Vibes and Insha Allah: A Lanbalist Trip with Alaga Ibile.

Your money is 1,500, the driver utters the statement without any regard for my pocket. For a boy who was well accosted to 300 naira "sole" drop from Ondo to Akure. Paying 1,500 from Ondo to Owo was something I didn’t bargain for.

Reluctantly, I paid for it, I was on my way to Ipele for my grandma's burial, the wake keep was slated for the evening. I needed a direct bus to Owo. Stopping in Akure was never in the plan, the money was not an obstacle too. Anything for my grandma.

I read during most of my trips, this time around, Prof Wole Soyinka's anthology of play was on my lap. I was stuck on the introduction page.

While perusing the book, I got a call from my sister, there was an update from her on how to go about my journey. At the end of the call, was a pop up about the release of Reminisce's Extended play from one of Nigeria music websites. I streamed it for more than two hours.

In 2016, Reminisce dropped El-Hadj, a project which failed to match up to expectations. A few months after, there was the push to get Oladips in our face. It lasted for a few years before they went their separate ways. While this was going on, Reminisce took a break from music, dedicating a lot of times to his family, (Hafusa, Fatima and his wife), he was part of their growth, he used the time to understand them more. It was a phase in his life he cherished most.

While this was going on, the fans felt he was starving them, in order to quench their thirst, he almost released an album in September 2019 but it was shifted due to some relearning and learning process he was into at that time.

It's the third quarter of the lockdown year, Reminisce is out with a project he recorded during the lockdown.

Vibes and Insha Allah is the first off the three EP Reminisce is slated to drop this year. A six-track project which addresses the political tension in the country and pays tribute to his family with collaboration with Tiwa Savage and Fireboy.

TMXO, Krizbeats, Looneytunes, Aivert and Sarz handled the production.

The opening track Vibes might be referred to as the mellow of the Alaga Ibile's album intro. On this, he is more focused, it about his family, gone are the days he was trying to prove to people how good he was. Vibes had some vocal from Reminisce two daughters (Motunrayo and Fatima). He was frustrated with the lockdown. You can refer to the track as a means of answering the question "How do you spend your day". The use of Saxophone and the intro complimented the song and ushered the fans into a good atmosphere for the artistic journey. In 2018, Reminisce was in Saudi Arabia for hajj, this is reflective in the way he pens down his lyrics, most especially the last verse. He was grateful for life, to God, and most especially his family.

Gbedu is an Afro-fusion, it sampled one of Fela tune (Zombie) and there was a little incorporation of the Arewa sound. A plot to appeal to the Hausa demography. A verse from Burna would have been good. Lyrically, it a watered down. There was a lot of repetition and excessive elongation.

Unlike Tekno's Jogodo which he used to serenade his lover Amaka before the girl disappointed 2face, Reminisce's Jogodo is about naysayers, purists, and critics who have always questioned his artistry, a lot of people don't really regard him as a rapper. Towards the end of the song he used some sexual innuendo and went political about the state of the nation, slay Queens, and liposuction among women. The song could have been divided into three parts, combining more than three topics on a song might be difficult for a listener to decipher.

Sarz's produced Ogaranya was the lead single of the project. This is a tune that might scatter any party. Fireboy's contribution was restricted to the hook which he slew.

Reminisce once referred to himself as a Lanbalist, Eja Osan is a follow up to Ogaranya. You can call it Lanba, the second coming. It was permeated with sexual innuendos, no matter how much both act tries to conceal it. The initiated are well acquitted with the metaphor and symbolism embellished in the song.

Over 2.5 is about betting and misadventure gamblers undergo. The beat is danceable, another Lanba. There was a short clip by Nollywood actor Sanyeri at the end of the track.

Vibes and Insha Allah would be an every Lanbalist favourite. For the lovers of rap and maybe the 2013-2015 Reminisce, they might need to wait for a while, he is on a long walk to Zion.



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