Review by: Kels Chima Edited by: Bolaji Matanmi (Bmax)
For a while now the popular DMW act Dremo has been off the music scene, although he has been on a couple of features and a couple shows.
— Music Plug (@MusicPlugAfrica) July 20, 2018
Upon his signing to signing to Davido‘s Dmw, he has not dropped any body of work, just singles. In 2016 he announced that he would be dropping an album which his fans have anticipated ever since.
A couple of speculations have surrounded the exact date of his body of work release. Davido, his label boss cleared the air when he announced the name and release date for the body of work; Codename The Ep.
The first track is titled “Nobody”, an intro for the EP. He takes us through his life story, how he was signed by his former label APPE (Absolute-Passion-Powers-
Great and catchy intro and it’ll leave the listener in suspense and wanting to uncover the remaining messages in the EP.
A lussh producer track, Bigger Meat is the 2nd track on the EP. Starts up with a very catchy sound that would have you doing your Shaku moves even while sitting down. It’s an Afro beat sound mixed with hip hop. Dremo flows gently and softly on the beat and gave the track a unique attribute and before you know it, it’s done and leaves one asking for more.
Faya is the third song on the EP and is also produced by Benjamz. Dremo goes full hip hop mode with no feature on this one. The track has a strong dip and mix of trap beats, he drops rich and juicy bars that’ll leave one smiling after figuring out what he was saying. This track really proves that Dremo is really smart with his work, how he was able to blend to the beat and pass his message as simple as possible with dope punchlines.
- KPA (Ft. Davido)
Davido does the track intro on this one then passes the mic over to Dremo. Dremo does a verse singing, one would quickly think Davido influenced him on the track not rap, not knowing he was saving his punch lines for the best. After Davido does a chorus, at 2 minutes 56 seconds into the song Dremo gives a jiggy verse, after that a couple of more choruses and the song is a dope wrap !
Dapada (Ft. Mayorkun)
A Benjamz produced song titled where Dremo featured his label mate Mayorkun. Mayorkun does the intro where he made a sentence which looked like a shade to Dremo “how many years e go take you to blow” but it wasn’t, it is actually a verse for a song that is supposed to be on his Album, it was what his friends were always saying to him back when he was in school trying to make music. Mayorkun also came with his funny and tricky puns on this one. Mayorkun has his juicy verse, Dremo also strikes through with his own verse where he was spitting very interesting lines and punchlines !
Hey Ma (Ft. Davido)
“Rapper wey Dey sing song” is the intro Dremo uses on this Love song titled Hey Ma were he featured Xtreme music act Simi. Simi blesses the song with he voice and verse, Dremo really did good with his verse, he really showed he could be vast in his creative process. On the track he used his rap verse to woo Simi and she really did fall for him and she gives her reply on her verse. This track already got the fans anticipating a colorful video !
Breezy (Ft. Sinzu)
On this track he featured the DMW latest signee, Sinzu. Flavored trap beats has Dremo going in hard with his verse after which Sinzu blows our minds on his own part.
Unbeliva (Ft. Peruzzi)
Unbeliva is the 8th track off the EP featuring label mate Peruzzi, a freshVDM production. Fresh showed off his art of making magic on this one. Dremo comes in first with his straight lines, rhymes, flows. A very sweet verse from Dremo and just when you think you’ve gotten enough Peruzzi, takes it all back to the Top again with a melodious voice and verse with rich content and a bit of word puns. They all really created a magic on this track from producers to the artists.
Fan of My Fans
Last song off the EP has the Vibe of that closing ceremony vote of thanks. Dremo was appreciating everyone that supports his style of music and everyone who has been part of his journey from God to his Girlfriend, his Mom, his fans then his friends and family. He also expressed the fact that hate is something that is unavoidable were he said “I no fit please everyone even some people still don’t believe in Jesus Christ”. He came clean with his rap verse, passed the message clearly with a couple of stories in his verse and before you know it, everything is a wrap. Great production as well.
Dremo has actually proven through his body of work that indeed his silence over a while in the industry wasn’t in vain, man was really putting in work. At some Davido had to fly him out of the country so he could concentrate more and indeed it all paid well. The 9 track EP is a blessing to Dremo’s Career and his label. He has actually cleared all the doubts people were having towards him and went ahead to set up a standard for the rappers proving that Nigerian Hip Hop is not dead and we could still do more. “This project would get him a couple of awards and recognition in the industry, you saw that here first”. Thank you.