It’s over a year since Olamide last blessed us with a project. The last time he did, it was the heavily criticized Lagos Nawa the one we thrashed after we listened. Terrible.
Since then, a lot has happened, especially with Baddo. He’s struggled to score hits, a new baby mama has emerged and new artistes have joined and left the crew.
But when Baddo teased 999, it was quite not expected. 999 on expectation looks to be that project our lives have been missing. The buzz on social media was huge.
Still, did Baddo disappoint or live up to the buzz?
It’s hard to say. Let’s dive into the Album review properly.
1. NO TIME
”No Time” is that Emo-rap record that resonates with your soul on the spot when you listen to it.
The lyrical content is quite average but Baddo spits some proverbs and in a way, you feel the outro feature was not necessary.
There’s a switch of moods on “Warlords” with the song living up to its track. The marching drums are noticeable reminding you it’s a cypher record and all touch on the concept of pain and struggles they’ve faced.
Who shines through. Cheque. “Oh bad, shawty only loves me when the money is in”.
3. Billion Talk
At this point, you know 999 is a rap album, but then while it’s impressive Olamide features his son on “Billion Talk, you might want to skip the record.
The burgeoning global trap sound makes an appearance on Dance With The Devil.
Sosa E and Jackmillz make an impression as they exchange lines about women but the main emphasis is on the powers of a women’s booty.
This is probably the record Olamide should push. Imagine what will happen when “Idi yen to bi, o tobi, o tobi” goes up in the club? Bruhhhh
Wonma sees Olamide returning to the lamba sound. He’s like a king in that field and this time, he harps on the fact that you can’t satisfy a woman.
The jam is already causing madness on the street at the moment and will definitely continue banging for months to come.
At last, Olamide finally blessed the street with a hit track, something that looks unachievable since 2019.
Jackmillz makes another appearance on Demons and it’s that record whose production is light, not too flashy but it’s one filler track which shouldn’t have made this album.
You can barely understand what they’re both saying and your ears are left in a distaste after listening.
At a point, you question what exactly is the theme of this album. It’s not vibe but then Olamide is harping on women and the struggles he’s faced as an artiste and also as a father.
You might have to skip “Mojo” as it’s an X rated record where Olamide and Jayboi trade lyrics about prostitutes, sex and booze. Why did they waste this beat on vulgarity?
Prophecy tells the story of what has happened in the life of Olamide since Eni Duro.
Prophecy reminds you of the early Olamide known for his pacy rap flow and he re-enacts them on Propehcy again. It’s a dope tune and a certified jam.
Olamide at the climax “Rich and Famous”, details what happens when you’re in the show biz. Your life changes immediately when you’re in the limelight.
“A lot will try to weigh you down, People don’t want to see you frown, Camera-ready every day”.
It’s perhaps the best track on the project everyone resonates with.
OUR SAY ABOUT THE ALBUM
Overall, Olamide’s 999 is quite experimental and sees him testing the long-forgotten hip hop waters he once uses to dominate in. But this time around, things have changed.
While on one part of the album, he talks about pain and struggles he’s experienced as an artiste, the unnecessary chatter on some tracks is quite disappointing.
Things have changed, you notice Olamide trying to force some rhymes and while it’s still mind-blowing he’s introduced some artistes, the beats were bland and unimpressive.
Hip Hop has changed from the way it used to be. The beats play a major part and the message has to be passed across. Some of these were missing. Yet, it’s still impressive to see Olamide shining through with some heat.
We rate the album 6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆
Now, over to you
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Source: News update