‘Now You Know’— Mizzle’s Sophomore EP and the Evolution of His Sound

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When Mizzle started out on Twitter as one experimenting with his knowledge of how he could create a sound just like some of our favourite Nigerian artists, we did not think that he would someday become one of Nigerian artists. 

He started out with sampling sounds from Oxlade, Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, amongst many others which gained him traction on the internet world, particularly with his accuracy in how they sounded, how their typical beat is and the prediction of their rhythms. At that time, some of us perceived him as one with an impeccable production skill, nothing more or less. 

It came as less than a shock but more as an expectation through the months when Mizzle was more than prepared to put out good music— his own sound, his own rhythm and his own flow, this time, as a proper artist, brandished as a multi-talented musical creative with the knowledge of production and singing. 

His first foot, was debuting properly in the scene with his debut EP, In The Dark. This project was carefully put together with the sparks of an artist who amassed much love following his sampling creativity— featuring prominent artists such as the dancehall queen, Niniola, the maestro producer, Sarz, not also forgetting the new school and ‘not-so-new-school’ falsetto kings, Oxlade and Wande Coal. 

A couple of the tracks were in actuality, a refined form of his sampled songs— such as Smile For Youfeaturing Oxlade and Angelica, with Wande Coal. This time, he reveled in his own tune and let the featured artists shine in their sound. 

Mizzle at this time in 2021, was steaming hot and joined swiftly, the list of new generation artists whose sounds are the next big thing on a global scale. 

With a two years difference between his debut EP and this moment, Mizzle has recently released a sophomore EP, Now You Know, further cementing himself in the Nigerian music landscape. 

Looking closely, you’ll understand the progression of his progress tells a tale — the debut suggesting his entry from the dark knowledge of himself as a music guru and his sophomore stating that finally, we now acknowledge him as a talented artist (trust me, my instincts tells me this is the reason for the EPs titles

Truthfully, this author feels strongly that the opening song of Now You KnowBangerz suggests two things —most likely his supremacy as one who knows what exactly he’s doing in this music line and secondly, of course, his smooth flow as a woman’s man. 

For an intro, the production’s silliness alongside the evident steamy log drums is a welcoming tune to drown in the EP. 

Mizzle tilts to Marry Her, a track with sexual innuendos which is particularly enjoyable when you don’t attempt to grasp every of his lyrics — a high recommendation to enjoy the rhythm and not be a dissector of lyrics, not because the lyrics are in anyway shallow but enjoying the cruise of the beat is an assured way of loving Marry Her. 

Not relenting so far, the artist does an amazing job at being a woman’s man as cited in his opening track, where in Omoyi, he expresses love and desire for his woman. The bouncy Afro R&B track is balanced with a mixed proportion of bass as well as strings. 

I’m not sure of Mizzle’s slippery Yoruba (or not) in Plastic but simply appreciating his flow and cruise-through in whatever language he’s singing in; other than his crooning of Plastic in clear English. His level of rhythm in this track,the track is anything but subpar, it’s steep and chilly, nothing too serious. 

The assurance this artist would someday get to a solid level is emphasized in the following track, Too Sure. He assumes much confidence in his ability and that of the successes of his ‘guys’. 

The track’s mellow bass and obvious strings pull the melodies of the track. Mizzle features Abuja rapper, Odumodublvck in this track, where taking his stance with his intimidating line, flows through. Contradictory lyrics are mixed in Too Sure where while Mizzle’s verse leans on his musical success and someday getting to the apex as an artist, Odumodu’s focuses on women and his usual blearing lines. 

A better attempt could have been made with Find My Way, as the closing track of this EP — it reeks of lesser effort, a toned down energy as opposed to that imputed at the start of the Now You Knowand somewhat hasty. However, the intent of the track is clearly established. 

In the space of two years, Mizzle has so made great strides and is carefully building the bricks to his musical mansion, which when considered rightly, in due time will finally be his reality. 

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