HAHAHAHAHA!!!!! (Intense laughter)....sorry to have started this piece like this but I have been thinking of this title all day and it just makes me laugh any time I do. It reminds me of my university days where I sat in classes under the likes of the late Professor Bode Osanyin. I did so much literature I was constantly always having to critic text and all. Fortunately I am not doing that here but it's odd how I've taken that skill and decided to use it on hip hop. Nigerian hip-hop. Obi-talker, what are you doing?...I can't answer that question myself and more the reason why I see the need to fire on.
You will either accept my above explanation or you will accept this one: Wande Coal can be described as a young nigerian 'up-and-coming' musician alias rising Mo'hits star who is on tune now. As a smart talker it just makes common sense that I do a piece on him so that when you google his name my blog comes up. Simple as ABC. I'm a smart woman puleasssssssse!
I'll do you this deal with my non-Nigerian readers. As we go along, so that I carry you along, ( I can rhyme right?) I'll explain some of the terms I use but note I will only do this once in this particular piece. Niaja or 9ja is the same thing as Nigeria, we got that and its out of the way. Now, who is Wande Coal. And for that answer I will be quoting one of my sources... “ I know the guy na, na my younger brother classmate for unilag until he started following Dbanj and Don”. Definition time, Unilag is the best university in Nigeria. I strongly advice the Igbinedionites and Convenites to please keep out of this arguemnets as well as the babcock-nites. I will write about this issue on another day but for now lets leave that as a fact. This is the little I know about this guy neither does the mohits profile on him make my knowlegde any better. The picture doesn't even look like him! Seriously who is this young man who just gave up an education in the most prestigious university in Nigeria for a musical career? Exactly I don't know him either, so technically we are on the same page. But I do know he's part of the biggest musical label in Niaja and he just came out with his first album about a month ago, which is what I'm blogging about.
What makes him special, good question. Honestly I just happen to stumble on his CD and I need something to blog about. Also I figured that because he's such a big guy if I talk about him, I'll be popular too. You know like how Piers Morgan makes a living interviewing Jordan everytime, exactly. More importantly I'm blogging him cause I have no editor. So I can select my contents as I wish. This is what I love about blogging. I am my own editor. It's a rare experience. I remember when I used to write and actually get paid to do so I had several editors and I hated all of them...of cause I'm kidding. I still want to get jobs in the future you really don't expect me to slam my previous employers on this page now do you?
All this diversion, back to Wande Coal and his album. I'm not going to do a review of all his songs that will be going beyond the pursuit of fame, it will be down right insanity. But I will present my veiw on it. Track one and two will appeal to you if you like the likes of 50cents and Snopp doggy. So if you're the kind of listener who enjoys music about men doing naughty things to women these tracks will appeal to you. And perhaps you may better appreciate the musician's use of indirect language in describing what we already know he's saying. However if you are an outright feminist, overtly religious person or a parent with young children who constantly complains about the moral destruction of our society, yes you, am talking about you, you will dislike these tracks or prentend to. Track three captures Wande's own kind of patriotism and it's about the unstablilty of Nigeria's progress. Let me tell you about my two favourite tracks and the story behind them. One day I had gone to work like every other diligent tax paying citizen of this country—yes I do have a job I don't have the perks of sitting in front of my laptop and blogging all day, thank you—then I was threatened by a superior so I went home and guess the song that spoke to my situation my own best track... "na who born the maga" simply saying nobody can stop me from moving forward. For this write-up it's Wande Coal and k-switch's choice of words that interest me. And this is where the critical analysis part of my blogging begins.
I present to you a discourse anaylsis (for those of you doing a research like moi you understand what I' mean...BEANS!!!!!!). Its the use of the word “butta”. Butta is a word derived from the famous yoruba slang 'aje butter', literary translated 'someone who eats butter', actual meaning a posh child or someone from an upper-class background or wealthy middle-class with a comfortable life. While I was growing up if you fitted into any of this category who would be referred to as a butta girl, man, woman or boy. But I have come to see that this word has evolved over the years and that marvels me. The word butta is used in this track to mean a 'mumu', which means a fool a dumb person. How do you explain that a word which meant 'poshness' is now meaning 'daftness'. What k-switch does in the chorus of this song he uses the word butta to mean a fool. So he sings “...wey the person wey they think say you fit stop my shine, for your mind na I don turn to butta. Na who born na who born na who the maga...” Its a confirmation that Nigerian slangs do evolve and pop culture re-inforces this change. Seriously I could so do an academic research on this. This track is also a symbol of the ultimate hood war song. I mean check out this set of lyrics:
Like a lion am'll tame you
Like a dog am'll train you
And if you misbehave am'll chain you
And if I chain you wetin you go do"
I don't know who wrote this song and I can't speak for the influence behind the lyrics however I can suggest that this lyrics and the idea behind this song captures something about a Nigerian society of resistance to attack. A trend which is evident in the music of Timaya who sings alot about this sort of resistance attitude. A mentality that some else wants to destroy you. I'm not denying or questioning this mentality 'am just saying that this culture is now revealing itself in the 9ja music scene. While Timaya may be very harsh in his choice of lyrics sometimes, he is out done by spy-da-man's use of the swear word 'waka' in his song Egwu (featuring Timaya). You can check it out at notjustOK because personally I'm not prepared to do a reveiw on it, other than what I just said. Wande coal and k-switch are however more subtle in their choice of language and this is what makes their song one of my favourites, so far.
The second song that I like is “My grind” the last track on the album. It's not a new track but the producers decided to stick it in either way. I also like “That's wots up” because of its lyrical play on words in the beginning of the track. However I'm not going to talk about it because it's bad enough that am talking about this other two songs and Mo'hits ain't paying me 'na-thin'. Na wetin sef!... Obi-amaka-talker, focus woman focus. That grind, the video won me. It hasn't got all this sickening club scene with semi-nude women. Its got an 'arty' feel, as in artistic it looks like the video was shot with a friend's camcoder when hanging out with a group of boys. I think that is the idea the video director or producer tried to create or it was either a case of low bugdet which turned out to look like it was an intentional arty quirky style. Which ever way it worked for me. I might think I'm abit weird but you can see it HERE then you be the judge of it. By the way I must warn you k-switch did say 'So much money that I use to clean my nyash now...' so don't say I didn't tell you. Dunno why but I'm not in the mood to stick vidoes on my page today.
You know something else Wande's album has two songs dedicated to praising God, track six and thirteen. I know it is only on a Nigerian album that you can get songs about doing things to women, cash for ass and praising God, did I hear someone say R-kelly...I don't know but I will definitely be writing about that aspect of Nigerian music. Their ability to combine all genres on one album- confusion, talent or pure desperation. It's one for you to watch out for, my research and back ground work will be out of this world for that one, I promise you.
Also the last Poll I conducted 71 % of y'all thought I would make a good blogger, while 14% felt their personal opinion was irrelevant to my ability to blog. Any ways I'm tired now I've been writing all night. Tell me do you think WC (not the toilet system, Wande Coal initials... I knew you would catch up soon enough) is a one album sensation or a voice to watch out for. Vote now and lets see what you think.