After recently reviewing Blackface’s version of African Queen, we decided to do a throwback today (after all today is Thursday) to the one everyone knows. African Queen by 2Baba is absolutely timeless and a lot different from Blackface’s version in terms of sound but very similar in terms of lyrics. When 2Baba (he was known as 2face then) released African Queen in 2004, it was subliminal and breathtaking. It went as far as featuring in the Black American movie Phat Girlz. It became an anthem for a lot of girls and it became a way for guys to woe their crushes back then.
African Queen starts in the most beautiful way. 2Baba flexed his vocal prowess from the very beginning of the song and to be honest, this was not just some boring ol' intro. He started the song with as much fire as possible.
African Queen has great lyrics. The plot development is wonderful and the lyrical structure is great.
We absolutely love 2Baba's vocals in this song. This has to be one of his most vocal-rich songs in terms of vocal depth and range. He flexed the vocals so much we could hear the sincerity and passion in his voice. While doing this, he managed to keep his breathing even and balanced.
This piece is a rousing expression and an excellent composition for musical-love dynamics, balance of tone, and phrasing. The contrast in his sounds makes this piece a first-rate evergreen song.
African Queen is deep, emotional, and sincere. From the very line, we could hear the interwoven styles of traditional and modern music, which seems seamless.