The texture of Davido’s voice is alright for many things; an over edited autotuned chorus, making high life music with the aid of backup vocals and calling passengers at Ojuelegba bus stop. His voice isn’t well-suited for live band performances. The OBO singer has attempted this a couple of times, but the results have been dastardly. His coarse voice has its unique points but it fails woefully when he tries to switch between high and lower notes, which is more horrendous to watch when he attempts this on a live stage where his precious auto-tune cannot save him.
9ice used to be one of Nigerian music’s most proficient suppliers of heavy hitting hooks and verses. His voice was unique and coupled with his often proverbial lyrics, always delivered music with a tinge of epicness. However, listening to the singles he released late last year, Abefe and Ogara one hears a 9ice who still retains some of his wordy lyricism but has lost his unique voice. He heavily relied on backup vocals and auto-tune on both songs. Despite the high lyrical quality of both songs, 9ice seems to only able to speak a few words at a time, before his voice exhausts itself. We are beginning to become convinced that it may be time for the veteran to hang the boots or delve into other ventures like song writing.
Don Jazzy is not a bad vocalist in the conventional sense, but the Mavin boss’ inability to stay away from his children’s songs has begun to put their talents under scrutiny. We are unsure if Don Jazzy is using his vocals to influence the appeal of his artistes or promote himself. Either way, he has to let go and let them sing for themselves.
B.Red is a Davido wannabe only with worse vocals and no singing ability whatsoever. We blame the producers that keep letting him enter their studios to punish their microphones. Stop. Please, just Stop.
That many rappers around the world have sung on some of their tracks doesn’t mean all rappers can (we cannot all be Andre 3000.) Olamide has convinced himself of his ability to sing by the grace of auto-tune and decent production credits. His inability to deliver these auto tuned songs on live stages (lip synching doesn’t count) however is a stain on his rather impressive artistry. Besides, there are only a few rappers worth an ear in Nigeria and Olamide is one of them. If the industry loses him completely to this sing-song style, he will be hard to replace.
You’re no longer under EME Skales, now is the time to get back on that trip to the Grammys. As a rapper.
KCEE’s solo career has coasted off two things; Harrysong’s passable songwriting abilities and a Nigerian media that will force its public to listen to just about anything as long as the screen and air time are paid for. Over the years, KCEE has force-fed us with mediocre songs with poor vocals even auto-tune could not rescue. KCEE’s poor vocals inspired this legendary tweet below
If Kcee was having a free concert at my house I’d get a hotel for the night. Tbh
— BadAss (@Badmancooks) October 8, 2015
Coming from a hip hop power house like Chocolate City should pressure rappers to constantly improve their sound. For Ice Prince, however, the reverse has been the case. After the success of his debut album, ELI, Ice Prince began a sing-song style reminiscent of his 2013 hit, Aboki. The rapper has since evolved from this style to actually singing heavily autotuned hooks and verses on any song with his name on it. Chocolate City needs to call this man to order. This is not the Ice Prince we signed up for.
This is another unlikely success story created by Don Jazzy. His poor vocals has been covered up by multiple layers of vocal fx and production magic tricks over the years. Thank you very much for this one, Don Jazzy.