The ever-vibrant Mavin Records released Overloading (Overdose), sending the entire nation of Nigeria into a frenzy. It combined the opulent vocals of the talented musicians who were already part of the record label and brought a melody with addictive lyrics that stuck in people’s minds. As avid music fans, we hardly had time to take the song in after seeing it float through the top 10 lists on Nigerian Music Videos and Songs before we were slammed by the tsunami of Won Da Mo, another upbeat song with Rema’s spunky voice acting as a defining force in the tune.
With the release of Won Da Mo, which served as a prelude to the release of Chapter X, and the subsequent power tracks released by this new generation record label, it is reasonable to say that we were set up for and ready for the impending album. The record, which was recently released in the wee hours of Friday, is a wonderful production with vocals that span from deep to benign to sonorous and have a generally beautiful flow.
It is difficult to ignore Rema’s vocals and sense his aura on the tracks he was featured on; Alle is a track that sounds a lot like Calm Down, with the Raver King carrying the track on his back with all of his might and strength of his vocals. Rema put a lot of energy into every track he got featured on. The soft background vocals, which come before BoySpyce’s raspy vocals, and his seamless flow on the song complement it.
Maybe it’s a pattern, but every song on the Chapter X album promotes each performer’s unique abilities and provides them an opportunity to shine in the song. Among these are the intertwined flows of Ladipoe and Magixx in Won Le Le, Rema’s flow on Won Da Mo, Crayon’s rhymes in Overloading (Overdose), which became an anthem, and Rema’s cadence on Won Da Mo.
It’s possible that Ogini Na Fio is among Chapter X‘s hardest tracks. A wonderful pon-pon composition that might be woven into a sublime Friday night playlist is created by Don Jazzy’s bassist voice, Ladipoe’s rap lines, and Crayon’s luscious vocals. While meeting Crayon’s grandeur halfway, Ladipoe raps lasciviously, swaying deeply to the song’s tempo.
With Johnny Drille, Losing You is that song dedicated to the R&B artist. We see how he meanders on the song with ease and explosiveness, leaving his touch as he would on any of his other tracks, but this time, with collaborations from Magixx who sings the song in a way that is pleasing to the ear as Johnny Drill’s rendition.
The club anthem Jara is splattered with the phrase “turn up.” Magixx and Bayani’s vocals are at loggerheads over who bodied the song more, with Magixx mellowly serenading the tune with his vocals. The song’s producer, DJ Big N, always ends each of his productions with a catchphrase as is evident in the track Jara.
All I’m Saying is a sentimental song with a sensual message served to a woman; Crayon sings, “makes me want to lick your plate,” and Johnny Drille plays the lover’s boy. BoySpyce’s verse on the song is not only one of the best due to his brisk flow and distinctive vocals, but also because of the way he purposefully stands out in every track he appears in given the minimal vocal overlap between some artists, including Magixx and Bayanni.
For Won Le Le, the song is a track where rapper Ladipoe comes through. Aside from the fact that Ladipoe drives the song with his rap flow, the beat was customised to his vocal style. As Crayon, Bayanni, and Magixx delved through the music with the song’s evident percussion instruments, their vocals intermingled with his rap delivery.
Amina‘s intimidating opening beat is both alluring and engaging; Rema’s chanty singing style sets the tone here, and the drumming action is intense. Ayra Starr’s allure is emphasized in this song by exacerbating it. We beg Mavin Records to do one thing: create a magical music video for Amina with Ayra Starr at its centre.
We didn’t know we needed a BoySpyce and Johnny Drille combination until we heard how their verses flow into one another and how the sync moves between them in You. BoySpyce’s raspy voice, Magixx’s sonority, Johnny Drille’s appeal, Ladipoe’s Swag, and Don Jazzy’s lofty vocal are the ideal match for Chapter X‘s outro. A relaxing signature mark from each artist on the song concludes it, giving it a fitting conclusion as a wonderful masterpiece.
Up until this point, we probably weren’t aware of how much we needed a track with Don Jazzy doing more than just dropping adlibs. The head of the record label and producer did more than just drop adlibs; he also offered us a verse on some of the hottest tunes on the album.
A fantastic attempt that not only succeeded but also produced a fusion of superb rhythm and delightful music was the simultaneous merging of each artist and their co-features. The Mavin Records performed exceptionally well with Chapter X in terms of delivery. Every performer gives it their best shot to rise above the sea of vocals, and standout artists like BoySpyce, Crayon, Magixx, and Rema are deserving of praise.