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Review: Vector – Oja (Drugs & Friends)

by on August 28, 2019
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Length

4:15

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2

 

SONIC EXPERIENCE!

We had just reviewed a new song from Vector; We are kind of happy that Vector is back in the music scene. You are probably tired of us saying this. The problem is in the Nigerian music industry itself. This is probably because of the volatile nature of the industry. In order for artists to stay relevant, they usually have to churn out songs at a rate that will be deemed ridiculous in the international scene.  Hence, why a lot of these artists seem like they have been away for a long time. Songs do not stay in circulation well in the industry. Could this be because of the quality of the songs themselves? Oh well, that is another discussion for another day. The title of the new song is Öja, and it has an underlying meaning: drugs and friends; life experiences.

Positives

We liked the beartbeat-suspense beat that was playing at the beginning. It gave us the feeling we get when we are watching a thriller movie and we are at a point of suspense, not knowing what could possibly happen next especially if something bad was about to happen.
The vocals of the song are mostly clear and precise. There was no waste of words.
The lyrics are particularly meaningful and potent, written in a simple style but are highly effective. there is one problem though.
We could hear the interwoven styles of traditional and modern Western hip-hop music, which seems seamless. It is as if it is natural to play traditional West African music alongside western composing.

Negatives

The song was sung mainly in Yoruba. this will make it hard for non-Yoruba listeners to understand the song.

Editor Rating
 
Lyrics
7.8

 
Vocals
6.7

 
Melody
7.1

 
Originality
6.0

 
Instrmentals/Beats
6.9

Total Score
6.9

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Likeable as the song is, it's missing the transformative something that can only be described as star quality

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