Album : Accra to Lagos Vol 1
Artist : Mr Eazi
Release Date : February 10, 2017
Awesome-o-metre : 7/10
REVUE OF MR EAZI LIFE IS EAZI, VOL. 1 – ACCRA TO LAGOS
Our favorite (err maybe not so favorite after his recent social media debacle on how Ghanaian sounds influence Naija music) Naija/Ghana boy Mr. Eazi recently dropped his critically acclaimed album mixtape. this thing genuinely causes confusion but then again I digress and we at Revue have decided to take a trip from Accra to Lagos and enjoy the Afro infused sounds.
The album starts with LEG OVER. There is no football reference here whatsoever! It’s a demonstration of how big bum-bum will continue to cause confusion in these zones. It is a very sweet and mellow sound and a perfect way to start the mixtape. Eazi’s voice resonates on the highlife influenced sound – a theme we will notice all through the tape. I really like this song and hope to see a video with girls with big bum-bum from Accra and Lagos causing confusion.
Track 2 is BUSINESS featuring Mugeez of R2Bees. This is another heavily “highlife infused” sound. Everyone knows R2Bees own that sound. Mugeez and Eazi’s voices resonate as they sing about people who choose not to just mind their business. Basically the homies feel it is nobody’s business how they be killing the beat. I was honestly waiting for Faisal to come drop some of his witty lines at the end of the song then I remembered it’s just Mugeez on this one. I really feel he would have made the song a lot better but overall it’s one of my favorites already and the tape has started on a very high note.
Eazi gets one of Ghana’s rising rappers Medikal on the Del B produced TILAPIA. The title of the song kind of confuses me but Eazi seems to be hungry and craving some Tilapia. Considering my generation where gay ain’t happy, a hoe is not a farming implement and people be singing about cassava, Tilapia could actually mean anything. The song was going smoothly until Medikal actually said “something dey smell fishy, aquarium” and I had to go…
Nothing major here but still a feel good song.
The Masterkraft produced 2 PEOPLE has that ragga feel that reminds me of a particular Kayswitch in his prime in the good old MoHits days.
When I heard IT’S YOUNG JOHN THE WICKED PRODUCER!!!!! ZAGADATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT I just knew some fire was about to happen. Best song on the mixtape by a mile! FEELINGS really got a grown man in his feelings, who does not want to show his feelings, and un-following his crush on all social media. It resonates with me – literally and figuratively. This will definitely get some heavy rotation with the perfect video.
Eazi puts my boo Cuppy on the intro of FIGHT, (Look boo, if he is fighting you, I’m here for you anytime. Just call me ok?) Nothing serious here. Just another feel-good track on the mixtape.
The title track for the tape, ACCRA TO LAGOS has Eazi vibing on some heavy afro beats tune where he talks about his travails and struggle to success, It’s a major, major tune and I can feel a lot of his label boss’ (Wizkid) influence on this track. It’s funny that both of them are yet to have a collaboration but we are definitely looking forward to that track will definitely be fire.
DETTY YOURSELF with a guest verse from FALZ THE BAD GUY is already sounding like a certified club banger. IN THE MORNING featuring Toronto rapper BIG LEAN starts off with some major trumpets that reverberates all through the track. The production by Legendary Beatz on this one was definitely top notch and I really liked Big Lean’s verse on the track.
SHORT SKIT featuring our favorite boy TEKNO is like the title short and sweet. I really love how Eazi can still make good music without having to sound pangolo and I think a lot of Naija artistes can learn from this.
When you have the 2 biggest indigenous rappers in Nigeria on one track, it needs no introduction. LIFE IS EAZI featuring OLAMIDE and PHYNO is straight up fire. On the side I really wish sometimes PHYNO’s rap can come with subtitles so I can understand all he says but regardless, this will be one of the hottest tunes this year – no doubt.
After 11 frenzy tracks, Eazi decides to bless us with 3 additional bonus tracks as if we need more sweet melodies. The first, BABY, is perhaps his attempt at a wedding tune. The song will definitely go down well with some Party Jollof, whether Naija or Ghanaian (that’s a topic for another discussion).
Eazi tells his girl he wants to be her RIGHT NOW over some mellow beat and he promises to do things to her on the low. It looks like this girl has a sugar boo that pay her bills while Eazi be giving her attention. Eazi wraps up the tape with KPAMUREGE.
WRAP UP – After warming our hearts and giving us major tunes back to back, Eazi drops a body of work that can rival any that has been dropped by a Naija/Ghanaian (we still don’t know where his allegiance lies) artist in a while. For a mixtape, we actually have a contender for album of the year in my opinion. I truly hope 2017 gives us a lot of other major releases though cos 2016 was quite underwhelming when it came to Naija albums. For an artist who entered the fray not so long ago, Eazi has definitely carved a niche with his unique sound and style and I believe he is someone that can stay a long time in the industry. His “cross culture” also helps influence his sounds largely and I think with a market in 2 major countries in Africa he will definitely be relevant for a long time.
Life is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra to Lagos earns a whopping 7/10 rating from me and I have thoroughly enjoyed my trip from Accra to Lagos. Dropping from my Danfo at a random bus stop in Obalande as I try to find my way back home. Show love and take Life Eazi people. *drops mic*
Revue by @iamkriss