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ALBUM REVIEW: Jesse Jagz – Jagz Nation, Vol.1. Thy Nation Come

Posted by Tyler on July 30, 2013 in Album reviews · 41 Comments

Jagz Nation, Vol.1. Thy Nation Come

Artiste – Jesse Jagz

Album – Jagz Nation, Vol.1. Thy Nation Come

Features – Lindsey, Brymo, Wizkid & 9ice

Producers – Jesse Jagz, Kid Konnect, Samklef, Shady, Phaze Hop & Guilty Beatz

Running Time – 01:20:44

Record Label – Jagz Nation (2013)

Ever since Mr. Jargo announced his migration from ‘Chocolate City’ to ‘Jagz Nation’ guarded by two lions; we have been anticipating the album he promised like it was the pathway to salvation and the producer did not disappoint us thankfully…running naked is now understandable as Jesse Jagz has unleashed his musical brilliance packaged in a sophomore album titled Jagz Nation, Vol.1. Thy Nation Come’ on an unsuspecting audience. Housing 18 tracks (including an intro and skit) and boasting guests like Wizkid, Lindsey, Brymo and 9ice; Jesse Jagz has magnificently grown and evolved and shows this as he takes the music into a deeper realm compared to his debut offering ‘Jag of All Tradez’. Although it might be too soon to tag the LP using the word ‘classic’, we can confidently use it’s synonym ‘tour de force’ and crown Jesse Jagz the hottest mainstream MC in Nigeria at the moment. ‘Thy Nation Come’ in one word? Revolutionary!

Digest our track-to-track review and familiarize yourself with the album’s hottest points:

  1. 1.     Intro: The 1:36 seconds intro sounds strange, heavy, raga-ish, solid, and strong and sets the mood for a mind-blowing musical adventure.
  2. 2.     Burning Bush (In Memory of Hadiza Aboki): Opening the album properly with an emotive yet inspiring piano chord before transcending into the rich instrumentation, ‘Burning Bush’ is dedicated to Hadiza Aboki. The former afro-pop act bares his vulnerability as he sings lyrics like; ‘Early in the morning, when she feeling lonely, she say Jaga pray for me, Keep my enemies away from me…’, the depth of this number can hardly be over- exaggerated.
  3. 3.     Bed of Roses: A hustler’s prayer? A clean hip-hop cut! Affirming the fact that his rapping skills are over-looked, Jesse continues engineering this musical garden (Jagz Nation, Vol.1. Thy Nation Come) with ‘Bed of Roses’.
  4. 4.     Desire: Already proving that he is a musical chameleon, Jagz forges deeper into the raga genre with the inspiring and oriental influenced ‘Desire’. Perfectly fitting into the musical identity of the LP; Jesse wails, ‘Jah protect me when the evil man come and me don’t have a gun’…and after the superb guitar riff at the middle of the track he continues with ‘everyman will run away, if day never came and no sun again and we only got the moon to stay’. ‘Desire’ might be mistakenly for a gospel number by virtue of the momentous message.
  5. 5.     Where You At?: Jesse Jagz wears his ‘Jag of all Tradez’ skin while trying to retain his lyrical depth on the banging yet tiring fifth track. Targeted at the clubs, dance-floors and behind-closed-doors, ‘Where You At?’ might not pack the punch but it is a pretty decent offering.
  6. 6.     Mamacita: Just like its predecessor Jesse confesses his libidinous wants on the magical fusion of rap, raga and pop christened ‘Mamacita’. Brilliantly divided into two; the erotic part and the section where Jesse excretes hot un-sexual rap bars, the complex track is one of the Nation’s focal points.
  7. 7.     Sex & Scotch: Unlike ‘Mamacita’ and ‘Where You At?’ Jesse holds nothing back ‘Sex & Scotch’. The track title or ‘Bestial & Boozed-up’ (like we like to call it) says it all; ‘S&S’ may not be about chains and whips however its carnal content maybe be censored as being not suitable for individuals under 21 in some states.
  8. 8.     God on the Mic: Ibn Abaga has his Kanye West moment with ‘God on the Mic’. Digest these lines – ‘Hurled from the sky like a discus, A god has fallen from Olympus, Dethroned from high, Thrown from the sky…formed from the remnants of Optimus Prime, In the darkness words formed in his mind-blind, Double edged sword state of rhyme, so a nigga got resourceful with his time…’, Jagz serves a jaw-dropping song worthy of the ovation.
  9. 9.     International: Jesse brags about his flow on ‘International’.
  10. 10.  Steady Going: Rapping obviously one of his strengths, Jesse flexes this muscle again on ‘Steady Going’. Stellar hip-hop production solely sold this number, then adding the brilliance of Jesse.
  11. 11.  Jargo (Feat. 9ice): Jesse enlists the iconic 9ice to deliver one of his best hooks in recent times on ‘Jargo’. Drawing inspiration from Chinese music mostly Taoist music and Yayue and Yoruba indigenous music, the emperor of Jagz Nation assisted by 9ice tell(s) an epic tale. Jargo is a testimony that 9ice still has the X-factor and can make a massive comeback if the cards are played right.
  12. 12.  Pedal to the Floor: Jesse soars as usual on another deep rap number.
  13. 13.  Sativa Skit: A slight hilarious skit where Jesse is being interrogated by officers over ‘a little green’.
  14. 14.  Sativa (feat. Lindsey): Arguably celebrating the world’s most popular herb is ‘Sativa’. Project fame finalist and seasoned vocalist Lindsey joins the Rastafarian movement by employing her soothing vocals and the leader Jagz rants on moving instrumentation.
  15. 15.  After Party (feat. Brymo): Brymo brings his signature voice to join his former label mate in the new nation and the result is ‘After Party’. We cannot say we are screaming about the breezy collaboration still the track has some high points; for instance Jesse still keeps the lyrical content on check ­ – “Locked up niggas found the key” that’s a line in reference to their Chocolate City departure, then Brymo’s captivating chorus. We love this nation!
  16. 16.  Redemption: The project’s haunting lead single is intoxicating as lead singles get. Despite announcing the organic sound the album possess, the game-changing ‘Redemption’ reassured followers of Jesse Jagz that his sophomore album would be worth the wait.
  17. 17.  Bad Girl (feat. Wizkid): We are gladdened that Star Boy Wizkid finally decided to challenge himself lyrically and soulfully when called upon by Jesse Jagz. ‘Bad Girl’ is a bad banger, with a steamy hook credited to Wiz and Jesse leading the way we did not expect any less.
  18. 18.  Selassie: Saved the last for best? Selassie closes the musical journey in grand style. Kudos to the brains behind the arrangement of ‘Selassie’, the production and especially the refined background vocalist who drove the song home towards the final seconds of the album; before it changes to the hidden ‘outro’ which is very similar to the intro. We would kill to see this number served live.


Reviewed by Ogaga Sakpaide [ @Ogagus ]

Jesse Rating - four-stars_0

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  1. I have to say I absolutely love your review of the album!
    It was never in doubt that I would get a copy. Your review just means I'll gladly trample on bodies and claw out eyeballs to get one!
    Great work!

  2. jessse is da bomb……entirely diffrent frm others……..i already got my own copy of thy nation,mhen dude killed it

  3. jessse is da bomb……entirely diffrent frm others……..i already got my own copy of thy nation,mhen dude killed it

  4. I have to say I absolutely love your review of the album!
    It was never in doubt that I would get a copy. Your review just means I’ll gladly trample on bodies and claw out eyeballs to get one!
    Great work!

  5. We all have to admit that Jesse got dope lines and flows. And we can all agree that he’s the best in Nigeria.

  6. I luv jesse-jagz,he inspire me a lot:tumps up 2 him….

  7. The best Nigerian album in all history, can't wait to get home and play it all over again

  8. Jessy jags is the best

  9. Jesse i know you are gonna murder this album….you rock bro keep it locked

  10. jesse jagz jz sprung 4rm no wia 2 b my best! I love dis guy xo much (no homo). He'z da king!

  11. Wadup my guy i d fel u kep it y dnt u feature ur br0da mi?

  12. Jesse killed every track on his sophomore……….. the production top-notch, lyrics and delivery right on track, excellent vocals………. jesse, you're the bomb

  13. Jargo gat game mahn, No Frank Ocean Mahn, Love the dude like DAMN!!!

  14. Jesse is such a great artiste that the music industry in Nigeria is incomplete without him,keep it up doug

  15. Gulfino

  16. Ever since I have being telln people around me that jagz is gonna b one of d best coz his flow ar tight lik a virgin and he is so cO??????O?????? and humble when u c him on stage

  17. Jesse Jags is the Greatest! Other rappers gat #ThyNationCome on replay in dem ipads cause Jargo gat the realest Album in the year 2013.

  18. Yeah i like jagz, most espetialy the new album he release, in fact i love him, and i also pray to God that He should make us a femous artist, even as we are young coming artist. thank's, may God bless everyone, amen!

  19. broda la chi gaba da mashing. menh am jst happy dey u guy are letting dem dat jaytown iz da best state ever am proud of yhu garba abaga jesse

  20. beleive me jago iz d best rapper in na!ja.dats my own opinion.

  21. Jacob ketah

  22. My star is killing every show@ love u jagz

  23. Jesse is the realest deal.. But I’m repeating exactly what I said two years ago??


  24. i have listened to jesse’s album, personally il giv it a 2/5. as far as i am concerned his first album is better. i listened to the whole album like 3 times but there is really nothing that special about it, i am sorry to say but its just my one piece. no one should hate on me for this, it is my opinion anyway…and for ogagus the rater, i dont agree with your 4/5 rating ooo…sorry.

  25. Jagz has joined the likes of Asa, the Kutis, Makek Fashek etc as true musicians who understand the historical and social essence of music. His album is legendary and I’m very proud a man of this generation can have the courage to follow his heart. Its a great album, targeted at the mind but flows through the heart….. Jagz Nation! One love!

  26. naija most lyrical rapper.

  27. My fucking mentor…. Turn up g

  28. Simply the dope

  29. jagz is the messiah of african lie

  30. I have played FOZ many ,but JAGZ THY NATION COME,really makes me feel like I already live in the NATION.Never seen an album so tight like JAGZ NATION.An album filled with good music and raps filled with heavy punchlines .I rate it more than FOZ

  31. JARGO is truly the GOD ON THE MIC

  32. Like i always tell my friends. this album was the deepest rap album of 2013

  33. you are d bomb..i love dis album tu d bone…i am topaz of all trendz

  34. you are d bomb..i love dis album tu d bone…i am topaz of all trendz s

  35. Lngo . .jesse jagz make all raperz in naija humble true is new album includin his br0.m.i . N0 much talk jesse is frm art class and his brain is xo fine art.. Than otha raperz

    • Smal pikin tis place aint 4 children….. Qo sleep nd leav talk bout m.I talk meant 4 elders…… Msteeew

  36. Dope album this guy is lyrical overdose, loading nd reloading the album! Dude so talented

  37. Men jesse jags is the greatest, he is d bst rapper in 9ja and He is unique thats 4 d raggae. redemption is d bst, then u can think of bed of roses and pedal to the floor.jago u are talented even beta dan some american rappers. man u should b lookin towards feauturin T.I,nas etc.soul rebel, music is chair rockin,yet smashed on the wall lyk snow hockey,spurned backwards lyk a disco jockey. u truly burn in fahrenheits,about 1 terabyte not very light, truly ur shawty likes heavy pyte. bt jago where did u keep 3rd world war.also make videos.i lyk u man im ure greatest fan.

  38. Jesse Jagz is an inspiration to his generation of his nation

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