The music that inspired BigerTinz growing up were sounds across the breadth of the black diaspora; a mash-up of righteous rap, furious reggae, and soul fused with more indigenous music styles like Fuji and Apala music. In the years since then, this hybrid sound has come to be known as afrobeat, permeating every side of the globe and acquiring newer influences, but the soul of the old sound still relies on the alchemic blend of diasporic sounds with the music of the homeland. In BigerTinz’s hand, both sounds are in constant communication with each other, intersecting at high velocity to create music inspired by those olden sounds but retooled for a modern generation. On his earlier songs like Wonder and 1960, the singer crafted boisterous anthems that gave a view of his talent. A more rounded view of his abilities is gleanable on his forthcoming project titled Lekki Epe.
Across the six-track project, he segues from dancehall-tinged anthems to Fuji-inspired bops that are as inventive as they are refreshing. On Ota, he links up with Afropop icon, Oritse Femi, and rising creator, Tusure, to reflect on making it despite adversaries. The track that follows, Well Well, is a mid-tempo dedication to God for making success possible and the grit that has brought him into relative comfort. Smartly tucked between two verses, he fashions a heartfelt chorus that is as aspirational as they come.
The crystallization of his journey comes into view on the titular track which he affixes with personal history as a conduit for his dreams and the life he is currently living over tingling guitar chords. Joined by Jay Teazer on Sisi, the flow of the song shifts to a breezy cadence that makes an addictive bop while BigerTinz attacks the song’s pockets with a prominent delivery. The two songs that close out Lekki Epe are two sides of a coin showing the singer living in the present reality of his life on You Know while being hopeful for what comes next on Testimony.