Words by:- Obinna “Fazillion” Ifechi-Fred
Eedris Abdulkareem has been through more ups and downs in Nigerian music than any other rapper in Nigerian music business. Dating back to his high profile break-up with Tony Tetuila and eventually parting ways with Eddy Remedy. Then being dissed by Ruggedman and so many other Hip-Hop artistes who do not exactly agree with his lyrical capacities down till his widely unreported pummeling by Charlie Boy at PMAN Headquarters in Lagos and most prominently his fracas with 5O Cent at Ikeja airport which led to the American rapper cutting his tour short and returning to his country as well as the subsequent blacklisting of Eedris by show organizers in Nigeria, you could say Eedris has been through it all. After a 3 year hiatus and 4 Albums to his credit, Eedris steps up to the occasion on his 5th offering aptly titled “The King Is back”.
The album is just another typical Eedris album with the same disjointed hooks, Hausa innuendos (“sekinat”, “promised land”), reckless name-calling (Yar’Adua, Goodluck etc) and clumsy dance tracks, but Eedris manages to pull a surprise one on the hit track “Koleyewon” where he features his arch rival (or formerly) Rugged man and rugged easily floors his disjointed singing and clumsy verses with an average verse. Eedris also ups the tempo on the titled track produced by one of the best upcoming producers in Abuja Tisso, where he raps “I’m a legend, an icon a father of three/ask your crew they all still roll with me”. The album continues with the conscious effort “welcome to Africa” where Eedris raps over a banging beat and shouts out great Africans from Andrew Young, soccer legends like Pele Nascimento and music legends like Jay-z, Eedris also advocates for peace in the troubled parts of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria on “peace in Niger Delta”, but messes the joint up with absurd sing-songing. Another average joint is the Fela sampled “police” where for the first time an artiste advocates for a better life for the men in black.
The album actually has more flaws than hits, and would actually put most real heads off, but Eedris is actually consistent in putting out albums but he would have to make up his mind on his actual path in music as he is yet to drop something for the real heads, because its only when he does that that he can step his position up from court jester to a real KING.
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