Review: Seyi Vibez’ Billion Dollar Baby, a lens that pictures the layman’s ambition

Billion Dollar Baby is the witness that proves that Seyi Vibez eats from the same plate as Asake and Portable, with their respective situations and behaviors being the outstanding demarcation amongst them. Is there a similarity between these trio? Yes! There is; though a single one. The three artistes are beneficiaries of the nonsensical lyricism that characterize what the Headies describe as “Street Hop” or what is widely accepted as Street Music in Lagos, and some parts of Nigeria, by extension.

However, a case can be made for Seyi Vibez as the most outstanding of the trio, based on lyricism. Somewhere in between his street jargon, a message of hope, ambition and motivation and a somewhat philosophical take on life that can be funny and surprising simultaneously, are waiting to fire you to a new start in your endeavors.

Perhaps, the trio do not entirely share the same fanbase. Portable, behaviorally and even musically, appeals to the rascals of the street. Seyi Vibez appeals to the mildest of the population that make up the same trenches, especially the Yahoo Boys. Asake, more dominant and beneficial, manages to combine both peoples with the elites of the entire music users population in and outside Nigeria.

TI Blaze is currently at the same juncture as Seyi Vibez too, both appeal to the same audience and are complementary of each other. Interestingly, this is where Bella Shmurda was on Cash App, Rush and Vision 2020; before his entire evolution on his debut project, the Hypertension album. Almost unnoticed, finally, Bella Shmurda leaves the stereotypical box, “the street”, a term professionally used to tolerate the nonsense of the ghetto voiced as music pieces.

Seyi Vibez’ strength on the Billion Dollar Baby album is found in his deployment of the female backup vocals, the exploitation of the choir technique popularized by Asake’s breakout, Omo Ope, and the manipulation of the same theme about ambition fashioned to sound like a different train of thoughts at different instances on the entire album. Perchance, the coherence is praiseworthy!

Billion Dollar Baby should be embraced as the priority of a trench youth from developing/underdeveloped countries. A larger percentage of these people only have one ambition — this is money. It is clear, from the lyrics of Billion Dollar Baby, the eponym that opens the album, Bullion Van, Billion Dollar and Bank of America, that Seyi Vibez’ life pursuit at this stage of his life is money and nothing but making money. The album title proclaims it too. This is hope and ambition at its purest and crudest form. Possibly, Seyi’s ambition is tied to time and the vigor that comes with youthfulness, a natural strength that will not last into any human’s old age. Time, ageing and the loss of strength is addressed on the opening verse of Billion Dollar to this effect.

The lyrics which attracts listeners to think there is a wide similarity between Asake and Seyi Vibez is dominant on Chance. Here, Seyi Vibez is the man for the street and the trenches. The energy and an almost unserious penmanship flood two more tracks in +234 and some parts of Bank of America.

Seyi Vibez

Seyi Vibez is a master of his music, he is in control throughout this album and this will always be noticed on each hook. It feels he dedicated the best part of him to all the hooks that make up the album. The chorus of each track makes the album highly appealing to any listener who can be tolerant enough to appreciate his kind of music. Saro, the most appealing track on the project, is there to attest to this notion.

Amidst a serious discourse about his worries, one notices Seyi Vibez cannot help but digress to talk about smoking, alcoholism, partying and whoring, on the entire album. While this is a street code that further attracts him to the street, it gives an impression of unseriousness in the theme of the album. You don’t worry about how to make a “billion dollar” with the thoughts of women and smoking sitting abut money in your head.

At two different breaks issued to rid the listeners of the thoughtfulness that comes with pursuing a life, love is placed on the pedestal on three tracks named Ife, a sample of Sola Allyson’s evergreen Gospel romance on love, Darling featuring Simi and Gangsta, a slightly erotic weave on love.

“Follow who know road but hold your T-fare” is a comic philosophy on Chance that pops up a little bit on Ten. With the aid of Mayorkun, the religious person of Seyi Vibez first suspected with the mention of the Celestial church on Saro, is foregrounded.

Billion Dollar Baby is a very very interesting project. The appeal is an immeasurable pleasure. Finally, the street inhabitants can boast of a solid project that can even go beyond the confines of the trenches to be enjoyed by the liberal elites at the upperclass of the society. With these raised bars on his debut album, Seyi Vibez has just prepared pressure on himself to fly his kite higher on his next project.

Ratings: 8/10

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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