Laycon. Icon. These were arguably the two most popular words in the Nigerian dictionary in 2020, the former was the domino effect of the latter.
Olamilekan Moshood Agbeleshe better known as Laycon was first a rapper before the BBNaija fame last year, coming from obscurity to stardom, he won the reality show, and coming with it were myriad of endorsement deals, visitation to the political class, he even became a chief in his home town.
Six days ago, Laycon released his fifth body of work which he titled “Shall We Begin”, this was an ambitious title, he makes it a point of duty to remind everyone he has a lot to offer, this was just a tip.
Laycon has a large number of followers on social media who would stream anything he drops, no matter how good or bad it is. The streaming figure on previously released singles and collaborations are adequate references.
Laycon does not belong to the list of your favourite rappers, some of his lines on this album are dilettante, an up and coming artists in Ipele would spit something better.
If this two-track failed to click, then, wait till you hear Verified which had a guest appearance from Mayorkun, anyone who A&R this project deserves a bottle of VSOP. Mayorkun sustained the tempo of the song by singing the first verse, who makes a song off a verification on social media. Nobody but Laycon. Beyond being a potential hit song, Verified celebrates popular hoods in Lagos state.
Wagwan was produced by Finito, on a cruise mode Laycon talks about money, fame, and all other vain things.
Every featured act on this album brought fire to the track, complementing Laycon whenever it is necessary. Kele which featured Joeyboy might become a wedding anthem if properly pushed, it’s a feel-good type of song.
Terri does one thing perfectly, he give you a pristine hook, leaving the rest to you. Laycon mildly delivered on Jeje. Topically, it shared similarity with the preceding track.
Falling back in love after a major heartbreak takes a while, while nursing a breakup, Laycon meets a girl who “give it to him” while he urges her not to fall for him, I hope she listens. Who is this KYB? that dude vocal lingers?
If the opener was for Muslims, then, And So They Spoke might be for Christian, it gives a choir-like vibe.
Laycon is better off as a singer than a rapper, he should stick to that if he hopes to make an indelible mark in the industry, a boatload of his lines were over the bar. The guest artists were the saving grace of this album, he leverage on them to create songs that might be here for a while coupled with unsullied productions.