TIMAYA ALBUM REVIEW – Epiphany

TIMAYA ALBUM REVIEW – Epiphany

ARTIST – TIMAYA ALBUM – EPIPHANY
FEATURES – OLAMIDE, PHYNO,

TERRY G, PATORANKING, SHINA PETERS, DEETTII, RASKIMONO, SEAN PAUL, 2FACE
PRODUCERS – YOUNG D, ORBEAT, SARZ, PAPITO, MASTERKRAFT, T-SPIZE, JEZ BLENDA, DREY BEATZ, KENNY
LABEL- DM RECORDS
RUNNING TIME- 73 MINS 05 SECONDS
Timaya has been a commercial success right from the days of hisdadaand his 5th studio album titled ‘Epiphany’ comes with high expectations so hopefully, it doesn’t fall below par. Epiphany suggests a divine manifestation and theEgberi Papais clothed all white on the cover perhaps in a bid to convey the supposed appearance of divine. Will the songs be able to attest to the epiphany?
The album begins with the Young D-produced trackBOW DOWN, not bad for a start or is theEgberi Papaplaying safe? The next track isSANKO,it got me nodding but on a second listen I couldn’t shake off that Burna Boy vibe in the song. Timaya goes further withLAI LAI,again produced by Young D and it features Terry G. The song is a glorified crap! The ringing of bells and‘kabashing’literally makes no sense to me. And did Terry G just sayginger?Oh please! Stale lyrics.LOVE (MY BABY)is not a bad love song. He appreciates his baby or at least according to Timaya, “she good for bed” and that is enough to be grateful for. The use of Igbo language gives it that indigenous feeling and that little touch of high life in the beat gives it the ‘African-ness’.
GBAGAMfollows after, featuring Phyno and Deetti. Orbeat doesn’t disappoint on the beat while Timaya and the featured artistes deliver well. Not a bad debut for Deetti as well. After this, Timaya comes out to let us know he is a bad man onBAD MAN TIN. It has awesome beats, heavily spiced with enough curry and maggi to tickle your fancy. It saved the day. My friends actually think the beat should have been reserved for a better song.The next song on the ‘Epiphany’ is titledIT’S ALLOWED. Typical Timaya! Just like the title, it’s allowed to skip to the next song. The song doesn’t pass any distinct meaning from player hating to whining theukwu.C’mon! After skipping, the next track features Patoranking and it’s titledGIRLS DEM. The titled is self explanatory. Another bum-bum song. Nice beats though.HAPPYfeatures a veteran, Sir Shina Peters. It’s anowambejam with a lovely tune and not a bad collabo either. Shina Peters gave it that ‘old school touch’ but must Timaya always remind us that he and his mama sold plantain?
Next on the play list isSANKODANCE HALL KING. I reserve my comment on this. OnBOTHER ME,Timaya deviates from the bum-bum story to pass a message, especially on the state of unrest in the country. Not a bad track. The beats make you nod your head while you get the message in the lyrics.Egberi Papasings of a strained relationship onPAIN. The beat is commercial enough. The lyrics? Nothing new but well delivered above average.OVERFLOWfeatures Olamide.Dis wan na beta beat,good for the club goers. But must Olamide cough to prove a point? Like the title suggests onBEHIND ME,Timaya tells us another bum-bum story. Wonderful club banger so don’t expect sensible lyrics. After this, he saysESHE.Could he be thanking God for the bum-bum inBehind Me? The next tracksHOLD ME NOW,UKWU,EKOLOMA DEMBA&BOM BOMREMIXtakes one on a journey round the world of bum-bums andukwus.These tracks don’t disappoint the club goers.
The last trackAPPRECIATIONwhich features 2face is a wonderful way to end a 5th album by appreciating his fans. This jam happens to be my favourite on the compilation. 2face brings in this unexplainable flavor while Young D does a good job on the production. The bonus trackDEM NO LIKE MEfeaturing Raskimono is no fluke. Listen for yourself. The albumEpiphanyshould have been termed ‘UKWU-PHANY’ due to the numerous bum-bum stories. Timaya’s compilation doesn’t fall below par because he hasn’t disappointed his targeted audience. After all, some second studio albums can’t hold water.

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