Nobody anticipated the Mayorkun brand to expand and succeed in its first two years. From being a potential one hit wonder with his breakout record; Eleko to proving he can hang with follow up efforts Mama and Che Che to holding his own on a number of features, touring Nigeria, the UK and the US, Mayorkun’s growth has redefined what it means to become a star in the Nigerian scene and so his debut album coming so early in his career is no surprise.
After teasing and promoting the multifaceted and multi genre 14 track project months prior with a strategy centered on seeking out the opinions of veterans in the industry including DJ Jimmy Jatt and Olamide to name a few, Mayorkun stays true to his word and releases his debut album; The Mayor Of Lagos, a compilation featuring previously released singles; Fantasy, Posh, Bobo, Che Che and Mama.
Mayorkun who is partly famous for his penchant for loose and comedic lyricism does not stray far as the project is rife with thoughtful lines and features guest appearances from African musicians ranging from OGs like D’Banj and Sarkodie to Patoranking. Mayorkun whose relationship with label mates and his label head is more or less a bromance does not go without their vocal input on the album. Davido’s features on Bobo while Peruzzi, Yonda and Dremo’s are present on Red Handed. These features do nothing to steal Mayorkun’s thunder and he succeeds at projecting the upbeat spirit of Lagos as he hits a range of soundscapes with records produced by the likes of TY Mix, Fresh VDM among others.
Over the past few years, Mayorkun has grown and is standing out as one of the most interesting Afrobeat artistes of his time due to his ability to wield the sound like a connoisseur, dynamic performance and lax but intriguing lyricism. For a debut album, The Mayor Of Lagos is quite impressive and is likely to take over our soundwaves in no time and as a prelude to forthcoming projects, Mayorkun’s future is exciting.