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Timaya aka Chulo, his self-moniker, has released his 7th Project titled Gratitude. It is 15 songs long and shows a much calmer and introspective side of Timaya.
It reflects the growth his music has undertaken over the past 14 years. This album has been heavily anticipated since his Epiphany released in 2014.
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Tracks on this project are Born to Win, Okaka, Iberibe, Gra Gra, Don Dada, Local and Bougie, Something Must Kill a Man, Ebola Papa, No Limit, L.O.V.E, The Mood, The Light, Chulo Bothers Nobody, I Can’t Kill Myself and Buru. It’s noteworthy that he doesn’t feature anyone.
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The theme of the project can be easily deduced from the title. There’s a lot of praise he’s giving to God instead of taking all the credit which says a lot about his character.
Sonically, Gratitude is Afro-pop based. It borrows a lot from reggae. On most tracks, he is sharing some life lessons he’s learnt on the road to success while still making it ‘gbedu’-worthy.
On Don Dada, he’s spitting all through. He sings about his trust issues because of how he has been betrayed in the past.
He sings: “The people you dey help say na dem go f*CK you up eeh/Make una tell me, tell me, tell me how you feel eh eh ai (leggo)/The people you show love to na dem go f*CK you up eh”.
He continues: “I get guys weh I bring up/I to pick dem from the bus stop/Now if I call them no dey pick up (for the gbedu weh we dey)/All these guys weh dey insult (continue)”.
Also, the maturity that he has undergone is evident in this line: “Oooh oo, all the money weh I get I wanna hold it/I don’t wanna go to the club one night and blow it (hear me now)/Yeah! The best investment is on yourself oo”.
Yes, that is coming from the same Timaya that used to only sing about partying and fast life. Growth.
L.O.V.E is about Timaya being enamoured by Dunnie, who he just had his third child with. It’s a love song with Timaya showering praises on the love of his life.
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A standout line from the track “With you by my side me I’m wiser (true)/Ain’t no bad like my girl, ain’t nobody weh fit take your place Baby”.
There’s some poignant wisdom to Something must kill a man.
He goes: “Pay your rent before your ball/Look for work o, don’t be dull/Landlord knocking on your door (Pom Pom)/Build your house before Dubai/Everything you see is a fallacy (Eh)/Everything you see looking flashy (Eh)”.
His spirituality shines through on a lot of tracks. Often, he labours unnecessarily on he not caring about what people say.
Considering, he didn’t feature anyone, some tracks are unnecessary. This album should have been 10 tracks long. Still, Gratitude is littered with life lessons and sonically, it’s solid though no song here will probably be a mainstream hit. It is a 6.9/10.