THE INDESTRUCTIBLE CHOC BOI NATION ALBUM REVIEW

 

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By Ladi

 

This collage made by the infamous choc boi nation features  artistes including Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, M.I,

Nosa, Ruby Gyang, Victoria Kimani, Pryse, DJ Lambo, DJ Caise, Loose Kaynon, Koker, Milli, Moti Cakes and Dice Ailes amongst others. The compilation has everybody including the new artists.  The album has 15 songs in total so let’s get reviewing.

 

Summertime (Jesse jagz & Ice prince &M.I)

 This laid back flow has you remembering the song “test me” which was where we last saw this collaboration.  M.I had killed this song; he went all out with superb punchlines and very good delivery. Ice prince also appeard alongside Jesse jagz who was on the chorus. “… Pulling strings yo bxtch I’m Carlos Santana… “–M.I.

 

Do something (Koker)

Once you hear this song you can’t help but think of a more recent Sir Shina Peters and afro-juju music.  Mr koker had this tune on lock with the instrumentals. Thanks for taking us back Mr koker. The song talks about the pros of money, better still, things money can do.

 

  Drank (Dj Lambo, Milli & Dice ailes)

This is first class trap music right here.  It is good to see Nigerians experiment with more recent genres of music. The song is about that lavish life, the two artistes on this song had wonderful delivery with DJ Lambo showing that she is the only Nigerian dj who should be allowed to do that DJ Khaled talking on wax shtick, basic rhymes but it wasn’t that really relatable. “… a Suya man with some kiliishi cos we about to kill this shit.. “

I cried. It is okay if you did too.

 

   Bass (Ice prince & Koker)

This particular track has elements of pop and reggae/ska.  It is a very interesting style of music and both Ice prince and koker delivered perfectly.  It is a pretty danceable tune. Plus ice prince has been showing his versatility of recent as he can deliver on almost any kind of song. Good song.

 

   Oh no no (Dice Ailes)

We see some more elements of trap music here again. Dice displays basic rhyme scheme, good enough delivery.  The song reiterates the fact that he’s here to run things and here to stay. “Just got back from Toronto all of my homies heard I’m backup in this bit*h, riding on  slo-mo, rolling through Agege,  they love me  they feeling  my shit all the way from igando.. “

 

   Go hard (Loose Kaynon, Ice prince & Milli)

  “… I’m playing in a different league, no be all dogs go see heaven, God dey look breed“- loose kaynon. We see a great deal of wordplay.  Delivery was also on “fleek” here.

Disclaimer: we here at ThaReportCard do not recommend the use of the word “fleek” in real life situations as it may lead to you being isolated till you’re cured of your ailment.

 

   Ricochet (Pryse)

“.. You can’t be in the V. I. P, cos me and my people we no scanty… “We see wonderful mastery on the beat to this song but not so much in content.  Not so coherent and also really basic attempts at wordplay or something. Ladi feels this will do well as a twerk song though.

 

   Calling you (Victoria kimani & Ice prince)

On this track, we see the choc boy artistes trying out dancehall rhythm again.  Ice prince came through as usual and Miss Kimani did her part with her melodious voice. The song speaks of physical attraction and errr…  that’s it.

 

   Love is calling (Nosa)

Nosa calms us all with his ever soothing voice on what seems to sound like rhythm and blues.  The song talks about attraction too, and wanting to be around someone.  The hook features our very own nokia tune.  It blew my mind three times over.  Good jam!

 

   Loose soul (Ruby & Dj Caise)

This up-tempo house music from Jesse jagz’ baby mama will keep you dancing and wanting more.  Its eccentric beat is one to look out for. The song talks about love and all its perks.

 

   No more (Ruby & Jesse jagz)

The beautiful Ruby teams up with her past lover on this one to produce what seems like reggae/rocksteady music. It came out really good as ruby’s voice is able to adapt to such genre.  Jagz comes in with his regular flow and fits in properly. The song talks about hurt lovers ready to go their separate ways.

 

   Heartfelt (Milli & Koker)

Basically bragging of all the females stand to gain with them.  Good delivery, good beat and blurry imagery.  The music sounds very much like afro-pop.

 

   3rd Mainland Bridge (M.I & Moti cakes)

This Moti Cakes guy should be crowned king of trap music in Nigeria. He did well in the hook and M.I wasn’t sleeping too, he had awesome delivery to his bars, wordplay and rhymes. The song is mainly about being no 1 over all these other artistes and also the lavish life.  “… These rappers need a ruler like a mathset, clear way make i compass.. “– M.I.  5mins on the third mainland bridge tho.   I bet Lagosians want such magic.

 

   Suite 99 (Jesse jagz & Ice prince)

The Jamaican accent here killled it for me.  I for one don’t know why the year ‘1999’ is important, but it is important here.  The beat and accent is peculiar to Jagz so you’d expect he’ll do justice to the song, which he did. Ice prince showed his ability to switch up his flow once again on this track.  “… Periodic flow I’m in all of my elements… “- Ice prince.

 

   Restoration (Jesse jagz & M.I & Milli)

The last track on the album sees Jesse Jagz telling the story as to why he left chocolate city in the first place and how he reunited.  It is only right that he explains to his fans why he keeps making these decisions.

 

CONCLUSION

Overall view of this album is beautiful because choc bois nation has shown the world that they are a versatile group capable of taking on any artiste.  They had songs from dancehall to trap music, which is pretty impressive. Ladi gives it a B

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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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TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY: A REVIEW

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by Ladi

This is a review of the third studio album  of Kendrick Lamar. Click here for a review of his previous album which was the first ever review on this site.

Wesley’s theory Ft George Clinton & Thundercat

First song on the LP has Kendrick fantasizing about all the awesome stuff he’s gonna do when he gets guap.  He mentioned a whole lotta stuff…  go listen -__- .  The song also features a call from Dr Dre advising Kendrick on staying relevant and Uncle Sam making him proposition of the good life.   The beginning of his journey as a caterpillar.

For free?  (Interlude)

Energetic and up beat jazz that will keep you wanting more.  The caterpillar’s journey continues and this section talks about bottom of the food chain nigga.  Also exploitation of a rising talent. References Made to Uncle Sam and Lucy.

King Kunta

The journey moves further with the acquisition of more fame and money.  k. dot makes references to the story of Kunta Kinte who had his leg cut off as a slave but went on from  slave to scholar so also  k. dot.  from bottom of the food chain to stardom “ bitch where were you when i was working,  now i run the game,  got the whole world talking KING KUNTA,  everybody wanna cut the legs off  ya”…

Institutionalized ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg 

Moving on, he’s got the fame and money and talks about the influence of this new acquired lifestyle on his person. “So many rolllys around you and you want all of em”…   standard nigga behaviour confounded on him cos of the cocoon he’s in.

These walls…  Ft Bilal, Anna wise & Thundercat 

Still under the influence of fame, this song starts with moan sounds and has Kendrick describing the vagina like he’s describing a well painted portrait or intricate work of art.  “these walls are vulnerable,  exclamation,  interior  pink,  colour co-ordinated,  I interrogate  it,  every nook and cranny “…   the last verse,  k. dot takes us back to sing about me off GKMC as he mentions that these walls belong to the baby mama of the gangbanger that killed his friend from sing about me.

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After all the random escapades it seems the caterpillar is going through a period of self-loathing and self-disappointment.  Here we hear what seems like a conversation with himself.  Emotional stuff. Hence the screams at the beginning of the track followed by the intro “loving you is complicated “…   Disappointed because his preaching didn’t get to his sister (she still got pregnant) and also for leaving his friend’s brother whom he promised to watch over.  We also see tendencies of suicide towards the end of the song.

Alright

” reaping everything   I sow so my karma coming heavy  no preliminary hearing “…  coming out of the depressed  state,  he comes out to say things gon be alright as long as he’s right with  God.  The second verse has Lucy offering him the goodies of the world.  “I’m at the preacher’s door my knees getting weak and my gun might blow but we gon be alright “…  You have to admit it, the flow sounds like something you can nae nae too.  Listen!

For sale?  (Interlude)

The song starts with the sound of someone panting like he’s been running from something.  With references to Lucy again here we hear Lucy introducing herself and further offering Kendrick big things “Lucy gon fill your pockets, Lucy gon move your momma outta Compton inside the gigantic mansion like I promise “… 

Momma

Still in the development phase, nostalgic now.  Kendrick raps about going back to ones roots, keeping culture alive in all we do. That as much as we want to acquire knowledge/gain fame we shouldn’t forget our roots.

Hood politics

Started with such a smooth flow, why’d it have to end?  😥

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Back home (the cocoon ) the caterpillar continues to survive,  with particular reference to the fight for power in the ghetto  “From Compton to Congress, Set trippin’ all around,  Ain’t nothin new but a flow of new DemoCrips and ReBloodlicans,  Red state versus a blue state, which one you governin? “

How much a dollar cost Ft James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley

This has the scenery set at a gas station where a homeless crack addict asking for some money with the excuse that he wants to eat and k.dot refused with the excuse  that he has also been in that state and he worked his way to the top so why can’t he do the same?  Hard work pays.

Complexion (Zulu love) ft. Rapsody

Talks basically about racism at large.  Talks about the fact that colour shouldn’t make people rivals at all.  We should all unite.

The blacker the berry

Blacker the berry is actually a book whose contents had to do with the Negro lifestyle then. And equally the song also has gist relating profiling that occurs as a result of thick, dark racism.      Kendrick Lamar used himself in the place of the entire black race and how it suffers the deep stares of racism.  The imagery here was very clear and vivid.  The delivery was on fire yo. And there was this part where he kept on  repeating  the fact that he’s an hypocrite,  and we’ll soon figure out : this part actually says blacks engage  in gang banging,  killing unnecessarily  and they were suffering  the  same from the opposing race…  so we all hypocrites in  The end.   Funny how this song drops 2 or 3 days immediately after “the great” Grammy awards…

You ain’t gotta lie (momma said)

The song talks about the usual lies niggas will tell gain stats or feel important.  Seeing that the song’s title reads “momma said” it’s possible these words of advice came from his mom.  Smooth tempo alongside awesome production.

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This song dropped as a single months before the album though.  The song represents the completed development of thee caterpillar.  Now a butterfly, he claims self-love.  Insinuating that all the trials and tribulations made him who he is, and he is very satisfied with his current state of being.  The end part of the song has Kendrick talking to a group of listeners.  He takes the chance to preach unity, pride and self-love.  He enlightens the crowd on the word NEGUS (meaning – Ethiopian royalty.) which we all are.

The version on the album is a welcome alternative to the jingly version that was the single version of this.

Mortal man

this here track is KING!  Here Kendrick tells is that he’s trying to walk Nelson Mandela’s shoes. “The ghost of Mandela, hope my flows they propel it”…  “Want you to love me like Nelson, want you to hug me like Nelson I freed you from being a slave in your mind, you’re very welcome” he’s tryna preach unity and sameness in his songs.  He also makes references to some powerful names the likes of JFK and Malcolm X.   He also questions our commitment to the movement on this song.  He went ahead to blow our minds with this awesome interview with Tupac Shakur and a lovely piece at the very end of this song.

This has Kendrick giving a sort of condensed analysis of the themes touched on during the course of the album so far and he does this over a sample of a Fela song “I no get eye for back” . An oft repeated line in the hook refers to the fact that most heroes have had to deal with their followers/fans abandoning them in their hours of need so tell me “when the sh*t hits the fan, is you still a fan?”

CONCLUSION

THL: “but most of y’all sharing bars like you got the bottom bunk in a two man cell”..   The general idea of the album is the process it takes for a caterpillar to grow into a colourful butterfly.  Yeah, something like that.  So Kendrick uses this to describe his journey to stardom.  You dig?   Awesome concept.

Some keywords were used in the album, including   Uncle Sam the pimp. (U. S. A)  Cocoon (Compton/his climb to stardom) Lucy (Lucifer -I’m guessing cos this person kept on coming with tempting offers and stuff). The album also has this jazz flow to it.

In conclusion, this album isn’t just an album it is rap, poetry and a celebration/reminder of black history all in one.  It is creativity at its finest. The album had the same jazz flow almost throughout the album with good producers like Sounwave and Boi-1da.  The punchlines weren’t so much compared to the vivid imagery painted or awesome stories told. To end with, this album was rich as fxck.

i’ll give this album an A.

Thank you.

Ladi out.

@slklouis:  This album is so unlike anything he has ever released before; yet, this is the Kendrick we all expected to hear based on “i”. This album kicks at the box of hip hop just like Andre 3 stacks,The Roots, De la Soul, ATCQ and Common have done before but this time it is not presented to us in a manner that is at once too preachy/high-minded/condescending (even though there are moments sprinkled throughout the album where one of these occurs in isolation, they never occur together). The emotion her is so real that it goes past been heard and begs to be felt (and unless you are built of rock or have been turned to stone by Medusa, you will feel it.) i would like to note tho that this album should not be pumped up to be more than it is: an adventure or tour that paid off. this album took several listens to stick for me and i wasnt swooning after my first listening unlike most of the people on the internet who were rushing to be the first to say that they understood the concept of the album. in fact, it took this review from Ladi to help me figure out certain aspects of the album which helped me find out even more about the album. This album is a step towards proving that This poet transcends rap. He is a poet, the voice of our generation. He discusses topics no other rapper has the balls to talk about. He condemns the drug and liquor culture where others seek to endorse it (even Swimming Pools is not an ode to the drink but rather a parody of other odes to the bottle). He talks about gang violence in a manner that both rebukes the gang members for indulging in violence against their fellow me and at the same time praises them for finding strength in self to bond with people with whom they share similar ambitions and at the same time calls attention to the strength they have in numbers. He speaks about the gang life as an outsider looking in but seems to be even more of an insider than those who pay to be affiliated. He speaks about Depression, self loathing, personal growth, personal responsibility and acceptance. As much as i have now grown to like this album, i still haven’t gotten fully used to hearing the Thundercat and Flying Lotus sounds here as it takes me out of the moment and leaves me unprepared to hear Kendrick speak but on the plus side, the feel good and dreamy instrumentals cloak the fact that K.Dot is speaking some deep truths on this record. Bearing all these in mind, i’m going to agree with THL and give this an A.

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SELL SOLE : A REVIEW

by Ladi

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Ok. Don’t funk with Deja M. Trimble. From what this mixtape tells us ,she hood as fxck yo! Lool. She’s best known by her stage name “dej loaf” she’s here to redefine trap music. Working up the top slowly from her last album “just do it”, she comes out with a new mix tape to thrill gwer fans and get some more stans

“Sell sole” dropped sometime in 2014 and has lots of awesome peeps and songs on it. Ladi is going to break down the tape track by track. Legoo.

Bird call (4:02)

this jam has hood written allover it. It talks about how she hustles from the scratch, and apparently almost all her folks are behind bars.. of chocolate. Lol, you know what I mean. It illustrates how the urge to make money and blah blah (fades slowly) blah.

Flow: basic

Delivery : not all that but then again not so many chicks  rap this good.

Accessibility : real accessible. We all wanna get rich.

Rhyme scheme : none.

Imagery : quite vivid my niggas. Quite vivid.

Punchlines: zeroooooo.

Beat: basic

problems (3:00)

this started with the fact that her brother in jail alongside some of her cousins and grand dad. That’s a hood family maan. She also featured some guys that really didn’t make any major change to the track.

  •  Basically this song had mad rhymes
  • Plus you have to give to give this baby a 10 for her flows maan ,Not menstrual .lool (why am I not a rapper for God’s. Sake)

I don’t know (3:40)

this here basically talks about her “swagga”. And not to mentioned it that her father was taken away from her. Prison? I don’t know. Lool. She also sub’d some fake as a rappers “ fake rappers we’ll pull off your tour bud, iono wanna do no songs or do no features with them I ain’t no groupie Ion wanna take no pictures with them..” whose sub?

Delivery : superb

Beat/production: basic/crisp.

No rhymes but she painted a vivid picture of how haters hating cos she’s all all dappered up. Bae haters gon hate and potatoes gon potate.. pardon me, lol.

Blood ft birdman & young thug (4:33)

*rubs palm* this track Didn’t need birdman yo. And we thank almighty that young thug was a little audible. The song talks about how concrete her circle is- her blood. “It ain’t no hoe in my blood, now way no sir”. She stated that her pops was taken from her at the age if four and she grew up thorough so she ain’t a hoe.

Delivery was beautiful and just right it had this nicking minaj vibe to it. Ladi wonders what a song with two of them will sound like…

Charisma was ok alongside the imagery which was a little bit blurry.

No storyline here nigga, go look elsewhere. Lol.

On my own (3:11)

get ready cos you gonna wanna nae nae to this track. This basically talks about how she climbed the ladder of relevance all by herself. Also talks about ‘loaf living the boss life where she employs her friend and stuff. “Did it on my own didn’t need nobody came up on my own didn’t need nobody….”.

Basic flow with delivery that was just right.

We be on it (3:26)

talks about her status in the rap game basically

It’s has a wonderful flow with super basic rhymes and delivery.

Me u & hennessy (1:44). This track got thirst and senshual vibes allover it. She paints a vivid picture of how ladi thinks she prefers sex ; hen newsy included. ” I feel you inside.. no better feeling.. you shifting inside you gat me screaming.. you kiss on thighs and then you eat it..”

Yo! She painted some damn vivid pictures here maan. The rhyme was basic with superb delivery. Her voice really did justice to the mood.

I got it (3:41)

‘loaf, my niggas was just trynna tell y’all that she’s getting to the top little by little while keeping it real.

Pictures here weren’t so vivid but quite accessible. Basic beat with simple rhymes.

Punchline: “half these rappers is phoney they ain’t really getting money , pocket flat as my tummy..”. But how we gon confirm that flat tummy ma’am? … ladi wonders.

Ayo (2:57)

turn up theme right here. When she says “all my niggas” does she mean guys or her girlfriends? Well all her niggas stay turnt. Period.

Vivid picture.

No punchlines, basic rhymes.

Grinding (4:16)

this track describes her overall hustle as a rapper . “I ain’t Tryna working no 9 to 5 .. I got a hustle bruh “ . She talks about the perks of hustling hard – houses, whips, bricks, fame and blah blah.

Vivid pictures painted on a basic beat. No punchlines, ladi didn’t catch any.

The song is also quite accessible.

Never (2:13)

seems like the content of the songs on the album got better as you go further… just like the noodles at the bottom of the pot. pardon me Lool. This song reminds dream chasers that they shouldn’t be timid and not let anyone discourage them..

The imagery was quite clear. It had good content. And it is an accessible song.

Easy love (2:54)

mushy up niggas. This song discusses love until she said “put that pussy on your face…” and ladi was like.. wooow! Iono the nigga she was referring to but she said he/she makes loving someone easy. ” scratches on your back I didn’t mean to do that baby I couldn’t help myself you be fucking me crazy on the couch, in the….”.. I guess that’s love

Try me (3:57)

this here talks about how gangster this babe is yo. “Let a nigga try me.. imma get his whole mo’fucking family..” O.G babe this ‘loaf babe.

There’s nothing more vivid than than this yo. Don’t cross her. Period.

Accessible to we gangsters…

Awesome beat and basic Delivery to match.

  •     Like I’ve been saying, don’t fucks with loaf, she hood (at least she makes us believe she is, who knows?)  Overall, the album is typical of one with a whole lotta potential. All it needed was a bit more collaborations and that’s it, but still it was a good one. She has Mc lyte’s style but without all the nineties energy. Loool.

Ladi gives it a 6/10.

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2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE: A REVIEW

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Welcome back.
We’re going to review this with the convo style that we used for NWTS but first of all we have to introduce the dude who will be writing this with us.
L (@Slklouis): so I’d like to introduce the beast from the west, the high priest of Dol Gudor, the one afro that rules them all, the weirdest person that isn’t me. Ladies and gentlemen, Ladi
THL (@the_Ladi): dude. What is all this nonsense? Anyway, we’re going to break this album and the 13 parts it bears to bits
S: you’re going to breaking it alone mahn. We grade over here
THL: sorry sir
S: I’ll also like to introduce the man who has been chosen to play the Black Panther, the man with the iron fists, this country’s greatest hidden weapon and an accomplished black belt in 76 of the 74 martial arts disciplines. Ladies and gentlemen, Jon P
J (@oluwajonpee): you talk too much. Let’s start this
Intro
J: A lot of people would overlook this track because it’s the “Intro” but if after you’ve listened to the album, you go back to listen to this intro, it makes a whole lot of sense.
THL: this song has Cole singing about freedom and the right to happiness
L: but that is just it. He is singing not rapping.
THL: but everyone can still relate to it tho cos he is talking about happiness
January 28th

J: this right here is dopeness.
L: I swear! Dude even compared himself to Rakim and Big Daddy Kane
THL: yeah, Cole is his own hype man. There is even a bar where he proclaims that he is Cole the god
J: Just the first verse alone killed it. And the ease with which he murdered it was just too good.
THL: his opening bar was the highlight for me as it set the tone for the rest of the track: “ FLOW BANANAS HERE, PEEL THIS BACK AND WHAT YOU’LL FIND IS YOUR HIGHNESS CAN PAINT A PICTURE THAT IS VIVID ENOUGH TO CURE BLINDNESS” .

Wet Dreamz

J: this is a side of Cole we’re getting used to now. It’s an honest painted picture of life growing up for him.
L: too honest tho. I really didn’t need to hear about his first time and how he was awesome
THL: Cos it brought back memories of how terrible your own first time was, right?
J:

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L:

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Anyway, the frank, honest and self-depreciating nature of this track is one of the major reasons why I’m a Cole fan. His ability to take hush-hush topics and make magic with them is impressive.
THL: this is prolly one of the funniest tracks on this album as it talks about crushes, teenage years and everything (preparation and all) that goes into making the first time perfect
J: If you have a vivid imagination this track could you remind you of something Slick Rick or Biz Markie would do.
L: more Slick Rick than Biz markie tho
J: definitely

03’ Adolescence
J: this is real!
THL: everyone knows Cole is a softie at heart
L: and in action too
THL: exactly. This track goes to show that as he raps about his shortcomings as a shy black kid, marijuana and trying to stay alive
L: Only problem is that unlike the previous track that sounds honest. This one sounds needy like he is pleading to be believed
J: nah. He actually sounds more honest here tho. It was only the flow that was different

A Tale of Two Citiez

THL: before anything, the hook here is just it and we just have him talking about the Hollywood dream and the lengths rapper go to to look fly.
J: I think it was easy for Cole to go in on this track because he didn’t produce it.
L: how does that help?
J: he had more time to focus on the lyrics (as opposed to both the beat and the lyrics as he normally would) So there’s just this almost sublime transition from verse to hook.
L: I actually don’t even know what he was talking about her but I know I enjoyed it and the major reason why I replay this is cos of the hook.
THL: RUN IT!

Fire Squad
J: lol this track is just a way of saying “Fuck It” pardon my Aramaic.
L:
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Aramaic tho. This song was just his way of taking shots at…well…everyone. Although he didn’t directly name anyone, we know part of this was for Kendrick
J: Kendrick actually called him by his government name
THL: are we still on about that control verse
J: his government name
L: dude even called out white rappers just two tracks after sampling Eminem.
THL: this is some revolutionary shxt. Dude used the first verse, hook and part of the second verse to proclaim that he is king and then he just turned on all white rappers in the third verse by emphasizing that rap has black roots.

St.Tropez
J: Let me stay out of this one, all the singing is just not it
L: I’m going to stay away too.
THL: this track has Cole rapping about his career and rising to fame in Hollywood. He even uses St. Tropez as a metaphor for fame and fortune.
L: isn’t he a rapper? Why is he rising in Hollywood?

G.O.M.D
J: the hook in this is pretty much all this track offers really.
L: I actually like this one o. it offers more than the hook cos there are some nasty bars scattered around here
J: speaking of NASty
L: don’t!
THL: the first verse is about Hollywood Cole’s lifestyle and the second verse is about love. That is all there is to it tho. The Hook is the highlight
L: but the song itself isn’t that bad
J: it isn’t bad at all. It is just that the main attraction is the hook.
L: I love how he says “this is the part that the thugs skip” just before he starts the second verse
THL: well, real nxggas don’t want to hear about love
L: how would you know?
J:
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L: now we’re even

No Role Modelz
J: the beat on this just gets you trapped in the song and you just have to listen to everything Cole has to say. And he delivers the “gospel truth” on this “Don’t save her…”
L: I didn’t hear all that one abeg. If any hoes out there need saving, I’m outchea
THL: we don’t want no reality show ho. This is another funny track as he talks about Hollywood hoes (the unfaithful lot). I’m pretty sure there are subs to be caught here
L: lest we forget, the song started with Cole referring to the lack of a male role model in his life growing up. He then digresses and that is when the advert for the Don’t-Save-Hoes Party started.

Hello
J: yeah, moving on
THL: the beat is up tempo for some strange reason
L: forget the beat. He is singing again. I’ll be on the next song, let me know when you get there
THL: this track is about regret. That is the best I can do with this track. It is prolly about some girl he liked in the past.

Apparently
J: can someone please make the singing stop.
L: this one is actually better cos he is doing the sing-song-rap thing and it works here.
THL: this song has him talking about his mum and he won’t mind having more time to spend with her

Love Yourz

THL: this one is just too real yo.
J: the thought and message behind this is golden and the beat is just right for it.
L: this sounds like Cole from his Friday Night Lights days. He knows how to rap about other people’s problems like they’re actually is and he does this exceptionally well here
THL: this one is about happiness and contentment and how happiness is actually just contentment with what you have

Note to Self

J: this has to be the longest outro ever *Cole’s voice*
L: was that a reference to an old Cole song? I can sort of remember the line but can’t remember the song. All I can remember is that he says “I’m on one” after that line
J: POWER TRIP
L: oooh. Anyway, this really is the longest outro ever. 14 bloody minutes.
THL: yeah, it is just the credits

CONCLUSION
J: I pretty much eased out of the mood of the album. Like for the first six tracks were Cole was telling stories with nice wordplay and thoughts it felt like listening to some really old school type rap style and it was just plain dopeness. From then on I eased in and out of the album like I enjoyed No role modelz and love yourz and of course the hook on G.O.M.D but as good as they are, it just didn’t feel like those first six tracks. I do have to mention this though, Cole should really leave some of the beats and production to his producers. But regardless, this album is the shit.

THL: TO CONCLUDE, THE ALBUM HAD A LOT OF ‘BLACK POWER’ VIBE GOING, IT ALSO HAS A LOT OF VIVID PICTURES PAINTED BY Mr. COLE. IT IS A CLASSIC ALBUM , SIMPLE RHYMES , QUITE AUDIBLE WITH GREAT OVERALL CONTENT.THOUGH, THE STORIES `IN IT WERENT AS MUCH AS THE USUAL YOU’D EXPECT FROM J.COLE.HOPEFULLY YOU THE NEXT ONE WILL BE FILLED WITH THESE JUICY STORIES HIS FANS LOVE. OVERALL THE ALBUM IS JUST RIGHT (BY JUST RIGHT, I MEAN FUCKING AWESOOOOOME!!!). THANK YOU.
LADI OUT.

L: first off, why is your shxt in all caps? Is it ————–. Sorry, the second half of that sentence was removed for bearing too much of a semblance to shxt Ice Prince would say.
Anyway. This album. I actually love this one and while it blew my mind on some levels, it disappointed me in other areas. The singing, to start with, has to stop. The singing on his last album made more sense as he used it sparingly. Saving it for the creation of awesome hooks. The lack of features means that we got to hear Cole’s pure sound as it is now. He has matured in sound and style and has let go of some of the things that held him back before like trying to create radio-ready tracks although he still forces the feeling of nostalgia at times. While there are no truly atrocious tracks as even the ones with him singing have their own advantages, the overall feel of the album is that of a series of compelling and honest tales. Only problem being that if he keeps releasing stuff like this then he will keep creating new standards and I feel like you can only go so far before imploding.
So we’re going to give this an A-

WAZUP GUY: A REVIEW

Here’s the debut album of the bahd guy, repping the label “bahd guyz”, Barrister Folarin a.k.a Falz The Bahd Guy.
Let me first of all give this notice; this album is 19 tracks long. And that’s really long. But thankfully, it doesn’t feel too long and I’ll explain why.
Falz is a rapper (just incase you didn’t know). But far from your regular naija rapper. His style is unique, first and only of it’s kind I’ve heard of in the rap game in naija. He fuses all sorts from afrobeat, to fuji to highlife not just on his beats but also in his flows. He could go from rapping like a razz guy to rapping like a polished gentleman, he’s that good. No wonder he calls himself a “Bahd Guy”.
Since this is a debut album, let’s get to know Falz as he introduces himself to us.
First of, let’s meet the playful side of Falz. On tracks like TOYIN TOMATO & MARRY ME (ft Poe and Yemi Alade), he addresses issues of the relationships, in the former, he talks about a fed up chick who just wants the finer things in life and not interested in the love of the relationship. And in the latter it’s more about a lady who just is just in dire need of a ring on her finger and he goes in on this from the ladies point of view which makes it more appealing . What makes these tracks fun is the approach he has to the issues, he’s just laid back and damn right straight with his flows on a some really cool afrobeats.
Like I said earlier, Falz is unique. On JESSSICA, he goes on this fuji vibe from singing to rapping and just really showing his skill and talent. This is one of the tracks that’s really enjoyable both in sound and lyrics.
There’s hardly any naija album these days without one or two love themed songs added to the mix. And despite Falz’ unique style, he also delivers a really dope and cheesy tune in RIGHT NOW (ft. Dipo). Don’t know who this Dipo guy is but his vocals were a nice touch (he sounds like Timi Dakolo). The second is OH GOD which is a less memorable offering on this album. (L: that track is the worst)
Falz being a barrister that he is talks about the situation of the society in two different ways. On SENATOR he addresses a “Mrs. Senator” and about all the lavish spending while on HOW FAR (ft. Sir Dauda) he takes it from the aspect of the questions people ask on why the society is still in the state it is.
Now let’s talk about Falz the rapper. If you’re judging or doubting his skills as a rapper because of the single HIGH CLASS which was a hit, you should really take time out to listen to this guy. WAZUP GUY, WAZUP GUY REMIX(ft. SDC, Phenom), O PARI (ft. Olamide) are three tracks that show how good this guy is. And because of the way he delivers his rhymes, he makes it sound fresh but razz (or is it razz but fresh) but still dope. There’s also SEE ME which feels like a warm-up to something but shows a little of what he’s capable of.
I do have to say that some of the sounds off this album are just “weird”. Like the way he mixes sounds to fuse with afrobeat and come off clean is tight. (shoutout to his producer). CURRENCY is an example of this cool fusion.
Falz sounds like a really relaxed person and tracks like 1,2,3 (ft. OYINKANSOLA) and COOL PARRY are really just laid back tunes with him dropping some nice lines.
In all, this is a good debut album. Though it hasn’t been a hit despite the good beats and very acceptable production with a unique rap delivery from Falz, it still is a good album. i guess why it isn’t a hit album is just because it’s a sound most people are not used to. The whole fusion thing is something that deosn’t really sell in the naija music market. But if Falz can play his cards right, he could carve a niche for himself with his unique style and with time grow his fan base. This album gets a B- from me.

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