Mr. Eazi Professes Love In One Day You Would Understand EP
Award-winning Afro-pop singer, Oluwatosin Ajibade, popularly called Mr. Eazi, has served a follow-up to his 2018 Life is Eazi Vol 2 album, with a catchy 4-tracker extended playlist dubbed One Day You Would Understand. Released under his Empawa Africa imprint, the 10-minutes compilation sound-piece revolves around adulating a woman’s beauty and expressing love interests.
Mr. Eazi begins the playlist with groovy Afro-RnB melodies on Baby I’m Jealous, alongside Ghanaian-based singer, Gregory Newman, a.k.a. King Promise; the duo delivered tasteful storylines on love-inspired jealousy. The playlist peaks with the follow-up Afro-Pop, I No Go Give Up On You, where Eazi reflects his vocal prowess with a storyline revolving around resolve to sustain the affection of his lover.
The remaining two Afro-Pop songs, Ogogoro No Sweet Pass Pami and Baby This Your Body (abridged title), which featured Samuel Obasi, renowned as C Natty, happily decrescendos with the light-hearted mood of the project.
Eazi demonstrates his mastery of Afro-fusion with this project, where alongside sound-producing heavyweights GuiltyBeatz, BlaqJerzee, Nonso Amadi and Legundury Beatz, he tastefully blends a locally-appealing song with impressive vocal melodies, which is strategic at a time he’s internationally acclaimed for his vocal prowess, working with the likes of Diplo, Major Lazer, Beyonce and others.
When he isn’t debating on continental Jollof-rice sidelines, Mr. Eazi has always endeared Nigerians with a sense of profoundness in his lyrical content. Since he has described his project as ‘something light’, it would therefore be unnecessary to criticize its lack of lyrical depth.
Flipside, Mr. Eazi switches on his poetic persona with the titling and A&R of this sound piece. Most of the songs are at least four-words long with comical and locally-appealing Pidgin phrases, such as Ogogoro No Sweet Pass Pami (Palmwine), Baby This Your Body Na Gobe Fine Fine Sweet Okpeke, and so on. He literally lifted the choruses of the songs and used them as titles. The significant drawback with the EP’s A&R (Artistes and Repertoire) is the misleading title of the project, whose solemn poetic and introspective nature contradicts the entire subtlety of the project.
Still a very marketable project, One Day You Would Understand, highlights the strategic-orientation of the singer/label owner over his vocal mastery. As characterised with EPs, this is likely a prelude to a more defined and lyrically profound compilation.