By Adigun Temitope Idealism
Nigerian singer and songwriter, Fireboy DML signed under the YBNL owned label by Nigerian Superstar rapper, Olamide Baddo, released his Sophomore Album on August 20th, 2020, after his successful debut album “Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps.”
The sophomore album which has garnered lots of reviews from critics and comments from fans is one of counted successful albums to graced the surface of 2020, even though we still have few months to the end of the year.
Here is a review of some of the tracks in the 17-track album:
Fireboy’s Apollo introduced us to repetitive statements of reminding us that he is now a “Champion” who is steadily growing. With D-Smoke’s feature, the ‘chorusical’ song gives a good start for a well-arranged album.
In his “Lifestyle” track, Fireboy talks about those envious of his growth and stardom. He later affirmed that growth and stardom have become a Lifestyle to him and should never be what people would be jealous of.
Certainly, Fireboy has been a “Dreamer” for a long time. This track reminds me of Johnny Drille’s style of music. The song talks about those heartbroken from loved ones; those that are not loved back in a balanced proportion from the opposite sex. It is obvious that Fireboy has been rejected by some ladies in the past, which is why he dedicates this track to people in this category.
“Go Away” is synonymously countering the track, Dreamer of being heartbroken by some girls, to be being the heartbreaker. In the song, he doesn’t want to be found in the case of love. Maybe, become of his fame, it is difficult for him to get true love and that surmounted to this track.
In the city of Lagos and other parts of the country, Nigeria, we all know that Friday is a blessed day for parties, especially for those that love to go to the club. “Friday Feeling” is a good track for party people. The song drew me back to Adekunle Gold’s era in YBNL, his melodies. This song is definitely a boulevard for Fireboy to make his fans ease up the weekdays’ work stress that they might have encountered.
Before the official release of the album, due to the experimentation of his new tunes and to know if fans would accept it or not, Fireboy released three tracks from the album – New York City, Tattoo, and Eli. To his greatest surprise, the reception was not bad for the tracks. I believe this bestowed in him much confidence in the sophomore album.
For the album, unlike his debut album that did not feature any artiste, Fireboy featured three artistes – D Smoke, Wande Coal, and lastly, his boss, Olamide.