Album Review: D’Banj – King Don Come

Artist: D’Banj

Album: King Don Come

Label, Year: DB Records, Priority Records, Caroline Records, 2017

Tracks: 12

Featured Artists: Wande Coal, Kayswitch, Phyno, Gucci Mane, Harrysong, Bucie, Busiswa

Producers: Dr Amir, P Loops, Maleek Berry, Cheeky Chizzy, Killertunes, Oskido

Run Time: 48 Minutes

Dapo Oyebanjo (‘D’Banj) aka Koko Master released the highly anticipated album ‘King Don Come’, a follow up to his 2008 hit solo album titled ‘The Entertainer‘, on the 25th of August, 2017. The album is his first major post Mo–Hits solo album and critics and music lovers were expectant of what D’Banj had to offer in the industry where the likes of Wizkid, Davido and some other young artistes have taken over the airwaves with their style of music. D’Banj however springs up an excellent album with a touch of class spanning across various genres of music to appeal to music lovers all over the world, proving Dapo’s versatility when it comes to music and entertainment and affirming the statement that he is indeed an entertainer and he entertains.

D’Banj pays homage to the forerunner of Afro-beat (Fela Anikulapo Kuti) with tracks like ‘As I dey go’ and the previously released hit singles, Emergency and Focus. ‘As I dey go‘ talks about how God has been protecting him and blessing him in spite of the criticisms and obstacles he had faced. Focus on the other hand featured a new twist as a new verse was added which birthed the remix entitled Turn Down For What.  “Awon omo merin gba number” D’Banj didn’t fail to deliver on this Fela inspired tune as he urged the listeners to focus on enjoying themselves and turn down for nothing.

Talking about the harmonica, ‘Shoulda’ reminds one of the typical D’Banj as he sings to his lady that she can always rest on his shoulder whenever she is in trouble. The track has ‘hit’ written all over it if well promoted. D’Banj did not only touch on the subject of love on ‘Shoulda’ but also on the Cheeky Chizzy produced ‘Be With You’, where he confesses his desire to be with the love of his life.  On the trap influenced and Maleek Berry produced ‘EL CHAPO’, D’Banj switch things up a bit, performing quite beyond expected on the trap beat as he bragged about being number one and being a boss like the drug lord, ‘EL Chapo’. With the support of Atlantic records act, Gucci Mane and the extremely dope verse by Wande Coal, ‘El chapo’ seems to be a fine material that can replicate the same success D’Banj achieved with Oliver Twist in the international music scene. Maleek Berry also did an awesome job on the beat.

One of the weak points of the album is when D’Banj decided to go ‘Despacito’ on us with the track ‘Te Neccesito’ which results in nothing but an album filler.

For the gbedu and dance loving music listeners across Africa and the world at large, D’Banj didn’t exclude content as regards their taste. Heard Igwe by D’Banj? reminiscent of Igwe is Egweji. Egweji is a highlife tune dedicated to the fans from the eastern region of Nigeria and he features Ghost Mode crooner Phyno to create a groovy, dance-able tune for all. Lest I forget, the use of D’Banj’s signature harmonica was a big addition to the track.

That’s What I Mean‘ featuring Kayswitch (who delivered quite well) and music from the movie ‘Coming to America’ is a groovy track that is sure to get everyone on the dance floor as long as no one ‘Pariwo ji Daniel’ (his son) as he states in the track.

Nstwempu which means Incredible, featuring South Africa artist Bucie who also featured on Wizkid’s STFOS is another major track that is sure to get listeners swaying to the melody and amazing beat. D’Banj experiments with South African house music on the track and we can confidently say he didn’t disappoint.

And then we have the Sukus and gyration influenced It’s Not A Lie which urges us to google D’Banj. The song which is reminiscent of Harrysong style of music also has Harrysong on the hook and a verse from Wande Coal.

With themes such as Love (Be with You, Shoulda), Supremacy (El chapo, It’s Not A Lie, Egweji) , Partying (Turn Down For What, That’s What I Mean) and even giving Gratitude to God  (As I dey Go), D’Banj attempts to entertain the world by pleasing listeners with the African sound as well as experimenting all other genres and the effort to appeal to a global audience is observed.

The return of his harmonica on some tracks shows that D’Banj is not here to play and is ready to give fans the magic that endeared him to them in the first place and a seemingly interesting and working relationship is seen between D’Banj and Cheeky Chizzy who worked on almost all the tracks on the project. Has D’Banj found a new Don Jazzy?

D’Banj shows an amazing level of energy on the project with a sizeable amount of well-crafted lyrics across tracks on the project. No doubt, D’Banj knows what he wants and he has done a very good job in this project. We do hope the results intended is achieved. The King Don come, are the people of the kingdom ready?

 

This article was written by Sam Synord; he tweets via: whoissynord

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