In 2011, there were a lot of remixes to Ice Prince’s mega-hit – Oleku; but one remix stood out because it propelled a young Warri rapper to national prominence. Yung6ix! A record deal with Storm and a single “Follow Me” which featured Wizkid and an appearance on Illegal Music 2 followed. Nigeria was on high alert; the self-proclaimed king of the south was coming. On the 6th of February 2014, Yung6ix dropped his début album 6ix O’clock. The big question is – Is it really 6ix O’clock?
The album starts out with a solemn intro which features YQ singing praises to both his and Yung 6ix’s fans, then 6ix goes on to brag about stuff we can’t really certify to be true. The album proceeds quite forgettably to “Kings”; a Phyno-produced track that features the man of the year dropping hooks to help forget 6ix repeating ‘Segun Arinze’ in three consecutive bars with no intelligent punchlines. This track felt more like Yung 6ix was jumping on a Phyno jam rather than the other way. On “Addicted”, Yung 6ix produces his best performance in the pseudo-Drake track and Da L.E.S. comes on and leaves the beat dead as they talk about their addiction to the hustle. Credit must go to BallerTosh for what was undeniably the best production on this album. In my opinion, “Kpansh” has NO business being on that album. From production that sounded like a rip off of Tyga’s Rack City, to terrible lyrics and mixing to M.I delivering his worst performance EVER, to a hook that sounds very much like Kanye West’s “Clique”, this track is one that must be avoided. To this point the album proceeds with no real message or theme (unless you consider needless bragging a theme). On “Heartbreak Swag”, 6ix attempts to produce a profound song about heartbreak which is a good track that is above average. The next noteworthy song on this compilation is “Turn Up”. The hook is reminiscent of genuine Hip Hop and Yung 6ix steps up his lyrics and delivery with lines like: “…draw attention with the swag, guy we no dey use trace/ Yeah we lose friends, Oluwa knows we no dey lose faith”. And when Ice Prince steps on the scene he goes like a rabid pit-bull and reminds us of what a ferocious MC he can be. This is by far the best verse on this album. The album rolls out regrettably and often senselessly up to the end.
We also learnt from the album that:
- Yemi Alade is an awesome vocalist
- It is not a coincidence that all Phyno tracks sound alike
- Ice Prince can be ill if he wants to
- The tweets and posts all around the internet that M.I has lost it may just be true.
In Summary, Yung 6ix must be applauded for bringing the most complete Hip Hop work Nigeria has had in a long time. Most so called rappers yield to temptation by mixing it up for the sake of being commercial but Yung 6ix stuck to his guns. Also punchlines are what brought Yung 6ix to his prominence and he has done well in this album to lay as much of them out as possible. However, just as a soup is not made good by using one ingredient, so also is it not possible to make good music relying on one skill. And just like soup, using that one ingredient over and over again just makes the situation worse. Yung 6ix overreached in trying to drop those so called metaphors and other punchlines which resulted in a lot of dumb results. Is Yung 6ix the best rapper in the country (as he claimed)? Not by 50 miles. The kid still needs to learn his art, polish his lyrics and add a little depth to his music
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