REVIEW: Reminisce’s ‘BABA HAFUSA’ Is Worth A Listen
By Idris Aina (www.eraveng.com)
Album Title: Baba Hafusa
Label: Edge Records
Featured Artistes: Sojay, Olamide, Phyno, Ice Prince, Vector, and Sossick.
Producers: Chopstix, Sarz, D’Tunes, Sossick, Jospo, Young John, Tyrone, Camo Blaizz, and KimzBeatz.
Released: April 30, 2015.
No of Tracks: 14 + 2 (Outro and Bonus Track)
Weeks ago, Edge Records frontline act, Reminisce blessed us with the release of his third studio album christened ‘Baba Hafusa’. The acclaimed ‘Alaba Ibile’ has once again proved his mettle as the topmost rap act to come from the streets creating a pathway he clearly leads himself.
Featuring production efforts from some of the finest producers in the Nigerian Music scene, one wouldn’t help but imagine the quality of delivery that would come from the artistes involved.
A first listen to ‘Grind’ doesn’t sound like a typical Reminisce track after Sojay delivered captivating vocals on the chorus. His delivery signaled the best thing that ever happened to Reminisce after the release of his first two albums; ‘Book of Rap Stories’ and ‘Alaga Ibile’ respectively. Reminisce’s love for football and word play was evident on ‘Grind’ as he took a jibe at football star, Yaya Sanogo rapping ’they say that area for me is a no go, mi o nse yaya sanogo’.
‘Baba Hafusa sa la’laga’ is the sing along hook Reminisce adopted in ‘Baba Hafusa’ where he laced his bars like an enigma. The sing along hook does the track lots of good with Reminisce telling the story of his hustles before emerging as the street champ.
Fast forward to ‘Saida’, ‘Skilashii’ and ‘Gbamilago’, these are tracks that wouldn’t take long to make it into your playlist. Reminisce did show his versatility in trying to sing on ‘Saida’, where he told the story of a lover girl who has affections for him. The song is Alaga’s best shot at Afro pop after the evident success of ‘Daddy’ where he featured Davido.
Sarz did justice providing an up-tempo beat on ‘Skilashii’ with the acclaimed ‘Alaga’ conjuring different word he switches into with evident ease. ‘Omoge ayangoku, oni body gan otu lo sedi bonku’ is one of rhythmic bars Reminisce had fun with when he jumped on the Sarz inspired beat.
D-Tunes proved he is a force to be reckoned with when he joined forces with Reminisce alongside Sean Tizzle on ‘Gbamilago’. The song showed the existing connection between the music acts which had once been witnessed on ‘Kilogbe’ off Sean Tizzle’s album. ‘Gbamilago’ is a good enough track that would be around the airwaves for long spells.
‘I Need A Girl’, depicts an indication of what Reminisce can do if he decides to set other standards apart from the deliberate use of wrong or vulgar language. He carefully told his story which on another listen, is a good attempt for an artiste who might wish to cut across a large spectrum of the highly populated music scene.
‘Olomoge’ delivered another angle of the subject matter Reminisce hinged Baba Hafusa album upon. The local pubs might find interest in the song as it gives an insight on how to woo a cute lady one has undying attention for.
Tyrone and Jospo produced ‘Local Rappers’ and ‘Tesojue’ are monster hits released earlier and still made the cut for the album. Both songs provided another street lingua that though ironic, stands as one of the stand out songs on the album. Fans and listeners alike would easily relate with the songs with the amusement delivered by the characters on the tracks.
On ‘Alagbara’, Reminisce shows another side of him giving supplications to the most High even though he never shied away from singing about having a spectacle of champagne and rozay.
‘Otiya’ delivers another fast-paced, funky but groovy track disc jockeys would begin to include in their mixes. The song is a typical dance floor song that everyone would sway to singing along the hook. Reminisce didn’t deliver anything different from the normal subject matter where he sang and rapped about ladies on “Kososhi’.
However, Iceprince did add another flavor when he jumped on ‘Busayo’ alongside Remi. The rappers go back and forth on not too strapping vibes but its catchy enough to get ones attention.
Frankly, Vector was uninspiring with his delivery on ‘Nothing’. It is saddening that someone who prides himself as the ‘King Kong’ could be largely overshadowed by the vocal dexterity of Sojay.
The ‘Outro’ afforded Reminisce the opportunity to thank his listeners singing about his successes not leaving aside the apt support he requested for Sojay. ‘ese elenu eranti omo mi Sojay, ke support e’. In ‘Let It Be Known’, he took time to bask on the euphoria of his success and other mouthwatering endorsement deals that swells his bank account.
Above all, ‘Baba Hafusa’ comes across as an average album with lewd lyrics and a female subject matter as its pivot. Its overall arrangement and production is top notch as the sounds moved in paces.
It is evident that Reminisce did try to back up his work with substance and the best improvement on the album is the vocal delivery by Sojay which is greatly missed in his past efforts, ‘Book of Rap Stories’ and ‘Alaga Ibile’.
Reminisce did give attention too to other listeners who wouldn’t feel comfy with his lewd lyrics and he dared into cold waters by trying to sing more to give another feel to his music.
Nevertheless, ‘Baba Hafusa’ is an album worth 55 minutes of your time.