ALBUM REVIEW: OLAMIDE - THE GLORY
The king of aka's Pèpè Sneh, Badoo, Baddest guy ever liveth Olamide is back. The YBNL boss is back with heat for his 6th studio album. 2016 has been a great year for the 27 year old rapper, from sold out shows, new label signees, and to top the icing on the cake the release of his latest album The Glory. The Glory comes after he took to Twitter to announce the release of the project. Olamide is at the peak of his career with 6 album within the span of 6 years. The highly anticipated project comes packed with 16 tracks including a bonus track entitled "2Baba Zone" and 5 features.
At this point in time in Olamide's career, it's a no holds bar affair. Olamide has shown fans he understands them, knows their wants, he knows why they love him while showcasing music whiz's he's reaching levels on his own accord and winning. The album production consist of work from H.O.D, Sossick, Paulcleverlee, Raphael2kriss, Moss2kriss, and Shizzi.
The album doesn't consist of many guest artist. In total, The Glory features 5 artist being the usual suspect with the exception of one on the very hot track Underground. Olamide calls upon the help of the Lord of the Hook better known as Burna Boy for the track "Omo Wobe". The remaining tracks consist of partner in crime and rap buddy Phyno with smooth vocals by Isbaka crooner Wande Coal for the 2016 smash hit "Who You Epp". Olamide keeps the best for feature for his latest signee Davolee on the track "Pepper Dem Gang". The album features are relatively small and in-house quite similar to the production.
** - Requires listening / * - Requires no description
The Glory is loaded with tracks that will have you bumping. Here's the run on the top tracks
** Glory (Intro) - 6 studio albums deep and Olamide doesn't know where to begin. Olamide begins the album telling listeners why he's the guy on top. With street creditably that surpasses many, versatile rap styles, and reminding folks he is no rookie in the rap game-- he been at it since his underground days. Olamide makes it clear that he's on a winning streak and there's no stopping anytime soon.
** Underground - The production on this song! The production is absolute madness! Produced by H.O.D and featuring newbie Akuchi. The song gives a Lex Luger-esque feel with hints of Travis Scott, Migos, or A$AP Ferg. Olamide employs the assistance of Akuchi where they rhyme about getting money, hustling like El Chapo, and making noise. The track is a real heavy gritty Southern trap inspired track.
** Letter to Milli - Without a doubt, one of the rapper's pride and joy is his son Batifeori Maximilliano Adedeji. The heartfelt track dedicated to his son as a song of motivation and encouragement. Olamide talks to his son in the song assuring him that life comes with challenges and it's what you make of these situation that mold you to be the strong person he will become and reminding him that anything is possible.
** Journey of a Thousand - Journey of a Thousand is a reflective track produced by Pheelz, Olamide raps about his grass to grace experiences and gives glory to God for his success.
** Be Mine - On this track raps about a girl in which he has interest in. He spits about wanting to marry and spend forever with this love interest. He makes mentions of how beautiful he finds her, appreciating her ability to accept his craziness, and making him experience a feeling like no other.
** Omo Wobe Anthem - Olamide x Burna Boy x Pheelz is the absolute recipe for greatness. Omo Wobe is a catchy fun poppy yet street track in the realm of Who You Epp, Owo Blow, and Pepper Dem Gang.
After several listens, The Glory receives a 3.5 out of 5. The album is decent. Not an album I would necessarily listen to often. The album's production is mind blowing. Pheelz dominates the album with the production. The Glory is a very reflective album with tracks for every setting--whether that be the club, radio friendly/chart hitting tracks, or the inspirational tracks. There's some songs on the album that could do without (i.e: Sons of Anarchy and Pepper Dem Gang). I know many will disagree, however, "Pepper Dem Gang" doesn't do anything for me at all. In fact, once I can sense it coming on it receives an automatic skip. All in all, the album is worth giving a listen.
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