Perhaps feeling confident and over buoyed by his back to back victories on the headies award rooster and coming off with a hit as ‘Oluwa ni’ Reeky Tom Tom went brave with the name for his debut album.
His has been a journey of hard work, fewer luck and much determination. Before his Mavin days we already saw the young man as someone with very much the same skill set as our boy wonder “WIZKID” . He is that good and boy can sing having been instrumental to the success of several Mavin Records’ crew collaborations like the ground-breaking ‘Dorobucci’, ‘Adaobi’ and Looku Looku,’ to name a few.
With ‘Chop Am’ he caught our imagination but what really blew us off on a personal project of his was ‘Katapot’ and by the time he gave us Oluwa Ni, he had solidified his status as a member of the certified hit-makers we’ve got. Having sailed away with the Headies next rated award amidst several beefs and various divisive opinions , he was perhaps pressured to release a debut album having seen his counterpart Lil Kesh come out with his own body of work.
He has given us ‘SPOTLIGHT’ to feed on but has he really hit the spotlights with this debut album? Not yet. Ouwa ni and Hey stranger seem to be the pick of the bunch and even those two seem to not be gaining ground just yet. This is an impressive collection no doubt but he won’t be amassing the huge fan base just yet with SPOTLIGHT.
The Album certainly has its triumphs but it didn’t bring anything new to the musical table as far as Nigerian music is concern and we do hope he would improve on his first attempt. But we have to applaud his courage and efforts in building a body of work shortly after coming to limelight. This is in reference to artists who tour the world on the strength of one single or a hit. To have an album in the industry in so short a time is to make a statement about artistry, fearlessness and musical maturity and on that note he deserve the praises he gets.
With the latest battle for top gong among other new school artists like Adekunle Gold, Kiss Daniel among others, it is right to demand more from the album putting in mind its promises, shortcomings and success.