The last time BlaqBonez ushered a project partly filled with love themed songs was 2018’s Bad Boy Blaq. The 10-song EP strung together heartfelt tales of struggles, depression and most importantly, love. 

Two tracks stood out: Play and Mamiwota where on these two tracks, Blaqbonez is left dazed and infatuated by the exciting features of his love interest. Three years later, BlaqBonez has undergone an evolution from an emotional kid who was vulnerable with his feelings. On this new body of work, he’s stripped of those erstwhile feelings and with much fervency, he preaches his new belief: Sex over Love.

While opener “Novacane ” seemed like a carryover from his last project, Mr Boombastic, which was a hip-hop laden project, it created space for BlaqBonez to lay off the heaviness on his heart and boast in his new nature. Clearing the weeds to plant new seeds. Thus “Heartbreaker” is where things amp up. Establishing his status as a heartbreaker and not a heartthrob, Nasty C helps to drive home the message with his slowed, gentle delivery. “I’m a good nigga not a good nigga”

On many tracks on Sex Over Love, BlaqBonez recalls throes of vulnerability experienced on Bad Boy Blaq. But this time, he’s not expressing love. He’s emphasizing why no atom of love remains. “Never Been In Love” includes explicit sex talk, with BlaqBonez emoting and gloating “Never been in love all my life, I don’t trust that shit”. A cathartic moment.

It also includes a short commentary at the end reminiscent of a few songs on Bad Boy Blaq.

When he’s not vulnerable, the singer finds soft spots to express himself on. The smooth, low tempo feels of “Don’t Touch” sees him assume the role of a jealous boyfriend and on TGF Pussy, he links biblical lessons of gratitude to show being thankful for the gift of the female sexual organ. So hilarious.

Collaborators BlaqBonez call up to help solidify his message and provide accompanying support. Joeboy summons affluence and a playboy attitude to promise luxury items when his sexual needs are taken care of. The mid-tempo guitar-scented production is pleasing as BlaqBonez offers delightful rhymes around the word Fendi. Afrobeats First Lady, Tiwa Savage adds some sensual vibes, increasing the sexual velocity on BBC with more descriptive lyrics, supplying context of what a BBC means from a feminine angle. And on “Faaji,” BlaqBonez glides with no error taking a short break from sex and basking in the atmosphere of fun, boasting about the magnitude of show money. His collaborators however defer. 1da Banton swerves in with swagger while Bad Boy Timz takes a chilled approach with his joyous delivery.

At some point in the album, you get the feeling the reason why BlaqBonez is preaching his mantra might be because of how he was treated when he was truly invested in love. On Heartbreaker he says “Only fxcked you because it started on me/back when I wasn’t famous”. He re-enacts the same mantra on “Okwaraji” — “I learned to suppress my emotion/Can’t let these fucking b*tches see no emotion/Cause when they see, they gon’ walk all over you.”

Sex Over Love excels in its compactness. It is an enjoyable project with its alluring production swinging from trap-infused melodies to colorful melodic percussion. On each track, BlaqBonez weaves in a different tale about why his mantra stands and why he’s pursuing it. It represents growth and sonic maturity for the singer.

This article was written by Olabode Otolorinconnect on Instagram with him here

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