Artiste: Yemi Alade
Album Title: King Of Queens
Yemi Alade presents her debut album after successes from her recent singles Tangerine and Johnny, Yemi Alade titles this compilation “King of Queens” and it is an attempt to show her recent rise to fame, and her new found status on the Nigerian music scene.
Kings of Queens, an album produced by some of the best producers around, exposes Yemi Alade’s versatility as she explores various genre’s, including Afropop, Reggae, and R&B.
The album, punctuated with skits from Bovi, is richly blessed with premium features from Diamond, Phyno, Chidinma, R2Bees, and Dil.
The album begins with a skit from comedian Bovi, introducing Ms Alade’s Hit single, Johnny, the single that catapulted her to stardom. Next on the album is Why, and she flaunts her versatility on this reggae beat produced by veteran producer, OJB Jezreel. Ms Alade delivers effortlessly, and this song is one that will have you nodding your head to the suave tune. In Pose, Yemi Alade features R2Bees, and the trio delivers a good afro pop song, with Yemi Alade infusing her wonderful personality on the song. R2Bees also puts out a good performance on the song. Duro Timi is one of the best songs on the album, if not the best, with Ms Alade putting in a near flawless effort as she displays her impressive vocal range for all to hear. In this RnB song, laced with pop undertones, Yemi Alade reminds us of the captivating performances she put out in 2009 at the peak talent show. To me, this is the best song on the album, and I’m looking forward to more songs like this from Ms Alade in the future. Rapping towards the end on Catch You, Ms Alade delivers a nice bedroom number, describing what she will do to a guy she misses, on a beat produced by Shady Bizniz. It’s a four minute track that will leave any guy wishing he is the guy she’s singing about. The K.I.N.G interlude, produced by fliptyce goes on to buttress her point as the “King of Queens”. On Money, Ms Alade delivers a song for the clubs, and GospelOnDeBeatz gives us a nice beat that will definitely get the club rocking. I Like is a good song, which you’d definitely enjoy listening to, and it’s dotted with Hausa vibes which further broadens the appeal of the song. Taking Me Over, featuring the always impressing Phyno, sets the tone for a very good collaboration. Philkeyz on the beat on Sugar is also a number for the clubs, but Ms Alade fails to convey any message at all on this song, but if you want to dance, go ahead! Chidinma makes an appearance on Selense, one of standout songs of the album, delivering nice vocals on another song, for the clubs. Maybe she’s planning a club tour soon, with all the club bangers she has on her album…who knows? On Temperature, Ms Alade features Dil, and the duo offers a wonderfully blended love song, with Yemi Alade showing us her impressive command of the Igbo language. Kissing, an afro pop song is next on the album, and I feel the remix of the song featuring Diamond is better. This is clearly a song, made by the beat. She has to specially thank Diamond for saving the song with his impressive vocals. Tangerine, produced by Selebobo, is a good song that you will enjoy listening to. On Daddy Oyoyo, Ms Alade tries to stretch her versatility, and this time, she goes waaayyy too faarrr. I don’t know if she’s trying to pull a Sinach, but this song shouldn’t have made the album. She’s a good singer, yes, but gospel is not her thing. She should just stick to her “club bangers” next time, or maybe write her a better gospel song next time. The album continues with the French version of Johnny, and the remix of Kissing featuring Diamond. Like I said earlier, the remix is better off than the original song, all thanks to Diamond. The album comes to an end with Looking at me, another party jam, but this time, with a message.
Personally, Yemi Alade would have done a better job, but this is a very good attempt, and for a debut album, I am more than impressed. Although she needs to improve on her writing skills, Yemi Alade has set the tone for an amazing career ahead of her, and I am more than sure, that her next album will be better than this. The album would have been better too, if she didn’t try to make us dance too much. On tracks like Money and Sugar, I think she tries to over-do the afro-pop thing, which makes it quite tiring.
Yemi Alade has called herself the King of Queens, a bold step in a music industry already dominated by other female acts. If this title is a prophetic declaration, fine, but for now, Yemi Alade still has ladders to climb before she eventually becomes the “King of Queens”
Album Rating: 6/10
By Sifon B. (@sifon_b)