For the most part of this week, this writer has had his ears listening to Odunsi’s Everything You Heard Is True EP, which was released a few days back, in the most surprising of ways.
I watched as Twitter commented on the album and said it was a beautiful work. Reviews flew around as folks said Odunsi was the king of the alté scene, a statement which has seen me giving all the proclaimers of this statement the side eye, as I remember what false loyalty can do.
It is undeniable that Odunsi has grown from the man who gave us Rare, Tipsy and Undecided albums. With five years of learning and being in the industry, he has shown that he can comfortably hold his own in certain genres. He is no longer that man who gave us wack lyrics and some weird dress styles (oh… he still does that).
While the album sounds like an experimentation of the hip hop fusion, Odunsi has displayed massive growth as he is comfortable on the seven tracks on the album. He seems at peace with himself and is obviously in a good place.
That however, might be the problem; as the songs are in a sense too bland, except for a few tracks. The tracks have prospect but they fail to hit the benchmark. The songs are unfortunately going to be quite forgettable. Odunsi’s voice is great, the instrumentals are beautiful but something is absent, which makes the whole project lose its beauty.
The album has displayed growth, which is something we are grateful for but Odunsi has to do better or he will fade away and lose relevance.
In Luv in a Mosh, a song which sounds like something one would sing after going into a dream-like state from being pumped full with drugs, Odunsi sings about how we wants it all; the good things of life.
Nu Finesse sounds like a diss track. Odunsi is throwing arrows at all those who say his music sucks and he cannot make it. “N*gga ain’t saying much… If i play my part, If i do it my way, If i get concoction, shey you go reason am? If i play my conscience, shey e go even out? Enemies don dey for my yard, and the gbedu don dey for mouth…”
Airplane mode seems to continue this thread as Odunsi sings that he puts his phone on airplane mode to prevent those who dislike him from reaching him. The alté Afro beat juxtaposes beautifully with his voice.In PDA, which stands for Public Display of Attention, he continues his dissing of his detractors. The song seems best suited for a group performance, where the audience members will wave their hand and move their body to the wild beat.
Every time Maison 2500 comes on a track, there is no denying his presence. He remains one of the most promising trap artistes in the alté scene, and it only a little while before he makes it big. He brings his brilliance to the Wicked, Sexy track, as both he and Odunsi enjoy themselves on tholis pure alté beat.
Body Count features Amaarae, Deto Black and Gigi Atlantis. Amaarae as always has a calm voice and she uses the simplicity of it here. When I heard Deto, I thought Megan the Stallion was on the song. She sounds too much like her.
Can Shuga Rush refer to the release of semen? I think so because in this track, Odunsi brags about his sexual strength and how his lover cannot seem to get enough.
The album will certainly create controversy among his fans, as some will love the project and others like this writer will move on from it too quickly. Odunsi might want to gauge the reaction of the audience and try to do better in his next project.
I rate it a 6/10.Photo Credit: Instagram