ALBUM REVIEW: Gedes – The Waiter’s Theory
The Waiter‘s Theory by Gedes is a 20-track Mixtape that talks about various topics from Life to Love, Violence and Challenges in the Nigerian Music Industry. The tape features couple of dope MCs from seasoned lyricist MC Skill Tha Preacher to the very talented Blaqbonez, the King Slayer/Maker; A-Q, Lord TR and lots more.
Here is a track to track review of the project.
AS I WALK (INTRO)
Nice flow on a sample of Ye‘s Jesus Walkâ€¦ this intro is perfect, as he raps with every track title in the mixtape.
In his rights, yeah, Gedes is a Rap God. Enough said. Such as Gedes are not to be fvcked with. A word is enough for the wise.
LET THE DRUMMER KICK
Share his thoughts on this as he takes us on a tour into his mind. He raps on a solemn beat that makes the lines sink in â€œtake my verse to the church and show the priest my religionâ€. A great track I must say.
SUMTHIN NU FT VEEDEE
He rapsabout those with the talent who didn‘t use it well, some going diabolical and he also blames the industry for all these. The Media spreading ignorance, social media affecting the young ones negatively, and also took a shot atpromoters to accept them (artistes) as they are instead of wanting them to imitate other acts. The entertainment world and its vices. â€œshit happens when intelligence can‘t give you swollen pocketsâ€,He raps. The hook ain‘t bad but it ain‘t spectacular. I expected a better hook and verse from Veedee I wonder why he ain‘t got one.
IMMORTAL (THE WAITER)
As the waiter, he‘s serving immortality to people through his music. Immortality is found in the road he walks. â€œThis is the Theory of a Waiter; serve immortality to these dying potentialsâ€ he continuesâ€¦ â€œsensitive to each recipe, allergic to flawsâ€â€¦ â€œimmortality is the story that defines youâ€ â€¦and The Waiter served us perfection on this. DOPE!!!
PERFECT LOVE STORY FT BUTAFLY
He talks about a girl with the face even the angels are jealous of, saying her beauty is something to live for. She got tired of him, nagging that he loves music better, and he was vexed cos she was comparing herself to the music like she didn‘t wanna see him progress. She left him cos of that.
Butafly told her own part of the story as the guy doesn‘t call her no more, sleeps with groupies and she ends on the note saying â€œI‘ll be stupid to miss youâ€. This is a complete song, tells stories that an average person can relate to.
Never heard a perfect love story before this is not an exception. Nice track though.
Here he talks about the black metaphor, racism, how technology contradicts religion, the irony of religions preaching love but some go as far as killing people just to prove a point. The religion that is supposed to bring people together in love is a cause of disunity. False prophets and end time shii. â€œThe human race has lost its humanity, the truth is a scarce commodity, condemned originality, religious differences even when both sides never stop preaching loveâ€.. Touching song.
WAIT FOR ME FT YANA
The hommie is talking to you, yeah. He‘s asking for more of your time, and also acknowledges that he needs our (you & me) support to grow and he‘ll be lost without it. I trust him on this and he‘s got mine already. Don‘t be stingy with yours. To that charming voice I heard on the hook; whoever this Yana babe is, she‘s good. Killed the hook, hoping to hear more from her.
THE REAL N-WORD
Gedes na badmanâ€¦ the Real N-Word, is really the Real N WORD (no disrespect to Ice). Gedes goes all N on the first verse of the track. You won‘t get this if you haven‘t listened to the track. On the second verse he went pidgin â€œI‘m the bestman even for my own weddingâ€â€¦â€œI dey hear the message by force like house wey them build near churchâ€. This guy good abeg.
FOR MY TEAM FT A-Q
This song starts with a skit asking Gedes why he raps. He said he raps to educate people;of course, the money sef na motivation. â€œThis is not for these comedians claiminghip-hop heads// or these ones playing cool on the internet// its strictly for these ones here who can relate// who appreciate// this knowledge I communicate// this is for those who had my back from day 1 till date//â€.A-Q (the King Slayer) â€œfunny thing is I don‘t really like rapping// I just like to look up faces of rappers when I out-rap them//â€ he brags on this track. Gedes comes back again on a different instrumental entirely and he goes hard on it, repping his team and a bit of bragging. He‘s earned it.
ON THE BIBLE FT FECKO, TONICODE & CAMERIZY
Fecko starts this track and he really did impress me, he talks about the fakeness and ass-kissing in the Nigerian Music industry. That hook got me swayed, its my favourite hook on the tape; bigups to Camerizy.Gedes comes in after the hook, nice verse, but he could have done better, I mean its Gedes. The last verse tripped me. That flow would make the ocean stand still.
Tonicode is someone to watch out for, the guy is dope, and he killed this track for me.
Gedes was poetic here, went deep on this track as he talks about him being too fly for this music and wants the heavens to be his witness, he‘s too focused on the music, as he spends his free time creating art (music). He‘s speaking as a prophet here. This track sounds a bit like A-Q‘s freestyle on Timi Dakolo‘s classic sound â€œWish me wellâ€. This is a yes, dope song.
APEX PREDATORS FT MC SKILL THA PREACHA
As the title goes â€˜Apex Predators‘ they talked about being above average and not being impressed by whatever skill anyone possesses.MC SKILL started with a battle kinda verse, he was furious on this, angry and energetic. His words â€œI‘m always battle ready, superman I‘m never battle friendlyâ€.Not really a fan of the hook, more noise than music on the for me.
Gedes â€œI walked through the valley of death blind foldedâ€; â€œit‘s no worry if you think I‘m a lame rapper// even Christ was crucified for being the Messiahâ€. Heavy bars on this. You‘ve been warned!!!
THEY SHOULD FEAR US FT BLAQBONEZ
Blaqbonez is a monsterâ€¦ â€œI‘m focused on fucking the game, you focused on sucking a bitchâ€â€¦ â€œI do it like it should be, y‘all never fit in this shitâ€. Gedes prepped for this, didn‘t allow Blaq bully him. There was a bit of issue with Blaq‘s part, like it wasn‘t properly mixed, the beat was louder than the voice, take note.
NERD FOR FREE
Gedes shows his â€œEminem sideâ€ on this track as he raps to say he doesn‘t care about what people think about him being â€œHardcoreâ€saying he won‘t â€˜blow‘.. He just a nerd for free. â€œYou wouldn‘t be a beast at all with 3 Sixes (666) onâ€â€¦â€œthe problem is I‘m more problematic around problemsâ€. This track is one of my favourite.
UNDER PRESSURE FT PHLOW
Gedes talks about the pressure of the hustle, the stress and confusion involved being away from the Family ties but still goes on to say he‘s a Fela kind of person, not concerned about the Grammiesâ€¦ blah blah blah!! Phlow is a one talent to watch out for and she talks about being under pressure to deliver and make it big even though she just started making music not too long ago. Seemed like Phlow‘s verse‘s too short, I wanted to hear more from her. She owned this one.
WRITE A SONG
He goes in here saying some things he hopes for, wants to be a legend, wants to put smile on faces of people, he not only wants kids to smile and rejoice in the streets but also want them to listen, smile and be strong when they feel weak.
This track is motivational. He also paid respect to some of the gone greats; Da Grin, Kefee, Goldie, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
CONQUER THE WORLD FT PATOGEN
He talks about the society and the evils in it, trying to â€˜Conquer the world‘. The hook was a bad imitation of Eminem‘s â€œDrop the worldâ€, I‘m not a fan of it at all. Patogen tried,had nice verse, Gedes was on top of his game here, he aced it.
AFTER LIFE (OUTRO)
On a whole I‘d say this is one of the best Nigerian Rap Mixtapes released this year. Real Rap from start to finish, only for Rap heads.
Reviewed by patOLUSOLA.
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