Reekado Banks’ elder brother entered Reeky into the Mavin talent search without the singer’s consent. Thank God. If he hadn’t, I don’t know if any of this “blowing up” business would have happened the way that it did.
Reekado Banks might have still been known by the undistinguished stage name Spicy, Spotlight his debut album might have never seen the light of day and Lil Kesh would have certainly been the proud owner of a brand new Hyundai SUV instead.
Reeky’s unlikely come-up story is part of the singer’s allure, it’s part of the reason why the retrospective “Oluwa Ni” was so special in the first place. He changed the first verse of the original record, added Sarkodie to it and placed the new version at the tail end of Spotlight. With the way the singer infuses his success story into records like these, there’s a feeling of inclusiveness, he carries you along. He and Falz treat their newfound fame with haught and humor on “Biggy Man”, as Falz returns the favour the Mavin artiste did for him on “Celebrity Girlfriend” with a crushing guest verse. On the slow tempoed “Turn the Lights On” he takes a more motivational approach, using his own recent success as an example of what could happen to anyone if they put their mind to it. The rawness of the singer’s voice and the urgency of his delivery mixes poorly with a mellow vibe, so with the exception of ... Read Full Review