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Barry Jhay “Barry Back 2” EP Review

Barry Back 2 – EP

Barry Jhay

  • Genre: Worldwide
  • Date: 08 Jun, 2023
  • Content: Not-explicit
  • Region: NGA
  • Track(s): 6
  • ℗ 2023 Bang Hits Music / Dvpper Music

In 2020, Barry Jhay released his debut EP, “Barry Back.” The critically praised project has been expanded with “Barry Back 2.” The creative 6-track body of work is complemented by two pre-released singles (“My Father, My Father” and “Ire”). Constance and Sula appear on the EP as guests, and they both compliment the record wonderfully. This marks Barry Jhay’s third project. It is a follow-up to his previous “Son Of God” EP.

EP Cover Art

Barry Jhay &Quot;Barry Back 2&Quot; Ep Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, April 21, 2024

Barry’s animated version is used as his new EP’s cover. In the light orange brown background theme, the cartooned Barry is dripped up in his matching brown shirt and shorts. Finishing the look, he sports a pair of Nike high-tops and long socks to go with; a true sneakerhead. With his locs falling over his shades and face, and hands tucked into his pockets in a manner that shows off his iced-out timepiece, you can tell Barry is Back.

Tracks and Features

Barry starts the extended play with some chill gospel vibe in “My father my father.” What is it with secular Yoruba artists and starting their projects with worship songs, though? In any case, they deliver perfectly, exemplified by Barry on this melodious tune in which he thanks God for everything and asks Him to lead the way. Representing his culture, Barry performs most of the song in Yoruba. But even if you don’t grasp the meaning of his lyrics, the melody, the background and the soft instrumental will carry you along.

When you get into the next song and start wondering if you’re listening to a gospel EP, you won’t be alone because “Ire” just continues the gospel legacy of the first track. Barry also does most of the singing in his local dialect, as he grows more thankful for the blessings.

How Barry went from glorifying God to glorifying the internet scam ‘hustle’ in “50/50” is not something you predict. Whatever the deal is, Barry does not want to be cheated, so he is calmly asking for his cut. At the end of the song, there’s a brief recorded phone conversation between him and a middleman, in which he playfully enquires about his share of a successful ‘deal.’ For once, it’s nice to hear Dibs Tunes work with another artist that isn’t Seyi Vibez. Dibs’ production also crosses over into “Wonder,” which finds Barry giving himself his flowers. He also performs the entirety of the track in his native tongue.

Sampling Masterkraft’s “Affection” in the Dibs-produced “Idan,” Barry stresses on hating stress and unnecessary pressure. He is assisted by the inviting vocals of an eccentric female singer, Constance. Her input beautifies the song as whole. Together with Jhay, they create a harmonious ode to the soft life and their tunnel vision on the bag.

“Ayonbo” brings the project to a close, as Barry brings back the gospel vibe. He relies on him and recognizes God’s place in his life, while appreciating all the many blessings that have come his way. Barry should really consider pulling the Obiwon or Chidinma Ekile stunt by porting completely to gospel music since he’s this committed to it. After all, it isn’t written anywhere that G boys cannot praise the Lord. Amen?

Tracklist

NO TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 My Father My Father Barry Jhay 2:38
2 Ire Barry Jhay & Sula 3:02
3 50 / 50 Barry Jhay 2:51
4 Wonder Barry Jhay 2:19
5 Idan Barry Jhay 1:22
6 Ayonbo Barry Jhay 3:48

EP Theme

Gratitude and the grind.

Production Credits

Walitali, TMinor, Dibs Tunes, VStix, and Ice Beatz produced the EP.

Stream

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