Fireboy DML ended his debut album, Laughter, Tears And Goosebumps admonishing his listeners to wait and see where his passion and talent will take him. It’s barely been nine months since he forayed the mainstream with his charm and silky vocals but already, he sits at the top with the big wigs in the industry, a position he affirms today on his sophomore album, Apollo stating in clear words “I be King, I’m the best my generation has ever since. I came suddenly I be like NEPA beam.” Fireboy DML, a real-life meteorite is the embodiment of evolution and there is nothing more palpable on the seventeen-track album than the infallibility of his genius.
With seventeen tracks scattered across every relevant genre of music, Fireboy DML affirms his choice of the album title, Apollo, the Greek god of music and prophecy among other things. The project is persona defining in the way each track is structured to reveal a different side of Fireboy. Champ, the album opener, is the answer to Wait And See, the last track on his debut that paced his success while ensuing rhythms like the Wande Coal assisted Spell, Airplane Mode, and Dreamer, speak to his heady quality of vocals. The earlier released New York City Girl and Shade remind us of his lover-boy disposition. While we get to witness the Fireboy who contrary to public opinion is the life of the party on Lifestyle and Friday Feeling.
Rooted in a myriad of diverse influences, as multifaceted and multitalented as he is, Apollo clinches the trophies Fireboy DML has been aiming for with a clear difference in terms of A-list, narrative appropriate features from his debut where he stood alone to the vast influences palpable in instrumentals and his confident delivery. When he debuted in 2017, an echoing question was whether or not he possessed the elasticity breakout stars like himself do but considering his stellar record, the question now is how ready is the industry to host an unprecedented character like Fireboy DML?