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Isn’t Adekunle Gold’s “Ready” His Laziest Musical Attempt?

Posted by Jim Donnett on April 5, 2016 in AUDIO · 47 Comments


Remember that time when we almost sent Boy Kiss to the crucifix over the alleged act of templating the sounds off his debut hit single, Woju, for his sophomore track, Laye?

Aha, you do right? I was in the passenger-led seat of that bandwagon.

Next on the list is YBNL lover man, Adekunle Gold. I obviously can’t be the only one who has noticed that this new song, ‘Ready’ sounds an awful lot like a spinoff from ‘Pick Up’. They sound too damn much alike! Of course, both tracks were torched by the magic fingers of YBNL badman, Pheelz Mr Producer (by the way, I’m tripping for that new audio signature. It makes me go gaga whenever my ears happen upon them).

That aside, I think it’ll be unfair to smack down ‘Kunle the way we literally consumed Boy Kiss. Unlike Kiss Daniel who still had a whole lot more to do in proving himself past the timed event of releasing just two singles, Adekunle Gold hasn’t flinched in showing his versatility since he surfaced the industry and pulled massive commercial reception at the same time. Even at that, it’s difficult to turn a blind eye to concepts such as this that reek of unoriginality.

Is ‘Kunle loosing grip of his musical formula?
Does YBNL have one, or perhaps too many things to do with this dumb-down effect?
Oh wait, shall we point accusing fingers at the streets for Adekunle’s sudden slack?
Or… oh, he might have finally settled for this viral approach to making quickie hits as evidenced from materials released by his label mates. You know, making music is a lot of work oh, especially when you’re tasked with developing content that appropriately fits a melody.

Isn’t that why Kiss Daniel’s Woju and Laye sound alike?
Isn’t that why Pepenazi’s Illegal and One For The Road sound alike?
Isn’t that why Olamide’s Bobo and Abule Sowo sound alike?
Isn’t that why Flavour and P-Square have myriad hits that sound too alike? They even dared to call them ‘Part 2’ because we’re so dimwit that we can’t decipher when artistes plagiarize their own works.
So I might be the latest to have arrived at this stale conclusion that our artistes are lazy. And the bug may have bitten Adekunle too deeply when he waxed this new record.

The styling is so alike with his previous release. The lyrical framework are the same, the beat count and design are quite very similar to each other, the musical arrangement obviously share similarities that you just can’t miss especially in vocal tones and harmony structure. Lemme explain what I mean by that – you can literally sing both songs over each other’s instrumentation. By now, you must know that it’s very unacceptable a feat from the first (or isit second?) boy wonder of YBNL. And as much as I want to claw down on the label’s modus operandi for delivering successive hits, ‘Kunle should know better than to applying such lazy formula to his widely celebrated music theses.

Don’t get me wrong, Ready is a beautiful song. Without any doubts whatsoever. Infact, we will jam it from our car stereos (me especially – it’s been on replay sef); we will even groove to it at several chill and turn up spots all over town; couples, brides especially will use it to bid  final farewell to their spinsterhood and stride gallantly into their new life of Mrs. So you can see that the track is already a winner for whatever occasion. Still, ‘Kunle can’t afford to cave now. We’re definitely not gonna have that. His music essence gives hope to very few of us change preachers and practitioners of this industry. We really can’t bear losing him just when we began to bask in the euphoria of his creative uniqueness. He needs to buck up!

Written by Jim Donnett

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  1. to me the hitz sounded alike but they are of different messages and of high taste in listeners ear… so i felt even if is the same beat and same style… since the message passed across are different and on their level they are hitz on their own… i perhaps conclude that nothing to criticize in the music sounding alike… more over that statement that is a lazy music is not just part of it because… Adekunle came to limelight with just a single music carting away awards in all its nominated categories… Adekunle is a hit maker and will still be… we said same for laye not until laye become a hit everyone just wish to hear everyday… believe me all we need is just to settle down and hear the flows of the music

  2. First time donnet speaketh the truth and typed et with honesty..kudos… #ready

  3. Actually it is. Jim I love ur write ups, analysis and criticism, twale.

  4. Wait tx waitin happen now leave this boy alone now han han han Ana its a great song . Maybe if u gv him wife he will gv us another single better than orente


  6. Jim stop the criticism and withdraw that word “Lazy” cos Ready is lyric ally different from pick up, pls relax and catch fun with the track.

  7. Well who you EPP?

  8. …..U think its easy to produce hits. Even tho expectation was preety high on this track but it fell below expectation. Regardless, let’s encourage Mr Gold for his hardwork. Kudos man. LoordPerspective likes d song and rates it 65%

  9. #ready Adekunle gold really #f up on that song i no feel am at all

    • Go and sing yours

  10. Sing ur own song if u feels say e easy na..u want make wetin hapen with wizkid and lindaikeji hapen?

  11. Abeg how bobo and abule sowo take sound alike????

  12. Yes

  13. bitch

  14. The song nolast reach 3 mins before I deleted it#
    Why store a song I ‘wll always next when it start playing?

    ..His wackest song so far#
    …Boring chorus / wack lyrics nd flows#

    …No motivation/sounds more of a unwritten-unplanned lyrics…

  15. I think omolara is worst. Would rate omolara 35 if ready is rated 50

  16. i concur

  17. IM JIM … This is an cool review. Well, n my honest opinion though, i feel he had that song long before pick up and decided to release it now so it wont waste. I mean its better you abuse him now that later. You would also notice that he didnt give the single much push. He sure knows all these already……So trust me he is READY.

  18. Leave the boy alone if u knw like d song delete am and move on.

  19. Who right dis rubbish???…..dey sound like does’nt mean ist dsame….hian….!!!u know nothing about music….mumu write up

    • And u do??

  20. Who write dis rubbish???…..dey sound like does’nt mean ist dsame….hian….!!!u know nothing about music….mumu write up


  22. Its a part of PICK UP, I wasted my mb by downloadin dis shit. Bt I no go blame am cos na albun track e b…

  23. Nobody ixx perfect dude u cnt expect him to be 100percent good all the time even d great 2facefumbles atimes. Jxt chill nd watch.

  24. I pick a point in Wat he wrote which is d “lazy” part, and is for real, most of all our artiste are truly lazy. are lazy for real all they are looking is short cut n music is not like dat. adekunle really needs to work hard musically coz “SADE” was even a full time copyright song of One direction titled “STORY OF MY LIFE” just Google search for that song, dsame beat (production) same progression, just dsame song he just change d lyrics dat’s all. Mehn dat is not helping d industry to grow more. they need to be creative more n more musically.

    • English don..mtchew,’sade’ was a cover for the ‘story of ma life’ if u tink they are lazy,dm go do ur own.#discovering..

  25. Mitchew…….I think u shld right is wrong if u are not contented wid the song……#who u epp????????

  26. #nice1 tho!!#

  27. Man Chill! It’s nothing.

  28. Adekunle Gold Song Sand Lovely

  29. Adekunle Gold Songs Sound Always Lovely

  30. This same song u people are condemning, I can’t stop playing the track. Don’t just know how most people listen to music, they just hear the tone, they don’t wait to get the message the song is passing, they start complaining. Let me throw this question to u all condemning this track, calling him lazy, how many nigeria musicians of today can pass message with their songs like adekunle gold? Waiting 4 all ur response

  31. Hey! D song is real fucking dope

  32. who u EPP wait and see the song become a hit mumu writeup

  33. I thought I was the only one who noticed that ready and pick up sounded too alike. I for one blamed the producer for not switching up the beats, but then again who knows what goes on in the studios these days. Ready is a good song, not a great one like pick up, sade or orente. I think Mr Gold needs to be careful with replicating the beats on his songs, so he doesn’t have a barrage of good songs but great songs. Just my 2 cents

  34. Pls it’s a nice song and we love it whether it sounds like pick up or not ?

  35. I don’t have much to say, We all know that d beat is virtually almost d same. who cares? the lyric is actually real. makes much sense to me, ion know why it doesn’t make sense to u and every other critic, imagine… would u say abule sowo and Bobo sound alike. Mr Adekunle, I love this song God bless you.

  36. Well the beat is dope aiiiii doesn’t matter if it sounds alike or not he is there making his dough and you’re here analysing Biko get a life

  37. I tink dis song is gr8,it has gud lyrics,swee tune,wow it supanatural.if u lyk it or nt MR GOLD is scalin unit.adekunle is sumone we need 2 watch out 4 dat it.luv dis guy,luv his muzic.#READY

  38. i tink mr gold is #READY 4 critics

  39. Dnt care wat u sai abt him d song z a hit nd would continue 2 b #badbelle#

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