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ALBUM REVIEW: EME ‘EMPIRE MATES STATE OF MIND’

Posted by donboye on June 25, 2012 in Album reviews · 26 Comments


‘Empire Mates State of Mind’! That title teases memory of the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys earth-shaking collaboration maybe that was the major reason the E.M.E album was highly anticipated or because Banky W recruited sexy soul singer ‘Niyola’ and smooth J.Holiday-esque singer ‘Shadyee’ to join titan ‘Wizkid’ and struggling ‘Skales’ in his musical empire. Regardless, the team of 6 including resident disc jockey ‘DJ Xclusive’ has unleashed a lenghty LP that will induce listeners in different states of mind. The curtain rises to a ‘legendury’ performance by the leading trio on ‘Baddest Boy’, followed by ‘Get Down Tonight’ with Banky W, Wizkid & Skales again as they try to make listeners prioritize partying on the scale of preference. ‘Shadyee’ debuts on ‘Sun Mo Mi’ and shows off his vocal pipes alongside Banky W and the ‘Mukulu’ crooner, they glide on an instrumentation crafted by ‘Masterkraft’. Comedian ‘Basket Mouth’ appears on the almost hilarious ‘Hate’ skit, which is in three parts to ease the tension.

Undoubtedly you will find yourself rolling to the potential club anthem ‘Roll It’; Banky W and the superstar rise to the occasion on this number complimented by the ace production the duo do not only hit the bull’s eye, they destroy the target board. E.M.E warns us not to find the outfit’s trouble, well if you do not want to trouble your ears, skipping ‘Find Your Trouble’ maybe advised and playing the Shizzi produced ‘Body’ is encouraged. Wizkid gives a racy yet engaging solo performance on the up-tempo number, ‘Body’ which will find a resting place on any dance-floor. ‘Ko Mo Le’ and ‘Dance’ leaves a scorn on your face untill ‘Niyola’ raises the temperature up armed with her sultry vocals on ‘Don’t Delay Me’. The songbird soars showing her talent and experience as a vocalist over the years, leaving a smile on your face. Wizkid looses steam as he loves a ‘London Girl’, while the Basket Mouth’s ‘Hate’ thickens.

Another winner is the Sarz produced ‘Dance For Me’ headlined by solely Wizkid, the international pop act asks for a dance routine, a request a toddler will fufill due to the infectious and groovy nature of the track. Babies will hopefully be made with ‘Follow Go House’, Mr. W returns to his ‘Mr. Capable’ days this time with Shaydee and Skales on the mid-tempo number. ‘Follow Go House’ shows the side of Banky his fans misses dearly, the trio delivers. Skales talks about his baby on the Sarz produced grower ‘My Baby’; he incorporates Hausa as he makes intentions known. U.K R&B vocalist ‘Rotimi’ makes a guest appearance on the ‘Only You’; R&B lovers should check out for this one. The ‘Baddest Boys’ fail to represent on ‘Reppin’ EMEAZzyy’ nonetheless Niyola and “S to the K” flirts on ‘Wetin I Want’.

‘Change’ is another defining moment and my favourite track in the tiring album; obviously inspired by the #OccupyNigeria movement and the current situation of Nigeria, the all-star cast led by Banky W, co-piloted by soothing harmonies by Niyola accompanied by Wizkid who delivered a somewhat polished vocal and company proves that they got the X-factor. ‘See Me My Mama’ aims for weddings, Basket Mouth makes a final appearance on ‘Hate 3’, and the DJ Khaled reminiscent ‘Can’t Stop Us’ are final minutes in the LP as the curtain falls.

Monotonous, tired club-beats, under-usage of Niyola, too lengthy, are some of the adjectives or phrases that can be used to describe ‘Empire Mates State of Mind’. A mind-blowing 15 tracks could have been extracted from the lengthy and exhausting 22 tracks, packaged and released instead. After all is said and done; the empire seeks to wage war and conquer the dancefloor and they shocking accomplish that sadly the few producers on the project are to blame for the monotonous nature of the LP. Wizkid, Niyola and Wellington stood out from the pack; that said the album is pretty solid.

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24 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Dis albun is d bomb

  2. mehn this album na 5/5 …Who be this fool ??? …Stop writing rubbish

    • Dude can't you just read the review and be objective about your opinion? If this album is 5/5 then 2 Face's Away and Beyond is what 10/5, be objective son. This album sounds monotonous if you ask me no big deal about the album. Don't just come on here to abuse people

  3. Dis is a very good review.unbiased& lovely.thumbs up.firstly skales did nothing to impress me on dis,his “komole” track indeed brought scorn to my face.wizkid brought his A-game on dis & earned him his superstar position.banky failed to impress& shaydee sud ave been given a shot for his own single.niyola is good too.seriously wizkid killed dis album.all said dis is quite impressive.

  4. Adesoy or what did u call ur self we don’t need people like you on here,instead to praise them u are saying rubbish and I no u did not no anything about entertainment why are you on here,I hate it when people don’t appriciate music in Nigeria if he easy do won track go sell ham for alaba monkey

  5. Adesoy or what did u call ur self we don’t need people like you on here,instead to praise them u are saying rubbish and I no u did not no anything about entertainment why are you on here,I hate it when people don’t appriciate music in Nigeria if he easy do one track carry ham go alaba make me in u in the next 10 years mumu ode..EME crew Jago will make u more BIGGER

    • Keep Quiet Idiot!!

  6. U people dat cum here 2 comment on dese reviews need 2 start tinkin wit ur brains and not head! Do u knw wat an Album is? Lik wtf, it aint singles! U listen 2 one party track nd u open ur mouth nd scream’jam of life’, ‘album of the year’ like wth! Good work ogagus jor! Been readin ur reviews nd I say u’re mostyly on point! Rating dis album…..6/10! Skales waz a minus 4 me!

  7. This..album..is..wizkid..handwork..he..is..so..good..banky..try..shaa..but..skalees..should..go..and..learn..something..else..to..do

  8. Tumb up 2 d emeeazzyy. Though wizkid killed dis album alongsyd d sexy songbird niyola buh big ups 2 u’ll. Great job..lolz.

  9. Ogaus thumbs up..no body dies it bera..remove wizzy frm ds and its left wt basket mouth abi..nywaiz 9ice try from #EME atleast 1st compilation..weldone Mr.Banky boh stick 2 promotion and advise scales 2 face his studies..fan 4 lyf

  10. Y’all should stop hatin.. I rate dis album 4/5 dey all tried but wizkid killed it. *shikena*

  11. Best Nigerian album in a while….Wizzie keeps making my job easier nd fun….#TeamEMEallnight

  12. Plz who knows whr i can download d album apart from using d spinlet app? Plzz!!!

  13. Kuddos to Ogagus. Y’all dnt need to be abusive n all. 1 song dsnt mak a whole “album”. D writer dd a splendid job n ws nt biased…criticsing isn’t hating mehn.

  14. Eme unu egbugom…una don kill me

  15. I downloaded the album free on spinlet. For that I am grateful to EME and that should also make me happy. But I have to be honest, the album is average.

    Banky is not just a talented artiste, he is also a business savvy young man, so I understand that the album was focused on catering to the needs of the party goers who are only interested in the beats and the vocals, and not the message, relevance and the staying power of Brand EME. You cannot fault the vocal strength of Niyola, or WizKid or Mr Ori himself. Shaydee did not really come across as anything but a passerby, and Skales was terrible, even by his own standard. But that was where the plaudits ends.

    Ogagus said the album should have been 15 tracks, I dont agree. The album is actually a 19-tracker (minus the skits), but I believe it should have been around 10-tracks, of which 2 are skits. For Pete’s sake, apart from “Change”, every other track carries the same message – I have money, I am handsome, I am talented, All the girls love me, love me too. That is the summary!!! I bet all those could be spread into 7 tracks, considering they are 5 people singing. and the beats are monotonous, blame that on the 19 Tracks.

    For the sake of Brand EME, BankyW and his proteges need to come out with something better.

  16. Are u ppl crazy or what…especially tony and adesoya or what u call urself…how can u say skales was terrible u should be very stupid for sayin dat…. Komole is a good track…baby was another perfect track the concept was awesome..check out skales rappin he is one of a kind…his rap is fucking good…wizkid was just shoutin all over the place even though see my mama,london girl was great..also roll it and banky was great with his dance track and only u…and he killed it in the all star track ‘change’ (they all did though) and Niyola ohhh I super luv her. Her ‘don’t delay me’ track was exquisite better vocal than any of em…and the track gets u uplifted cos with her voice high and the sweet sounding of her diction u gon knw she is good…her song is dope…sheydee was good also…so for the idoits (nooffense) that said skales was terrible and givin all the glory to wizkid looks like u r sexually drawn to wizkid…idiots!!!!

  17. Lmaooo!!! I See Gbagaun everywhere!! Okbye

  18. Ugh! Y‘all dat said skales is whack re all brainless.wizkid has poisoned ur minds on wat gud music is..tcheew#TEAMSKALES

  19. Roll it o!!! Cool story..9cest track

  20. Roll It is killin’ me ‘ere

  21. Wat do u guys knw self sayin skales is wack na wow som nigerians nor knw beta tin o I have downloaded all song that skales featured in they are all dope av u listen to komole,follow me go house wat? Did ur balls jst droped???eeh

  22. Dis is a very good review.unbiased& lovely.thumbs up.firstly skales did nothing to impress me on dis,his "komole" track indeed brought scorn to my face.wizkid brought his A-game on dis & earned him his superstar position.banky failed to impress& shaydee sud ave been given a shot for his own single.niyola is good too.seriously wizkid killed dis album.all said dis is quite impressive.
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