Mr. P, the other half of the defunct music group P-Square released his debut project as a solo artist eight days ago, I was unaware until Thursday this week, I have been indifferent to the duo since they went their separate ways, I wonder the reasons for this, could it be because I have not gotten over their break up, or I just don’t give a damn about them.
Mr. P and Rudeboy have been on a good solo run since they broke up about four years ago. Smash hits, here and there, increase in streaming figure but one has been ahead of others.
The 16 tracks album lasted for one hour and 60 seconds with guest appearances from Singah, Tiwa Savage, Mohombi, Simi, Teni, Tamar Braxton, DJ Switch, Ovie Kelz, and Wande Coal.
Unlike the biblical prodigal son, The Prodigal son was Mr. P’s apt way of telling people he is a new being, he is now solo and now showcasing his strength, it long but it worth the wait.
While P-Square battled it problem, Mr. P was tagged a dancer, he apologetically chest the tag on the album art. The image portrays a dancer who is focus and ready to serenade the audience, with a microphone resting on his lip.
Mr. P explored his strength on this album, he stuck to Rnb on a large chunk of this album with partial deviation to trap, dancehall, Amapaino when he deems it fit. The collaborations are well thought out, even when he had three dopest artists Simi, Teni, and Tamar Braxton on a track, he refused to be bodied. Nah, we die there, he interspersed his lines with Simi, Teni, Tamar Braxton, the energy was soaked up, there was a levitation, a potential wedding playlist just had a new addition.
The placement of Follow My Lead featuring Wande Coal is a worthy topic of discussion, why? Was Mr. P following the golden rule of keeping the best for the last? This track ended the album and makes you crave for more, it could have been the inclusion of Wande Coal or the energy exchange between the duo.
I search for the Ghanian word(I suppose) Odo via google but the meanings are not encouraging so I gave up, Odo as used in this context by Mr. P refers to a woman who drives him crazy like green grass(Marijuana), that line has been overused in the music industry. While she showered encomium on her for taking care of him, being faithful, he segues into some freaky freaky something.
Paloma, a Spanish word for peace featured one of Mr. P’s signed artists, Singah. Beyond the background Piano progression, the instrumental shared similarity with Joeboy’s Focus. Paloma’s strongest point would be the vocal range of Singah and the hook, the verses shared similarity with the tunes around. She stayed with me when I had nothing, you wonder how realistic some of these painted imagery is. I Do just like the name suggests is curated for couples, a wedding ceremony, or some good moment with lovers, the percussion is light with the prominence of Agogo and shakers. Mr. P’s best moment is when he is on a slow tempo song or when talking about the positive side of love, except the overt autotune, Mama Jam Jam made her impact buttressing the theme from a female point of view while I do chants littered the tracks with some reverb.
The Prodigal was not always about love, there were Party tracks too, Just like that had some Jamaican inflections all weaved in love which got sour. Over a Fela Esque instrumental, Mr. P covered Styl Plus’s I no want trouble, I think we all know who the message is for?
Prodigal, the titular track featured DJ Switch, she is also a good singer, her impact might be minimal, it was felt too. Smooth Criminal would no doubt featured some breakdance, from the song. Just feel good, nothing much.
Blessed sampled R Kelly’s voice, it a message too for haters. Lola Diego was another detour to Surulere kind of track. Women who are not always about the money but love and attention. Grow Old dealt with longevity in love, it an up-tempo soul track.
Mr. P won’t be caught sleeping, he had something for the street, jumping on the Amapiano wave on En Lo, Nobody continued the dance-themed narrative, apparently something elite, the guitar, the piano comes through.
The Prodigal by Mr. P was a well-conceited introduction to his music as a solo artist, some of the tracks are cut from one another, topically, Mr. P stuck to his already known formula. Sing about love, the positive part, he becomes hopeful on some while at the same time giving the fans the dance type of song.
Lyrically, Mr. P has never been exceptional but the features, production, sampling, sequential arrangement, genre-bending track explored on this album were the leveraging block for him.