Omah Lay ‘What have we done’ EP review
On November 20, 2020, Omah Lay released his five track Extended play titled ‘What have we done’.
At first, the only way we knew it was such a good project was the very massive streams that supported it on the first day of the release.
Omah Lay is a brilliant artist who is going to attain heights in the music industry. But before we shower praises, let us get into a track by track analysis of the EP
Omah Lay successfully makes ‘My Bebe’ a good romantic song with custom lyrics. But to be honest, that is not the way to open a body of work as good as this. ‘My Bebe’ should have come third or maybe even last. Omah sounds kind of childish on this track and if you didn’t listen to other tracks, you might think that’s how he sounds on the other ones too.
However, it still has replay value and the beats add to this. The drums are also legendary, just so legendary to put you in a romantic mood. Like I said, it is a good song but shouldn’t have been an opener.
This song is fire! Omah Lay goes ‘nobody can fit relate…all of my Nike clothes, shoes…superstar life nobody can fit relate’.
If you listened to Adekunle Gold’s ‘Fame’, then you would understand what Omah Lay is saying on this track 200%.
The lyrics perform a very good job of adequately presenting Omah Lay’s short experiences of being a superstar. ‘Can’t relate’ is a good number 2 track.
‘I thank God say I godly, say God no ungodly’. Tell me someone with better lyrics! By now, you would have gotten a hint of Omah Lay’s songwriting abilities.
He is actually a good songwriter and like Simi, will most likely not have any bad song. Godly is supposed to be the EP opener, not because it is the greatest hit on the EP.
But because it is a deep song that would want you to listen to ‘what have we done’ severally. Omah Lay speaks on the importance of God and how God’s grace adorns him which allows him to ‘jaiye sometimes’ as God dey ‘comfort him’
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Omah Lay’s tracks are so unique! Even on his romantic songs. I love what he did on ‘Confession’. ‘Confession’ and ‘My Bebe’ are completely different romance songs. ‘Confession’ is about his love for a girl which goes unrequited.
I also love the slow tempo of the song. When you hear lyrics like ‘Don’t you see that I am all messed up? Listen to my confession…’ You know that ‘Confession’ is just the best title for this song.
DAMN ft. 6LACK
Again, give that boy a Grammy award! Lol. ‘Damn’ is a different romance song in comparison to ‘My Bebe’ and ‘Confession’ and honestly,
I think Omah Lay followed a particular sequence for his romantic songs which is genius by the way. ‘My bebe’ is a mutual acknowledgment love song.
‘Confession’ is about Omah’s obsession for a girl which goes unappreciated. Meanwhile, in ‘Damn’, Omah declares that this time, it is the girl that is unconditionally in love with him.
He opens the song by saying ‘She loves me when I am drunk, she loves me when I am jobless…she loves me like damn!
I don’t know 6lack, but he is the best artist to feature on this song. His sync with Omah Lay is just too beautiful.
In Omah Lay’s second verse, he explains that ‘Damn’ is about a girl who loves a disobedient criminal guy against her father’s wishes. She thinks she can turn him to be a good guy.
Which is a real life situation. I have heard songs, but I haven’t quite heard a song like ‘Damn’ before. Omah Lay and 6lack make this song perfect, just too perfect.
WHAT OMAH LAY DID TO MAKE ‘WHAT HAVE WE DONE’? BEAUTIFUL
To be honest? Omah delivered. I love it when new artists try to establish their sounds first before looking for big collaborations to make a name quick in the music industry. In ‘What have we done’?
Omah Lay established his sound and we love it. I must commend his dynamism on this extended play.
No two songs sounded alike. The romantic songs sounded complete different and were set on separate topics. I also love the fact that Omah Lay explored other topics like fame, God’s grace and people’s attitude towards themselves on his project. Kudos to him.
If Omah Lay can continue his dynamism, the sky is his starting point. He honestly should continue with his sound and make modifications as he so pleases. He is a beacon for the new generation of Nigerian artists.
Songwriting: 2 out of 2
Track sequencing: 1 out of 2
Mixing/producing: 2 out of 2
Enjoy ability: 2 out of 2
Structure/rhythm: 2 out of 2
Total: 9 out of 10
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