Column(UMPIRE STATE OF MIND):On Destinambari,Masterkraft non-creativity and more

Destinambari is that new Mo’cheddah song everyone will tell you is an impressive comeback song but truth be told, it is not. Admittedly, it is a good song, but impressive it is not. With the unnecessary Phyno verse, the decidedly striking title and the production (top-notch) by none other than Cobhams, the song feels more like a publicity stunt than a work of art.  A few months down the line, we will as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, get a remix with the usual suspects; Phyno, Olamide and/or Burna Boy. It’s all too predictable.

As perfect songs go, there have been few this year. Stinking Sh!t, the latest collaboration between the Grip Boiz and their sponsor/mentor, Ice Prince goes really close. ChopStix provides the really smooth beat that Yung L glides on with his uncommon rhyming that excites; Endia blends his bars in, sugaring the mix with ragga rap bars and Mr. Zamani’s grand intro to his verse matches any classic Rozay intro – in delivery, flow and let us not forget, vanity. God bless Grip Musik for coming correct on this one.

For one who has given the world gems like Banky W’s Jasi, Iyanya’s Away and I hate to add, DJ Xclusive’s Pangolo, Masterkraft is admittedly a darn good producer. Like most of his contemporaries though, he lacks creativity. Methinks the production process in his studio goes thus: Open Old Beat > Hit a few keys on laptop or keyboard > Save As ‘New Beat’. Moving away from the fact that Pangolo and Timaya’s Ukwu are Siamese twins, one can find sprinklings of Jasi all over his new track, Turn Down for What. Granted, the beat is thumping and can incite many to be divorced from their seats, but the song is a poor imitation of DJ Snake’s original of the same title. Worse still, it has Phyno singing like Runtown, his Penthauze labelmate. Oh, Masterkraft!

Someone needs to get Yung6ix and Vector into the same room and do a song; The Punchline Song. You can’t be too sure which of both men is the SI unit of wack rap anymore, so this initiative is in order. It beats the imagination that one same emcee can do two songs – First Class and One Tweet – that lie on the opposite ends of the qualitative index. The former is as good as the latter is terrible.