Jagbajantis - Sound Sultan
Jagbajantis is the first album from the charismatic performer
But first...this album is not all about the single Mathematics.
In fact, I
think it's one of the more shaky songs on this album.
Don't get me wrong, it
was unique, yes. I'm sure lots of folks liked the subtle
use of the
instrumentals from Onyeka Owenu's "One Love", and the
clever references to
primary school math. But his delivery on that song falters.
There was more
than one point where his voice seemed to fade away. Even
the rap by his big
bro, Baba Dee sounded monotonous, and lackluster. Luckily
for the Sultan, he
has MUCH better songs on the album;
SS should have placed the next song first. Koleyewon is
a bolder, more
expressive song, which shows the young musician as a more
entertainer. Featuring Baba Dee, the Plantashun boys'
Faze, (and a third
artist I couldn't catch), he came correct vocally; Awesome
the Sultan, with strong backing instrumentals, thanks
to producer Nelson
Brown. I'm just pissed that mathematics got more rep.
This song is one of
the better songs on the album.
By the time you reach Craze World, you start to realize
that the Sultan
isn't gonna change up his topics anytime soon: Throughout
the album, he
beats down the issue of economic and social injustice
in Naija. Nigerian
music fans would feel the obvious Afrobeat influences
in this song. I
especially liked the last part with the call and response
of "Kilon Le
je..Le je Le je".
The next song, Gen Gen, plays with movie themes in describing
past politicians/rulers are similar to "actors". So far,
this album has the
Sultan trying out different styles here, from straight
up rapping, to
singing. At the middle of the album he starts to use his
comical delivery to
his advantage. For Kilode, he settles for word slinging
in pidgin, dropping
some truly funny lines. Typical example:
"Boneface, you're looking out of place!"
"why I no go bone, all my cloth be like lace, hole everywhere,
say na design.."
The other songs on the album are As Man Dey Grow, which
reiterates the fact
that we will all "kpai" sooner or later, delivered in
very casual pidgin, of
course. Mind your business is another humorous song, with
playful (if not
silly) arrangements, and funny anecdotes. Jagbajantis
finishes off with
Smoke Igbo, which, I'm proud to say, does NOT promote
the use of weed.
This album is a good start for Sound Sultan. Regardless
of what he brings
up, he delivers it in an accessible, jocular manner. That
attitude lets him
vary his delivery like he wants to (although the topics
are mostly the
same), and he's able to be as creative as he wants to
be. The album has its
flaws, but in all, Sound Sultan can't be relegated to
being just a good
singer...or rapper even. He's a talented music maker.
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