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.