Nigerian artistes are beginning to refine their tastes and conform to the rapidly growing pace of music on the continent by pushing diversification as a big part of their brands. Last year, dancehall-inspired artist Yung L flaunted his ability to not only diversify but do it well on his debut EP, Jollification.
This year, however, he returns to the status quo with the acclaimed EP’s followup, Juice and Zimm which still embraces diversity as it taps into the strength of non-conformists including Sarkodie, a constant in Yung L’s discography.
The 7-track EP opens with a strict dancehall number titled No Worries on which Yung L flexes his Rastafarian vocabulary that alludes to the ease of life he enjoys. The multi-dimensional project, though limiting Yung L to one genre, allows him to transcend narratives. In a total of 22 minutes, he rasps against the dominant uptempo dancehall instrumental about his laidback lifestyle, sex, relationships, women and parties, a move that reflects his ability to stay grounded in the norm while diversifying.
Tay Iwar, Vanessa Mdee, and Sarkodie are the only guest artistes on the unique project and though the trio exists on parallel lines, their capabilities contribute to making Juice and Zimm a worthy project to begin the year with.
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