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Cuppy – Authentic Copy [Album Review] Teni, Fireboy, Ycee, Rema, Darkoo and extra function [ARTICLE]

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It’s a must to be actually cynical to assume ‘Authentic Copy’ is a nasty album and even mid. Till lately, Cuppy’s profession had been dogged by intense criticism stemming from Nigerians who appear to have a grouse with a background she didn’t select.

When this author had a chat together with her within the weeks resulting in this album, she joked that like several inventive, she was each nervous and excited concerning the album. On August 21, 2020, Authentic Copy was launched as her first launch underneath Platoon. The reality is Cuppy must chill out, her album is definitely fairly good.

On the root of Authentic Copy is Cuppy’s seen will to retain identification as an Epe native, a Nigerian and an African. The very first observe on Authentic Copy is devoted to her roots in Epe, Lagos State.

Epe is the land of her fathers and she or he delivered a ringing endorsement to it, “I’m trying ahead to expressing myself on completely different sounds, however I need to be sure that on each observe, I’m integrating my very own DNA, you understand. So even when I’m creating music that’s for everybody globally, I’m nonetheless reppin the place I’m from and that’s right here in Epe.”

Because the drums of Afro-Home fuse with the superb vocal efficiency of Efya Nokturnal who feels like she was delivering the victory rating of an epic film, Cuppy famous two issues that intimate her will to retain identification; she needs to combine her personal DNA and retain the a part of her that’s fro ‘Epe,’ from Nigeria and from Africa.

ALSO READ: Cuppy speaks with Pulse Nigeria [Pulse Interview]

When the time was proper, she delivered a proud ode to Africa on ‘54’ with the assistance of Julian Marley and the legendary Sir Shina Peters. Throughout that interview with Pulse Nigeria, Cuppy stated that being the host of Africa Now on Apple Music was serving to her perceive the reality about her African identification even higher than she realized or anticipated.

On a Trumpet-rich sound that appears like Calypso-infused Boomba from East Africa on pon pon drums sits this ode.

Julian Marley sings, “No place like Mama Africa.” Whereas that line could be very a lot cliche, it isn’t any much less of the reality. At a time blackness is underneath assault the world over and black individuals are determined to attach with their roots, songs like this have extra worth.

‘54’ is a symbolism for the variety of nations in Africa – 54. Shout-out to Sir Shina Peters for clarifying that bit. As you learn this, scream “Ace!” to rejoice this Nigerian legend…

She then goes additional to showcase African expertise on the love-themed Dancehall tune, ‘Karma’ that includes Stonebwoy and on, ‘Jollof On The Jet’ that includes Tanzanian act, Rayvanny and Nigerian singer, Rema. ‘Jollof’ is one enigmatic subject that each unites in uniform nomenclature and divides Africa in a case of petty quest for superior culinary output. Shout-out to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

The sound that births ‘Jollof On The Jet’ is what a Nigerian will name lovely and delicate lamba music. One time for Killertunes for this beat. And might somebody assist us ask Rayvanny why he went off like that with, “Pakorafimbomechemechekalifileghettonattachakaza…” All in all, it’s such a tremendous track.

One other legend reveals his face on Authentic Copy to assist Cuppy’s trigger. On a Pon Pon beat, Cuppy tells a love story as she declares her love for a faceless man. That is her weakest vocal efficiency on the album and simply earlier than Wyclef got here in, the track was getting sort of flat.

Aided by stellar manufacturing, Authentic Copy is crammed with feel-good. One other one among such is, ‘Really feel Good’ that includes Fireboy. The P-Prime-produced Afro-pop observe is one thing that numerous girls will certainly like. However then, the littest track on this album is, ‘Litty Lit’ that includes Teni. For as soon as, a hyperbolic title for a Nigerian track feels correct.

The track appears like mixing consuming delicacies by a lake on a fantastic September morning – it’s that good. In truth, it’s so good that Cuppy thanked Teni for her contribution on the finish of the track. If this write have been Cuppy although, he would have put Niniola on the observe too – simply to drive everyone loopy.

We additionally received an Afroswing quantity with the well-written ‘Responsible Pleasure’ that includes Nonso Amadi. Darkoo additionally got here by means of on the Latin-Pop-Fusion of, ‘Chilly Coronary heart Killer.’ That hook is so superb too.

When all is claimed and performed, the most effective verse on the album belongs to Ycee on, ‘P.O.Y.’ I imply Ycee stated, “Trying like a snack, however I do know that you just a feast…” Yo… Once they have been known as upon, Seyi Shay and Ms Banks additionally carried out. Cuppy’s line, “My identify is Cuppy, mo nife boy…” is meh although.

Closing Ideas

The tracklisting on Authentic Copy aids sequencing, development and sonic cohesion. Nevertheless, songwriting on the album will not be as spectacular and neither are Cuppy’s vocal performances which typically really feel like exertions. However then, Cuppy understands her personal creative limitations. So as an alternative of going all Beyonce, she selected her moments properly and delivered as mandatory.

That stated, manufacturing on Authentic Copy is its finest function. It’s so superb and well-rounded that it gives greater than three favorite to any non-cynic who genuinely performed this album with an open thoughts. On ‘Epe,Cuppy stated that, “I’m trying ahead to expressing myself on completely different sounds…”

Women and gents, she achieved that. Kudos to her. Her roots as a DJ positively got here by means of. Greater than something, the album can be very African.

Scores: /10

• 0-1.9: Flop

• 2.0-3.9: Close to fall

• 4.0-5.9: Common

• 6.0-7.9: Victory

• 8.0-10: Champion

7.0 – Victory

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