Let me just point out that this will be my first Nigerian album to review. To be honest, I try to avoid them because I don’t like Nigerian music as much. But, I do like some songs from Wizkid and Patoranking. Speaking of the latter, he has a new album for us, Wilmer. So, I decided to give it a listen and you know what; it’s not bad at all.
Wilmer is the second studio album by Patoranking. The first album, God Over Everything, was released back in 2016. I remember liking one song, This Kind Love. I might listen to it again after this.
The reggae/dancehall singer dedicates the 12-track album to his daughter, Wilmer. Yes, it is a dancehall album but with a Nigerian twist.
This albums ticks off most of the right boxes. Great production, great album length and a solid performance from Patoranking himself. You will have a great time listening to it. That is what matters really; the replay value of the album.
The likes of DJ Coublon, Mr. Kamera, Mix Master Garzy, Sarz among others handle the production; the beats are quite enjoyable. As for the features, Patoranking calls on Georgia’s Bera, Kenya’s Nyashinski, South Africa’s Busiswa, Congo’s Dadju and English singer and rapper from North-West London, Donae’o; for support to make the album fit into an international standard.
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There are two themes from this album; contemporary dancehall and introspection. From these two themes, Patoranking diversifies his lyrical content. For example, he dedicates a song to his daughter in the song Wilmer, talks about loving a lady in the song Nakupenda and motivational in the song Champion.
The highlight of the album has to be in the song Black. The song diverts from the good feel beats to a serious moment of reflection. He delivers a powerful message about black supremacy and I’m glad he talked about it. After that the album gains back it’s good-feel traction.
My favorite songs? Wilmer, Feelings, Black and Nakupenda. The others were just okay to me.
Patoranking hasn’t disappointed with his new album Wilmer; probably the best Nigerian album I have heard this year. 8/10.