If there is a thing I have always wanted to do, it is to review Kenyan albums. The reason is quite obvious, I’m a Kenyan. There are so many artists in Kenya and someone needs to review these songs. My only problem with Kenyan music is that the artists don’t release albums that often. We seem to have a culture of dropping hits and bask in the glory of it. I can’t tell you how many times I have searched for albums on Apple Music. You only get throwback playlists or singles from the artists’ pages. Luckily, I found two to begin with so keep out for the second one. Let’s begin with Redsan.
The last time I talked about Redsan, I wasn’t impressed at all with the drama that was surrounding him and his album release. I put out the theory that he was doing all this to create a buzz so that people can listen to this album. Well, I decided to listen to it and I kind of regret it. Don’t get me wrong, there are things he does well in the record which won’t go unappreciated and there are moments where he just shoots himself in the foot.
What I like
For those who do not know, Redsan is a Dancehall artist and the record sticks to that genre. I’ll come back to this issue later on. Anyway, there are few things I like about the record. The production is top-notch; you can almost feel as if this record dug deep in someone’s pockets. It’s not bad to invest heavily in your project as long as you prove your worth. Luckily for Redsan, he already is a good artist.
There are also some songs that I genuinely liked. Wait for You and Let’s Get Away are reggae-inspired songs which are so far my favorite songs in the album. What about the Swahili song Marry me which was produced by Sappy? To be honest, Sappy needs all the credit because the song was great. Such songs show what Redsan can really do but those are just three songs. It’s a 17-track album and I only like three of them. What about the rest of them? Well…
What I don’t like
Dear me, there are so many things wrong with this record. Where should I begin?
Let me begin with an issue I noticed even before I pressed play. There are old hits which were included in the track list. How old is Badda than Most? How about Shoulder Back? Aren’t these old hits which passed their time? Why are they included here? I don’t think Redsan knew he would call his album The Baddest when he made those songs. When I downloaded the album, I was expecting new songs from him. Sure, there are new songs but I don’t like this move of recycling old hits. Perhaps he did it so that it would make people listen to it. 🤷♂️ Who knows?
As I mentioned earlier, Redsan is a Dancehall artist. As long as he is making Dancehall music, he is in his comfort zone. As I applaud him for testing new waters with other genres, it just sounded weird. Case and point, the South African produced song, Back in it. The beats were good but it doesn’t feel right when Redsan does it. It felt weird. Other songs just fell flat for being too corny. *Coughs* Rio *Coughs*. Don’t get me wrong, I will appreciate his efforts but they didn’t bear much fruit.
Last but most important, the lyrics. Oh dear, oh dear. There are several scenarios to be mentioned here so let me just list them down.
- Whine Fi Me (I can’t believe there was a remix).
Whine fi me me me me X4
Braah!! Boom!! Shaka Lakha (Whatever they say)
There is a reason why I’m not a huge fan of Dancehall music. This song clearly shows why. Even if I was to overlook the chorus, it’s not a good song.
- I’m the Best and Back in it
There is something common about these two songs; he claims that he is the King of the game. That statement alone can cause a lot of problems. When you make such claims, you have a lot to prove which isn’t necessary. How many times have we seen rappers bragging about how good they are until someone better comes along? How about when they brag about something in their songs only to find out it is not true?
So, we have Redsan claiming he is the king. “King of what?” you may ask. I don’t know. If he is talking about the Kenyan industry, I’ll have to disagree with him. That is certainly not true. For starters, his music can’t match to that of MDQ (I love She by the way). That’s a lady FYI. Don’t get me started when he says he doesn’t make apologies. When I heard that part, I immediately thought of Sappy. Poor guy.
All I’m saying is that his bragging was unnecessary. Nobody really cares at this point. There are so many artists who claim to be the best and you won’t be the first. Give it a rest.
- Call on Dem
Ugh. I hate this song. I heard the word gyal-dem so many times that I just moved on to the next track. Don’t believe me? Look for this song and count the number of times you hear that word. It is irritating AF.
I have mixed feelings about this record. If you were to scale my feelings, it falls to the hate side. There are good things about it but the bad things are just bad. For someone claiming to be the king, this record doesn’t back that statement. I give it a 5.4/10.