New structures for productivity!
We aim to create an environment unique to the societal structure of Nigeria that is economically viable for the arts while sustaining artistic value of our culture.
We aim to provide a platform for and support communal interaction at the artistic, business and cultural level, nationally and globally.
It is our hope, our dream that this, more than achieving it for you, will be achieved WITH you. It is with great honour then that A.R.T invites you to join the Renaissance! Man is confined only by the limits of his imagination. How limitless is yours?
The movement has begun.


The A.R.T team.