The anticipation that Blaqbonez builds up for his albums, by being all over the place and promoting his lead singles, is just one of a kind in the industry.
Although currently signed to Chocolate City, the buzz that Blaqbonez has today, he got it all by himself. And with that much build-up for the “Sex Over Love” album, he just has to deliver.
Look, Blaqbonez has enough projects in already to prove that he knows this music thing. Enough singles from 2017 to show that he can diversify, switch up his flow and do the impossible with his vocals.
Throughout 2018 and 2019, he was literally one of the best rappers out there. And with “Haba,” and “BBC” last year, he demonstrated that he has what it takes to be A-list and make hits. He has nothing more to prove.
The only thing left for Blaqbonez, honestly, is to get that cake and cash out on the music. To do that, he’ll need to make one of the best albums we’ve seen in recent times.
That can’t be easy, because we’re just coming from a season where we had all the big and good guys drop amazing projects. Blaqbonez would have to be at his absolute best.
14 tracks is perfect, on paper; enough songs to showcase whatever you got, without boring listeners to death.
With “Sex Over Love” it’s even better because the songs are short as hell, so if you’ve got half an hour, well, Blaqbonez would like to take you on a ride.
The album has a trap feel all over it. The opening track, “Novacane” is a hard one, Blaq performing a melodic rap verse, and rinsing it with a smooth hook.
“Heartbreaker” is just as hard, but it gets better as South African rapper, Nasty C, adds his own sauce.
Three tracks in and he’s already on some afro-fusion wave, starting with the already released “Bling” with Amaarae and Buju. Yeah, they carried him in this one, to be honest. Without the features, this would be a skip.
On “Never Been in Love” he continues his afro journey, but this time, there’s a concept and a theme. He’s flexing his vocals, hitting falsettos, and there’s passion in his voice as he says he don’t trust love, and he’s never been in love. An absolute earworm.
“Don’t Touch” is a complete contrast. How do you go from I don’t do love to simping, saying he’d fight guys if they tryna take his baby away, that is, the only girl got him on his knees. He finishes the afro joint with a full rap verse, dope one.
“TGF Pussy” is nasty but definitely a hit. A hip-hop track too, Blaq is doing his melodic thing as he thanks God for pussy.
He then enters “Okwaraji” where he channelled his inner DMX, Drake and Lord Future, as he talks about having trust issues and his inability to chase any girl.
He tries to continue his afro ride with “Fendi” and the repetition is boring at this point. Very easy to miss Joeboy on this one, was bodied mysteriously. I’d skip this one.
“Faaji” doesn’t sound like the name at all. It would have been an interesting song, with a few tweaks but this version just ain’t it. Bad Boy Timz sing-rapping off beat doesn’t make it any better. Another skip.
The BBC Remix with Tiwa Savage is of course a banger, no doubt, it’s doing the same job there as “Haba”.
Of course one joint many people looked forward to is the “Zombie” track which fetaures Laycon, Psycho YP and A-Q. It’s a good hip-hop track. At least two rappers here had verses better than Blaq’s, but then again, Blaq ain’t a verse guy no more.
“Best Friend” featuring Cheque (his best friend?) has the Penthauze singer talking about how he wishes his best friend the best. Blaqbonez didn’t do anything on this one at all.
After the first forty minutes of listening to this album, you should have a few favorites. The production is top-notch, no questions on that one. Though his lyrical prowess didn’t show a lot here, the delivery on this album is something.
Overall, the album isn’t just some gratification of sex like the name might have suggested. It’s just a couple of bangers, hit potentials and a couple of songs where Blaqbonez is really just having fun.
Sometimes, he picks sex, sometimes he goes for love, but every single time he’s got the magic.