by thepingofpong


Vector's Second Coming

On Vector’s Second Coming, released in 2012, he tries to corner a section of the market from rappers like MI and Olamide. But he lacks what those two have: an identity- the former is the English speaking intelligent but accessible rapper, while the latter is a dyed-in-the-wool Yoruba rapper with a street cred overflowing its reserves. Nothing has changed on Second Coming– despite his obvious brilliance Vector has a tendency to overcook his rhymes and his identity is still obscure from everyone including, perhaps, himself. He furthers this by rapping in the three major languages in the country, featuring Jamaican singer Mavado and singing frequently. You want to tell him not to try to hard but then most of the songs succeed on their own terms if not within the album.

Eventually, overcome by the ambition and prospective reach, as not a lot of artists try to involve northern Nigeria as he does on Munge Sheka, you applaud the album’s successes and forgive the rapper’s own excesses. Plus there is a rousing incantatory Sound Sultan verse on the meditative Hussle that is worth the price of admission; on it, amidst soft notes of a talking drum he says, “When you tell them to sing sing, they prefer to dey miming.”

If Nigerian music dies today, that would be its epitaph.