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The primary noticeable factor about Popcaan’s fifth album Nice Is He is that regardless of his intensive use of Patois lyrics which makes it markedly Jamaican, the 17-track album has solely two Dancehall songs, and is essentially a mixture of R&B and Afrobeats.
With Dancehall riddims being solely a minuscule characteristic of the mission, it may be seen by Dancehall purists as an infinite disservice to the style, since Popcaan is oftentimes known as certainly one of Dancehall’s greatest standard-bearers.
That mentioned, if there may be one admirable factor about Popcaan as a musician, it’s the truth that he innately is aware of easy methods to concoct catchy, memorable hooks, and give you distinctive melodies.
Consequently, although a lot of the verses of a number of of the songs are mundane, and are targeted on the identical outdated themes in prior songs – intercourse, horny women, wealth, jewelry, and quick vehicles, his melodies — an important a part of the song-writing course of — works within the St Thomas native’s favor.
As for his two Dancehall songs on the album, they’re rhythmic and catchy. Set It, which he dedicates to his “top girls” is laid on a 90-style Dancehall beat, the place he instructions them to wine and do raunchy issues to him, makes for an excellent addition to Dancehall selectors’ playlists.
So too, is New Benz, a observe laid on an uptempo Dancehall beat, and during which Popcaan begins off like a boss, deejaying about his prowess with women, his wealth, using the riddim with precision.
However, creativity, thought to be some of the necessary facets of song-writing, seems to be lacking in some situations, which makes a few of the songs, frankly, forgettable, because the concepts will not be new or distinctive or expressed in a compelling manner, with metaphors, similes, and so on. One exception to that is Popcaan’s very ingenious 11th Commandment, his “addition” to the Biblical 10 Commandments revealed to the Moses at Mount Sinai and “inscribed by the finger of God on two tablets.”
On this music’s hook and first verse, Popcaan scores lyrically, repeatedly warning his bonafides, and his girls, that disloyalty is forbidden, declaring at intervals: “thou shalt not switch pan di dawgs dem.”
An efficient album is predicted to have a theme or central thought which is carried all through its entirety, and this Popcaan does efficiently, by way of his messages of rising out of a poor life to certainly one of grandiosity.
Ostentation is the hallmark of this album. Nonetheless, though, it’s centered on recurrent themes of intercourse and cash, and bragging concerning the excessive life, it consists of songs corresponding to Past Life and Memories, which give attention to overcoming struggles, and zones in on some of the outstanding themes in Jamaican music over the past 20 years: “badmind”.
Defeat the Struggle, although, was a battle to hearken to, with a complete one-minute devoid of lyrics towards the tip.
Freshness, which was predicated on selling luxurious manufacturers, corresponding to Gucci, Prada and Fendi, bragging about having a number of girls, massive vehicles, weapons and ganja, regurgitated a few of the identical issues that may be heard in Skeleton Cartier. Cry fi Ya body is one other about intercourse and all that jazz, that followers have heard earlier than.
As for his collabs, Next to Me, his duet with former Miss World Toni-Ann Singh, by far, is the catchiest and most memorable of all of the songs on the album. It’s adopted up by, and rightly so, Teach Me, during which he asks the lady of his need to show him easy methods to love her and be an excellent man, which is an OK music, as are his duets with Chronic Law and Drake.
Aboboyaa with Burna Boy is one other uptempo music, with the recurrent Afrobeat theme: possessing wealth, numerous diamonds, showering girls with materials issues, as Popcaan implores a lady to trip on his figurative aboboyaa, which in actuality, is a West African tricycle.
The title observe Nice Is He, is a celebration of The Most Excessive, and isn’t a surprise from the God-fearing artist. Musically, it demonstrates that if Sizzla Kalonji is Jamaica’s King of Melodies, then Popcaan, his junior, little question, is the topped prince.
Total, Nice is He might have been really nice with the enter of extra stable and highly effective songwriting and stronger beats. The greatness which was anticipated, primarily based on the album’s title, was not forthcoming all through your complete physique of labor.
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