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Posted by Tyler on May 8, 2012 in Album reviews · 80 Comments

*sighs deeply* The Nigerian music industry witnessed an uprising when former C.E.O and co-owner of now defunct music label, Mo Hits took to Twitter to announce a new label with names of artistes under the new imprint. Don Jazzy disclosed the name of the new label as ‘Mavin Records’. The label proudly houses belter ‘Wande Coal’, fast-rising diva ‘Tiwa Savage’, rapper turned singer ‘Dr. Sid’ and talker*strike-through* rap-singer ‘D’Prince’ with K-Switch missing in action. The heavy weight producer promised a compilation album and revealed the LP’s artwork. 24 hours later, in our hands lies Solar Disaster*strike-through* ‘Solar Plexus’. The 12-track compilation album comprises of music from the “Mavin Stars” (Tiwa Savage, Wande Coal, D’Prince and Dr. Sid), individual songs with additional vocals from Don Jazzy.

The album which is production-driven, has Michael Collins on the steering delivering the first “miss” on the LP ‘I’m a Mavin’. The 5:22 track features all acts on the new label, meant to be the label’s “anthem” it fails to quench our thirst for GOOD music; you find Coal on the chorus flexing his vocal muscles with Dr. Sid, Tiwa Savage and D’Prince falling flat on their faces. Next track features Tiwa Savage layering her sultry vocals on a hip-shaking beat. ‘Oma Ga’ is a solo-number with the Kele Kele Love singer and thankfully is a winner. The doctor apparently recently realized you only live once and makes life unpleasant for the rest of us with the mess he calls a chorus.

Terrible to the ears, he chants ‘YOLO’ repeatedly and calls it the chorus. In an attempt to spice up the not so fantastic music, a introductory robotic voice which appears in the first 6 tracks only make matters worse. Wande Coal puts his chords to action in ‘Se Me Ri’ and D’Prince employed the rumored Wizkid authored phrase “Take Banana Till You Go Yo…” in the infectious and “sadly” potential club banger ‘Take Banana’. ‘Solar Plexus’ has a very memorable unappealing number talking about D’Prince’s ‘Why You Over There’ nonetheless Wande Coal hits the bulls-eye in ‘Forever’.

Sadly Wande Coal fails to shine and might be losing his X-Factor, this he proves again on the track ‘Pretty Girls’. Dr. Sid tries his hands on a genre out of his range in ‘CPR’ but obviously lacks the vocal prowess to give life to the techno-influenced instrumentation nonetheless he delivers on the club-friendly ‘Chocolate’. D’Prince sings on a familiar high-life tune in ‘Amarachi’.

‘Solar Plexus’ lacks the chemistry found on Mo’ Hits 2007 compilation album ‘Curriculum Vitae’, and is a very weak record as an introductory offering from a new label. The album gives the impression of a hurriedly packaged work with so-so lyrics, ill-matched materials and several hit-miss moments, causing the overall LP to suffer heavily. Fortunately Don Jazzy’s production, with tracks ‘Oma Ga’ and ‘Chocolate’ are the LP’s only saving grace. Undoubtedly the absence of international pop act ‘D’banj’ and brother K-Switch is heavily felt.

‘Solar Plexus’ as a production driven LP is very much lacking the K.O quality a debut offering the Don’s new label ought to pack….unfortunately the all star “line” serves as the achilles heel to this LP. The overall quality of the LP fails to match its “sub-title” as it doesn’t pack enough power to have its intended effect as a gut punch and ultimately doesn’t knock the wind out anyone, let alone the intended target.


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  1. FULL SUPPORT !!! You are 100% right ..

  2. Ds jamz aint tyt @ ol! Compared 2 the don jazzy we ol know…well thumbs up 2 wandecoal yu got a c in the course..atleast yu pasd..

  3. Dats BS, d album is nyc, it jst chngd d playlist 4 deejays in Nigeria, mehn d album is d bomb, give it tym n see wat pple av 2 say abt d album.

  4. Not about wah people have to say or dj playlist,you don’t need forever to figure out good music,correct review…

  5. Yhu ryt bruv jst forever dats tyt d rest re crap nd dat annoying robotic voice dem we re nt watching power rangers and @ Ty do yhu need 10 minutes to undastand vector’s lyrics. This isn’t worth it nd dey beta pack a bigger punch nxt TeamDonbanj

  6. Seconded, giv the worst track on dis Album 2 d’banj it’ll become a national anthem..Abinibi yato si ability’..???? hatin but the only persn I seee here is Wande coal

  7. Seconded, giv the worst track on dis Album 2 d’banj it’ll become a national anthem..Abinibi yato si ability’..???? hatin but the only persn I seee here is Wande coal, now am starting to realise dat his claims to JJC dat he’s only Him and Don jazzy dat’re workin for d label..

  8. I agree! But Amarachi is good tho, surprised you only mentioned the track but didn't attempt to analyze it a bit. D'Prince should better cross over to highlife music

  9. Don jazzy can do better if he calms down and bring out the best in the rest of the crew..also expected him to sign a new talent who would appreciate and hail him better,a new signing woulda been a new tune for people to watch out for…

    • and Tiwa Savage is what?

  10. The album was like experiment..buh nice production from don jazzy…he said the album was recorded in three weeks…that seems like a rush to me..mavin will only get better

  11. You’re right brov and 4 mi I feel Tiwa Savage alone, the of ’em r wack *hiss*

  12. You’re right brov and 4 mi I feel Tiwa Savage alone, the rest of ‘em r wack *hiss*… @ugochukwu: must they rush? They all well known already in d industry so why d rush? #SMH

  13. This is why i respect too xclusive, they are very sincere with their publications. Keep up the good work guys. This article is the bitter truth but many won't accept it, Ogagus hit the nail on the head. The album is very, very weak and lacks an overall X-factor.

  14. Its nt ?? fault anyway, haters will definitely hate. When baba said d album was done in 3 weeks, what were yall expecting??? Don jazzy made dat album 2 prove dat he’s ????? in Ð game, ?? he’s definitely made ? ???? point!!! #TeamMavin

  15. You all don’t know good music I see. Don baba u noni abeg,no mind them

  16. @madu,, yeah,, d album,, promotes don jazzy,s production skills,,,, buh the artist,, made me miss dbanj,, tiwa and wande passed,, d odas sounded like upcoming artist,, no offence ….buh why the rush???? Nigerians love you already,, so we will buy anyfin u offer,, buh u shld respect us and always step up each time u drop sumfin new,,, the album is jus der Jor,, if anybody is playn the songs its cos they already love donjazzy… I still respect jazzy,,,,

  17. *smh* Who dey mention oga Vector for here na. Other than the robotic voice, I’m cool with it. It will get better.

  18. U can’t judge an album. On first hearing, dia r sum albums dat takes time 2 set in based on constant replay, this album is 1 of such albums, the very first time I heard dis album I didn’t feel any track coupled 2 d fact dat I took my time 2 download d songs n listened 2 it track by track as arranged in the album, fine the robot voice irritated me at a point in time coz I was expectin a more/better intro somethin like dat wande coal’s intro whenever he say Mo-Hits if u no wat I mean

    With time I developed intrest in some of the tracks, I’ll advise you do the same before judgin dis album @least u dint buy it its free, just 2 mince words I’ll give the album a 6/10 nice beat buh d auto tune was 2 much, I know d MAVINS r definitely going 2 do better when dey drop diar album

  19. Well done don jazzy I really appreciate d crew bt pls u hav 2 sign a young talented singer or rapper like davido,imorell to upgrade ur name and mavin crew record #bless

  20. It is a free album, sometime like a mixtape. So don’t expect much. It is like an intro. Dey tried 2 me. N dis preview is shit. Cus dis guy neva like don jazzy.

  21. Album was out this morning and by evening you already have a review. It doesn’t work that way. Most times songs grow on people. Keep it on repeat. I’m not saying the album is top-notch.I’m saying y’all bloggers shouldn’t always be in a rush to do reviews.

  22. Wack Album to b candid….wande stood out no doubt but he had lame lyrics. No disrespect to Tiwa she should stick to her normal style Coz d Oma ga song is wack!!! D’banj would have killed take banana. Production wise Don jazzy tried but far from his best. The best form of revenge is massive success.

    • very true

  23. home boy those tracks are making sense, I love wande & tiwa on them, most def this article is promoted by a dapo anderson crew, e no compulsory make una follow, abeg dem born don jazzy with d’banj? dem fit born d’banj with k’switch and kanye but me no think say don jazzy follow because that guy has got a pure african touch, wetin I like for mo’hits that year still show for these tracks! big ups for the mavins!!!! if not that I’ve got pride myself, I for dey beg to be mavin cos I’d love to work with –IDJA I swear!

  24. Hey! i like the robotic voice! cool…no?ok moving are 65% correct with ur review IMO tho…but i sha like 'amarachi" but "chocolate and pretty girls" doz two songs ehn odikwa serious. ..IDJA!!!! teamdonjazzy behbeh!

  25. The album messed up…. The Planned Revenge is bullshit.. Now d whole G.O.O.D music team will laff till der lungs go sore….. I cant listen to dis messed up stuff again

  26. Its jst too early 2 drop a review on d album, d album jst showed dat Don-jazzy has moved on n is ready 2 continue doing wot he does best so instead of all dis dirty talk u shld b giving a big thumbs up 2 d crew.

  27. Y’all are messed up critics. Me thinks the Album deserves at least a 3star review.

  28. To me This album was rushed, just 2 savage who suituation btw Don jazzy N D’banj unfotunately it bounced back in Jazzy’s face, very weak tracks, no flava @ all but in time I believe they ve somethng better to offer their fans….

  29. To the writer,u are a snitch cause u are only good in hating and to his followers go and join illuminaty cause is like all of ya wanna ride with the devil himself and if u think u can do what Don jazzy had done then try it let see if your friends will keep ur work for one day…..shout to all the mavin fans.

  30. No one is hating on jazzy buh we didn’t expect normal stuffs, improvement and outstanding stuff was expected from him,he should be patient if needed..rush wasn’t needed at all..good music grows on you once identified as a good music..those tracks would get tiresome in a short a guy said its been listened to and supported out of the love we have for them..the review wasn’t biased,it was the bitter truth..GOD help both JAZZY and DBANJ..who knows what dbanj would come out with too!!!

  31. Haterz go sleep abeg, later all of u will b dancing to his tunes, dis album is d bomb and for d writer u beta go slip wetin k-switch don eva do 4 mohit wey u dey talk say dem feel h d guy absence, d same way u ppl criticised oliver wen it came out and nw u all dance to d tune, dats d same way u all will take back ur words and dance to mavins tune, and b4 we talk finish na una go carry ur money go buy d CD for store o, bad belle mtcheeeew y’all rr bunch of mediocres

  32. Not a bad output atall…..for those of y’all condeming Mavins’ work; its good to know you guy aint good at what you do(critisizing). These songs re gonna be making headlines with time……..yes dbanj and kswitch was absent… freaking what?
    Download n enjoy good music and stop analysing rubbish!!!!

  33. Not a bad output atall…..for those of y’all condeming Mavins’ work; its good to know you guyz aint good at what you do(critisizing). These songs re gonna be making headlines with time……..yes dbanj and kswitch was absent… freaking what? Like kswitch was gonna switch it up? Lol has anyone played go down by k-switch?
    Download n enjoy good music and stop analysing rubbish!!!!

  34. Anyone who says u can’t review an album after 1st listen is delusional. That is the BEST time to review an album because that is the time you are least opionated.

    Now to the the Album. I LOVE the Don’s music but this Album was RUSHED, I don’t know who runs their PR and Strategy affairs but this was BAD strategy. Listen to YMCMB’s ‘Bedrock’, that is how to announce a label. ONE banging track feat all the Artistes, with a mad video. Dbanj was sorely missed.
    I wish Mavin all the best but they really need to GO HARD or GO HOME!

  35. Why d hate, what do u al expect 4rm an album which is done in 3 week, technicaly speakin, a hit song cant be made in a day nd do u al realize mavin records is not putin dis in d market 2 make money, its just a test run, so dont expect the best things 4 free, u al hav 2 giv d don a thumbs up 4 a record breakin atempt, record label lunched 2day, an album released d next day, its not easy, kudos 2 don jazzy 4 dat, another thing is each artiste hav 1 track each dat can b refered 2 as hit or ar close 2 being a hit e.g wande coal wit forever, tiwa savage with oma ga, dr sid wit chocolate nd d prince also has his nd d beginin of it is wot i luv d most wen tiwa said english dictionary ass means yansh. So haters wait nd see wot d future upholds. Am a MAVIN nd am happy about dat

  36. Wait til a real album coms out in d market nd den talk or critisize

  37. The album doesn’t deserve 2stars, A star would have been good

  38. Who b d baga dat write all these rubbish,I
    see clearly that he lack a correct sense for good music,those tracks re gr8 thr is A?????????????????s room for improvement,hungry blogger…take banana till u go yo

  39. I expected much from d alb but TiwaSavage’s song was d only one that Stood out for me

  40. exactly y d hate!!!.the album is ok and obviously nt the best 4rm jazzy and the mavin stars,there is need 4 improvement.Nobody is perfect or above mistakes. Besides they hav mad tracks on the album like- oma Ga, chocolate,and see me ri.Am sure in the next few months to come they wud surely do us proud!.

  41. A total flop. Review was candid n fair. Tiwa did nothing to prove her talent though. ‘Forever’ n ‘chocolate’ were stand out tracks. K-switch is not missed at all by the way. Don jazzy should go back to the drawing board n sign new talent(like some suggested), get rid of weak artists(he knws them o) and never rush an album just to prove a point. This album gave me a sharp blow to my solar plexus n i fainted. Rubbish album.

  42. First, I tink dis review is a publicity stunt by u guys….nd d album was jst ok…nd u guyz in ur review neva 4 once focus on any good tin in d album…am totally disappointed in d write up!! But am okay wit d rating!! Nd FYI K-switch will neva be missed by anybodi oda dan d-banj!!

  43. †?? album is fuck… D’banj is still †?? koko master. Don jassy is fucking boring.

  44. this album sounds lyk mosquitoes I?????n????? my ear, U????? guys shuld pack up n G?????? home. it ain’t worth it, more over 4 tiwa U????? ????????????? I?????n????? the rung crew. better look 4 a carrer. 4 d prince G?????? n join high life dats were U????? belong. ?? hard feelings thou, U????? guys shuld’t prove any point cos without dbanj U????? guys suck. #teamDbanj#

  45. who is writing this rubbish…..does anyone fink its easy to release an album in three weeks and still find an audience for almost half the album……ebiti is what i'm ensing here and anyone trying to make it look like d'banj was the heart of this label andcant survive without him is just taking a very wrong step cos this Marvin is here to rule and stay……GO MARVINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. How do you review an album within 24hrs? The album is not bad anyway. The only album I have loved at first hearing is self titled 2face Idibia. Haters, drop this beef. Mavin Records will definitely go places. I already made a copy of the album for my car. Beef on, we are listening to the music for we know IDJA and his cohorts have great reputation when it comes to GOOD music

  47. True tho…the album dint have the usual fine quality we enjoyed from the former mohits crew, but I think given the time of production, they did an ok job! I like forever tho…I think wande coal sounded different and it felt unique but as for the others, especially take banana, I was a lil confused about wah was going on. But on the whole I think Don Jazzy is a good producer and with a little work and more commitment, Mavin records will come up wiv sumn awesome.

  48. U jus said ur own, the fact still remains it was a hit when it comes to number of downloads, even u dick ass haters have it on ur dumb fones. So fuck off its still mavin forever

  49. D album was just dia.I will give it 6 out of 10. Nd dis review was harsh

  50. Funny enuf, bad reviews like dis d albums ends up becomin hit album.
    Dat said d album was extra dope, if u dnt lyk d album go hit ur head on d wall. D production was so 2012. And d delivery were so very good..
    If u disagree hit me up at @ninobrisso. #yolo. #takebananagoyo #forever #omaga. Madtunes

  51. We have been feed lot of garbage music in Nigeria to the extent that mediocrity starts to sound decent.We have been feed lot of garbage music in Nigeria to the extent that mediocrity starts to sound decent.
    Anyone who thinks this album deserves more than a 2.5 knows little about music.
    A lot is lacking in this album. I feels rushed. The lyrics are too too poor.
    Just cos u hear some autotuned voice and a donjazzy beat doesn't make a good song. Lots of the beats sound alike.
    The CV album kills this one entirely. Dbanj or not we'll say it as it is. If Dbanj brings out trash I'll saay it as well.
    This is not teammavin or teammohits.. It's teamgoodmusic.. like literally and bar 3 or 4 songs this album really disappoints

  52. It is so funny how peeps listen to music in dis part of the world , this review hasn’t said don jazy or d’banj is going to lose or win , it is just a review of the mavins album.

    If u tell me the album was rushed that is why it is dis way then you might be sick cos noone ever said they must release an album in 3 weeks ,there is no deadline , or ban if they don’t release an album in three weeks, if u want to make a statement of intent you will do it in the best possible way. Let’s face the fact this album is very weak . They could do better

    • what makes the album weak? o boi get ur ears checked, n listen 2it again.

      point to 1 album dis year dat's beta. if u cant,…….take d above advice.

      *kpchew…….ppl come online n jst talk rubbish*

  53. Hummmm…my Boi wande=u’re usin 2 much auto tune diz dayz even though i kw say D voice dey there…..aunty tiwa=i still Blive u’re Good but on diz 1ne 4get….D’prince=none as really comended U,nice work there But ur rap Mojo is lost 4ever….Dr sid=u’re still U….Donjazzy=no controversy,u’re still D best producer n África u’re D only 1 dat has done everytin! Though Am feelin a whole lotta Oda producerz Oooo,but Diz kindda Álbum must nt cum outta “MAVIN RECORD” again Oooo….sayin Diz coz i so much lyk U nd D crew,Nd 1 last tin 2 be candid D Álbum desrve 3starzzzz!!!***GBAM***

  54. all i av to say is jst to try a little patience and watch tinz as dy unfolds…na naija we galant so o. I wl rate it 7/10 tho.

  55. this review sucks!! hate it or love the don's on top. am hella fealin dis album

  56. Personally i feel the album was jst okay.Dis doesn’t av do with d Don jazzy or D’banj issue.
    All av got to say is,d’banj would av done a beta job nt dat crap Da prince was singing.Itz a 4/10 4 me,who cares if dey rushed the album,did we beg them to rush it.Even if dey dropd a collabo,itz okay.Forever is the best track on dis album.They miss d’banj trust me.Nyc review and we don’t av to be insultive,letz respect ourselves.Itz jst an opinion, U????? can agree or disagree.Tanx

  57. lovely album,……n am about downloading the whole,…..(yes @ dem haters……..THE WHOLE) album on my phone. imagine sum1 saying kswitch was missed. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dat dummy doesnt even av a single to his name. n dbanj? wht wud he av done differently on dis album dat 2 shout: "YEPAA! OOSHE!!! NO-LONG-TIN!!!" n some oda mundane rubbish. abegi. if u want 2 beef, beef without sentiments, so u dont sound daft. nice album, if i may say so myself.

  58. mavin records is d best as far as am concernd. fuck dbank and k switch who needs them…….. i luv every track on this album……. resourcitate me…..stop criticizing plzzzzzzzzzzz

  59. Mavin records is d best as far as am concerned. Fuck D'banj and K switch who needs them……… I luv every track on this album……..resourcitate me….. stop criticizing plzzzzzzzzz……….. they did great

  60. i guest bcus d banj is knw and international mewsician dat y det d hell don jazzy and crew f**k u get d munck get d f**k

  61. Well I guess time will tell… We should not be to quick to judge, let’s see what more would come out of da new album. Even dou they are old faces, we know don jazzy is still on point.. I want to be signed to Mavin records and i know say ma magic must work join cos I can be me replacing D’banj .. I gach mavin records on ma mind!

  62. Wow marvins you guys are so on point,keep it up guys,love you @ll

  63. Me no give 2face grass2grace second listening b4 I feel am!! Or away and beyond or EME album!!! So y giving dis a second listening??? Abegi bcos na donjazzy, if na up and coming do dis kind album say som1 like dip,or morell or even dammy krane do dis kind song kia! Una for don kill dem!! Look dis album no make any sense to me @all…….. Even if dem no miss dbanj or k-switch those beats needs dbanj!!#Gbam!! So abeg make una no dey talk bout giving a second listening………..thanks

  64. the album is just there sha buh m' not rilly feeling it , unlike mo'hits 2007…… owkay check out EME's album , see how breathe takin it is. Anyway i bliv don jazzy and co can do better ….

  65. God go punish anybdy wey want but sand sand for dere gari

  66. Lmaoooo ???. and look at Mavin records now!!!

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