African trailblazer, Mr Eazi has released a new ballad single titled “Love For You”, off his EP, ‘Something Else‘.
Mr Eazi returns with a five-track EP reaping the rewards of the entrepreneurial seeds he’s sown. Something Else continues a pioneering blend of Banku music and dancehall, dripping in his trademark languid vocals.
Eazi isn’t shy to experiment with broody trap on “The Don” alongside Benin City producer Killertunes and Jos singer E Kelly, both from his emPawa stable.
An Afrobeats call to the dance floor (“Saudi Arabia”) and a laid-back ballad (“Love For You”) show Eazi acknowledging his roots, while the tropical house-tinged “Cherry” features Kenyan-born neo-soul singer Xenia Manasseh, another emPawa artist.
Mr Eazi serves us a new surprise EP tagged “Something Else” featuring 5 hot tracks, with production credit to Killertunes, E Kelly and Kel P
“For Eazi, the EP represents a “calm before the storm” as he continues his journey from the artist on breakthrough projects Life Is Eazi, Vol. 1 – Accra To Lagos (2017) and Life Is Eazi, Vol. 2 – Lagos to London (2018) project to a globe-spanning entrepreneur and business visionary.
“I spent the entire year working on building emPawa Africa and morphing into ‘Don Eazi’, the mogul,” MR EAZI says of 2020. “I almost had no time to record. This project was inspired by Kel P and Killertunes, who kept coming to meet me in Accra until I finally recorded ‘The Don.’ That opened the door for me getting back in the studio.”
A dramatic, opera-inspired slice of afro trap “The Don” invites listeners into Eazi’s ever-expanding world, while “Love For You” is vintage Mr Eazi, a tender afrobeats track”
Joseph Akinwale Akinfenwa, professionally called Joeyboy unites with his label boss, Mr Eazi to serve fans and music lovers this lovely record christened; ‘Faaji’.
Joeboy was discovered by multiple award winning Nigerian singer and Empawa Africa leader, Mr Eazi. He was then signed to Mr. Eazi’s emPawa100, an initiative used to support up and coming talented acts.
Joeboy was announced the Best Artiste in African Pop at the 2019 All Africa Music Awards and Best Pop at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards Festival.
He has also been nominated for Multiple City People Entertainment Awards and The Headies.
Nigerians are famously known for their flamboyance and showiness at parties and everywhere else. This same attribute has been carried on in our songs, where musicians often sing about their wealth and go as far as urging their love interests to indulge in their wealth.
That narrative now seems to be taking a twist due to the recent formation of the Stingy Men Association of Nigeria with highbrow members from the entertainment world such as Don Jazzy and Mr Eazi amongst them. Formed as an elaborate joke on social media app, Twitter, it is said to have been created to overcome excessive billing by members of the opposite gender.
Since it is believed that there’s a song for every mood, here are songs that perfectly capture the sentiments of members of the SMAN:
1. Kizz Daniel- Pak ‘n’ Go
With lines like ‘if you buy am isi’ewu and she say you no buy shawarma pack and go’ and others like’ and ‘if you buy am okrika, she say she want the Gucci pack and go’, this song has all it takes to be the national anthem of members of the stingy men association.
2. See Me So- 2Baba
This is a classic hit from 2Baba and even though it sees the legend singing about the importance of having people in your corner, lines like ‘as you see me so, I no send you o,’ is what makes this song fit into the pockets of members of the stingy men association.
3. Gbese- Lil Kesh
Yes, Lil Kesh promised to lavish his wealth on the subject of his fantasies in his song, but the echoed call of ‘gbese re o’ in the chorus is all the reminder that is needed by members of the Stingy Men Association to keep their wallets sealed and their legs moving.
4. Zlatan- Lagos Anthem
In this song, Zlatan speaks for the confused and amazed majority who cannot believe the heights of extravagance people are riding on after claiming that there’s no money in Lagos. This is definitely the soundtrack for members of the SMAN who are dedicated to keeping their wealth for themselves.
5. Reason With Me- Rudeboy
This is a touching song that shows the anguish felt by a man whose lover wants financial loving and not only the emotional currency he can currently afford. While men of the SMAN may be able to afford more, the plea in this song is definitely up their alley.
6. Identity- Oliver De Coque
The motto of the Stingy Men Association is ‘Let me see what I can do,’ a response to future monetary requests they intend to do nothing about. Ironically, on Identity by Oliver De Coque, he sings “I no dey promise anything wey my power no reach. My yes is my yes, my no is my no
I no dey make inyanga, I’m a simple man by nature” and that sounds like lines from an OG that are worthy of emulating especially by members of the SMAN. Perhaps the association is in for a change of slogan after this.
7. Ilu Le O- Victor Olaiya
This song makes the perfect addition to this playlist as Victor Olaiya not only captures how everyone struggles with money but the cards a woman might play on a man she’s involved with when in need of money.
This calm highlife number definitely has all it takes to be the closing song for the meetings of members of the Stingymen Association of Nigeria.
Which of these songs do you think best fits the constitution of the Stingy Men Association of Nigeria?
Giants in their respective spheres, MR EAZI and J BALVIN bridge their musical worlds on the Killertunes-produced “Lento,” trading lyrics in Spanish, English and Yoruba, with a hat tip to Elvis Crespo’s merengue classic “Suavemente.”
The Meji Alabi-directed video was shot across continents, with scenes filmed in London, England — Eazi’s homebase for much of 2020 — and at Balvin’s HQ in Colombia.
“We always wanted to do a video for this song but we were locked down in different parts of the world,” MR EAZI says.
“It was so beautiful linking up with the directors and coming up with this concept in a way where we were still in the video together, sharing the energy. It captures the entire mood of the song, and the dancers were super outstanding.”
Banks Music Boss, Reekado Banks brings a classic number titled “People Dey” featuring Banku Music boss, Mr Eazi. The song was taken off his latest project, ‘Off the Record.
Powered by Reekado Banks’ innovative takes on Afrofusion, Off The Record strikes a balance between intimate sounds and major pop moves. He taps into his heritage, declaring Nigeria his home with guest Harmonize for the highlife-influenced “Mama”. With an assured outlook, Reekado brings along Mr Eazi and Tiwa Savage as he shares new experiences.
Nigerian singer, L.A.X serves up a classic tune dubbed “Perfect” featuring Banku Music boss, Mr Eazi.
The song is a cut from his latest project dubbed “ZaZa Vibes” containing 12-tracks.
L.A.X serves up mellow tones on Zaza Vibes. Infectious standout track “Losing My Mind” displays the singer’s Afropop nous while “Sade” employs a tropical feel and sensual lyricism reminiscent of the famed British superstar. The 12-track EP closes with “Gobe Remix”, a track with Simi and Tiwa Savage that encapsulates L.A.X’s sound—African rhythms blended with jazzy notes.