In a month where highly rated Naija artistes released their anticipated albums, “The Original Copy” album from DJ Cuppy has held its own 18 days after it was released against all odds and trolls from y top 5 twitter trending topics for a massive 3 days after her album dropped, not for the wrong reasons but the right ones.
From Ooops to Yaaaay
It is no longer news that Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola aka Dj Cuppy dropped her album, what is news for ERN is how that body of work has single handedly changed the narratives centred on her career from having a “wack sound” to a very “rich sound”…
Dj Cuppy has been a key target for Internet trolls and music enthusiasts, who have rained both constructive and biased criticisms on her since she began her journey as a Disk Jokey. Many have argued that most of these criticisms comes from a place of hate simply because she is from a privileged background.
You can’t deny people success because they come from privilege. We are just humans coming from somewhere trying to get somewhereWords of Teni Makanaki the artiste as seen on twitter
Despite the hateful and spiteful words thrown at her, she has managed to absorb the hate, focus on her artistry and refined her sound. It takes someone with a great mental strength to turn the form of criticisms melted on her into accolades.
Her work on this project is solid, the writing is fantastic, her vocals beautifully complemented every featured artiste on the tracks. What else can i say about the production, it was a masterpiece. Kudos to everyone who worked on the album.
A key feature of this album was how Cuppy conveniently and effectively fused in different genres of music into this work. She gave us Dancehall, Rap, Reggae, Afro beats, Afro pop and the popular Owambe/jollof type of music. No matter the genre you belong to, there is something designated for everyone. Especially those who have been starved of party vibes because of the pandemic.
What is your favourite track(s) from the original copy album? Feel free to share your thoughts and choices in the comment section down below.
Litty Lit ft Teni
Honestly, i want to lead a riot for Dj Cuppy to add an extra verse of hers to this jam. Her short verse is the highlight for me in this track. Teni also came through with her melodious voice to the energetic beat. The song is so short that you’d be yawning for more… It is a feel good song for the clubs, parties, workouts sessions. The song is an 8/10.
Feel Good ft Fireboy DML
This is the type of song that captures the process of yoruba demons wooing a beautiful lady. Rave of the moment, fireboy DML vocals were laid excellently to this track. Fireboy brought his hard core party side to this track which we hardly see.
Karma ft Stonebwoy
Nobody can stop us now because the love wey we get don dey elevate
When was the last time you vibed to a Dancehall song? Cuppy and Stonebwoy brought down the Jah rastafarai sweet vibes to this song. The lyrics are clean, easy to memorise, the beat also is had and contagious. A quality 7/10 song.
Wale ft Wyclef Jean
This track right here and Guilty Pleasure are the songs Cuppy really stamped her authority on through her soft vocals. Whoever tutored her on breathe controls, harmonising etc deserves a high raise. The legendary Wyclef roll backed the years with his voice and energy in this song.
Guilty Pleasure ft Nonso Amadi
Not many vocalists can body Nonso Amadi on a song but DJ Cuppy gave a huge account of herself on this song. Her delivery would make you think she has been doing the R & B genre for a long time. It’s a slow paced song which focuses on two adults professing their love for each other.
Honourable mentions to P.O.Y ft Ycee & Ms Banks, Cold Heart Killer and 54 ft the iconic Sir Shina Peters and Julian Marley. I like the 54 song for the way it paints a beautiful picture of the heritage and legacies the continent Africa have. The talking drum part is also a fantastic way to end a song.
For someone who switched from being a DJ to a mainstream artiste, The Original Copy album hit the right spots. The metamorphosis of her growth and evolution is commendable and applaudable.
The album is a quality 7.5/10 . If she keeps at it, the sky is definitely a starting point for her.
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