The rapper with the lazy flow (or so some people say) Ajebutter is back with another album quite a welcome return after his debut album Anytime soon in 2011 and after dropping Bad Gang with Falz which was a mild hit and followed that up with Ghana Bounce what better way to consolidate on that momentum by dropping an album.
The album opener starts off with a female voice narrator (who is a constant feature on the album) who Describes Lagos on A Good Place To Start like this “how do I begin the story about a place that can inspire and deflate you at the same time , how do I talk about Lagos,about how it has drawn me in, embraced me, encouraged me & spat me out in the same breath , where do I begin , what is this city, this strange eccentric humid place, What is Lagos ? .” This sets up Ajebutter perfectly to lace his verses while Mystro delivered the hook. The next track was a trap appealing 4AM which featured a standout verse from Dremo as both MC’s chronicle the struggles to get up early and having to deal with the traffic and also hustling for public transport. Deeper listening to the album you will find out that probably this is one of the best conceptual rap albums you have heard from a Nigerian rap artist in a long while.
Rich friends is a perfect example of this as is the common norm in Nigeria to network or rather lobby with wealthy people to get to the top while there are also songs like we are bad boys which centres around people who use illegal means to make money and spend it lavishly which also had a loose MI verse while Odunsi who was featured twice on the album was on perhaps the standout song on the album Yoruba Boys Trilogy which talks about the famed Yoruba Demons in 3 parts merged into one song the first part was about him denying he cheated on his girlfriend while the 2nd part was solely about the girl who wants to date a Yoruba boy and is her preference while the 3rd and final part is the inevitable part where the Yoruba boy breaks her heart and she rains curses on him and is a brilliant song which is relatable with many Nigerians. Maleek Berry also added his spice on the slay mama soundtrack (it’s what I coined anyway) Lifestyle while Happy Ending is an introspective track about him finding a wife material in Lagos which gradually slides to girls who are pressured to marry and don’t seem like they will found Mr Right which promises of a happy ending for her.
Ajebutter has made an album relatable to anybody who lives in Lagos and has experienced it first hand but the difference is its his own experience which many people have equally experienced to a degree pick anyone is it the flashy lifestyle, the pressure to marry, the hustle & grind, slay mamas etc all this makes the album a sweet musical experience.
Listen to the album here
Watch Our Recap from his show last December