Reviews Adekunle Gold Levelled Up On Afro Pop Vol 1

Adekunle Gold Levelled Up On Afro Pop Vol 1

In 2015, we got introduced to Adekunle Gold’s debut single, the former image manipulator was going haywire on how a girl named Sade treated him, he moved on to Orente, the girl who was ready to “suffer” with him, this experience didn’t last long, he had no option but to call on God to pick up his call, this culminated in his debut album “Gold”, an eponymous title.

His debut was greeted with mixed reactions from fans and naysayers, the contention was the similarity in his songs, if that was the case, the Kosoko prince leveled upon his sophomore album which he titled “About 30”, this time, the time was broad, less folkloric and tend to draw some mainstream fans.

Last week, Adekunle Gold released his third studio, this writer learned about the plan for a new album about a year ago, (the album was initially slated for Sept 2019 release), the title is Afro pop vol, a short form of saying Africa music and popular sound, this is a melange of sounds and genre coming from Africa, Highlife, Folks, Fuji, Juju mixed with hiphop, rnb, rap, reggae etc.

Track by track review:

Adekunle began by bragging with the help of Trinidadian singer and Soca music promoter Nailah Blackman about his antecedent, something he did on Kelegbe Megbe and Remember off About 30, its a reggaeton tune, trumpet, guitar riff were put into great use. Nailah brought her sexual undertone in her party. Literally telling local women to shake what her mama gave her. AG baby was a good way to start the album, he is not humble, he wants all the respect he thinks he deserves.

Sabina would be in the same group with Darey’s Not the girl, while one was solemn, the other was uptempo, Adekunle was on a cruising mode with the girl using multiple languages to plead for Sabina’s forgiveness.

Pretty girl is a dancehall which Patoranking almost took away from the singer, don’t blame him, that’s Pato mojo, his patois has no match, this track might be tailored towards the Caribbean which Adekunle has been looking forward to cracking for a while.

Okay is the second coming of AG baby, a repetition about his prowess. Who was he talking to? While he wants to live and enjoy, he is ready for any trouble maker, he substituted his alias for AG baby is your daddy (baby). Okay sound like a freestyle, something like a one takes after some “bottles”.

Adekunle Gold is known for love and his pity talk, here comes something for his day one fan, Here for you is about love and it promises. A reassurance sort of.

Why does Exclusive sound like a letter to Simi, before they got married? People who are in a relationship can relate to this. Phone. Secrecy. Fight. Partners always guiding their phones. He featured Nigeria but New York-based Olayinka Ehi who brought a female perspective to the infidelity question.

I thought Flavour Nabania would surface on this song but Pana Crooner “Tekno” came through, body no be fireword is a saying which is used to justify being horny in Nigeria. On this contemporary hybrid of Highlife and contemporary sound, AG longed for his girlfriend.

Another Reggeatone, something different was the lead single off the album. AG lines were something Kcee referred to “Had been I know”, while he sounds promising to the girl in question, she ditched him, he couldn’t take it, next thing, baba voice out.

Water Carry me go is a play on a popular childhood song and saying in Nigeria, this a playboy anthem. Painting a lot of unrealistic pictures to the girl, lines were corny and hilarious.

What’s an Adekunle Gold album without a talk about an EX?, just like Nurse Alabere (Gold), Damn Delilah (About 30), he has another uppercut for one of the girls that broke his heart. He is not remorse for his action, he blamed it on alcohol and his EX.

Unlike his first two albums, there was no Simi’s parting on this album.

Afropop vol one by Adekunle Gold is a leveled-up to Gold’s mainstream pursuit and a big departure from his urban highlife-folkloric first two albums, while it is too early to judge on how far he would be able to go, there is no doubt that baba Adejare is on the right path.

Producer: Spax, E-Kelly, Pheelz, Blaise Beatz, and TMXO.

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