Ycee’s “Love Drunk” EP is a collection of songs that as a stand-alone all come across as impressive, but tied together, lack the sauce to be a hype-worthy body of work.
But maybe Ycee deserves a little slack, though. the boy’s been through a rough patch in the past couple of years. As a matter of fact, since his “Juice” era, he’s been struggling to find not just his balance but also his sound and himself. With time, relevance diminishes of course, no matter how talented you are.
But Ycee is not just talented, he’s not had enough time in the limelight. So far, he’s got one bang EP, “The First Wave” and an all-right debut album, “Ycee Vs Zaheer.” That’s it. He’s got nothing more.
Nevertheless, there’s still a chance, however remote, that Ycee could reach another peak. He thinks this is his window, you can tell. But is it? Is there going to be a resurgence of the “Omo Alhaji” singer? Is it going to be this EP, “Love Drunk”? Probably not.
“Love Drunk” EP
The 7-track project comes at a time there’s no influx of music, and this probably works in his favor. Still, even if there’s no more music on earth, you’d still have to deliver to catch people’s attention. Especially if you are Ycee and we know what you can really do. When we know “Omo Alhaji” and “Jagaban” and “Link Up” and “Juice.”
The challenge here is that Ycee‘s persona is unstable. He can’t quite find that balance between rap prodigy and Afrobeats golden boy, no matter how hard he tries. It’s clear that however you look at it, Ycee is not that Yoruba demon, he doesn’t have the facilities to be Kizz Daniel. His vocals are good, quite all right, but that’s it.
You will need more than exceptional vocals to make a transition from “new school Jagaban” to full-time Loverboy. On some occasions, this strategy could work. Drop an EP, focus on doing mushy numbers, and pray one of them catches on and becomes the next big hit on the streets. This time, it won’t work.
None of the sings on “Love Drunk” has the potential to be Ycee‘s next “Juice,” not at all. They’re not bad songs, no. They’re actually good.
And, what he’s doing is commendable, he’s taking the Afrobeats thing seriously and doing laid-back jams that are in demand. Take a song like “Intentionally” for instance. That’s like a male version of Tiwa Savage‘s “Somebody’s Son.” With the proper promotion, it could be an anthem.
The R&B-esque style that’s prevalent in the song is also found in almost all the other songs on the EP, signaling a complete shift for Ycee. There’s nothing stopping him from doing a full album and just singing about women all through.
“Aunty Lovina” with Patoranking still stands out as the most dynamic and most important song on the album. If there’s gonna be a real hit from here, it’s gonna be that. Everything else is pretty cool on their own, but they don’t connect. A 24-minute project shouldn’t bore you at any point, but this one does.
The first single from the album, “Nu Riddim” shines as his most creative on the album. It’s the kind of song that makes you just know Ycee has the potential to be our very own Drake. He’s gonna need more than this weak EP to be Drake, though. A little more consistency on the side wouldn’t hurt too.
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