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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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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FIRE OF ZAMANI: A REVIEW

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2013 was a good year for Ice Prince, with the BET best African act award added to his other accolades, you could say he’s the man of the year and with an album to top it all off, a really great year for him. Let’s see how this album shows off if Mr Ice Prince has any Fire cos his first album was a disappointment to some of us who actually believed in his talent.

Stars and Light ft Ruby Gynang

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From the offset of this one, you know it’s just one of those tracks that has everything going for it. Though the beat kind of overshadowed the rapping on this and made the song sound a bit rough. This is still a solid offering for an intro.

Skit ft MC Longs

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If I understood hausa, I’m sure I would have found this a whole lot funnier.

Aboki

We all know this one, dropped early this year. It just has him shouting “Aboki”. Really don’t know what it’s doing on this album VIP would have been a much better choice for me.

My Life

This a well thought out song from Ice, he clearly put himself into this. Despite his questionable lines that are never going anywhere most times, the piano element on this just makes a subtle impact on the overall feel and makes a bit enjoyable.

Mercy ft Chip

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Another relaxed vibe going on here. He also gets his “Jamaican” on here for reasons I don’t know why. Never the less, Chip saves this one, not a prolific verse but considering Ice’s regular sub standard deliveries, he did well.

Whiskey ft Sunny Neji

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This started with a very cool high life thing going for it then Ice just starts with this ‘whiskey, whiskey, whiskey, whiskey” thing and I’m like “are you talking to a dog here?”. That aside, it’s a conscious track, lyrically, talking about life in the fast lane. Sunny Neji on this track is still a piece of the puzzle I can’t crack.

N Word

Probably the best beat on this album, Amean it’s Donjazzy on the beat. Oh! Such a shame when a rapper doesn’t deliver on a dope beat, Ice should be sued for this. His lines were just way below the quality of the beat. Yes he rapped from start to finish but what’s the point if the lines are weak (I’ll just stick to jamming the instrumental of this one)

Jambo

Here’s Ice from more of his first album behavior, singing and not really rapping. It even sounds like something off his first album. That said, it’s still a relatively good track but nothing special like his first album.

No Die Tomorrow

Back to the whole Caribbean thing again. I’m just really bored at this point (it’s not my fault). Don’t get it wrong, it’s not an awful song it’s just that it’s boring musically from Ice even though this might catch some airplay and the fans like it cos he talks about corruption, struggle and coming up.

Gimme That (extended) ft Burna Boy, Yung L, Olamide

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Now this my Jam! My favorite off this album from the very moment it starts. Yes I’ve complained about the Caribbean thing, it totally works on this one. All the features worked well on this and Ice actually delivered with his verse. Jam!

Komotion ft Wizkid

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Most people would agree that Wizkid is the go to guy for a hit in the industry, his delivery is mostly always on point. And this is no exception. He definitely delivered on this. Sadly, the same can’t really be said for Ice, maybe another artiste on this would have made it a tad better. It’s just an okay song.

I Swear ft French Montana

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A lot of people actually don’t know who French Montana is (don’t act like it’s not true, it is). Even though it’s supposed to be a big deal of a collaboration, the track pretty much just falls apart.

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The whole mix of the traditional highlife and guitar on this beat is really something. The rest of it is just Ice doing his usual thing.

Kpako ft MI Jesse Jagz

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If you remember Nobody Test Me, you would know that these three guys were a very badass trio when it came to rap in naija. Though they may not be together again due to label issues, they come together on this to deliver a not so hardcore track but still Jesse Jagz on this was just bliss can’t really say the same for the other two.

Pray ft Sound Sultan

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If you’re an Ice Prince fan, you’ll like this one truth be told. Ice goes about his usual business of rap-singing on an easy going good beat.

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This one was a bit of a hit when it dropped and Ice goes on to re-master it. I do like the beat and sound of it and it is nice to see Ice talk on something about relationships and all. And though this is actually a good song I’m just not feeling it.

On My Knees ft Jeremiah Gyang

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This is an indigenous track off this album, it just sounds very traditional with the help of a few synths and also help from fellow statesman Jeremiah Gyang. This sort of feels like a gospel track in some way which is alright. Not a hot way to end the album but still a good end to it.

CONCLUSION

Yeah so that’s another album signed, sealed and delivered by Mr Panshak Zamamni. And he should be given credit for releasing this album cos he didn’t have to really, and it’s not easy to release an album in Naija especially as a rapper.

Now to the album, there is pretty much no FIRE on this Amean! Is Ice prince really Ice cool to the extent that there is no FIRE in him? He should have just called this the Ice of Zamani (bad joke yeah? I apologise). But on a real tho, there is very little fire on this, you can count the number of hot songs on this with just one finger (yes one finger not one hand). That said, there were some really dope beats on this but Ice’s delivery is just lacking, most of it is just not that enjoyable.

This LP album is more of a rush-rush mixtape kinda thing the thought, time investment and careful planning just seems to be lacking on this. It just feels like a bunch of songs complied together and called an album.

Before I go all out and appear vindictive, let me just give my grade. This gets a C.

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