BABA HAFUSA : ALBUM REVIEW

 

By Ladi

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The third album from Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru aka Reminisce aka Alaga Ibile who is one of the best indigenous rap artistes in the west.  The album shows promise. It features several good enough collaborations and also some of Nigeria’s best producers.  The album also sees reminisce give himself another alias as seen in his previous album (Alaga ibile). The album has 16 tracks in all, so let’s get cracking

 

Grind ft. Sojay

The first song talks about the struggle,   how far he has come and all.  The melodious hook taken by Sojay is one I’d look out for. This is a perfect blend of rap and some sort of blues.  The song is quite accessible with a befitting beat.

 

  Baba Hafusa

This track has Alaga claiming king over all other indigenous rappers “this ibile shxt will be nothing without me”. We also see some punchlines here “aa dey ma rira later my nigga. O ti di post-paid”. Basically he’s saying he’s a force to reckon with in this game.

 

  Saida

This track sees reminisce talking about Saida.  He tells her what she’ll benefit from being with him, majorly courting in this song which is nothing mega. The traditional /indigenous instruments used to make the song sound more Nigerian are also very commendable.

 

  Skilashii

This track has Sarz’s trademark on it and it’s a good enough rave song. Good enough to be referred to as a club banger.

 

  Gbamilago ft. Sean tizzle

This song features a fusion of highlife and afro-pop thanks to D’tunes. Plus Sean Tizzle usually shines on songs tinged with the highlife feel, so he made the hook something to look forward to every time you listen to the song. He maintains his stand as a rapper and drops a few punchlines “mo fe plug ee; auxiliary jack”.

 

  I need a girl

The song has a very mellow beat to it.  It talks about deceit basically. How some women are just here for the money and not genuine interest. Melancholic song but still good.  He shows some basic rhymes in the song “on my show money, 7months later o fe ma go funny…”

 

  Olomoge

Stop fronting! Yup. That’s what reminisce was telling the girl.  He was clearly interested in this particular female specimen and her attributes.   “elo lo powo ka discuss,  accountant mi ti fe disburse….  se idi bombo bi ti race horse… “. Funny guy.

 

  Local rappers ft. Olamide & Phyno

Firstly, the combination of these three rappers was just awesome.  They had a message to pass across, and it was that indigenous rap is here to stay and that its very lucrative so indigenous rappers shouldn’t be taken for granted. This song had a lot of rappers in their feelings and it’s a pity that the best that could come out of this was an AQ diss track. Ladi feels no other persons could have done enough justice to this song.

 

  Tesojue

This song was a very big single as at last year and still is by the way.  The beat alongside the thick Yoruba accent portrayed here made this song more of comedy which is reminiscent of the Alfa Sule sketches that inspired the song.  It sees reminisce boasting of his sexual prowess and a whole lot more.

 

  Alagbara ft. Sossick

Reminisce prays here that he becomes as great as he should be by God’s grace. The chorus has Sossick praying to God to give him grace to produce hits upon hits to “kill ’em in the club”…  Really?  Sossick? Really?  Basically, the song is a prayer to keep excelling no matter the odds.

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 Otiya

Up tempo jam right here which means; TURN UP!  The jam features this ‘owambe’ tune to it that’s sure to make you groove, especially that gifted guitarist we hear towards the end of the song.  God bless you whoever you are.

 

  Kososhi

Beat by Chopstix.  Kososhi means no problem and this is what reminisce has to say to those that think he’s too “RAZZ” for them and wont groove with/to him.

 

  Busayo ft Ice prince

Mr. Young john didn’t slack on this beat but what really hit me was the collaboration on this song. We saw similar collaboration on “too much” but both rappers weren’t that much in sync as seen in this song. Basic rhyme scheme seen here too, badass beat and awesome delivery considering they were speaking two different languages.

 

  Nothing ft. Sojay & Vector

This jam talks about minding your business basically and doing things “low-key” so keep hustling and don’t make noise cos empty drums…   Vector also showed up here with his flows and bars.  Not so accessible but Sarz did well on the beat.  Punchlines were seen scattered about here and there too.  ” mo mule duro bi kpe mo gba 4” – Reminisce  “too many yellow shawties on the street, na minion rush? “ – Vector.

 

  Outro

Basically a tribute to all his fans and he tells us that Sojay’s album will soon be out so watch out!

 

  Let it be known

This is a Bonus track on the album.  It shows how Mr Alaga is still able to contend with others when it comes to freestyle.  He did his bit and gave us a very good album.

 

CONCLUSION    

In the very end, Reminisce has carved out a niche for himself in the League of indigenous rappers and he’s doing well.  The collaborations were impressive but he went on about females on 3 or four songs, Ladi feels there are many more issues he could have touched rather than females.  Generally it is a good album.  Ladi will give it a B-.

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Thank you.

TRASHCAN EP : A REVIEW

by Ladi

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At first, I wanted to review the album as he does  rap albums (as its ice prince and he’s known as a rapper) but neh. Ice prince (Panshak Zamani),  has two albums out ; EVERYBODY LOVES ICE PRINCE –  2011 and FIRE OF ZAMANI – 2013, and on the 30th of January 2015 he decided  to grace us with this EP. Lets get deep…

CONFESS (04:15):

This here song has a wonderful beat no doubt. The song has Panshak ‘confessing’ how he feels about someone (a woman hopefully), and how she makes him feel too. No major punchlines really, and imagery was quite clear.

Delivery was smooth and alright with wonderful flow. the song is quite accessible.

ELEGUSHI FT JOULES THE KID (03:53):

Turn-up tune right here. This pop song majorly talks about the lounging lifestyle in relation to Elegushi beach. Nothing more, nothing less.

MARRY YOU (03:41):

The third track on the EP talks about his affections for someone and his intentions to get married, preparations and all.

MUTUNMINA (03:54):

The beat to this jam had this northern flow to it; the producer did a good job no doubt. Content wise, I could hear iceprince shouting out to his crew and tells us subtly that they are a force to reckon with. I don’t understand hausa much, neither do I know what ‘MUTUNMINA’ means, but the the song is good nevertheless.

NOBODY GIVES A… (03:42):

You have to give ice credit when it comes to flossing, and on this track he comes out to tell us that he’s still king in that zone. “I go harder than you… nobody gives a fuck about your whip.. your Balenciaga suit”

ONE DAY (03:35):

This song has a peculiar lively beat to it. The tracks centres round the idea of hustling in the ghettos. The general idea that one just has to keep working and one day he will find his breakthrough (can I get an AMEN?). He also made shout outs to several people Chopstix, Grip boys, AND MANY OTHERS. “See the gal dem ah eye my nigga till ah drop like a fucking visine ” – ICE PRINCE.

 Overall,  I believes ice prince could have done better. The EP didn’t really have any vivid scenarios painted; neither did it have content and punchlines one would expect from an ‘a-list’ musician. Nice one tho, if staying relevant is the game here,then he aced it. Asides that, ladi will give the EP – 40.

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JAGZNATION VOL. 1 : A REVIEW

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Intro

Pour out a little liquor for my ancestral spirits

This beat has a slow vibe to it with mellow guitar and some other instrument that I can’t figure out. This is an intro as it is supposed to be: short and with this “we present to you feel” about it.

Burning Bush (in memory of Hadiza Aboki)

My hope is in Zion

I know to keep my self silent

Cos the kingdom suffereth violence

Can you hear the sirens?

This track starts off mellow like it’s going to be like the intro but then the drums come in and change everything. It does not speed up anything but just meshes in with the beat and Jagz drops some mournful flows over this beat.

Bed of Roses feat James Mävrik

The rap game has never been much harder

Niggas get spun 360 like vince carter

I’ve been smarter

When I battle I bring sparta

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This one actually has Jagz rapping unlike the previous one and he obviously has not forgotten how to rap. A strong cut here as he tries rapping about hustling throughlife’s challenges.

Desire

Every man will run away

If day never came and no sun again

If we only had the moon to stay

Real goons will come out to play

From the way this song starts with the Chinese movie feel, you already know you’re about to be hit with some crazy stuff.

 Not the best jam lyrically but he wins major points for the beat.

Where you at?

Shawty let’s see if you interest me

or you appreciate the intellect of this emcee

Or while you’re into just the frenzy

Cos you’re trendy

In your fendi

Not really feeling this one. It’s just too generic + last year. It’s not entirely bad but it just doesn’t need to be here.

Mamacita

Spitting legit

I’ve never written this shit

I took a big risk

Like I’m on a cliff

And even though the wind blow, my position is stiff

Damn. Jagz knows exactly what he is doing. This song starts off with him singing and getting it right then all of a sudden he starts rapping and he puts the track on a god level. This track just goes out to prove that Jagz is still the greatest

Sex and Scotch

Come gimme that like chocolate turn kitty kat

 me really touch ya silly spot

See me really hot

This one has a slow and sensual feel to it. It does not work as well as it should or maybe I just expected so much from a track called “sex and scotch”. It’s just okay.

God on the Mic

Hurled from the sky like a discus

A god has fallen from Olympus

Dethroned from high

Thrown from high

Another rap joint on this album. It’s like Jagz tapped into some part of his subconcsious for this one. The verses were on some whole other shii.He’s just throwing in totally unrelated lines. It’s as if someone was holding up word cards for him to rap a verse about each word he sees.

International

How a badman gon choose a wife?

See You only get what you do in life

This is another one that I like. It has that indian beat going on but with Jagga delivering with a sing-song reggae flow.

Steady Going

two shots to the chest of this Bloody Mary

 i’ve been drinking heavy

 killing ‘em niggas steady

2 hail marys

put this niggas in the serengeti

I dunno how you “put niggas in the serengeti” but that doesn’t subtract from how good this one is. It’s not classic shii but it’s pretty good.

Jargo feat 9ice

Encroaching your plans

Yes, Jesse Jagz got the roach in his pants

Spits that gabanna dolce for his fans

Most think cos he can

You know when I bang

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The first time I jammed this, I was pleasantly surprised and even since then, the surprise hasn’t really left. I was thinking to myself that 9ice would be the one to spoil the album but surprisingly, this is my best track on the album so far. Both artistes combine well on this one. I swear you have to jam it to believe how good it actually is.

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Pedal to the floor

Ok, Now they got a nigga going serious

Everything I do is on fire like Prometheus

As much as Jagz tries to play down the electro-pop feel that this one has by using a rock-like chorus you still get the white-boy vibe that this one has. Nothwithstanding, his verses on this song are almost as hard as liquid swords. Check the final verse.

Sativa skit

An intro to the next song

Sativa ft Lindsey

She taught him all her knowledge and her wisdom

She didn’t want a nigga to get caught up in the system, In prison

An ode to the world famous herb. There’s just one word for the overall sound of this track and it is “smooth”. JAM

After Party ft Brymo

I’m spitting like a legend, my flow is folklore

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I got your body kicking. The club is a dojo

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I’m not really a fan of this jam. I’m just not feeling it but I know a lot of people out there will. It has this BADBADNOTGOOD jazzy feel to it. Even though I wasn’t feeling Brymo’s contribution, Jagga’s verses on this were sorta strong.

After listening to it a couple of times, I’m starting to get it but I’m still not feeling Brymo’s bit.

Redemption

Wanna know Jagga, wear him out

Everything inna news you ah hear about

Jesse Jagga ah air it out

The video already had me liking the song despite the fact that Jagz’s “muscular” chest was all up in my face (he should have put a chest on. Sorry, I meant shirt).

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The song is pretty good on its own too.

Bad Girl ft Wizkid

Baby girl call me jailer

Cos I’m a prisoner of love

Baby girl call me tailor

Cos I would mend your breaking heart

– Wizkid

Oliver Kahn. She ah keeper

She sweeter than me reefer

She got a good head. She ah reader

– Jesse Jagz

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Another track that I thought would ruin the album but it surprisingly did the opposite. A strong cut that has Wizkid actually singing with actual words and no filler stuff. Another thing you’ve got to admire is the beat. Mad ting!

Selassie

Yeah, we had kings in the palace

Now, we off balance

Time to let these niggas know to preach what the practice

Third world soldier. Nigga, everything is Fascist

Cling to the power while we burn in the Ashes

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For me, I believe this is the best song on the whole album. The production is first class and that is saying something considering the fact that every single track on this album was on some grade A shii. If you’re not going to get the rest of the album, at least get this one.

I swear by Black Dynamite, you have to jam this.

CONCLUSION

Yeah, this album has almost no blemishes. The production all through was first class, the sequencing was on point. It was a smooth ride from start to finish. This album should serve as a blueprint to both emcees and producer, reggae artists and rappers. This album is on some whole other level.

There is no tailored for radio audiences track on this album as not only does almost every track sound so un-radio-like, no song(intro aside) is shorter than 3 minutes. This album marks a deviation from the norm. While I wasn’t expecting a lot of rap from this album, there was actually a lot more. And when he rapped, he shone. Same with when he sang. This album was perfect from a lot of angles. You just have to jam it to believe it.

It is albums like this that makes our job here at thareportcard harder cos we have nothing to criticize and we end up sounding like groupies or publicist or those dudes that wrote that infamous list.

With all that being said, this album deserves an A. If I had jammed this album before I jammed Burna Boy’s album, I might have given that album an A- but fate just wanted to jam this first and there we have it. This is an A.

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