Lyrics Decoded: Mosquito Killer – Small Doctor

 

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Small Doctor’s Mosquito Killer began gaining airplay in late 2014. The fast paced street-hop song maintained a place on DJ playlists through 2015. Although Small Doctor has identified his genre as fuji-pop, he bagged a 2015 Headies nomination for best street hop.

According to the self styled Streets ambassador, Mosquito Killer was inspired after an Hausa street hawker, passed through the studio where he was recording, hawking insecticide.

 

(Intro)

Pemi Lomo Adamo

Eyin omo Igboro,

Mo saalamo (ain)

They call me Small Doctor

Akweje Ogan la o (ain)

 

Decoded

The song opens up with Small Doctor voicing his auto-tuned signature “ain”. He quickly settles into the song by paying homage to the streets with a “Salamo” a Yoruba word for “assalamualaikum” which loosely translates as peace be on to you. He then introduces himself as small doctor the big boss.

 

(Hook)

I dey kill mosquito well well,

Mo n’ payan,

Mo n’ padun very well

Nevermind, any corner well well.

Even if na orobo, lepa  

very well (x2)

well well.

 

Decoded

The hook of this song directly samples the infamous advertorial limerick of locally made insecticides hawkers. Small Doctor brags about his own proficiency in the art of killing mosquitoes and other crawling creatures. This is a metaphor for the slapping sound of thigh against thigh during sex. The same sound is made when clapping mosquitoes in the air with intent to kill. Small doctor reiterates that there is no shape or size he cannot handle. Whether orobo or lepa, he is a master mosquito killer.

 

(Refrain x2)

Ori Awon Somori

O mo yan ri

Ori awon somori

No dey do like say o mo n’ yan ri.

Decoded

If you have seen his goons, don’t try to pretend like they are not important.

 

Verse 1

Lagos to Calabar,

Aunty Laraba,

She say make we do Ojuju Calabar,

She come commot my wrapper,

I come pakurumo,

She said, she wants to do more,

Mo wan pakurumo

She come dey pariwo, pariwo pariwo

Abassey-bong, Etekere-bong

Small doctor bong

Everything, bong, bong bong

Decoded

Small Doctor narrates his experience with a seductive woman from Calabar and how she strips him naked and implores him to have sex with her. Calabar women are stereotyped for a having a voracious sexual appetite. Small Doctor affirms this stereotype as she demands more sex from him and subsequently screams random Calabar names at the height of her ecstasy.

(Hook)

(Refrain x 2)

Verse 2

Babalawo temi ma n’ wo coat.

E been drive motor,

Otun wa boat

Olosho lo ni parole,

Police officer loni patrol.

Oga me le woju re oo

me ke le joju re oo

 

Decoded

Small Doctor’s street origins is more evident in this verse. He describes his herbalist as professional who dons on suits as opposed to traditional wears. This Frank-Donga-eqsue herbalist also posseses more affluence than his peers as he owns a car and his own boat. He concludes the verse by making some observations about the streets; prostitutes have shady ways and police officers controls the streets by patrolling.

 

(Percussion)

 

Verse 3

One day – ojo kan ah

I go to farm – oko

I see snake – ejo

I run to house – Ile

I see papa –  daddy  

papa daddy carry gun – Ibon

We  go to farm  – oko

We see snake – ejo

papa kill snake – ejo

Emi a je snake ejo

Wetin i dey tell you be say

Mi o worry

 

Decoded

Small Doctor samples another popular limerick in this verse. The limerick tells the story of a boy who found a large snake on his way to the farm. The boy returned home to tell his father who subsequently killed the snake to make a satsifying meal. Snakes are forbideen as food in many cultures, but the boy and his father ate it anyway. Small Doctor related this with himself, stating fact that he doesn’t worry about being unconventional, because one man’s food is another man’s poison.

 

(Hook)

(Refrain x2)

 

(Outro)

Wo fe ti mi, emi je moto

Photographer to n ya  photo

(?) very well

Alabi Pasuma, well well

Oga sef dey kill mosquito well well, Olohun, Na so

(?) well well

Erintaku family very well

E- Don Kelly, Aminatu Pa Pa Pa, well well,

Yomi Sarz, Gbenga Sarz,  Iku Ejo  very well,

Lanre  Baale, Ateri Frayo ah na na

Obama Baba Bola very well

Olobo

i dey kill mosquito very well

They call me Small Doctor

Akweje Oga N La O

ain ain ain ain

 

Decoded

Small Doctor sarcastically mocks people trying to force him into things he won’t normally do. He exits the song by hailing his people and mentioning as many names as possible

 

NB (Shout out to the guy he referred to as Iku Ejo which loosely translates as “Death of a Snake”. We are sure there is a  wonderful story behind how he got that name).

 

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