STD is an instant classic. songs full of depth & meaning and still commercial which is very rare for a rap artiste to pull out these days in an industry filled with commercial appeal.
Shigma’s lyrical ability has reached high altitudes, each time i listen to STD provides new explainations. the album revolutionise hiphop into something more pop. the rapper takes us on a trip inside his mind, brings us closer to feelings like we know him. his voice does most of the work playing multiple roles in verses & hooks.
Looking at the choice of beat, STD featured sample instrumentals from variety of music genre(pop,hiphop,naija,Ragae beats) attimes it feels contradictory and the story transmitting on every song on the album feels different but thats where its Genius lies. the mixtape sampled instrumentals from Kanye West(flashy lights, touch the sky) Big Sean(finally famous), Monlee(Dreamer), S.O.S(Wish you could stay, Lil wayne(cry), Logic Ashanty.
The story of the album goes back & forth,
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on the first track of the Album Joe meant business he took us deep into his lyrical state of mind & his personal life as a whole He shared with us lessons he learnt from his late mother that “dreams come true”. It’s a great way to start a project.
2. CAUSING COMOTION Feat. B.I
The 2nd track goes deep to tell us about his love affair with a strange girl whom
Depicts as a girl whose features draws attention. Girl dem track I think. B.I was on this too with added Afro pop flavor.
At the course of expressing love in the midst of struggles of life, Shigma didnt forget to express his lyrical prowess by establishing words in picasso that portrays him as a lyrical wizard who paint pictures with words & can only be compared with prolific legendary paint artist like picasso. Joe was poetic on this. Great song.
4. NAIRA BILLS
Naira bills goes back to the rapper’s struggles & how money is an issue & more so the root of evil but who doesn’t want money anyway?
This track will surely give the audience mixed feelings because Joe Shigma did mention a lady’s name on track 2 but in here he goes on another thematic dimension in a groovy, danceable manner.
Don’t play games Joe!
6. FLASHY LIGHTS
Track 6 goes in an emotional way to tell us that being underground is being in the dark & there is a need to rise above and see sunny days. Nice punchlines by the way. “Food dey wait for pot for any one ambitious ” Joe is sick I told you.
7. OBI Feat. BLUE C
Joe shigma is sick. Damn !!! This is one of my favorite on the tape Joe stiry telling lyrical ability seems potent and legit. Its amazing how he narrated Mikel Obi’s story with dope bars. The rapper provided us with light on the northern side of Nigeria where there is little or low amount of stars & how Shigma see’s Mikel Obi as his model & also a competition. I think BLUE C had one of the finest Hooke on the tape only rivalled by Steve sings vocals on HOLD ON
8. DEM DANNO
Dem Danno is a song of hope, it speaks of Shigma’s wish & ambition to climb up the charts & earn material & spiritual esteem. I see Shigma’s eye on the Naira sign.
9. .GIMME SOME MORE Feat. B’RHYMZ
Shigma came in a groovy pattern telling us how he is unstopable & how he is doing well musically he featured B’Rhymz on this.
Joe came with story of a smoker who inspired & motivated him to grow & do better. I love the fact that most story told on the tape were real and true life stories. Blessed!
11. ANGELS IN DISGUISE
Talks about those that contributed in shigma’s life positively or negatively to him they are all “Angels in disguise”.
Its the shout out track of the tape don’t be mad Joe didnt mention names..
Wow! No guts no glory, if you want peace you gotta get ready for war” Joe Shigma had to employ the services of Killamuan to Talks about political issues and crisis in the Nigerian atmospere, the rapper seemed confident, bold & brave the sort most of us only heard about, I’m talking about FELA , BOB MARLEY , SARO WIWA and Mandela’s Guts. The Delivery was on point can’t skip this song.
13. MY PADI
The rapper talks about his mysterious child hood friend he loves so much. Choice of beat was on point. Felt like I was Shigma’s Day one Hommie. I love this song. Delivery on point.
14. HOLD ON Feat. BOC & STEVE SINGS
The biggest Guest on this project entirely BOC Madaki perfectly fitted in. Joe was on another level lyrics so dope
Both rappers encourage the audience Key word here — “patience is a virtue”
Beehive vocalist Steve sings showed up and gave a dope hooke.
15. MAGANA JARI CE (STD)
Sadly, the last song on the tape.. Anyways MAGANA JARI CE Represents the heart & soul of the album it embody’s everything in a nutshell. shigma in a bilingual maner(English & Hausa) & a switch off different tones shared to us visions from his childhood days his story as a young man his dreams & ambitions.He also shared at the end of the song a poetic piece that showed he has discovered his real self and no longer afraid of his true nature.
STD is an album with hidden depth where words and music operate in beautiful sychronocity a constantly unfolding dance that lands each new approach a sense of revelation
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