‘Teslim: The Energy Still Lives In Me’ – A Mirrored Representation of Vector’s Reality

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Everyone adores Vector; even if you’re not a die-hard fan, you have to admit that his rap music is beautiful and his rhymes are flawless. Vector is a rapper who exudes confidence in his craft and demonstrates each time he releases a project why he is a prevalent rapper. He may not always ask for it, but he is treated with respect because he is worth his onions.

As a rapper over the years, Vector has released sultry tunes that have been major hits, if this writer is allowed to use that term. The rapper’s vocal versatility is unequaled as evidenced by his ability to switch between songs like ShigaEightKing Kong, and Early Momo. Vector, who just dropped his fourth studio album, Teslim: The Energy Still Lives In Me, is poised to do wonders because it is, to put it simply, flawless in every conceivable way.

In an interview with Apple Music, the rapper asserts that his music is a product of both a journey of rediscovery and a realignment of life that resulted from the death of his father in 2017. His record thoughtfully explores themes of fatherhood, relationships, life, society, and his beliefs. Ladipoe, Seyi Vibes, Victony, Ichaba, and Erigga, among others, contribute to the 16-track album. If you pay great attention to each song on his record, you can hear how his life’s reality and honesty have permeated it.

The album opens with Teslim Introduction, which has Vector rapping right away and Bibi Rae, the Cool FM OAP, employing the radio station flair. In the mid-tempo song, he discusses his experiences as a father and claims that “baby mama drama is the worst part of being a father.” The album’s opener, with its loud thuds and call-and-response that reverberates throughout the song, is reflective.

It’s impossible to ignore Ichaba’s particular singing style in I Need You. His voice provides the song with all of its energy and is the only thing that stands out in it. The seething lyrics of the beat match with Ichaba’s raspy vocals while Vector raps in his customarily contemplative style. The song has a traditional nursery rhyme feel to it, but this time it has been infused with musical innovation that has been deeply rooted.

Why Me‘s opening percussion rifts and Vector’s repetitious “why me” are on fire. In the song, he discusses how people criticize him for being who he is, and as the song goes on, he offers a warning, imploring them to let him live his life as they would live theirs.

You Don’t Know contains a sample of a song by Ebenezer Obey, in case you missed it. Vector features Erigga, who gives the song a gritty vibe and an audacious energy. While Erigga discusses how he was written off for being himself, Vector discusses his life as a rapper. His hot verse, which he spits in pidgin, gives the song a different feel and is accentuated by the echoes of “You Don’t Know,” which can be heard in other parts of the song.

Insomnia depicts the gruesome situations that are unfolding in the nation. The song’s hook by  Craker Mallo and bars by Vector mesh flawlessly. The lyrics draw attention to the abuse that young people endure, the crimes that occur in society, and how the government ignores these issues. The song’s tempo is slow and expressive, and Victony would have made an excellent replacement for Craker Mallo if he hadn’t been on the track.

Seyi Vibes is featured in Mercy by Vector as he discusses his Christian faith and how he handles his setbacks. Seyi Vibe enters with his melodious street vibe, and the final crowd vocals are a work of art. The song is a perfect 10, and it has a celestial recital hymn feel to it.

Soki Sombolo is not a typical Rap song from Vector. The song is distinctive and has an enticing vibe, possibly Caribbean, thanks to the beautiful shakers at the song’s beginning and the guitar rifts used by producer Kel P.

Clowns gives you the feeling of two rappers spitting lines over a beat. This song, which features Ladipoe and Vector, is a real rap tune in which they both rap bar for bar, their lyrics and vocals, rising above the thudding of the instrumentation.

What’s That II with Nasty C is the kind of music you can blast in a social setting because of the song’s flawless integration of Afropop vibes with the song’s heavy rap flows. It’s a rap-pop banger, and I certainly never expected the outcome to be this way.

Wande Coal is featured in Vector’s Mama Maradona, a song that hides his distaste for the modern-day matchmaking notion by slithering through the flows of bars and rhymes. Each song on this album is a thread from the rapper’s reality, thus you can tell by the way he raps that he is speaking from experience.

Seun Kuti is featured in Mami Wota (Iyemoja), and his skill on the saxophone comes to play richly as the track swims in the instrument. The title of the song is based on a Yoruba concept that mami wota is a symbol of a mermaid, and Vector raps in a rich Yoruba language, giving the song a feeling of the Yoruba system culture.

Early Momo is a bop, to put it simply, being the first track that started the album first. It was released in February 2021, right on Valentine’s Day, and throughout the year it plummeted, accumulating a lot of replays. In the song, he includes GoodGirl LA, whose luscious and silky vocals enhance the melody and make it the ideal love song.

Shado Chris’s language in the Fefe (Ferrari) is unclear to us, but yes! It appeals to us greatly. The song is a nice trap beat with an alluring hook from the Abidjan featured artist. When paired with Vector’s dedication to home Lagos Island, Shado’s vocals in his native tongue portray the rich African culture.

Vector succeeds admirably in its overall attempt at album production. The musician distinguishes out in the Nigerian rap music market thanks to his distinctive vocal style and original album sequencing. Since every track on the album is a track and more, it is almost hard to pick a couple of the album’s best songs and some of your least favorites.

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