Album Review: UY SCUTI by Olamide
UY Scuti album review by Bukunmi Oyelude
Upon releasing the UY Scuti album, Olamide might have successfully created an alter ego. You know how Kid Cudi is Juan Pablo on some days, J. Cole is Kill Edward, Logic is Doc D, Eminem is Slim Shady and Nicki Minaj is Roman Zolanski etc.
This is an unprecedented move by any artiste in Africa and I think it has Ghazi (Empire) written all over it.
I think UY Scuti is a bold attempt to appeal to a wider audience. “Pon Pon” has the Dub sound influence (a reggae sub-genre). “So much more” can easily be a timeless song because of its’ theme. “Jailer” is my personal favourite.
‘UY Scuti,’ heavily influenced by R&B and particularly Caribbean genres such as Dancehall and Reggae-Fusion, would push Olamide into a new market. Particularly among the bourgeois and women, the ones he charmed with ‘Carpe Diem.’
Because the record is mostly given in English and he explores more overseas market-worthy genres, he may also appeal to a broader international audience.
While Jaywillz and Layydoe took advantage of their opportunities to shine, Fave’s contributions were more subdued. She delivered, but not in the same way that Tems did on ‘Essence.’
What are People Saying about the UY SCUTI Album?
Here is what people are saying about the newly released album by Olamide.
Olamide’s narration on ‘UY Scuti’ is logical and easy to follow, thanks to his superb technique, flows, and pockets.
If the album will do better than the previous bodies of his work is a function of time. The evidence is in the numbers it has garnered in about 36 hours since it was released.
While we keep our fingers crossed for that and more as they become available, appreciate Olamide’s new vibe by listening to the new album.
And who knows Olamide and his team might submit the album at various global awards for consideration in the Reggae nomination entries.