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Music Review: Asake’s ‘Ololade Asake’ Shows Potential Even Though It Lacks Direction

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The Afro-fusion EP of Afropop and Afrobeats singer Asaka otherwise known as MR MONEY is topping charts and on the playlist of everyone, as they embrace the style and talent of this ace singer. The EP titled Ololade Asaka has four tracks and one feature by his boss and street king, Olamide.
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The latest YBNL signee has shown that he is here to stay and he has proven this by dropping this musical dish. Trabaye starts this musical journey; the title simply means to misbehave as a result of intoxication caused by taking hard drugs and he captures this in this song. Rendered in a solemn tone, as the song fades out, a voice over of Olamide assuring Asake that he is sorted for life was inserted afterwards. Olamide just has a way of making a song sound extraordinary.
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Sungba is definitely a hit single in itself because it has that powerful beat and vibe that people have come to love. Here Asake makes it known that he won’t be taking nonsense from anyone no matter. Its actually good to make your stance known when it comes to certain matters and that is what the rising singer is doing on this track. The constant presence of the Yoruba language in his tracks doesn’t just show his root, but also adds a sort of finesse to his sound. Most artists nowadays sing in Yoruba but its the delivery matters and Asake has that penned down to the D.

That Afropop feel is not missing at all, in fact, it is emphasized in all the tracks on Ololade Asake. The track that has every one screaming now even when he said he can’t shout, is Omo Ope, which features Olamide and it is just beautiful. It has that groovy, and bouncy vibe about that no matter where it is being played it will blend in. Olamide came and ate up the song making it sound deeper and larger than it would have been. Listening from one track to another, it seems Asake was focused on his beats than his themes and lyrics, because his lyrics seem to be lacking, while his beats are good enough.
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Listening to Omo Ope it is clear that Asake is here to stay but will his sound sustain him even though he has said that he is blessed and not just lucky. The last song that rounds up this musical journey is Baba God, and it has that deepness to it that resonates with everyone who has been ridiculed in one way or the other, only to be on top at the end of the day, and you definitely know its God that took you there.

Final Thoughts
Asake’s Ololade Asake is all shades of unique and deep. The deepness comes from that feel that comes with the Yoruba language but there is no clear direction on this EP. This EP gets a 5/10 because Asake is just starting, he is definitely here to stay and we all know he will do better. Listen to the EP here;

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