Tu Face who rebranded as 2Baba in 2016 is one of the most enduring artists this country has seen owing to longevity that started with his breakout with the boy band, Plantashun Boyz and a solo discography littered with impactful pieces. This week, the country’s most beloved pop star makes a comeback with a star-studded 13-track album titled Warrior.
The album’s title in itself is a realization of his subconscious ruled by musings on his controversial but lauded journey and his current place in an industry as volatile as the sounds on the album.
On Warriors, the Hip hop-driven track’s heavy bass instrumentals struggle for prominence and meaning with 2Baba’s heavy-lidded lyrics alluding to his journey right now. Although different in sound, the Olamide assisted I Dey Hear Everything which draws life from the quick drums signature to Highlife music, carries undertones of Warriors. Though the seriousness surrounding these tracks is central to the album’s identity, the other tracks which include singles, Oyi and Amaka, are projections of 2Baba’s charming side. Dipped in romantic themes, cuts like We Must Groove which features Burna Boy, the jazzy Tiwa Savage assisted Ginger and Love Me, Love Me give Warriors it’s much needed colorful covering.
2Baba makes no mistake in highlighting his ability to exist freely in this new era as he teams up with Burna Boy as he did with Peruzzi, in the video for We Must Groove; a dramatic and whimsical representation of the track’s motivating lyrics.
Warriors is an eponymous title that spotlights 2Baba’s true persona.