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Truth be told, the “Local-Rappers” are said to be more successful commercially than their “Punch line” counterparts, that could be as a result of the Local Rappers bringing Hip Hop to the grass root in their Local Dialects but is that enough reason
for their lyrics to be vulgar and unnecessary barbaric? These are words that can describe the always angry Olamide and his fast rising signees.
The highly anticipated joint album between the two kings of indigenous Hip Hop (the East and West of Nigeria ) dropped on the 1st of April which to me was a celebration of APC’s presidential victory to their fans, the album titled 2Kings is a collaborative work between Olamide and Phyno with each bringing in their producers Yung John,Pheelz and Major Bangz respectively.

The album production which is basically commercial can boast of very loud songs from its compilation which is not advisable to use fake headsets for because it can cause damage to the ear.
The 10-track album can see Olamide constantly hauling curses at his haters and critics for no reasons which isn’t what Hip Hop should be all about (except commercial hip-hop). HipHop should tell a story not make the listener have more hate in his heart for the society. The album which distinctively has Phyno as its co-maker can see the light-skinned rapper over-shadowed because of Olamide’s constant shouting and the former constantly taking it cool.

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The album which is entirely made for the streets can boast of more party tracks than hip-hop from songs like Ladi which features the very vulgar Kesh to Real Nigga etc. The album is a most listen to for every indigenous hustler including yahoo
boys , upcoming musician and aspiring prostitutes because “Only the baker knows how to bake his dough.”

Olamide should understand that original headsets are getting more expensive these days since the rise in dollar and new generation rappers are preaching love in their music since that’s only what we need to pull through . As an artist and the voice of the street, he should use his works to inspire the world even if it is commercial. Like I said previously, Phyno was almost like a Sambo since his classic bars and well placed verses was
overshadowed by the very aggressive Badoo.

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The production, mixing and mastering of the album is very exemplary with each producer stepping up their game to accommodate the Kings.

Honestly, the album is very average, one would think they made it in 1 week and that week Olamide was on his period.

-J.Acker

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