It is no news that 6 (out of total 18 tracks and a bonus) had been jamming on the radio, available for download several months prior to the eventual release of the album. The one we were misled to believe would be titled CHOSEN!
Doing all but forgiving bad PR- listened to, discussed the album and read how it came to be. I’ve read my TL. And boy, do people have an opinion? I’ve realized that this fella’s album sort of grow on you. It’s now a full month since the album dropped, chances are you heard some, perhaps all tracks there-in. Let’s take a dive in;
From the artwork, one can immediately decipher the creative direction Wizzy takes on his sophomore album, AYO. He employs more cultural contents-the album is fraught with the Yoruba language, but not in an undesirable way rather it hints at some maturity in his style. He has fully morphed from the teenager singing ‘holla at your boy‘. While the album is a predominantly afro-pop one, some Juju, high life, reggae elements was sampled. Working with eclectic collection of producers; it’s apparent that Maleek berry-his label mate and producer-didn’t contribute much to the album. Legendury, shizzi, Del b and Uhuru all had a nice time out with the star-boy.
So lets quickly do a rundown of tracks on the album(plugging in your earphones wouldn’t be a bad idea at this point)
There’s no much to say, the song, is not short of a praise and worship song for a deity that is mothers. Well that’s to people that regard their mother’s as such. This would definitely endear wizkid to the older folks.
Perhaps my favorite of all, a sort of fusion between afro-beat and high life. The title of the song couldn’t be more apt for the feeling the song inspires; he’s living the good life and he wants to celebrate.
Wizkid explores sounds tending towards high life in this one. Del B is fast becoming a maestro in this line of instrumentals. Kcee Limpopo wouldn’t have been out of place in this one, as a matter of fact, the limpopo dance will be a lovely step to this.
Majorly high life sounds, Wizkid drops his braggadocio persona and puts on a more humble cloak. With Yemi sax on the song, you know the horns are blaring.
For you ft Akon
Uhuru dearly deserves commendation for this song, even though he mimicked his instrumental on Tchelete. Wizkid employs the vocal prowess of Akon who in turn killed it, the song is full of lustful and sexually suggestive lyrics- we need to bring IK (back when he was the wildchild) to help understand the iron pipes Akon referred to as iron-kon.
In Love ft Seyi Shay
‘Everyday am falling in love with you, falling for you boy’. In love is a classic boy-girl duet, the kind that never go wrong when a talented vocalist like Miss Shay is in the mix. If one didn’t listen carefully, one might believe Seyi Shay was ASA.
In my bed
This is a definite club banger, why? Uhuru did the instrumental. After the beat reaches a crescendo, it pauses as wizkid did the bridge ‘I want your body sleeping in my bed’ while sugar coating the bed with his sweet humming bird voice making it to sound like ‘beed’. The beat kicks back to life, and the song suddenly transforms to some sort of fuji music. He mentioned names and backed it up with ‘eleniyan’ (notable person). The transition was too abrupt- like the coarse rhythm typical of the fuji genre, which was ok I guess.
This to me is the highest point of the album and Ayo Balogun will be remembered for this piece. Adopting the title of the song from a popular and somewhat notorious neighborhood in Lagos, this is an indication of how matured his music can get. A rich afro-beat instrumentation accentuated by talking drum. In one word, classic.
Ladies that have mastered the art of twerking would be grateful for this Star boy, EME collaboration (Banky appears for the last time as his boss) and he (Banky W) shows who the boss is, switching from rap to reggae in 1 verse, he rubs it in your face “so much style dem think say I be boy band”.
Murder ft wale
He had released a snippet of this song months ago. It’s the 3rd time he’s featured wale, the other 2 however didn’t make the album. It’s bland.
Another love song, with instrumentals that I reckon is kind of late Brenda Fassi-esque. The bass guitar strings were struck quiet impressively by Legedury beats.
Show you the money ft tyga
A remake of the original song on the asphalts of Shitta.
All in all, I think the album is a fairly good listen. A more matured and reinvigorated music.