It has officially been ten days since the release of 2 Kings. The collaborative album by Phyno and Olamide was without a doubt the most highly anticipated album of the year, or at least so far. The 10 track album, runs for close to 40 minutes and features a modest number of guest artiste (just 3). LOL, I wonder if M.I. will take a cue from this.
Anyway without further adieu, here’s the review.
The album begins as one would expect, Olamide and Phyno going at it, almost as if they wanted to one up each other. This of course isn’t a bad thing, Cypher is without a doubt a commendable song. But I still feel like it wasn’t on the same level as some of their previous collabos, or some of the other tracks on this album. The only production by B.Banks. Olamide and Phyno lace their indigenous takes on the bars in turns with both rappers exuding confidence and not outdoing each other in a clear context.
Olamide owned Koba Koba, but Phyno should not have let Olamide sing though. Hahaha. Phyno only took the third verse but showed you only need a few seconds to leave your mark. Definitely an enjoyable track.
What can I say about Nobody’s Fault, I didn’t expect the sample that’s for sure. But that’s not to say it was a bad thing. The complete opposite. It’s so far my favorite track on the album. Pheelz produced the song and he killed the sample. I mean, they might as well have put his name on the track. The retro style song was refreshingly different, the instrumental style was a bit of a throw-back to when music was not so dependent on beats. The one liners the artistes threw on this track all have an air of cock confidence. Both know they’re at the top of their game, and Phyno even dared to acclaim they’re the only rappers living above the law. The song was even complete with choir effects.
Ladi is definitely the jam for the streets. But abeg! Why so many ass referrals! Who is into eating idi…kilode naaau. hell noooo. The beats will have you dancing shoki like only Young John can, you just know it’s him when you hear it. I have already praised Phyno enough on this review, so i’ll just keep quiet here. What can I say about Lil Kesh? He killed me, I’m not into this level of nasty though. But he seems to have an ‘under g’ ability for story telling. Olamide came in last and you might not be able to tell him apart from Lil Kesh. But more idi lines. Nope, I’m over it.
God Be With Us which was produced by Major Bangz, felt a bit limp after the feel of Ladi. I was surprised by the elctro tune of this song. Phyno handled the track like it was made for him, Olamide should just not sing jooo. And I see the product placement, God will allow a nigga to sign endorsement deal too. No hate though.
Phyno’s Une is ‘white feather and red cap’ music!!! He came, saw, conquered, and apart from the time Phyno rhymed Miley Cyrus with virus, this track sounds like fire! The musical melody has a nice afro pop feel to it. Une apparently symbolizes the test of a man’s strength in handling something ‘physical’… em…em….moving on. 0.0
Real Nigga – a dance hall jam that seems to be aimed at the airwaves. Hey radio tracks sell records. Olamide was not it on this track though. Moving on.
I’m not Wizkid’s biggest fan, in fact, i’m pretty much the complete opposite, but he is without a doubt a Radio Killa! He handled the hook on this song with expertise. Confam Ni sounds pretty much like it was made for him, afrobeats and all.
The second to the last track, Carry Me Go is a go at the heart. A love track that Storm Rex slayed. The Pheelz – produced track has a very rich Ibo high life flavor. Phyno and Olamide complimented the song well.
For My City joins the list of those street anthems that Olamide is known for. He painted a picture of his hood roots, his rise, but still emphasizes how he is still in touch and hasn’t changed.
2 Kings is a good album. Good, not great. That’s the disappointment here. This album has been coming for a while now, yet one feels a bit let down by the time the 40 minutes are up. Could more tracks have done it? Perhaps more diverse features, or maybe Phyno and Olamide could have come harder? It’s definitely no fault of the producers, Pheelz especially came good like Tony Parker in an NBA playoff game. But it’s never a good thing when the production value is higher than what the artistes serve up. And that in itself is the album’s ultimate ‘comma’.
Rating – 6.5/10 (Good, enjoyable tunes. But nothing unexpected or amazing)