ADVERTISEMENT

In 'Boyahnah II' Bahdman Niko fully bears the markings of the street [Review]

'Boyahnah II' is evidence that there's still much more to come from the Street hop star.

Bahdman Niko's carries 'Boyahnah II' full marking of the street [Review]

Bahdman Niko's music carries the full marking of the street in all its candour, coarseness, and urgency.

On 'Boyahnah II,' Badman Niko set out to show the making of a Street hop star whose talent is forged by rich music that has defined street music across generations.

ADVERTISEMENT

'Boyahnah II' comes off the back of career-altering success with songs like 'Off The Plant (OTP)' and 'Puff Puff Pass' that have won Bahdman Niko the attention and affection demographic of listeners. It's for these listeners that he makes a follow-up EP that doubles down on the content of his previous EP.

He opens the project on a reflective note with '2023' that captures his career breakthrough in the preceding year and the fast-paced life it offered. He gives a shoutout to fans on Tik Tok or "Trech Tok (a portmanteau of Trenches and Tik Tok)", if you like, whose patronage rocketed him to commercial success.

With his stocks at an all-time high, Badman Niko conveys the pain that comes with the struggles he endured away from the limelight while turning to God for ease.

A defining part of Badman Niko's music is the no-holds-back writing with which he paints vivid pictures of his desires and escapades. On 'Jenifa Mi,' he adorns his playboy robe and samples classic lines from Fuji royalty Wasiu Ayinde's 'The Message (Omo Naija)' while smoothly flowing over a Konto beat that pays homage to the timeless street sound that emerged from Ajegunle.

ADVERTISEMENT

Badman Niko deploys the vibrant drums of gyration music on 'Ghetto Hybrid' as he leans towards the sound that is seeing a commercial resurgence in the Nigerian mainstream. Bahdman Niko taps Igbo rapper Jeriq whose verse adds cultural identity to the song on which he celebrates his status as a music star whose talent and reality is representation of the ghetto.

Badman Niko showcases his ability to deliver party-starting hits on the Log drum-driven record 'Okparaji' featuring Bad Boy Timz. While retaining his definitive street elements, Bahdman Niko still delivers a song that appeals to the sensibility of the average mainstream consumer.

"I came from zero and I go be your hero," Badman Niko sings on the EP curtain dropper '24' as he reminds himself of how far he has come and his desire to keep pushing the boundaries of talent while staying true to himself and his spiritual essence.

With 'Boyahnah II,' Badman Niko is continuing his fine form through a body of work that captures his essence and resonates with his ever-growing fan base.

ADVERTISEMENT

Since breaking into the mainstream in 2023 courtesy of his adventurous EP 'Off The Planet,' Badman Niko has carved a niche for himself as Afrobeats' most street-defining artist.

'Boyahnah II' is evidence that there's still much more to come from the Street hop star.

0-1.9: Flop

• 2.0-3.9: Near fail

• 4.0-5.9: Average

ADVERTISEMENT

• 6.0-7.9: Victory

• 8.0-10: Champion

Pulse Rating: /10

Album Sequencing: 1.5/2

Songwriting, Themes, and Delivery: 1.5/2

ADVERTISEMENT

Production: 1.5/2

Enjoyability and Satisfaction: 1.4/2

Execution: 1.5/2

TOTAL - 7.4

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Kunle Afolayan scouts locations in Ghana for new season of Anikulapo series

Kunle Afolayan scouts locations in Ghana for new season of Anikulapo series

'BBNaija' Tacha, Ik Ogbonna, Alex Ekubo join cast of film by Dabby Chimere 'Adanne'

'BBNaija' Tacha, Ik Ogbonna, Alex Ekubo join cast of film by Dabby Chimere 'Adanne'

Here's where viewers can watch upcoming Nigerian superhero series 'Iyanu'

Here's where viewers can watch upcoming Nigerian superhero series 'Iyanu'

Brain Jotter's usage of Gentleman Mike Ejeagha’s song: Is he guilty of copyright infringement?

Brain Jotter's usage of Gentleman Mike Ejeagha’s song: Is he guilty of copyright infringement?

Asake is set to headline the O2 Arena for the second time

Asake is set to headline the O2 Arena for the second time

Temi drops hints on wedding with Mr Eazi, says 'My life changed when I met you'

Temi drops hints on wedding with Mr Eazi, says 'My life changed when I met you'

Ayra Starr to perform at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Ayra Starr to perform at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

'Yes' - Guinness World Records confirms man's twerking record

'Yes' - Guinness World Records confirms man's twerking record

Pastor Iren’s 'What About Us?' defeats 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' for top box office spot

Pastor Iren’s 'What About Us?' defeats 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' for top box office spot

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT