By Emmanuel Daraloye
On the last day of August 2018, rapper Blaqbonez released his debut project—Bad Boy Blaq under 100 crown records—an imprint of Chocolate city. Mamiwota was the standout single off the project, Blaqbonez ran a quick 16 over Oxlade’s sonorous voice. Oxlade trended on the microblogging website “Twitter”. He was unaware of this, no thanks to a faulty phone and his constant battle with an identity crisis.
A few weeks later, he met with Davido who dangled a record label deal to him but he rejected it. This never stopped the love from the self-proclaimed OBO. He gave him a link to Asa Asika and Bizzle Osikoya of The Plug Entertainment.
Subsequent releases like prophetic “Legend” and “Ojoro” became a fan favorite, he lent his vocals to songs from Fiokee, Falz, and DJ Tunez.
By the time he released his “Oxygen” EP in 2020, the industry was at a standstill. “Away” became a runaway popping single off the project. The song currently has more than 30 million streams on digital platforms.
Since he released the project, Oxlade has been on record with the likes of MI Abaga, Sarkodie, Ice Prince, Zoro, etc.
17 months after his cerebral introduction, Oxlade is back to top it up with another EP. This time around, it’s a collaborative effort between him and his record label “Troniq record labels”.
With a running time of 12 minutes, Oxlade serenades and enchants his better half on “Eclipse”. Legendary beatmaker DJ Coublon produced the project.
A bighorn opens the opening track “More”. The lines are declarative, Oxlade lowers his masculine traits to accommodate the girl excess: Even if you do me wrong I no go vex for you/Even if I dey on zero you no go beg for food/Even if you show me shege I no go vex for you/Even if you do me wrong I no go vex I.
By the time the song reaches the bridge, it becomes obvious, Oxlade didn’t come to play.
Ojuju, a Yoruba word, connotes fear, darkness, etc. On the second track, Oxlade becomes laid back. Falling in love after a major heartbreak is a problem we all get to face once in a while. Ojoju in this context is a synonym for falling in love. It shows Oxlade has a good mastery of words: “Even your boo get a boo—a shout out to singer Harrysong.
The heartbreak hangover continues on the percussion centered “Pay Me”. Oxlade explores his vocal range on this song, the guitar strings added more sauce to the song. Oxlade floats on this song, arguably his best-written song: How do you feel when you look straight into my eyes?/
Shey, I resemble the boy wey go break/
your heart, wey go match am kpa/ Out of all the ladies I choose you I no think am twice. “Pay Me” is a summation of the travail of a broken man”.
Eclipse ends on a sad and humorous note. With an inevitable “breakfast” on the way, Oxlade humorously called for help to appease his supbackupover, the backup singers crate the ear, this EP would have been better without the song.
On Eclipse, Oxlade continues from where he stopped on Oxygen, he reinforces his lover boy trait—all tracks tether on love. The songwriting is superb, with DJ Coublon on the production deck, both of them were able to meet at the center. Sadly, the project is too short, although it would aid the replay value. With songs like Ojuju already becoming a smash hit, “Move” and “Pay Me” look like the next in line. Oxlade has improved, the workings are on “Eclipse”.