Critical Album Breakdown:- Terry Tha Rapman – Boyz Are Not Smiling

Critical Album Breakdown:- Terry Tha Rapman – Boyz Are Not Smiling [ Review ]


Artiste -Terry Tha Rapman aka Joe Spazm

Album – Boys Are Not Smiling #BANS

Record Label – MegaPhunk Records / GlassHouse Inc

Distributed By – Online

Producers – El Emcee , E-Twinz , J-Sleek , Terry G , EX-O ,Kraft , Sholex Timbo , Tommy Ill Fingaz ,Meka E   ,Pherowshuz , and Sea Man


Joe Spasm is nothing but a Veteran in the Nigerian Hip-Hop scene, having started out in 2000 with the Swat Roots Collective ( Six Foot Plus , Mista Baron , Eldee XL , Modenine ,and Jiddah ) , Based in Abuja he Dropped his First Album Tha Rapmanifestation , ( Paybacktyme Records) , the Album Received Little or no Press ,airplay or Recognition which led to low sales and virtually unknown status. Payback Tyme records Broke up, leaving each Crew member to their own means, and Terry tha Rapman Moved to Lagos, where he dropped his Sophomore album Tha Rapman Begins (November records ), Terry Never Suffered from the Sophomore Jinx as his second album did way better than the First one , and solidified his name in the mind of Nigerian Hip-Hop heads, with hits like “Only For Naija” and “Na Beans”  .However, the album did not go as far as it was meant to , and did not do well in the market as well , and after fulfilling his contractual obligations to November records, Terry spent the next years Grinding ,Building A Brand (MegaPhunk Records) Doing Collabos and appearing on Mixtapes ( Dj Jimmy Jatt Definition, and Knighthouse presents Terry Tha Rapman , also Hosted by Jimmy Jatt ) and a Host of Remixes , Fast Forward to the year 2009 , and a Simple Slogan ( Boys are not Smiling ) and a Single ( Sample Produced by Pherowshuz ) Elevates Terry tha Rapman on top of the Rap Game , Not only Winning the Award for Best Rap Single at the 2010 Hip-Hop Worlds Awards , but Building up Press for one of the Most Anticipated Rap Albums ever to come out of the Nigerian Hip-Hop Scene.

        After assembling a Host of Prolific Producers  Terry starts of the 16 Track Album on a Fiery Note, with a really scathing intro , he Goes off over a Banging Beat produced by El Emcee , where he gives you a Brief rundown of his journey to hell and back over a mixture of congas and keys he spits lines like “Yall Criticizing My Lyrics I don’t need that Crap / I just play Humble and hit em with the Sneak Attack “.Reaffirming the Title of the album on the Hook .The album continues with the Smash Hit Sample which Features Pherowshuz ,and the Sound Sultan Featured  How Far .the Long Awaited ,Debated and Talked about Collabo Between Joe Spasm and Mister Incredible ( O Tiya Were ) , is also a Must Listen  for all Hip-Hop Heads . Terry Lives up to his Name, and easily Floors Mister Incredible on a Production by E-Twinz. The sound on the album suddenly switches on the Tommy Ill Fingaz Produced Gonna Make it, Joe Spasm Pours his heart out , with his trademark slick Punchlines and Grade A wordplay , Terry is sure to Have heads pressing Rewind on this one . the Highlife tinged Boys Don Hammer , provides a new anthem for the online hustlers and borrows some of Durellas Clichés to create one of the hottest Scam anthems  of the year .Mo Cheddah Assists on the Club Anthem Get up with a Melodic Hook and a Raunchy Verse definitely set to hook the guys up. Spasm is always known for showing Love to the ladies and hence the Dance Hall influenced Ladies Only Produced by Seaman which is definitely a Deejays Delight, and Club Anthem. Mister Owo ati Swagga Cartiar also goes Toe to Toe with Terry on the 808 Crunk sounding beat Produced by J sleek  Superstar .The Album Continues on a classic note , where Lagos based Beat smith EX-O ,delivers a classic Hip-Hop Moment , over an Ofege Band Sampled No Love , accompanied by a Touching Hook ,Terry Bares his heart out with gems like Took a risk with that single cuz I been known to Gamble / Now the best Rap single this year is just A Sample / of the best thing Rapman we believe in you / Till you aint Hot no More that’s when they be Leaving you “. Terry continues down the journey of Pain and Nostalgia on the soulful and melodic Someday, where he shows his vulnerable side and speaks to his late mom adoringly and painfully. Joe Spasm Quickly Wipes his tears and Takes his anger out on the Government and the Economy, on the conscious Pray with deep thoughts and Positive Lyrics. “Kids Getting Pregnant Faster than they learn their A B Cs / having unprotected Sex like there is no disease”. The Stress is bad enough to give you High Bp / just yesterday my Doctor told me I was hitting 150”.The Sholex Timbo Produced Been There Done that Has Terry Taking it out on Naysayers and Non-Believers with a Hook  and Delivery Reminiscent of Ludacris .Na Beans Remix which features New comers Fecko, MiekHarry, and Osagz , has all Three Rappers Going Toe to Toe , before Spasm swallowed them all up with a Solid Verse .The Strongest Point on the Album Has to be the Pherowshuz Produced Number one which Features Former Swat Root Grandmasters , Eldee XL ,Sixfoot Plus and Mista Baron and samples from The Fugees , Has The Quartet Reliving Nigerian Hip-hops Golden era and also delivering another  Classic Hip-Hop Joint . Six Foot plus Steals the show, while showing Heads what the Games been missing.

    Final Verdict, Terry Tha Rapman has done it, Defeated the odds, and crafted music that will linger in the hearts of music lovers for years to come .the Album, is definitely a collector’s item for any true follower of the Nigerian Hip-Hop culture, and is also an affirmation of the fact that there is no smiling faces around Joe spasm and his crew.

Beats :-  4/5

Lyrics :-  4/5

Originality :- 4/5

The Watcher Scores This Album  :- 4/5