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Yemi Alade “African Baddie” Album Review

African Baddie

Yemi Alade

  • Genre: Afrobeats
  • Date: 02 Dec, 2022
  • Content: explicit
  • Region: NGA
  • Track(s): 10
  • ℗ 2022 Effyzzie music group

Yemi Alade, a multi-award-winning musician with international acclaim, has released her third EP. The 10-track project, titled “African Baddie,” is released through Effyzzie Music and includes collaborations with renowned artists including the queen of Dancehall, Spice, Phyno, Bisa Kdei, Zlatan, Bramsito, Joe Dwet File, and British-Nigerian singer, Lemar.

An example for other pop musicians on how much is enough, “African Baddie,” is a basic EP with 30 minutes of tracks that don’t look ahead or backward but instead stay put. On the EP, Yemi Alade effortlessly transitions between new genres while guiding listeners through various moods; her most recent body of work includes elements of Dancehall, Highlife, and Afrobeats.

Album Cover Art

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Yemi, posing for the cam like she’s twerk-ready, can be seen in her fine African prints or Ankara as it is commonly known. The prints were used to make her stiletto boots, her long-sleeve jacket. Her hair, texture and styling, is also made to fit the afrocentric vibe. Less can really be more.

Tracks and Features

“Pounds and Dollars,” which features Phyno and has a typical Afro-pop beat arrangement, is the first track on the album’s ten tracks. As the duo sings “What’s gon be gon be,” they narrate portions of their “grass to grace” journey while including themes of grace, hustle, family, money, determination, and inspiration. The song is a good place to start the listening experience. The Afrobeat track “Overload” that follows is groovy and danceable. Yemi sings about her “baby” and her affection for him in her song. As she also sings some sections in French, she implores her lover to help make the loving last as long as possible.

On “JoJo,” Bisa Kida is featured after a Yemi Alade speech that introduces the song. Yemi Alade delivers an amazing performance, especially with the addition of her native tongue to the lyrics. Bisa’s verse is intense and speaks of love in all of its manifestations. The chorus’s hook, which is sung by both Bisa and Yemi, is where the background support singers enter, chanting. The track features some soothing piano and guitar chords, which are also audible when the song comes to a close. The most well-known song from the album, “Baddie,” is exactly what it says it is. The dancehall mood is beautiful and artistically done. Yemi sings about her fame, street cred, impact, and “positive vibes” in her songs.

Zlatan enters on “Ikebe.” The song’s amapiano mood is funky and danceable. As the duo enjoys themselves while expressing their opinions, themes like lust, love, relationships, and desire are mostly heard in the lyrics. Even if this isn’t the best amapiano collaboration, the melody and vocalization are adequate for their devoted followers to enjoy. The song “Dje Dje” featuring Bramsito makes reference to the illustrious “Jay Jay Okocha” in the lyrics. The background support vocals blend in well to give the tune its smooth feel, and the lyrics touch on themes like duplicity, love and relationships, desire, and romance among other things.

On the song “Get Down,” which has Lemar as a featured artist, Yemi starts out by afropop beat-driven soul singing. The delivery of the chorus and lyrics by Lemar is superb, and his voice is supple and silky. Fiokee plays beautifully melodic interludes on the guitar. Spice is featured on “Bubble it,” which has themes of romance, love, some slick talking, and sexual references. The dancehall rhythm and vibe make it a great listen.

The album’s conclusion is “Begging.” Yemi sings about love and relationships and the problems that might occasionally result from them, such as unrequited love and heartbreak, with occasional sax interludes in the background. The beat come with a top-notch and exceptionally melodious Afrobeat arrangement.

Tracklist

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1 Pounds & Dollars (feat. Phyno) Yemi Alade 3:24
2 Overload Yemi Alade 3:22
3 Jo Jo (feat. Bisa Kdei) Yemi Alade 2:56
4 Baddie Yemi Alade 2:45
5 Ikebe (feat. Zlatan) Yemi Alade 3:06
6 Dje Dje (feat. Bramsito) Yemi Alade 2:39
7 Get Down (feat. Lemar) Yemi Alade 3:25
8 My Man (feat. Joé Dwèt Filé) Yemi Alade 2:40
9 Bubble It Yemi Alade & Spice 2:52
10 Begging Yemi Alade 2:15

Album Theme

Relating with women on different levels whilst reminding them who they really are amidst the fun and wavering moods offered by the project.

Production Credits

Vtek, Fiokee and many more contributed to the album’s production.

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