A review and detailed explanation of Brymo new album “Yellow”
Olawale Oloforo known as Brymo has challenged himself and fittingly excelled with ‘Yellow’ his best body of work. From the tracklist to the art cover speaks brilliance.
A study of societal occurrences Language: English
I.Espirit De Corps ii. Blackmail iii. Ozymandias iv. Heartbreak songs are better in English V. Strippers + white lines vi. Without you
An appraisal of societal figures
i.woman ii. Black man/ Black woman iii. Gambu iv. Rara Rira V. Brain Gain
i.Adedotun ii.Órùn Mòórù iii.A’fèèdù fán’nà
Espirit De Corps
The track is titled, Espirit De Corps,’ which is Latin and a slogan which connotes a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group. The beat later descends into cloudy ballad.With it, Brymo analyses the socio-politics of a decaying society where lies, blackmail and mutual implication cause constant pain for its people. Nonetheless, the people in that society continue on path to assured destruction by crying together when pain occurs from their actions, make up and then initiate what caused the pain all over again.
Brymo describes the perils of a relationship defined by emotional blackmail. One of the partners presumably the woman has Stockholm Syndrome and the other is presumably a man who is being guilt-tripped into a relationship has no intention for. Brymo sings from the perspective of the man who ‘belongs to the streets. In the end, the relationship is stuck in the purgatory of certainty. Both parties who are imperfect ends up being hurt – at least, the man is.
First you need to know Ozymandias is a character in a marvel comic. Ozymandias was a brilliant visionary with a hubris he was always too confident in himself that he usually made irrational and hypocritical albeit justifiable decisions. On the track of the same name, Ozymandias,’ Brymo assumes the role of an imperfect man who takes all the love of a woman without giving any back. For him, his vices are, “Smoking js and eating c**chie…” While the song is a tale of self-criticism, it is also a tale of commendable self-awareness. Brymo admits that, “History forgets all Ozymandias…” before admitting that he needs to change. The tracks ends with, “…It’s time the new, the old rule must go…” If only all human beings could be this aware.
Gambu is pop-infused soul and blues track sung from perspective of a woman in love with an imperfect man with a reputation. While she admits that she might fall victim of his bad reputation, she chooses him regardless.
The song is for the carefree people who admit everything that could prevent them from enjoying life and living on the edge; responsibilities, broken dreams, lack of money and more. All those problems, they throw caution to the winds, go to party, drink and enjoy life.
It examines what Nigeria needs in a society that lacks the necessities of life. To Brymo,it’s one thing and that is ‘Brain Gain’ which is the might of astute mental capacity.But instead, the Nigerian society of having gains,Nigeria experiences Brain Drain on a daily.
Lyrically, Brymo appraises the earth, its struggles and it’s blessings before using Adedotun and Oyindamola to represent the average man and woman in the society. He then tells Adedotun and Oyindamola that God will feed them like he feeds the birds of the sky.
Orun N Mooru
Is Yoruba. In English, it literally means, ‘Heaven is heated.’ However, ‘Orun N Mooru’ is a proverb that means something is happening. usually, that ‘something’ is bad. The song is a ballad that criticizes gossip. Lyrically, it tells the story of gossip by chiefsagainst their king. The chiefs claim the king is broke and is being taken care of by his queen. Somehow, the king heard the comments of his chiefs. So he called them to his palace and maintained his cool. While facing their king, the chiefs got scared cos their mess is exposed.
A Feedu Fan’na‘
is Yoruba. In English, it literally means someone who creates fire from coal. But in essence, Brymo uses his words to celebrate himself through the symbolism of culinary art. Brymo makes references to his grandmother in this song. Brymo tries to underline how good he is at blowing fire for that kind of African way of cooking and how it endeared him to the older people. instead of feeling ashamed of it, he declares that people should refer to him as ‘A Feedu Fan’na’ which means the one who starts the fire. All the while, it becomes clear on the second verse that this song might be metaphor that Brymo hopes would call people to arms. On the second verse, Brymo sings in Yoruba that we have accepted rubbish for too long as a people. Instead of lying down, he hopes to plant a fire in our hearts to reject suffering. Thus, he’s not starting a literal fire, he’s ‘A Feedu Fan’na,’ the starter of the proverbial fire in the minds of people.