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Davido Is Bound On Giving Fans “A Better Time” Despite All That Is Going On (Album Review)

Damn the pandemic, Davido is here to calm us with A BETTER TIME!

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2020 has taken a turbulent turn to the start of a new decade but David Adeleke, professionally known as Davido has put all the negativities aside, just like a courier, delivering A Better Time to himself and fans worldwide.

Cover art for the A BETTER TIME album.

After almost six months of teasing a new album which will be the sequel to his 2019 standout and fan favourite album, “A Good Time”, he has delivered with A Better Time, his third studio album.

“A Better Time” or ABT for short, is laced with features from left to right, yes, heavyweight artistes like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Nas, Young Thug, Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun were on set to deliver their different verses for this album.

Tracklist for and producers credit on the ABT album

ABT just like “A Good Time” is a 17-track LP but six minutes short of the 1-hour mark unlike its predecessor. Out of the seventeen songs on it, only 6 are solo while the remaining 11 songs contain at least one featured artiste on each of them, with the last seven tracks (11-17) being on a featuring spree.

On the album art, we see the Afro Pop start using his son – Ifeanyi – with financé, Chioma. Straight up, already indicating where his focus is placed; right from the first song on the playlist, FEM, we can feel the vibe Davido is on and the aura his letting off, telling his haters to stay off his matter and stop trying to always find fault in whatever he does.

A theme throughout this album is the good life or a better life, if I do say so myself, as we all know the singer to be a master at crafting out lyrics depicting the good life filled with exotic resorts, expensive cars, flashy jewelries, and of course, women, the beautiful kind.

Davido might not come across as a musician who really pays attention to his lyrics (something he’s been criticised for a many times) but on tracks like JOWO, HOLY GROUND, TANANA, SUNLIGHT, BIRTHDAY CAKE and FEM, we hear the singer, going all out to try to evade his minimalistic system when it comes to writing lyrics.

On songs like SOMETHING FISHY and HEAVEN, we see Davido mastering the art of recycling as he keeps repeating the chorus and verse over and over again till the songs fade. Talking about FADE, the 16th track on the album with fast rising act, Bella Shmurda gracing the song as the featured artiste, both he and Davido, sing about an “Omotena” whom they beckon to “break [her] waist” and “slow whine” her “figure 8” body nonstop as they claim their devotion to giving her their love with the song’s closing words: “If not for you I for fadeaway”.

On HOLY GROUND, Davido finally delivers his long-anticipated song with queen of rap, Nicki Minaj and arguably, she did spit one of the best verses on the entire album, if not the best, with the way she seamlessly swerves from singing to rapping back and forth as she delivers bars on how nasty she wants to get with and for her man, “Ayo, ‪I’m giving medals, I gotta give you the G / ‪I’m bouncing all on the D‬ / ‪I just had to give you the V‬ / ‪Hair blowing all in the wind ‬while we cruising, Penelope”, she raps.

On MEBE, the African music superstar taps one half of the legendary Ghanaian duo, R2Bees in Mugeez as they talk about a topic well familiar to them both – women – and the urge to want to rock their bodies “bam bam”.

Continuing on the theme of Davido’s definition of a better time which vastly involve women and sex and the urge to splurge on that desired lady is the song SHOPPING SPREE which marks the third collaboration between Davido and R&B star, second between him and Young Thug since “Pere”.

JOWO, the best written song on the entire album, in my opinion; Davido dedicates the entire song to his soon-to-be-married lover, Chioma as he says on the second verse: “It be like you be my destiny, nah / This kind of love ain’t no dey similar” and admits plenty girls want to be his lady, but his focus is on her only and what other confirmation do we need? Nothing, he pleads on the chorus: “Look into my eyes, will you be my wife, o baby jowo”. ‘Jowo’ is a Yoruba word meaning please in English.

Label mate, and music star, in his own right, Mayorkun appears on two songs on the album which are THE BEST and I GOT A FRIEND alongside South African musician, Sho Madjozi. On his Mayorkun’s first feature, he lauds Davido and praises him as he said: “You see I learnt from the best o (The best), Davido” and name drops one of the best music voices in the country, Wande Coal as he lauds him to be one of the best; on his first verse, he reinstates his loyalty and love to one of close friends, “Betty” as he said she’s also a loyal friend and will never disrespect him or his family, especially his mother.

On his second featured track, the 15th song on the album, he, Davido and South African star, Sho Madjozi should have put a disclaimer warning us to put on our dancing shoes as they groove to the beat name-dropping their friends, especially in their DMW clan, names like “Shegzy”, “Danku”, “ECool” are among a long list of close associates, Davido verbally mentions and as the song winds down, the singer made sure to pay tribute to his late friend “[DJ] Olu” and even honouring the late rapper, “Pop Smoke”. Sho delivered her verse in her dialect, the Tsonga dialect in her very usual energetic and vibrant manner over the Damn Fresh produced beat.

On what might have been a surprise feature, if Davido had not made it known via the artwork for the album, TANANA sees the two music superstars in Tiwa Savage and him on a track since her recently released album, “Celia”. They both deliver with well written verses and catchy tunes and melodies throughout the track.

The next track after that is LA LA, one of my favourites so far. Davido taps Chocolate City signed producer prowess in CKay as he did not fail to impress with the he laid out the chorus in a style reminiscent of Congolese legend and pioneer of the Soukous genre which CKay taps into to deliver his chorus on the song, even name-dropping the legend himself and the dance he helped create Makosa on the refrain of the song: “Dance to my makosa (Dance makosa eh) / Makosa yo / Selina lokosa (Eh a lokosa) / But I get the funds / Awilo Longomba (Eh ah Longomba”.

The next two features showcase two generations of rap as OBO puts Lil Baby and the Illmatic in person, Nas on track 13 and 14 respectively.

The closing song on the album takes us all the way to Kenya with legendary band, Sauti Sol bringing their expertise in songwriting and singing on the Lord Sky produced track ON MY WAY.

Some of the producer credit on the LP include: Fresh VDM, Speroach, Napji and Hit-Boy. Executive producer are Davido (himself), his father, Dr. Deji Adeleke and his son, Ifeanyi.

After releasing ABT, what’s next on the singer’s wishlist? We might not know all the details, but one thing is for sure, it’s party time in the DMW crew as he hasade known through his Twitter’s handle and quite amptly, he deserves it!

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Rage as Fela Kuti is not among the inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 class

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Godfather of Afrobeat, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who received the posthumous honour to be among those vying to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 some few months back, sadly failed to secure a spot despite being top two on the voting polls.

Fela Kuti gets shunned from the inductees despite being top two.

Today, May 12, the committee announced the inductees by means of a 3-minute video through president and CEO, Gregg Harris. Fela was nominated in the Performers Category, amassing a total of 545,000+ votes, making him the second most voted act after Tina Turner (548,000+ votes) but to the surprise of the masses, Fela was not included in the list of inductees.

Shockingly included are performers like rap icon and mogul – JAY-Z and LL Cool J who failed to secure a top five spot on the poll, infact, they were the least voted acts when voting concluded.

Although, quite frankly there is a disclaimer on the website were the poll was conducted, stating that votes do not guarantee induction but for a Top 2 voted act in Fela Anikulapo Kuti, that should not even be the case and Nigerians have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment at the ‘rigging’, ‘clout chasing’ and inconsiderate conduct regarding how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committee unjustly treated the voting polls and Fela Kuti.

On what might have transpired regarding the voting stage and selection of inductees, Fela’s first son, Femi Kuti had this to say:

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Ruger releases visuals for “Bounce”

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Ruger aka the eye-patch man (at least that is what I call him) scheduled release for new video Bounce finally gets to the big screen. The video is directed by Prior Gold.

Bounce, a certified fan favourite off of the “Pandemic” EP by Ruger is a fine mixture of Pop intertwined with Dancehall-type vocals and lyrics. The video has Ruger showing public display of affection (PDA) to his lover, appraising her for her big back side, using catchy melodies to call on her to come “wiggle that booty and whine” for him.

The simple but colourful aesthetic stands out in the video. My favourite scene has to be when a Rastafari looking fellow tried to steal the show from Ruger, by trying to woo Ruger’s chick but was bodied and put in a cooler while Ruger dances on it, controlling the crowd and the party continued like a murder did not just occur.

Watch the video yourself:

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Moelogo “I” EP to feature Adekunle Gold, Laycon, The Cavemen., krishane and a host of other artistes

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London-based Nigerian singer cum producer, Moelogo is on track to release his fifth Extended Play (EP) which features a whole bunch of top artistes across genres. The EP has the title – I.

I continues the trend Moelogo embarked on in 2020 with the use of  the first person singular pronouns in “Myself” (June 2020) and “Me” (December 2020), with the soon-to-be released I not having a date of release yet.

Moelogo will feature rappers Laycon and Alpha Ojini while boasting a tonne of male vocalists from LAX to Adekunle Gold to Reekado Banks. Jamaican singer, Krishane will also be a guest act on the; Nigerian highlife duo – The Cavemen. has a secured spot too, not forgetting Mr. “Alagbe” himself, Qdot. Ria Sean is the only female artiste to be featured on the upcoming EP.

Moelogo unleashed the artistes roll via his Twitter account, keeping the information precise. Therefore, what songs and in what other these featured artistes will appear on I EP is still very much unknown.

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