I run some google searches before I penned this review, the first time I knew there was an artist called Babs was in the third week of March, I saw one of his post on a microblogging website (Twitter), I munch it with a promise to stream it when he finally released it.
Last week, I finally did and it was an awesome experience, a journey into the youngster state of mind.
From the intro, there was a glimpse of his heritage, the opening panegyric, he is from Owu, a town which produced Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian former president, Babs might have been in the United Kingdom for a while, he was still in tune with his heritage, apart from showcasing his culture on the first track, the intro was a synopsis of his struggle so far.
Over a grime beat, Babs rapped about police brutality in Nigeria on reckless, the #endsars might have motivated this track, it all good.
Babalawobabs, the eponymous track allude to the intro, it could have been the first track. Just like the intro, it still an introduction to who Babs is with some parties inclinations.
On my sh*t feature Spaceship signee Buju. It a grime with a sprinkle of self-acclaimed, the journey to greatness has been lonely but Babs is not complaining, he replicated this on Kilode.
For an artist who lived in the UK, getting influenced by Jamaican culture can’t be ruled out, he explored that on the Dancehall inflected, Reil C comes with his Patwa and Babs complemented it with his rap line, he is vain, it the culmination of the last three tracks.
Shutdown featuring Barry Jhay ended the project, Alhaji Agba scion showed why he was included on this track, he almost stole the shine but Babs won’t have none of that.
Babalawobabs might have an introduction to Babajide Salako but it could have been more, topically, the project was narrow, the act was more into himself and it gets monotonous at some point.
For marrying the UK culture with Nigerian culture, Babs deserves some kudos, from the artwork to the intro to some tracks on the canon, he was unapologetic about his Yoruba heritage.
Babs sounds promising but he needs to urgently up his pen game, it could have been better than this, only a few tracks on this Project would get a replay value but one thing is achieved on this canon, he introduced himself to the Nigerian audience, I hope they got the info.