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Kenneth Okini

In 2015 a sleek, skinny dude with a deep and likeable voice with that all signature dreads announced himself to Nigerians with not one nor two but three incredible rap hits – namely Condo, Jagaban and Omo Alhaji.
For once someone to come fill the void created by the downward spiral Ice Prince went, someone to come reignite all English rap in the game. Fast forward two years on from killing features and imprinting himself on covers such as panda and ooouu, Mr. Jagaban has certainly taken gains leaps in filling that void.
The self acclaimed King of the new school has brought some day light between him and Dremo, another student of the new school despite this feat and despite the lucrative Sony deal, Ycee still lacked killer hits which he used in launching himself. His fans have craved for more than just the dope lines in featured songs. They want another anthem from their new hero, another jagaban another omo alhaji. So that brings the question again; was an EP what our ‘king of the new school‘ needed?. Even if he so needed an EP, did the FIRST WAVE create the needed buzz?

The 8 track package seemed to me to be a work of utter confusion as to the message he was intending to pass and the wave it intended to create in the first place. He starts with wavy, a track he rightly apologize for his delay in producing such, and later boasts about how want he his. He clearly lets us kn ...

In 2015 a sleek, skinny dude with a deep and likeable voice with that all signature dreads announced himself to Nigerians with not one nor two but three incredible rap hits – namely Condo, Jagaban and Omo Alhaji.
For once someone to come fill the void created by the downward spiral Ice Prince went, someone to come reignite all English rap in the game. Fast forward two years on from killing features and imprinting himself on covers such as panda and ooouu, Mr. Jagaban has certainly taken gains leaps in filling that void.
The self acclaimed King of the new school has brought some day light between him and Dremo, another student of the new school despite this feat and despite the lucrative Sony deal, Ycee still lacked killer hits which he used in launching himself. His fans have craved for more than just the dope lines in featured songs. They want another anthem from their new hero, another jagaban another omo alhaji. So that brings the question again; was an EP what our ‘king of the new school‘ needed?. Even if he so needed an EP, did the FIRST WAVE create the needed buzz?

The 8 track package seemed to me to be a work of utter confusion as to the message he was intending to pass and the wave it intended to create in the first place. He starts with wavy, a track he rightly apologize for his delay in producing such, and later boasts about how want he his. He clearly lets us know who he his “jagaban is what they Call me”
Ycee’s aura and voice can be seen in this true hip hop jam. The flows are very Ycee like and he did come through on this one.
Next up was kill nobody which featured relatively unknown Calibril.
The singer provided decent enough chorus on this one, the beat too was decent but it still fell below par as it lacked real content, purpose and direction.

The third track need no introduction, it was already released as a single before the EP. Link up featured Mavin Prince Rekado Banks. The sugar baby coroner didn’t disappoint, his usual up to par chorus was dropped here with great craft. The track is arguably the best on the EP but it’s no jagaban nor is it an omo alhaji.
Next was juice featuring Maleek Berry. To be honest, the EP went down hill from here, after the decent success of the first three tracks, Ycee appeared to be confused from juice downward and Maleek offered no help to ginger this track, it was simply too flat.
Bubbly tried its best but didn’t succeed in moving this EP to its expected heights, even with the presence of the ever consistent Falz, it was a confused project, from hustle to talking about the economy down to illegitimate hustlers it tried to touch too much aspects thus lacked direction.
What was Ycee trying to do in Don’t need Bae? Sing a love song? Don’t be time wrong I have no agenda against love songs just that it ain’t Ycee’s thing! He can drop love lines fine, but singing the hook of a love song?, a fat No, the beat by Maleek Berry was on point and if he had gotten maybe a Mr. Eazi to give to chorus with those lines he dropped, Justice will surely have been done to this track.
OK, what do you Need to Know about track 7? Where as Don’t need Bae lacked sweet chorus, this track has it, kudos to Ycee he delivered sweet vocals and lines for this one but it lacks his most vital asset, dope rap lines. He sang his way through this track with no real bars dropped, the inclusion of Seyi Shay only buttresses this flat track.

And lastly N. O. U. N What do I make of this one? No real bars, lacked direction, deprived of attention, as the last track on this project it seemed rushed and lacked proper delivery, content and production.

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