EP Review: Dremo Shows Flexibility On His CODENAME Vol 1

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AlbumCodename Vol 1 EP
Artiste – Dremo
Features – Davido, Mayorkun, Simi, Peruzzi.
Record Label – Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)  (2018)
Duration – 9 Tracks, (32 Minutes).

Dremo All Work, no play

DMW star Dremo transitions into the realm of artists who have been able to put out a full body of work to their names. This puts the Ibadan breed rapper into a new spectrum of artistry, now he has got some level of bragging rights.

Choosing to be called a rapper means you have a lot more to prove. Dremo’s past hits ‘Fela’ and ‘Ojere’, with which he used to announce his arrival,  aren’t enough to cut him some slack anymore hence the need for something more convincing.

The entire ‘CODENAME Vol 1’ EP project for Dremo is supposed to be about proving his mettle as a rapper or much more his depth as an artist.

‘CODENAME Vol 1’ EP is composed of 9 tracks with 5 features, long enough to keep listeners entertained and make a bold statement.

Nobody’ introduces us to the EP, it sets the tone of what should be expected. Dremo chronicles his movement from one point of his career to another. He opens about being a music producer at one point to getting signed together with Mayorkun to the 30BG gang. He is more about sharing his reality than throwing punchlines or wordplay.

From ‘Nobody’ to ‘Bigger’, Dremo tries to sound like prime T-Pain as he chants ‘she got it’. He self confesses he isn’t a vegan because of his love for  ‘bigger meat’.

On ‘Faya’ it feels like it’s Dremo against the world as the rapper goes hard on the Benjamz produced beats. He is sleek as a boxer delivering knock out punches though he does it lyrically. A standout tune that would get lots of replays.

From track four the collaborations come in one after the other as Dremo flips personality to that rapper wey dey sing song.

Much of hip hop ended with the first three tracks on ‘Kpa Dremo sings as best as he can. He taps in his boss Davido for characteristic energy. ‘Kpa is more  tailored to get more air plays and commercials.

Dapada signals you’re halfway done with the EP. Another collabo on the project, featuring Mayorkun. In all honesty Mayorkun’s energy suppresses Dremo’s as he owned the song with catchy lines and chorus.

As it approaches ‘Hey Maa little air of disappointment is felt as the track isn’t what was expected,  more energy and intensive was lacking. Simi was featured here and she failed to make it memorable.

Breezy is another ‘hard’ track on the project. A trap-esque sound with Sinzu on to bless the beat. Dremo manages to own the song as he brags about being cool because he’s dripping in ‘Ice’.

And the last collaboration on CODENAME EP, ‘Unbelieva stars talented Peruzzi. Dremo and Peruzzi bring a smooth sailing vibe on the love song. It might get you to hit the replay button again.

Dremo’s 32 minutes to impress and stamp his signature ends on ‘Fan Of My Fans. The rapper goes retrospective and alias philosophical on the track. A thank you to his true fans. And an opportunity to say if you don’t still like me I don’t really care, I’m a moving train. 

The ‘CODENAME Vol 1’ EP comes to a close, the sounds were popular and familiar, nonetheless good. The features were good but 5 on this EP seems a little to much as the rapper needed more space to shine.

Aboriomoh Femi Raymond aka Dremo from his EP shows he is ready for the music industry. He did not land with a big bang but has gotten a lot of people to notice his presence.

There were few times he shone brightly and on other times he was very normal. Ultimately, Dremo shows how flexible he can be as an artist.

Rating: 3/5

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