Blaqbonez has successfully made his mark in the hip hop industry, his art fortuitously becoming one of the templates in the new school Nigerian pop scene, so to speak. He has honed his career in such a way that has allowed him to merge his ability to deliver rap songs with the perfection of his singing skills that he introduced us to on the Mr Boombastic EP.
‘This album is my own gospel, it’s wild, it’s provoking but it’s mine’ he tweeted few days to the release of his sophomore album ‘Sex Over Love’—a body of work that explores the realities of the typical Nigerian pop star and a beautiful attempt at trying to change the narrative of romance in this present day, with each song arguing the point that emotions and romance are of lesser relevance as compared to coitus in all forms of relationships these days. Although Blaqbonez stuck with the sexual theme of the album, he managed to project his rap side with certain inflections and flows that explain why other rappers dislike him like he did on the album opener ‘Novacane’, adding a clip from his rap battle days at the end of the song that reminds us of his lyrical prowess as a rapper and also exudes the usual comic mien that is ever evident in his voice when he delivers his lines.
It is notable to mention that despite the theme of the album being sexually inclined, it was properly sequenced in such a way that makes the entire project sonically cohesive. The careful selection of dense beats to stick with the album theme, the vocal flex on ‘Never Been In Love’, the occasional hardcore hip hop beat like on ‘Zombie’ and the beat switch on ‘Don’t Touch’ all prove that Blaqbonez has fully honed his skills as a rapper/singer who has no problem delivering commercially inclined songs while still maintaining his stance as one of the hardest rappers in the game.
While ‘Sex over Love’ might seem like a cocky enunciation of different variances of sex, which can also be likened to a representation of the realities of a typical young Nigerian pop star who is navigating his newly found fame and all that comes with it in form of women, there is a hint of romance and genuine emotions on ‘Don’t Touch’—a track on which he confesses love and his willingness to fight for his love interest. This might lead you to think Blaqbonez is quite conflicted, as the idea behind the entire project is to convince you to not engage in the business of love.
This album is unarguably Blaq’s truth, as it is unhealthy yet normal for every young Nigerian pop star to have their hearts guarded up in fear of being hurt by the various women who flock around them with all forms of ingenuity. This reality is obvious on ‘Okwaraji’ where he admits that he learned to suppress his emotions to avoid being walked all over. He also touches on his pre-fame life on ‘Heartbreaker’, reiterating that he refuses to be tied to one woman when she wouldn’t even love him at his lowest. This particular track might come off as vain and overtly sexually themed as Blaqbonez opens the song with lines that give an impression that he’s reduced his lady to just sex, he also asks why he should love a hoe when women hate fuckboys, but it doesn’t entirely mean that Blaq intentionally demeans womanhood in any way.
It’s no doubt that Blaqbonez’ obsession and lustiness as expressed on this album can be attributed to his newly found fame and while he is basks in the euphoria of everything that comes with it—the women especially, you can tell that there is a hint of excess requital for his experiences before the fame while fighting his conflicting interests at different points on this album and these factors may make his decision to choose love over sex sound a little vengeful but it doesn’t take away the fact that he has made a very strong point with his opinion on sex and love.
Writer: OLAMIDE ADEMESO