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Album Review: E.L.I.

Never has my first listen of an album seem not so lightbulb an idea thanks, or no thanks, to the overwhelming backlash Panshak ‘Ice Prince’ Zamani received upon the release of his debut album ‘Everybody Loves Ice Prince’ just over a month ago.

Yes, the outpouring of emotions concerning an album tagged the rap book of bars to not spit for upcoming rappers kept me from bothering to get E.L.I. soon as it dropped. Same backlash I honestly had to find out for myself and concur with or otherwise, so here goes….

Following a string of successful guest appearances on tracks by his fellow Choc City mates and other Nigerian as well as some foreign artistes, expectation for Ice Prince’s maiden album consequently touched the clouds.

The former Jos resident decided to try pleasing everybody by putting together one too many sounds for our listening (dis)pleasure and this here’s my first grouse with E.L.I. Being a debut album, it would have been a whole lot better he stuck to the rap and hip hop genre rather than exploring what other talents lay inate. Such should only come after at least two highly successful albums in my opinion; Lagbaja a prime example and even he did so after six albums (I’m open to correction).

Next is the album’s title. Ever Lyrical Ice Prince is what I thought E.L.I. meant when the label let it be known that’s what the album’s title would be. Should’ve kept the original title he had in mind; the street he grew up in at Jos… understandable though, switching to E.L.I. following the messages he received when his mother died.

Then are the materials that made #IcePrinceBars a hashtag that stands for very lame bars. Truly, Ice spat a few here and there on the 17 track album that weren’t quite… *sigh*

“Can’t even ball cos these haters tryna deflate”… -__-. Some other ‘-_-‘ lines on the album include “I’m too big and my file never compress” -_-, “I spit too much I feel like I’m tongue-less.” -__- and the track, Magician I think, where I hear stuff about a she being ‘Inter Milan’?-___- but to all that, “Hate me? Watch my finger pop, no wicklow”.

Some other lines I’m willing to stand in the line of verbal bullets for though; meaning I like ’em, include “cos even when rain de fall we still drop sweat” just to emphasise on the hustle, “I’m balling like oh yea, homie call me la liga” and as if he knew what was coming, “If you fly too much they turn terrorists. If you try to shine too bright they turn eclipse”.

In all, la Liga disappointed as regards dabbling into other genres when I’d have preferred hearing him rather what he feels he ‘also’ can offer. Then those bars… -______-.

Ignoring that this is an album by a rap artiste however, a few of the sounds (excluding vocals) are enjoyable. Jesse Jagz went bonkers on the beat of ‘That Ni**a’. Pimple face (couldn’t help it) also delivered the goods on ‘Juju’ and of course ‘Superstar’ and definitely on ‘Oleku’ which, like it or really like it, is the biggest single of 2011 in Africa and that’s without taking to account the many remixes of it by ‘freestyle’ champions.

Samklef did good on the beat of ‘End of Story’ as did WizBoyy on ‘By This Time’ and to my utter surprise, M.I. on ‘Olofofo’ as well as ‘Remember’ and ‘Thank You’, which was co-produced with Chopstix.

Songs I can allow to take up megabytes on the system are Remember, Juju, Small Small, That Ni**a and Thank You. Of course, Oleku and Superstar have grown on a brother.

Rating: 2.8/5

1: Remember
2: Juju
3: Superstar
4: Magician ft Yung L & J Milla
5: Baby
6: Olofofo ft Wizkid
7: See Myself
8: Wassup Wassup ft 2face
9: Oleku ft Brymo
10: Find You
11: By This Time ft WizBoyy
12: Somebody Lied
13: Small Small ft Sean Tero
14: That Ni**a ft Morell
15: End of Story ft Samklef
16: Raindrops [It’s All Good]
17: Thank You ft Choc Boiz

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Random Yarns….

I’m not a big fan of the Nigerian film industry aped Nollywood (I meant to say named) and if you asked me now I can think of only a very few productions that have really made/left their mark with Oléku still my favourite Nigerian film many years since it came, and a new film titled Ijé may just join that elite few…may.

I haven’t seen the film and I probably won’t anytime soon. My focus is the origin of the script for the film that reportedly sold out its first screening at a cinema on the Island. The script of Ijé is actually the (or part of the) thesis of a Nigerian student of the prestigious New York Film Academy… Ah! Someone’s final year project o!

I’m confident delivery of roles in the film isn’t an issue; Genevieve Nnaji’s come a long way to her current stardom, Clem Ohaneze more so and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde even more so. The foreign cast in the film, including Ulrich Que, also have pretty cool repute attached to them unlike previously where just any white-skinned fellows would do.

Otherwise all that, Ijé’s script most probably has been adapted in a previous production here but imperatively, the difference (what would be going for Ijé) would be the quality of the script (that New York school no be small thing o) and delivery from the cast…it’s about quality people.

So I wonder if the Federal Government, in the melee of its acceptance of every financial requests in the billions of recent, will consider a string of ideas from budding Nigerians as us who are just about prepped to pounce on the slightest window of opportunity at partaking of the infamous national cake or what’s the benefit of a documentary. The Director of this ‘epic’ production better retire when s/he’s done with it because N250m begins to describe what it takes to produce a Hollywood movie.

So here’s my proposal to the FG – an Obelisk 50ft high with lights at the top that will shine into the night sky; lights capable of illuminating whatever the FG wants illuminated, from a N5000 note to the EFCC logo. I’ll go with the latter.

If that seems far fetched for them, I’ll go with a proposal to create a Nigerian Thesaurus which should be greatly beneficial to those who want to know the real, present day Nigeria. A peek of what the Thesaurus will contain goes thus:

Loan (vrb.): the act of being approached for financial assistance without insurance or assurance of repayment. A popular action among undergraduates.

Maga (n./vrb.): where two parties or one party in cooperation with two or more parties become affiliated to/with each other for the sake of benefits inherent.

National Cake (n.): the whole of a lump of massive finance available to very few. Not to be mistook for national cakes made for independence anniversaries of other countries. Ambition for it is found rampant in the echelons of power.

Nigerian Factor (adv.): a concept used to describe the complex complicated nature of reality in an immediate environment and events therein. Similar to Nigerian Mentality which is genetically inherited, Nigerian Factor is physically inherited. Concept is aptly captured in the education sector, Admissions Office.

Nigerian Mentality (adv.): an aura of total pessimism displayed consistently due to influence(s) of factors in the immediate environment. Definition is aptly captured when a neighbourhood in the country enjoys uninterrupted power supply for 30 hours or more, residents start to wonder if the transformer won’t overload and pack up soon as a result.

©δ.õÁ 06/08/2010 ™


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