Lately, every Nigerian artiste seems to be pushing a new genre, especially the rappers. For Vector, it is Rapfro; for Yung6ix whose album is under our scrutiny today, it is Trapfro, which obviously is a juxtaposition of Trap music and Afrobeats.
If there is anything we admire about Yung6ix, it is the fact that the man can make quality albums. From his debut project in 2014, 6ix O’clock, to Billionaire Ambitions EP in 2016, and High Star in 2017, the rapper has shown an immense work of growth and a deep interest in the trap genre.
So, it came as no surprise when on June 5, 2020, he released his latest project, Introduction to Trapfro, an 11-track album. On this album, Yung6ix reminds us of his obvious talent. He takes the things that happen around him, weave them into lyrics and stories, then slams hard on an instrumental. It is truly enviable.
Yung6ix says as a prelude to each track that he doesn’t make regular African music, and while that might be a long stretch, he works really hard to “work the talk”.
The album opens up with Intro (Wake Up) which sounds like a reverb of some sort. The track is a Trap and B, and Yung6ix raps easily, with tight bars and remarkable flows. He says “Niggas acting like they want beef, but they on a diet,” which is a message to the dissing culture among rappers. The best bar has to be “Now, I fly so much, you think I work for the online.”
Decisions is a track released in 2019 where he raps about choices we make and how they affect in the long run. However, he makes his reference tilted towards the female gender. This track would have been better in his Billionaire Ambitions EP.
On a Daily (OAD) discusses the rapper’s daily life, his hustle to be better and how he works hard to live the life he wants. The beauty of this track is the refrain “on a daily”, at least, if you can’t pick anything, you can him on a daily and nod your head.
Step 1 is easily one of the album’s best tracks. Sometimes, words become superfluous in music, that the instrumental is enough and that’s what Yung6ix does here. I would have advocated for less lyrics and just let people enjoy the vibe, but then let’s go “Step 1. Step 2.”
Shole has the best hook on the album. Dammy Krane is just pristine with this one. This track is easily the definition of what Trapfro should sound like. When Yung6ix says that “alert, alert, alert,” I grab my speaker because it bangs hard.
Sinzu has always been an intelligent rapper and he brings his years of expertise to play here. However, his rap makes me think of him doing something with Ms Banks. Their vibe sound similar.
Body featuring Charade is a “just there” track. There is nothing exciting about it. It would not slap too hard, this writer likes to think.
Ina the Benz which was released in 2019 still has a huge place if an hierarchy of the album’s best tracks should be drawn. The track still has the beautiful ring to it. It is just that kind of song you want to play when you’re driving “ina the Benz.”While What If is a brilliant track, it is that kind of common song you’re likely to find new-crop-out artistes releasing. It is not bad, but sounds like commonplace, and the fact that it has Peruzzi makes it sound like regular song. Kudos however to the songwriter. We love the narrative.
Energized is definitely not an energy song. Let’s skip to the next one. You Don See Am features Erigga and Payper Corleone. To be honest, this song could have been better, if Erigga was not on it. He has a hard time connecting and syncing with the rhythm and vibe. Perhaps, the song does not need a Pidgin English vibe. Corleone, Mr Sweet and Crispy too doesn’t deliver. The Pidgin English is definitely the problem.
Work does not work the talk. Disally seems to be having a hard time, but Yung6ix obviously does not want this song to fail, and works hard to do that.
All in all, while the album has some lapses, Yung6ix works hard on it to prove himself and prove his expertise at making music. Trap music is a careful genre; there is either the possibility of overdoing or not underplaying it. And while Trapfro is obviously a new genre, let’s hope that away from introducing us to it, Yung6ix gives us more works that can cement his trap artiste place.
I rate it a 7/10.Photo Credit: Instagram