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D’Banj Attempts Trap Music With “El Chapo” . . Hit Or Miss?

Posted by Oluwatobi Ibironke on August 30, 2017 in Editorial, HOT!!, Social Views · 2 Comments


Truth be told, we were staunch believers of the gospel that D’Banj just needs to give it all up and stop his attempts at music. We admit that, and quite unashamedly too. But the release of his latest compiled effort, King Don Come has given plenty reason to consider retracting that thought and hold our tongue. I mean, the album topping iTunes chart already says a lot about it’s reception.

On this post, we bare our honest-abe thoughts on D’Banj’s “El Chapo” – a fine blend of afro and trap music genres featuring the lyrically brash Gucci Mane and the vocal genius of Wande Coal.

Find our assessment below and please make well to drop your reviews too.


  • Honestly, I thought we were gone past this but it’s evident to say that D’Banj is not done with us yet. Words can’t express how I feel ’bout this new record which features Wande Coal and Gucci Mane. Without much ado, I will just give my take in one word, AWESOME!!!

@iamdada42

  • At first I had already assumed that D’Banj will flop on this track but he gave me a striking shock with his vibe and flows on it. Though I think Gucci Mane ain’t the perfect international act to feature but I love the thugs and the guns in the video. Thanks to Wande Coal for killing it also, big-ups D’Banj!

@mag_designz

  • Oshey! Bangalee a.k.a young Pablo Escobar. So D’Banj decided to give trap music a trial and I must say his delivery is flawless. Although, let’s not forget that not everybody will buy the sound. Wande Coal again proves he can slay any genre. I was not feeling Gucci Mane’s verse but WTF it’s all aesthetics. Can’t wait to listen to King Don Come.

@dahnieelz

  • International collaborations have become the sine qua non of our music industry. It is a race and most, (if not every) artiste is on the track, looking to stay shoulders and head above others. In this regard, D’Banj is in the front line. Having a gangster rapper like Gucci Mane on a narco-themed record like El Chapo, is brilliant and commendable. I think the song was on a mid-level until Wande switched things up. But if NBC or broadcasters can place an embargo on Olamide’s Wo!, then D’Banj’s El Chapo should get similar treatment.

@ibironketweets

  • For me, trap music is tricky. I’m not exactly a fan of trap because it almost always sounds the same and that gets me very bored quite easily. Not D’Banj’s El Chapo though, this one is pure litness! Maybe it has to do with how he’s sounding original, like the D’Banj we used to know, not tryna fake/fuss foreign vibes… or perhaps the unique fusion of afro elements in the musical sounds. I also like the toughness Gucci Mane’s verse added to the song, a song of this nature really needed that kind of depth. And then Wande Coal! Boy, he only came to slay.

@jimancipation



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  1. I don’t think el chapo did justice to the wave trap music has evolved to become and the art that Dbanj is notable for. The sound as a standalone is very blase and this only buttress the fact that the AfroBeat image resonating with Dbanj was erased and nope, Gucci Mane did so lil on the track he could well be left out. Wande really pulled this song from the trap graveyard so recognizance with hit baby bloomers.
    Generally, this track has built and anticipation for the future but as a single, hell naw. It’s a big fail because this track should be the lonegenre track in a diaspora channeled album.
    Rating: 4/10
    Video rating: 7.5/10 No drug scene as in Fans Mi!!!!

    • I think I agree with you. It’s good but…not the ‘on repeat’ kinda track, imo.

      And Nice analysis btw…this is one intelligent analysis unlike the usual dumb and almost nauseating “hater, goan sing your own” kinda comments.

      Good one.


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