Words by:- Obinna “Fazillion” Ifechi-Fred
Modenine- Da Vinci Mode (Redeye Records 2010)
(Producers:-Kraft, Wassbeats,2muchmusic, XYZ,DJ Klem, Big Foot, Kid Konnect, X-Blaze, OsoSensi and Myme, Alias and Modenine himself).
(Guest Appearances:-Kraft, YQ, OD, Blaise, Terry Tha Rapman, Ososensi, Mo-CheddaH, A1, Tuface Idibia, and additional vocals by Wassbeats)
Analyzing a Modenine album is nothing short of a Herculean task for obvious reasons. And since the emergence of one “Short black boy”, the Rapdom has been rife with : harsh debates and the internet has been buzzing over who’s head the rap crown lies on. Modenine comes through on the 19th of March, with his official third effort. Da. Vinci Mode (Red Eye Records 2010) distributed by. Tjoe..
The Album is another Modenine epic packed with brain-racking punchlines, dope Hip-Hop samples and uncanny story-telling abilities., and goes hard in all aspects. It starts off on an introspective note with an intro from Will-I-am of the Black-eyed Peas, explaining why Modenine has everyone on his Jock. the Album bounces off to the. Kraft Produced “We at it again” where he reminds you whom he is on a soulful instrumental with lines like
“First name Sage ,
Last name Wale /but not the one with a single with Lady Gaga/I could make yall babies go goo goo ga ga /search the net to decipher that google Gaga.”.The album goes on to the Wazbeat produced “So fly” where Mode explains his latitude “this is not flight school this is Airforce”.The A1 featured and produced “Badman”.has Doc ninestein going for mainstream glory. The album tone changes to Vintage Mode with the XYZ of Str8buttah produced ” Black rap messiah” and has Mode affirming his spot and maintaining his stance that he’s still the saviour of Nigerian rap and throws shots at the internet naysayers with lines like “I’m notjustok I’m statistics/bloggers can all kiss this piss Stick.
Hip-hop newcomer producer Kid Konnect blessed 9 with a soulful Fela Kuti sampled Instrumental where 9 pours out his soul with bars like “silver bullets for you Vampire Labels / I’m tired of the fables and fraud/Tired of you Liars , tired of Awards cuz even if I win they say its arranged”.Mode goes hard over the X-blaze produced “Muzik Lives”,and goes interrogative on “What you want” which had MoChedda living up to the hype with a top-notch performance. Mode goes on to state the obvious on the Biggie Smalls sampled “Rhyme Tight,” where he lets the upcoming cats know what time it is..”Okokomaiko has Mode going Nostalgic and back to his roots affirming that he’s just as Ghetto as every goon you see out there. Mode goes mushy to the love of his life on Wazbeats produced “Thinking about you”.Ososensi blesses 9 with a classic Ragga tinged hook, and had mode advising Gun-totting, gangster rap Emcees, including “all those that want to die”, Mode shows his love for Soccer and The Nigerian super eagles, with an Ode to his Dream team “Top Eleven”., and calls out Nigerian Soccer Legends from Samuel Okwaraji to Jay-Jay Okocha.
.I know I am not the only Head that is Glad to hear Overdose over the YQ assisted “Loke” where. OD took shots at the “so-called king” “no Long story / now who’s claiming King tell him Shift like Goldie”.Mode goes down memory lane once more on the Alias produced “Remember” and re-affirms his grown man status and also letting you know how far he has come in his journey in Hip-hop.” Remeber wen they wasn’t feeling rap.?”.Solo-dee put me on back in 96 / I remember trading bars with Extra large on a Freestyle tip / he was in charge / I knew I had to go home and work extra hard.(That night I tore up my old rhyme book and said let’s start all over again let’s write some punchlines.) Surreal.
Blaise, Kraft, and Terry Tha Rapman trade bars in a freestyle session on “Down” where Kraft struggled to keep up with the Beasting Lyricists with Terry the Rapman on a ridiculous flow boosting anticipation for his B.A.N.S ( Boys are not Smiling.).” Love Jones” has mode going back to the love zone, the Album version of “Comedy Money” with additional vocals by Okey Bakassi is also another Nerve Racking Joint, and sounds totally new,” Soul to Keep” sees mode surprising his fans once more with a Spiritual track shouting out The Rooftop MC’s,
The highest point of the Album, in my opinion, is the Big Foot produced “Tale of the Pots” where Mode displays Another Hidden Skill(“Ogun Isoye”‘, A Hero comes Home) and tells a Morally uplifting story that is bound to teach every listener a lesson. The album is packed with a lot of Modenine tracks bound to keep every Avid Hip-hop listener spell-bound all through the 22 track journey, but I must say that. The greatest shocker on the Album is the Absence of the much anticipated “Deathblow 2″ which is hailed in some quarters but also criticized in some but overall Da Vinci Mode is another Collector’s item and belongs right in the Laptop, Phone, Tape. Deck, MP3 Players and I-Pod of every real Hip-Hop Head.
Mode has added another masterpiece, redefined his style( two verse joints, and southern bounce beats). This is definitely better than his last effort, but not a classic. Not Just Yet.
Score: an almost classic 8.5/10
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