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Should You Bump This – Music Review: Brymo – Tabula Rasa

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BN Music lovers, we’ve teamed up with the duo at Should You Bump This, and we’ll bring you a special album review of music from some of your favourite Nigerian musicians. Sho and Tunde are seasoned music heads and together, they give their insightful and witty take on the chosen album and artist.

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Erstwhile Choc City member, Brymo released his fourth album, Tabula Rasa, about a week ago week ago, the album is available for purchase HERE.

1. Back to Love
T: Definitely a feel good way to start the album. Just whistle and snap your fingers away

S: It’s like once they finished track 11 on MDS, Brymo just went to eat ofada, came right back and recorded this song.

T: Hahaha

S: Doesn’t miss a beat from the last album. Nice opening track.

2. Fe Mi
T: Another good Brymo song

S: J for Jam. S for Song

T: Yes Sho, we know you went to school. Good song…Dope production

S: Fresh production. His instrumentalists be the livest yo

T: Yup

S: Like they be making these jams at the same place Iya Ibeji cooks. Same ingredients…we just consume it different

T: Whatever iya it is. The song sweet

3. Prick No Get Shoulder
S: All I wanna know is how he pitched this song to whoever was recording him

T: Haha! Nohomo

S:”Hey guys I just wanna sing about a prick that doesn’t have a shoulder”


S: “It’s a metaphor guys”

T: Fela would be proud of the title and the song.

S: The afrobeat production keeps me intrigued. We must get to the bottom of this prick story.

T: No we must not. Let it go.

4. Dear Child
T: Brymo tells stories you can relate to mahn. His song-writing ability is second to none.

S: Brymo Nasir Jones! Grand Pa got a song on MDS, GrandMa got hers on Tabula Rasa

T: This chorus can cure like 772828 diseases

S: Legit…only a devil child won’t like this song

T: In other words…You

S: I hate you

5. Je’le O Sinmi
T: I love the way Brymo takes us back to his childhood on this one. Pick your poison.

S: Chocolate cake or a woman making chocolate cake made out of chocolate cake?

T: Ode! Yoruba or English. Brymo can do it

S: You don’t need to know what the hell this boy is talking about….east, west, north, south. Black, white, yellow, red.

T: Word!

S: You will feel this one. The talking drums be talking to my soul mehn. Like “Sho, you is the man. Go forth into the world and fly young king”

T: As per Red Bull innit?

6. Never Look Back
T: This just makes you want to march to Aso Rock and demand for change

S: If you need a song to validate why Brymo Olawale! ‘The son of a Carpenter’ is the best male artist in Nigeria.. Don’t look anywhere else. This song is it

T: No arguments here.

S: While y’ll wanted to make hits for 2013 and 2014, This boy is making music for 2092….timeless fam

T: Brymo is king

7. Alone
T: Yawn for me. Not a fan of spoken word

S: I am. I fux with them Bogobiri and Terra culture scene.

T: I’m good on this. Skip for me.

S: But when he said split like a splinter…. I thought of a pizza. Splinter…ninja turtle….pizza…get it

T: Stop

S: You don’t get me! You don’t feel my poetry.

T: I feel like sleeping..spoken word always got me like…

8. Jungle Fever
S: Songs about social matters don’t have to be boring.

T: First fast tempo song

S: Brymo shows y’ll how it’s done

T: Listen people

S: The guitars and horns on this >>>>>

T: This here is how you make a song

S: Or cook soup. Because literally this boy be making audio delicacies.

9. 1 pound
S: Just call Brymo….Mr ‘Tales by moonlight’. This Tabula Rasa album is all that is right with the world right now

T: The song is so good it should have been named ‘100 pounds’

S: If the conductor was fighting over 1 pound…what would he do over 100pounds?

T: Burn the bus

S: Fair enough.

10. Nothing’s Ever Promised Tomorrow
T: Another lovely song. Someone give this boy the crown

S: Is it sweet?

T: Yes

S: Did the music touch you?

T: Yes

S: Does the boy sabi?

T: Yes..but this your butty pidgin English get as e be

S: Whatever! This guy steady turning us into ‘yes men’

T: He’s that good,

11. Again
T: Best song on this album! I can go on and on. My repeat button broke on this one

S: I am sweating out my eyes…these are not tears

T: Bruh…I believe you. Same thing is happening here. Must be the weather

S: Song of the year. Superb composition.

T: I won’t even argue again

S: This is what we are talking about, don’t waste your talent. Be a Brymo

T: Brymo deserves more than he is getting right now

S: Mehn! Everyone needs to hear this song.

Verdict
S: 12 months. 22 songs (2 albums). No fillers. All masterpieces. This is hands down the best male artiste in Nigeria. This is a superb album. Brymo has no peers. He is in a league all by himself and it’s a joy to hear.

T: Tabula Rasa album is a must have for music lovers worldwide. Brymo, once again proves he is hands down the best male vocalist in Nigeria.

4.5/5 Wraps

Should You Bump This is a blog that was started by two passionate Nigerian music fans. They know that 150 Naira is hard to come by these days, so they took it upon themselves to save your money, your time and your ears and give you a candid review of your favorite music. Follow them on Twitter @whoistunde and @ShoWontStop

13 Comments

  1. theisokogirl

    November 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    yayyyy love the review

  2. Derry

    November 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I love love love Brymo
    Sho & Tunde you guys are just hilarious

  3. Idak

    November 7, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I actually bought 3 more tracks of this album after this lovely review.
    Brymo is a gem and these reviewers are consistently good.
    Well done Brymo. Your impeccable gift will make ways for you. Even Audu go gbadun this album.

  4. Tim

    November 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Time will show the greatness of this man called Brymo. Just listened to “Never Look Back” Damm… Thank you for such beautiful music Brymo. You are gifted. Definately coppin this!

  5. Truth234

    November 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Dear Child and Prick No Get Shoulder is really good. I love the album, one of the best albums out there if not the best.

  6. tunmi

    November 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I have only just gotten over #TheSonOfaKapenta feels. I am still reeling from Merchants, Dealers, and Slaves. And he dropped yet another album!!! Hands down best male artist (Femi and Seun you guys are legends). Fela would be so proud. His lyrics, his composition… Nothing matches it, absolutely nothing.

  7. Tosin

    November 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I can’t wait to get this.
    And MDS: gorgeous. Gorgeous.

  8. omoibo

    November 8, 2014 at 1:16 am

    omo carpenter,I’m digging your style. Brymo,your style plus voice is a welcome relief from all the usual noise pollution coming from naija artists! My favorite track is 1 pound, I purchased your album from iTunes because your music is great plus artist like yourself need to be supported… Kudos

  9. Olori Tari

    November 8, 2014 at 1:53 am

    You see why this man is my all time fave ? He’s greatness! I go from SOAK to M, D&S to Tabula Rasa back and forth without skipping a single track. Every listen is a different experience. I actually close my eyes listening to Brymo wayyy more than I close my eyes in church. Brymo’s music takes me awayyyyyy! Tabula Rasa is such a continuation from M, D&S. Can’t listen to it without going back to listen to M, D&S! You know an album is great when your favourite song on the album changes every day but at the moment, the spoken words does it for me. You see this man called Brymo ? Nigeria doesn’t deserve him. BETTER days are here, keep doing you Mr ‘Peerless’.

    • Victor Adelanwa

      December 14, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I guess we just need to spread the word about him…so he can get international acclaim

  10. Person

    November 8, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I am tempted to go back to buy SOAK. I will admit when Good morning first came out, I thought Brymo was overrated. Then, during the fiasco with ‘we shall not mention names’, I bought M,D&S out of an evil desire to spite ‘we shall not mention names’ and to support Brymo. But OMG, I was blown AWAY by the sheer talent that is Brymo. And just as I was digesting M,D&S, I saw that Tabula Rasa was out. Bought the full album on Amazon, even before sampling it. MY DAYS. Brymo is without peers, hands downs the best artist in Nigeria right now. That spoken word, Alone? I fux with it real bad. His songwriting skills are unparalleled and his voice is the BUSINESS. In short, I fux with Tabula Rasa ALL DAY, ERRDAY, hunty! I pray his talent will always make a way for him.

    PS. I notice there is no score for this album. Typically, you guys give a score out of 5. Should I assume that Brymo blew your ratings out of the park? 😀

  11. Baba Tobi

    December 10, 2014 at 5:51 am

    I have been a fan of his music since day 1. #Salute

  12. ade

    May 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I really don’t understand why Nigerians don’t dig good music..this album by brymo is THE TRUTH. Nuff said..i feel like I’ve taken a journey into the very soul of music…hands down the very best Nigerian male artiste!!hope he stays away from commercialisation circa praiz 2014!

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