Brymo’s 10th studio project titled Theta came with a lot of hopes and expectations raised like dusts swept off the desert ground in the sky. As expected, Brymo did not disappoint, judging by the oceans of reactions and glee flooding the singer’s timeline on the internet.
Every album comes with one particular song that becomes very outstanding — think of a thief being chased in a bid to lynch and mob him, but no one is able to catch him. That’s exactly what an outstanding song is on an album — other songs cannot touch it in terms of excellence.
This is a case for Brymo on the Theta album. Market Square, the number 9 track on the 10 tracker album, is the most prominent song on the album for many reasons, outside recording and technicality. It is an instant favorite for the majority of the Sigmas who continue to praise Brymo for its recording.
For this reason and the fact that our team acknowledge the excellent performance Brymo put out on Market Square, Profiling provide seven (7) different ideas Brymo portrays on the song Market Square. They include:
1. Stopping Halfway On A Mission To Destroy Is Dangerous
According to the 15th Law in Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power, one should “crush your enemy totally” without leaving any stone unturned while on a mission to destroy. This is the same idea portrayed four lines into Market Square on the first verse. Brymo sings “to hold person down, you go stay down to make sure”.
This is a smart idea while on a mission of destruction. It is a very delicate instruction for power players. Brymo’s argument is very direct — take it to mean; while quenching a fire, douse its embers too, leaving the ember undoused will definitely produce another smoke which will definitely result into another fire outbreak at the slightest windblow.
While cutting a tree, don’t cut the branches or the stem, as it will certainly grow back, instead, uproot it from the roots and destroy it completely. If you fail to do this on a destructive mission, you risk the danger of getting destroyed by your opponent or enemy or fears or life or whatever the case may be.
2. From The Society’s Point Of View, You Are Exactly What Your Surrounding Is
The line that bears this idea is Brymo’s metaphor of “the warder one kain na prisoner too.” The warder is a prison official charged with the responsibility of watching over prisoners. From the society’s perspective, from the view of the people looking from the outside, we are a product of the same environment we dwell in.
This is a link to a line on the song We All Lose Sometimes on Brymo’s previous album titled 9; Harmattan and Winter. On the song We All Lose Sometimes, released September 9th, 2021, Brymo states that “you are who your friends are, remember”. This is either by people’s perception of you or by the fact that you are highly likely to emulate your friends’ personality and become the exact thing they are by influence.
This lends support to the Yoruba proverb of “a sheep that flocks with dogs will eat faeces” and the very old cliche of “when you are in Rome, you behave like Romans” or Brymo’s lines on the Yellow album, on a song titled Gambu — he sings “person wey befriend rat go chop sh!t”.
People from the outside who do not know a person will definitely judge him based on the popular character of the group he falls within. “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are”. Take the numerous tribal stereotypes in Nigeria for instance. There are beliefs that a certain tribe in Nigeria are experts in sexual intercourse. With this, people generally believe anyone from this tribe has a high sexual prowess, whereas individually, humans’ sexual capacities are different.
Another explanation is the fact that the same way the prisoners are prisoners because they spend time in the prison automatically makes the warder a prisoner because he spends time in prison too. “A lion raised in the midst of dogs is likely to be a dog” — staying in the prison with prisoners automatically makes the warder learn certain characters of prisoners too.
Yet, the warder is a prisoner because his rights are limited too, just like the actual prisoners. Take it to mean every right has a limitation.
3. The Guilty Are Always The First To Raise Alarm
Brymo sings that “the people wey start the fire na dem broadcast am”. This is manipulation as a weapon used by humans. It is a psychological weapon than it is a physical one. Take many situations where a certain student farts in the class, most of the times, the student who farts is the first to react to notify others that there is an offensive odour in the class. Such students usually do this to avoid being accused or suspected.
This manipulation however puts other people in the danger of being suspects. It is a proven way of buying oneself time to be able to think of proper way to get away from whatever crime one has committed. Take murderers for instance, they kill a person and stage the death as suicide most times to confuse the police and the law. Other times, they implicate an innocent person and make the law believe the innocent is the murderer while the actual murderer makes plans to make himself untouchable and seal his escape from the law forever.
4. The Problem Of False Accusations
The theme of false accusations is an effect of the manipulation enforced by the culprit. Brymo who is innocent is falsely accused of setting “their barn” on fire by “you people” — the general society. This is a common human practice that is sad and unrelated to what humanity should be. Humans always fail to accept their errors in a bid to avoid punishment or being judged or being seen as a bad person.
In many prisons today, the prisoners are not guilty of the crime committed. The actual criminals are roaming freely while the innocent are being punished for a crime they know nothing about. In the case of Nigeria, the police play a major role in false accusations. They are skilled at “roping” and incriminating non-offenders. Another major cases of false accusations in Nigeria, worthy of mention, stems out from revenge — some women in several instances have falsely accused men of rape, in a bid to revenge a breakup.
5. Playing The Blame Game Is In The Human Nature
This theme is a finger directed at Nigeria, especially. This exact issue was first raised by Brymo on the song No Be Me, off the Osó album, released several years ago. Blame game is in the human nature and this theme is perfectly portrayed by Brymo on Osó. Listen to No Be Me, the opening track of the Osó album, to understand better.
Majority of Nigerians are people who fail to take responsibility for whatever wrong or mistake they do or make. Instead, a Nigerian, rather than say “I abused the internet”, will say “the internet is a bad invention”. The blame game played in Nigeria appears to be the worst as everybody blames everybody else except himself for the rot in the society.
A person who agrees to rob a bank, when apprehended, will blame his friend for introducing armed robbery to him, rather than blame himself for listening to his friend and agreeing to go on a robbery mission with him. Until Nigerians start to take responsibility for their actions, nothing will ever change in this messed up and rotten society. However, this is not specific to Nigerians alone. It is a human thing. But Nigeria is a case study here.
6. The Right To Fair Hearing In A Functioning Legal System
One idea that is upheld as ultimate on Market Square is the fact that every individual is entitled to fair hearing in the court of law, traditionally represented with “market square” on the song. According to the law, anybody accused is nothing but a suspect until the court proves him guilty of whatever crime he is accused of. The best way to ensure this is to grant him fair hearing.
Brymo knows his right, even after all the accusations and that is why he sings that “I dey go market square to get justice”. Another thing one must learn as a human is one’s fundamental human rights, which if violated, one should not hesitate to seek redress (sue the violator) in the court of law. However, this only works in an uncompromised legal setting. Use Nigeria as a case study, and you are disappointed at how justice is being manipulated and influenced in the legal system, to the detriment of the powerless, the poor or the bloody nobody.
7. The Need For A Legal System That Serves Justice
Justice comes with two things as prescribed by Brymo on this song “karma” and “bounty” — karma being a metaphor for punishments for being guilty while “bounty” is the good reward for being innocent.
While the whole community “gather around” to hear the judges’ verdict on the accusations of setting “their barn” on fire made against Brymo, the singer finally gets justice when he is proven innocent of the charges made against him. He however returns home with “a bounty” while his accusers record “karma” as a verdict. This is a prescription of how the legal system should work in Nigeria. Unfortunately, it is more hope than reality in the giant country, presently.