NO BAD SONGZ?
9th December, 2018.
9th December, 2018.
One of the most anticipated albums in 2018, Kizz Daniel hinted at the release of his sophomore project titled, wait for it, No Bad Songz. Allow me to first begin by saying that is a needless amount of pressure to be placed on oneself albeit the belief in ones ability to make lightning strike the same spot twice.
Not to play devil’s advocate but it is evident that the exclusivity G-worldwide provided added an eccentricity to his sound. We were wowed by the effort put in because we didn’t know what to expect, everything was brand new. A new voice on the scene, we accommodated his excesses and he gave us just enough to whet out appetite. However, Kizz has grown from being the newbie on the block owing to a massive success of his award winning debut album and as such he should be held to higher standards sonically and lyrically.
On New Era, he seemed more focused, hungry yet sure of a direction but on this project, he keeps bouncing off a spectrum of styles searching for a niche, very unsettling to listen most times. That being said, the man knows just how to make an entrance with the first song on the album, Gods, a lot like in the debut, New King, sets the mood for his rendition. Gods sounds like a track with all the attributes that made New Era a perfect cruise. The verses chasing the hook in perfect symphony, he pays homage to God and the ones before reiterating his journey to becoming one of them. In this mood Kizz seems much older than he actually is. He acknowledges the wisdom in humility in his quest for greatness. If you ask me this is one of the finest songs in this project.
The next three tracks follow in quick succession with the standout being his hit single with Davido, One Ticket right after a very forgettable rendition, Tere with Diamond Platnumz. My issue with this particular song is the dearth of lyrical ingenuity which has being the bane of his subpar songs. The draught of content albeit being one of the finely produced songs on the album with a banging hook makes it just another song which had the potential to be more. No Do is a great song but opting to pick it over 4 Dayz is simply unforgivable.
Also cringe-worthy and noticeable is the regurgitation of beats and rhythm from New Era. On two tracks maybe nostalgia would have made up for it but the album stretches too long and all the flaws scream at you in your mother tongue. Ayee and Ja are beautiful but seem like songs we have heard before. That being said, Ja still slaps really hard. The haunting and ominous instrumentals, the drums, the chants, Kizz is in sage mode adorned with that ‘larger than life’ garb, on his Yoruba cruise. This is peak Kizz; Ja is such a beautiful song packing a punch. It gets a pass, in flying colors!
The highlight of this project is the seemingly effortless symbiosis with featured acts. I was really worried that the freedom Fly Boy Inc provided would see him put out a project so rife with guests that it would lose its edge. His moderation is very commendable. Wretch really went ham on Bad and Kizz held his own quite admirably. Everything about that song is metered perfectly. He really needs to gift us the visuals to this song. It is my personal favorite; suitable for late nights, Hennessey on the rocks and the grind of a beautiful woman. This song is a big mood. Nasty comes through on Ghetto regal as ever, there is an ease to his flow. He probably does this in his sleep. Kizz offers a smooth rendition as he regales us with tales of his hood with a nod to the infamous Pablo Ayodeji. The message on this song is crystal. Nasty is still the best.
In an era where brevity is key and keeping it short and sweet leaves a more lasting impression, a ten track album would have done justice to that title, gifting him a wider pool to draw from in terms of content and production. For an album supposedly boasting of no bad songs, there are too many fillers in this one.
What the album track list should have stated if he were truly gunning for No Bad Songz
- 4 Dayz
- One Ticket (ft Davido)
- Bad (ft Wretch 32)
- Ghetto (ft Nasty C)
- Ikwe (ft Diplo)
- Nesesari (ft Philkeyz)
- Kojo (ft Sarkodie)