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BASKETMOUTH’S NEW ALBUM, HOROSCOPES, AND THE ASSEMBLY OF NAIJA SUPERSTARS

Ayo Olumilua reviews the hit

It’s always a thing of fascination to see artistic crossovers and intermingling. Across the different faces of artistic expression are individuals who can shapeshift, and comedian Basketmouth is now undoubtedly one of them.

The legendary humor merchant has released his latest album titled Horoscopes. The 9 track project features heavyweights including Flavour, 2Baba, Illbliss, Cavemen, Johnny Drill, Blackbonez among others. Speaking at the recent album listening, the comic star said he’s back to his first love of music.

“Back then, I started with music, I never really left it. I just took a pause and now I’m back on it but it does not affect any other thing that I’m doing because they all complement each other,” he said.

“I’m a standup comedian, I’m still doing it. I’m making everything in one unit but people see it as several units but the truth is, the soundtrack compliments the movies.”

On what inspired the title of his album, he said it comes naturally. “I don’t force it out. It comes like Yabasi. Even though I have a movie titled Scorpio, I decided not to name this music album the same as it would reduce the album to just Scorpio zodiac sign. So, I was like why not make it Horoscope so that you can get more.”

The project kicks off with a magnetic intro titled Love & Life, making a bold statement that you are surely in for a good ride. A Simi x Johnny Drille collaboration will always slam, but adding lyricism in the form of rap by bringing in M.I Abaga who made things even more tasty.

Sweet Melodies colliding with coherent bars had never sounded better, and a BIG shout-out to the producer, Duktor-Sett, for setting the mood right with the combination of violin, piano, and subtle drums.

Of course, we can’t ignore the pairing of 2baba and Blaqbonez on Trouble. To be honest, you probably wouldn’t have pictured both artists on a song. However, Basketmouth managed to craft a playful and lively tune that fits the characters of both artists to devastating effect.

Things got sultrier with the Peruzzi feature on Celowi, which is another stand-out song on the project. The singer-songwriter made sure it was a song to remember. Peruzzi appeared on the previous album and came back for the new one, as did Oxlade, Flavour, and The Cavemen, all of whom delivered.

Songs like Money and Leave Me are laid back jams you can vibe to when you don’t feel like shuffling your feet.
Basketmouth tops everything with Assembly of Gods, a befitting title for the magical song.

Firstly, the line-up might seem confusing as it has rappers Falz, Magnito, IllBliss, and Dremo, along with highlife singers, The Cavemen and Flavour, all on a song together. But Basketmouth manages to find a smooth balance between hip-hop and highlife while giving each artiste the chance to truly shine.

Born Bright Okpocha, Basketmouth was raised in Lagos State but hails from Abia State, Nigeria. He completed his primary and secondary school in Lagos and moved on to the University of Benin, Edo State to study for a degree in Sociology and Anthropology.

His early forays into rap music didn’t yield the results he wanted, so he branched into comedy.
Horoscopes is a follow-up to Yabasi, his first album which also featured the cream of Nigeria’s musical crop.

But as Basketmouth himself admitted, the songs and the visual media projects he’s currently engaged to work in tandem. To Basketmouth, his art is an exercise in sensory synchronization

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