With what the music industry has turned into, it’s hard to find real rappers in the mainstream these days.
You look at the charts, who’s topping? Afrobeats artist. Even the ones that got their spotlight from rap have totally switched up to more commercially viable genres. Good rappers still devoted to the hip-hop culture are hard to come by these days,
Not that they don’t exist; they do. They’re just mostly underground. Most music listeners don’t even know some of the core hip-hop artists we have in the country. It’s definitely been a while since a real rapper made a hit song.
That’s what makes Erigga different. The guy went from underground South South rapper to national domination. He’s big on the streets, he’s big on the charts. He’s a presence on the alte scene too and he’s revered amongst his colleagues.
Erigga‘s probably the only one left in the industry who can survive without being heavy on melody. He just burst some lines, throw some punchlines and people feel him. He’s indeed, the last of the Mohicans. And that’s why a new Erigga project is always exciting; something to look forward to.
His last project was a studio album, “Erigma 2,” was a critically acclaimed LP and was one of the best albums of 2019. But it’s been a while, and a full-length project is just not the favorite drop at a time like this when the attention span of fans is very short. So, EP it is.
The new EP is, just as expected, a hip-hop project and as a kind of unexpected drop, it’s supposed to be mindblowing because we’ve missed the action from Erigga.
Called “Before The Chaos,” the EP sounds like it was made last year, perhaps during the pandemic, before all of the chaos that came towards the end of 2020.
Most of the songs have Erigga‘s signature sound, the kind of calm afro beat, that is like SDC’s palmwine music. The instrumentals, of course, aren’t the highlights of the EP. The deep Pidgin lyrics are what makes all of the songs dope.
There’s quite a lot of rapping, but not more than necessary. On songs like “Many Nites” and the Oga Network-assisted “Wahala Dey,” he let the featured artists do wonders with the hooks.
“The End” is the truest of the records, as he poured his heart out on it from top to bottom, no chorus. “Dick Appointment” is about sex, and is arguably the most interesting song on the project.
The last track, “Don’t Die Alive” is the only track with a hip-hop beat, and it has some very good Erigga bars, no doubt.
While “Before The Chaos” is a buzz-worthy project, it sounds like it’s just a compilation of throwaways.
What will be the determinant of the success or failure of this EP isn’t if some of the songs are able to become mainstream hits, no. It’s gonna be based on if this makes people eager to hear his next project or not.
In the meantime, though, with this EP, Erigga has once again showed levels and proved that he’s one of the realest guys out here.
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