Reviews

Davido’s “If” could have been so much better

    Pop singer Davido has once again blessed us with the characteristic rhythm and sounds of great music he is known for.  The OBO of Davido Music Worldwide did not fail to show his mastery of tunes and song composition, all of which was magnified by the very good video for the song “IF” produced by Tekno. Nevertheless, the fanatic Davido lover would say they were expecting more from the singer and truth be told, they would not be unfair in their expectations. Truly, Davido is still every inch the talented singer he is, but at the same time, he did not pleasantly surprise us this time. Known for his energetic music, and catchy lyrics, Davido earned his place on the stripes by releasing songs which reflect his hunger and fiery ambition. While “If” is no dou...

“No Forget” Video:  Simi did better with Falz than Adekunle Gold

    The love triangle of Simi, Falz and Adekunle Gold is one of the most sensational in the entertainment industry right now. With seeming chemistry between Falz and Simi, many people have come to doubt the reports of songstress being in a serious relationship with Adekunle Gold. The release of “No Forget” video by Adekunle Gold featuring Simi was supposed to be the video which separated the main boyfriend from the assistant boyfriend. Alas, it left a lot to be desired. Not because it was worse than the average Nigerian muic video love story, but because fans of Simi and Adekunle Gold expected a lot more chemistry between them, even more than was seen between Simi and Falz in “Soldier” video. It might sound unfair to compare the two performances on the set...

Album Review: Vector – “Lafiaji”

The Lafiaji album has long been knocking, with the consistent musical releases of V.E.C. Initially appearing as a foreign-styled rapper challenging for space with the coterie of afro-pop musicians in the industry, Vector has introspectively refined his style without withering the talent but rather polishing the art to mainstream acceptance. Vector has become a brand in demand for soul searching rap fanatics and an icon with a steady and stable presence in the music industry. He presents Lafiaji, his third studio album, holding a lot of promises. ‘Lafiaji’ sought to build on the successes of Vector’s first two studio albums, State of Surprise (SOS) and The 2nd Coming (T2C). With Lafiaji, Vector would be hoping to establish himself as an independent figure that has survived many industry bat...

Review: Falz & Simi – Chemistry EP

Falz & Simi brought sexy back to comedy when he appeared as a guest on the video to her hit single Jamb Question. Figuring that they had something good, they went ahead to capture lightning in a bottle with their next duet, Soldier, a project that breathed new life to the visual form but ended famously with a promise of more goodness to come. Chemistry, jointly released by Falz’s Bahd Guy records and Simi’s X3M is a culmination of all that good natured flirting and teasing. The release of Chemistry the EP was preceded by publicity stills capturing the themes reflected in the seven songs that make up the disc. Obvious title and brevity aside, Chemistry is a very enjoyable disc from start to finish. Falz and Simi’s connection isn’t one that feels forced or strategic even when their joint...

Album Review: Gbagyi Child – Bez

Bez Idakula wowed the world with Supersun, his Cobhams Asuquo produced 2011 debut disc that made the case at the time for a wider embrace of broader musical tastes and at the same time, supplied proof that a different kind of alternative music exists, one that is rooted in home culture and created to be performed live. Five years later and Bez is back with Gbagyi Chid, an eloquently expressed product of musical introspection that reveals the growth of both the man and the musician at the centre of the project. In the years in between his albums, Bez has hit the road touring and performing in spaces around the globe, gotten married and started a family, and he brings to bear all of these experiences in crafting Gbagyi Child. Swirling, expressive, poetic, lush and bursting to the seams with ...

Album Review: Solid Star – W.E.E.D

Solid Star might still be just shy of breaking into music’s A-List, but his years on the grind have attracted many high profile friends his way and he wants you to know it. Otherwise how else can you explain the intimidating guest list on his third studio album, W.E.E.D.? Just in case you were wondering, W.E.E.D. is short code for Witness Everything Exceptionally Different. I know I know, it doesn’t even make much sense but more on that later. Back to his coterie of friends. The force is heavy with Solid Star as he secures the services of names like 2Baba, Davido, Phyno, Timaya, Diamond Platinumz and Burna Boy. Note that this list is not near exhaustive. He has worked with Tiwa Savage and Flavour previously and their dynamic must have been so hot, they agree to return for another merry go ...

Album Review: Phyno – The Playmaker

In the years since he first dropped Ghost Mode and first tasted mainstream success, Phyno has ridden the crests and troughs of the local rapper movement and has emerged triumphant, easily recognisable as one of the biggest stars in the country. The fact that he raps or sings predominantly in the Igbo has been of no impediment to his rise to the top of the music food chain. But as Phyno’s stardom has risen, the same cannot be said of the quality of his music. Sure he is presently at the height of his popularity and songs like Connect and Fada Fada have been relentless in their total takeover of radio, clubs and every single pop chart of note. But the difference in quality between Ghost Mode and say, Fada Fada is as different as night and day. Where Ghost Mode is easily recalled as a hip hop...

Album Review: Aramide’s Suitcase

Gifted vocalist, Aramide has been around for a spell now, since her runner up finish at the 2006 edition of talent hunt show, Star Quest. She’s had a spell with eLDee’s Trybe records, before finding kin with Baseline records. Active on the underground scene for a long time, Aramide has gotten high profile notices with the release of her 2014 single Iwo nikan and upset wins in the female categories of both The Headies and All Africa Music Awards. Suitcase, her debut album, going by the album art is inspired by the 1998 Grammy winning masterpiece, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, with its sole close up portrait of the singer rocking braid extensions and the album’s title atop. Content wise, it would be an unwise attempt to match Ms Hill’s opus but who’s to say one cannot try? Aramide wisely ...

Album Review: Jos to the world

Iceprince’s 3rd studio album and first under his Super Cool Cats label Jos to the world is out. After listening to Jos to the world album with curiosity and an open mind, one can only come to the candid opinion that Ice prince somehow lost steam on this one. Here’s how it felt: Me Vs Me gives you the feeling that you are about to listen to a deep rap song with it’s very soulful introduction but somehow, Ice prince somehow comes off with flows you wouldn’t remember just after playing the track. SKIP. Looking At You has a trap crunk old ATL vibe. The song has a catchy hook and a melodious bridge. Wouldn’t call this a rap song, just something to get the girls to rock to in the clubs. Playlist feat. Yung L sounds like the Ice prince we used to love fresh out of Jos. It has the grip of a tight ...

Album Review: Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

Though 24k Magic is shorter than any Stooges record, human Super Bowl halftime show Bruno Mars still wears a lot of hats: giddy uptown-funk savant, bumping-and-grinding R&B time-traveler, Ashford & Simpson–esque quiet-storm balladeer. He also sounds like he’s wearing airbrushed overalls too since the majority of the album hearkens back to the new jack swing and Cooleyhighharmonies of turn-of-the-Nineties charts ruled by Boyz II Men, Bell Biv DeVoe and Bobby Brown. The only thing America’s greatest pastiche pop star is missing on his third album is the hooks to hang it all on. Mars wanted Magic to recreate the nostalgic wonder of the school dances he attended in the Nineties – and his crowded productions, infectious attitude and soaring voice go well beyond “tribut...

Album Review: The Weeknd – Starboy

“It just seems like niggas trying to sound like my old shit,” sings the Weeknd on “Reminder.” Ironically, years after remaking contemporary R&B in his druggy, sex-obsessed vision on his iconic debut EP House of Balloons, the Toronto singer has settled into a familiar routine. We know that his songs will explore love as either a tortured form of codependency or transactional pornography; that he will boast of his forays into a one-percent world of luxury vehicles, white lines and sylph-like women; and that the beats will possess a synthesized sheen that gleams like coated stock paper in Vogue magazine. The Weeknd has managed to offer some kind of ingenuity in spite of his well-worn shticks in the past. Kiss Land may have sounded like Trilogy redux, but at least i...

Album Review: Wande Coal – Wanted

Release Date: October 26, 2015. Wande Coal’s long awaited sophomore effort finally dropped last week, announced with little fanfare from the artist himself. ‘Wanted‘ set the Nigerian music scene aflutter until its actual release. The album title itself is a play on the demand for a follow up record from an artiste who had been quiet mostly since his acrimonious split from the then young Mavin Records other than featuring on one of the songs of the year, Patoranking’s  My Woman, My Everything and his well received 2014 single Baby Hello. Theories abound as to why it’s taken him this long. His debut was a runaway success; the album is still referenced as the best debut by a Naija pop act and, try as he might, the artistic (and commercial) success of that record is inescapable. Wande Coal‘s f...

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