Album Review: Mayorkun – Mayor of Lagos

ALBUM INFORMATION

Album:- The Mayor of Lagos
Artist:- Mayorkun
Label:- Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)
Tracks:- 14 (+ bonuses)
Playtime:- 45 Mins
Featured Artistes:- D’Banj, Sarkodie, Peruzzi, Tonya, Dremo, Patoranking, Davido
Producers:- Killertunes, Lush, TY, Northboi, DJ Coublon

THE REVIEW

”The Mayor Of Lagos” is a project that hits the right notes and hands Mayorkun the keys to the city filled with pop anthems.

After two years of mentor-ship and understudying his idol and label boss, Davido, Mayorkun has found his voice and seeks to be addressed as the new “Mayor Of Lagos”.

From being that unsigned act making internet videos and tagging big-name artists for recognition to becoming a headline act for his own concert which has held successfully in different cities. The journey to his debut album is one that has been well aided by building his follower-ship buzz off the back of a number of golden records.

The Mayor of Lagos was, among other things, to prove Mayorkun as the real prince of the Lasgidi music scene. A guy who a Lagos party will never be complete until his song has been bumped repeatedly. The album has already been received and accepted well by the general public after reaching No 15 spot in the Billboard world album charts.

 

Feelings (Intro)  

This is a mid-tempo record that properly introduces him as the new sheriff in town. Over a Speroach beat, Mayorkun takes us on a journey of how he started, dropping survival nuggets in between.

Sometimes you don’t know how he’s feeling when they pulling a trigger on him.  Rejection, frustration, but now he’s the Mayor. He actually put his mum on it and it was as pleasing as it was welcoming because he iced the beautiful cake.

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Sope

On this one the Mayor gives us a kind of party vibe. This is the kinda track that brings the Lyta comparison, which most people think is stupid. Mayorkun is thankful for everything, including the girl that has a good body.

Tire

That kind of intro is becoming his signature. It’s a cool love song that love joint that amps up his Ghanaian influences. Just pon pon pon sound. It’s Fresh, though.

Fantasy

This is that Lagos night party vibe. Loud music, I mean it sounds sweeter, if you loud it up.  Mayorkun’s got an amazing chemistry with Kiddominant, that’s why the interlude when he was talking seemed right, as unconventional as it is. He said some Igbo, you know.

Aya Mi

DJ Coublon on Afro-dance? ‘Aya Mi’ is that romantic elixir that sounds like a mash-up of songs you have heard before yet Mayorkun is able to own it in his melodic way, making it fresh and irresistible. The talking drums on this is pure orgasm, not to mention the Yoruba chants at the end.

Posh

We all know Northboi as that “Soco” producer, so, that Wiz vibe was all around Posh. The track seems to prove popular in clubs and dance floors with its infectious and bop worthy vibe.

Oshepete (Ft. D’banj)

First collabo on the album. While on hindsight, D’banj should have been restricted to his harmonica on Afrobeats song. As good as the D’banj effect on the track is, Bangalee couldn’t outshine Mayorkun.

Jonze Me (Ft. Sarkodie)

Easily a filler, but you don’t light a candle and pit it under a bushel. Sarkodie stays true to his qualities with his verse.

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Drama Queen

Fresh at it again. This is the most different sound on the whole tape. It’s a classical sound, it’s got jazz, alternative, rock, anything not Nigerian. This is one of those glimpses where Mayorkun resists the urge to make music just for the sake of commerciality and instead stay more in tune with his artistry.

Mofo (Ft. Patoranking)

One of my favorites actuall, Patoranking actually murdered Mayor here. Probably cause Mayorkun ain’t heavy on dance.

Red Handed (Ft. Peruzzi, Dremo & Yonda)

Most lyrical track as Mayorkun have fun with his guys. All of them actually delivered hard on the Afro beat with your mad punchlines.

Bobo, Che Che & Mama (His previously released Songs)

Then there are previously released hits like “Bobo” (featuring Davido), “Che Che” and “Mama.”

Final Ratings:

”The Mayor Of Lagos” works because it tilts largely to his strength, packed with a fairly consistent number of anthems and bop heavy joints. Mayorkun has proved beyond every reasonable doubt that he’s here to stay. Generally we rate this 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆

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