Being a true Olamide obsessive, I have had Eyan Mayweather on reserve for the longest, so I nearly injured myself rushing to my PC which is connected to my best speakers as soon as iTunes notified me that it had dropped into my inbox. And what an album it is! Chai, just when I think I can’t love the Omo Bariga any more, he goes ahead and proves me wrong!
Of course, there are tracks that we already know – stand out songs such as Lagos Boys, Melo Melo and Bobo – but there are so many more treasures on this album. I took a couple days out to play and replay before giving an honest (un)biased review, and I’m glad I did.
The stand out tracks for me which I fell in love with straight away were: Don’t stop, Boom Boom (this chorus is so fluid, it’s unreal), and Say Something.
I’m OK is a song that makes me feel inexplicably like reaching for a blunt even though I’ve never touched the stuff before in my life. No further questions, ladies and gentlemen.
Showing us that he is capable of extreme depth and emotion as well as powerful rhymes, the songs Mama Mi and Toriomo are particularly moving, with Toriomo’s repetitive “Jankolo” giving me flashbacks of that lullaby tone a mother uses to call all of her child’s pet names and oriki. Miliano is indeed loved.
And let’s talk genres! In one album, I heard standard Afrobeats, but more interestingly, I heard spitfire-rapid beats and lyrics like Eminem does, I heard Kana Finish – a song just pouring over with UK Grime beats – and all of it blended over his relentless Yoruba yarnings.
Olamide is everything. I always knew it; I always believed it. He just came to remind all y’all.
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