Jp3ple2 discography has been on since I woke up. This evening, I went to a relaxation center not far from my house, apparently to pen a review for his new album titled FELA, an acronym for First-Ever Living Abami, I could not write anything but I was on the album cruise, the six tracks were on repeat.
10 months ago, I had an exclusive interview with the artist, before I could do this, I checked out his audiomack account, perusing his songs, collaborations, and cypher participation. Jp3ple2 is a storyteller. A NAS stunner, he raps in Yoruba with poignant pop culture reference. When I listen to Jp3ple2, I remember the 2014/2015 Omo Iya Aje (Oladips).
Heaven Gate, a cover of Adele’s Hello was a diary about his then state of mind, a broke boy with dreams, the dreams are being encroached by realities around. There was no doubt that Heaven Gate was a mind purging at its peak.
The interview was the last time I listened to
Jp3ple2 until last month when he invited me to his listening party, I was there, I enjoyed myself, finally, the album was released four days ago.
FELA started in a pensive mood. Words of encouragement from the friends around lead to him going to the studio to record this album. His tone is resigning, he is tired, this is a typical state of mind of most up-and-coming acts in Nigeria. After putting in enough work without a commensurate impact, they give up. The friends, also the fans, and well wishes have been egging him on.
The pensive mood gave way for a positive and braggadocious Jp3ple2 on Makaveli, a statement was made, I am here to stay, maybe for a long time.
Feeling’s hook might elicit a Timi Dakolo’s Wish Me Well Vibe. You get confuse on the theme of this song, there was a disparity between the hook and the first verse, is this song about love or struggle, you will have to wait till the second verse to unravel this. Feeling might be an homage to rap, the feeling sounds like symbolism for the rap game.
Over a folk-centered hook, some features of Afrobeat were tapped for Amen, it a vibe, something like Tungba, playfully he killed the track. Ori as used in this context refers to destiny.
When Rnb meets rap, what do we call that? yeah, that was what Jp3ple2 did on So Close. He is desperate for success, who is not?
Armageddon is the longest track on this EP, it a cypher, so, this is understandable. The mixing could have been better than this.
The outro might have been an afterthought, it was not included on the album cover credit, it was a shout-out to people who have been supporting it. This writer got a mention.
FELA by Jp3ple2 was a culmination of various sob stories from the rapper perspective, I still can’t find the connection between the titular and the content of this album, he named it an album but the quality on this project beneath a studio album. It more of an extended or put it in a rapper perspective, mixtape.
On Heaven Gate, the act promised to continue his Akure story on subsequent track, there were some glimpses of that on this project, the tribulations, success, and the futuristic prospects.
Except Jp3ple2 says this is a collaborative effort, I might forgive him, anything beyond this is a No-No for me, he got choked up with the numbers of collaborators on this project. They are 13 in number, his sonic impact was overwhelmed by these artists
For an artist who wants to showcase himself to the world, one or two feature is enough, show the world you can stand alone, show them the bar, the vocal range. Jp3ple2 sounds promising but this project could have been better executed.