Ejoya, a distribution, and marketing company curated a 12 tracks project in 2020. A total of 23 creative were on hand to make the eccentric collaborations come to fruition.
In the first quarter of 2021, a deluxe version of the project was released, four unreleased tracks were included, the release signal the end of the Ejoya class of 2020. The class of 2021 is in the work, with their unveiling eminent.
Buju was the highest featured act on this project he was on more than four songs, with two of them being a solo joint.
Putting you in a groovy mood on “Hear Am”, Buju signaled the start of a happy moment, interpolating with some pop culture reference which can be termed as cliche ” Omode meta shere”, a line off one of Tony Tetuila post-Plantashun Boiz years, the beat made a good use of shakers and kick drums.
EMO Grae, the Marlian records signed act maintained the tempo on the heavily percussion ditty, the break in the beat would be cool for somebody grinding.
Mojo, Damayo, Yusuf Kanabai, Bliizzy were on Werey, the instrumentals were made from drums, shakers loops, kicks, snares, and some drums rolls, the beats can be likened to a Rexxie made the beat. The lyrics are heavy and street inclined with enough pop culture reference about sex, substance, and alcohol, Mojo, Emo Grae, Minz, and Kunle took another tour to the street on collect. Same theme, different storyline.
Mafo, another pop reference is a ballad, Buju fired on, almost exhausting the flame, it was such a long one take with enough reverb.
Love comes with its baggage. While DJ Yin and D-truce want a girl to pick up the phone, they had to wait for the last verse for a response, they were not forthcoming with the reason the girl was not picking up the phone but it should be within relationships higi haga, the flow continued on the sexually-themed Ko le. The girl called the bluff of the guy, ego war is about to start, the beat is slap-up for a nice time that ends well.
The ego trip rears its head again on Selense, in Nigeria, guys get pained when a girl doesn’t dance to their tune or prove as they say on the street hard to get. On Selense, the act propounded the irrelevancy of Adama and on the same breath said she gave them goosebump with her voluminous breast, why the confusion? The mind game continues with Buju coming out straight with his problem with his Geleh, who doesn’t like a fight but to party and like Yoruba makes him sogun do ogonji (Hypnotize him).
Kryptonite share sonic similarity with Wait and See by Fireboy. On this ditty, the act reflects on their weakness around a girl, she was their Achilles heels, Gboju is a trap tune with self acclaim splash on it.
When Jinmi Abdul talks about chopping a girl work on Lagos girl, you wonder how an innocent guy like him would have such fantasy in his head, before he said this, he uses some endearing word ending by guilt-tripping, these Lagos God damn girls can’t love me like you do, a man just resigned to fate.
The alte movement contributed to this project, Sute Iwar was on hand for the Afro soul-centered “Lifestyle”, a feel-good tune all steeped in emotional outburst.
Scream and Shout paid homage to eros and quantum of spliff, the lines were straight to your ears, no sugar coating.
Yawa, a remake of Moti Gbana by Olamide ended the corpus. This is the other side of Ko Le with a male version in mind.
Ejoya Class 2020 compilation tracks are historic, the sounds are refreshing with each artiste coming up with its energy, vibe, penning prowess, all to make a complete story. Sex and party are the two reoccurring topics on this canon, at some point, it became monotonous, this could have been avoid with a better tracklisting.
While we await Ejoya class of 2021 project, enjoy this deluxe version of their collection of tracks from their 2020 alumnus.