Music review: Eva Alordiah roars fiercely on Kanayo

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Eva Alordiah seems finally ready to drop her highly anticipated 1960 LP and we have never been more ready. Although the rapper released a viral video for Kanayo late last year, the single is the rapper’s first official musical release of the year.

The fresh number opens with heavy bass drums and a deep vocoder. The hook of the song bursts energetically into the instrumentals as a tribal choir yells Kanayo Oh Kanayo. Eva then eases herself into the song with the words Ema lo wo mi bi Rihanna/Awon eleyi won ti kana . This loosely translates as a demand by the rapper that she not be compared with Rihanna because she has a tougher streets smarts. The rest of the near 4-minute song plays like the exact type of aggressive hip-hop sound Eva needs to reclaim her dominance in Nigerian music.

Kanayo is a perfect cross-breed of commercial rap and afrocentric hip-hop.  The hip-hop aesthetic of the song is further improved by featured vocals from the duo of Phyno and Reminisce. Powered by the brilliant production, the trio effectively do justice to the song, delivering sleek rhymes and dope verses to create what plays like an early release of the hardest hip-hop song of the year.

There are not many low points on Kanayo unless we are noting an evident M.I Chairman flow that hovered around Eva’s verses.  Except we’re making a case for originality, even this flaw can be ignored.

Kanayo is a sign Eva has finally decided to stay in the industry and claim her place in the game. If her forthcoming 1960 album sounds anything like this, she can have all our money.

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