“Bad” is a track from Ninho’s 2023 album “Ni,” featuring Nigerian singer Omah Lay. The song is a fusion of French rap and Nigerian Afrobeat, creating a unique blend of cultures and musical styles. The lyrics, written by Ninho, Omah Lay, Le Marabout, and Dway Beatz, are a mix of English and French, adding to the song’s global appeal.
Lyrics and Interpretation
The lyrics of “Bad” revolve around the themes of ambition, survival, and the struggles of life. Ninho opens the song with a reference to his lifestyle, hinting at his success and the challenges that come with it. He talks about traveling the world, investing, and always having his “joujou” (toy) with him, a possible reference to his wealth or a metaphor for his music.
Omah Lay’s verse adds a different flavor to the song. He sings about his grind, his determination to succeed, and his resilience in the face of adversity. His lyrics, “Wake up in the morning with the money for mind / Thank God wey buckle my heart / Tough skin so I can survive,” reflect his relentless pursuit of success and his gratitude for his strength and resilience.
The song’s production, handled by Le Marabout and Dway Beatz, is a blend of Afrobeat rhythms and hip-hop beats, creating a catchy and danceable track. The production complements the lyrics and the artists’ performances, enhancing the song’s overall appeal.
While “Bad” is a catchy and enjoyable track, it does have its shortcomings. The song could benefit from a more diverse lyrical content. The themes of wealth, success, and struggle are common in rap music, and “Bad” doesn’t offer a new perspective on these topics. Furthermore, the fusion of French and English might be confusing for some listeners, especially those who are not familiar with either of the languages.
Impact and Reception
Despite these criticisms, “Bad” has been well-received by fans of both artists. The song’s unique blend of cultures and musical styles, coupled with the artists’ performances, makes it a standout track in Ninho’s discography. As the song continues to gain traction, it will be interesting to see how it influences future collaborations between artists from different musical backgrounds.