Examining the comparison between Asake and Seyi Vibez

Since the release of the Billion Dollar Baby album, music listeners have identified some similarities in the crafts of Asake and Seyi Vibez.

December, 2022 came with more acceptance and successes for Seyi Vibez who is not showing signs of resting, like Asake himself in the entire 2022.

After the release of his wildly accepted Billion Dollar Baby album and its deluxe in the space of two months, Seyi Vibez who gathered 10 thousand fans in Lagos in early December has now previewed another song.

In the snippet published, Seyi Vibez sports a hairstyle woolly like that of Asake, with some silvery teeth flaunted like Asake in his usual style of music preview.

The most tangible basis of these comparisons between the two singers is the slang-infested lyricism both adopt in their music. Seyi Vibez is even more rooted in this street nonsensical terminologies than Asake.

Many believe Seyi Vibez is feeding off Asake’s style but that is a debate that is never going to end. Seyi Vibez’ just-found fortune is a mixture of celebration or disdain from the music populace; of course, either is dependent on whether the individual is a fan of Seyi’s music or an Asake loyalist.

Burna Boy was spotted hours ago reciting the lyrics of Seyi’s street hit, Chance (Na Ham). This has triggered a handful of Twitter influencers to further weigh Seyi’s craft with contempt.

It is yet to be discovered whether or not both share the same listeners, although the possibility of such happening is very high. While this competition staged by the fans is interesting, it is even more interesting trying to know where it will all end. There’s the question of longevity already hanging on Asake’s head. Seyi’s recent pop may not be a threat as people perceive it. Perhaps, for how long will he too last?

More importantly, apart from the critics of Seyi Vibez who rose in favor of Asake, there’s a horde of other heads with the thoughts that Seyi Vibez is only wildly accepted because of the “Yoruba tax”; an idea conceived by tribalists each time Yoruba indigenous singers pop in the industry.

Sam George Mac is a music journalist known for the reviews of several music albums and songs. He is a singer and songwriter of Afrobeats, Dancehall, Highlife and RnB with the stage name SGM — a graduate of Mass Communication from The West African Union University, Cotonou.

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