Seyi Vibez has had the industry on hold for the past six months. However, the journey to his current wave of stardom didn’t start six months ago, Seyi Vibez has been on this musical journey for more than four years. He only got the god of music approval recently.
With this approval comes the release of albums. His seventh studio album was released last week. It’s titled Vibe Till Thy Kingdom Come. A surprise ten-track album that features Young Jonn, Russ, Focalistic, and Jibrille. The project was distributed by Dvpper Music, with “Hat-Trick,” serving as the lead single.
Seyi Vibez’s recent success has got tongues wagging. From fans who likened his style to Asake. Some even said he copied the YBNL star. Recently, he has been embroiled in some social media tussle with Marlian Records star Zinoleesky. It is hard to know if it’s a publicity stunt or if they are genuinely fighting, however, the music never stops coming. Even though it’s glaring that Seyi Vibez has many songs in circulation, this doesn’t look like it would stop for now, there is even a common joke in the social circle as regards Seyi’s frequent releases, some fans joked that Seyi collected money from loan apps and need to repay the money quickly.
On Vibe Till Thy Kingdom Come, Seyi Vibez operated from his strength; a beautiful mix of Fuji, Amapiano, and Afrobeats. Seyi Vibez stands as one of the new acts whose sound is marinated in Fuji music, he explores this to the fullest on this album. The album kicks off with a mix of gospel and street choir on “Kingdom,” they chant, and in a way try to rouse Seyi Vibez to perform. The tracks heavenly rely on the Lord’s prayer and some known Christian prayers with some Quran verses. This track simply restates Seyi Vibez’s resolution to keep on giving the fans music even with all the animosity from social media.
The Amapiano-packed “Hat-trick,” see Seyi name-dropping artiste like Ayra Starr, and Tems while at the same time dropping some notes of warning to cynics, the lyrics are sung in Yoruba, Arabic, and pidgin. It sounds more like a freestyle with no head or tail. At the end of the two-minute, forty-second song, you observe that Seyi Vibez was doing too much.
“For the Gods” serves as a benediction track with Seyi Vibez paying homage to the gods and people that made him who he is in the music industry. It is still a freestyle. They type you release after a hard-won victory. The backup singers provided the support he needed on this track.
“Dejavu” is another Amapiano track. This time around, the Amapiano is mid with the log drum punctuating the production. The theme of the song can be likened to the previous three tracks. You wonder why Seyi Vibez stuck to repetitions on this project. While he prays for money on this track, he is also quick to ask God for guidance.
Young Jonn, the wicked producer hook comes up on “Suddenly.” The R&B type of production finds Jonn gushing about the girl’s beauty and character. Seyi Vibez’s two verses tethered towards winning the girl over.
The midsection of the album finds Seyi Vibez going towards Fuji music fully. The track which is titled “Fuji Interlude,” is an homage to the year 2000 Alhaji Alabi Pasuma Wonder type of Fuji. Fast tempo, rhythmic production with a call and response.
“Gangsta” a track off Billion Dollar Baby 2.0 got remixed on this album with input from Russ and Jibrille. A celebration of love in a gangster way.
Focalistic, the South Africa Superstar, co-opts some lyrics from Fela Kuti’s “Lady,” on “Money Matter.” A tribute to Fela Kuti and more importantly to Afrobeat. On this song, Seyi Vibez sings about his music tour in South Africa, while Focalistic sings about his time in Lagos State.
“Amdallah,” the second to the last song on Vibe Till Thy Kingdom Come, is a high-tempo track that addresses a lot of topics. Seyi Vibez basks on his sonic versatility.
“Blacka Rhythm” serves as a Seyi Vibez tribute to his mother and sister. The mid-tempo production aids Seyi’s articulations
Vibe Thy Kingdom Come is a lofty attempt by Seyi Vibez. Through this album, Seyi Vibez tells the fans and cynics he would be around for a minute. He’s not leaving anytime soon. While I always have a problem with Seyi Vibez’s inability to stick to a topic and fully explore it, you can’t but salute his dexterity with sound. It is a known secret that Seyi’s sound is largely helmed by Fuji music, while at this, he has co-opted Amapiano and Afrobeats, the former taking a large chunk of this album.
Four minutes before half an hour, Seyi Vibes gives the fans some sonic beauty in a short time frame. Bar the repetitive themes and the tacky mixing and mastering of this album, it’s still a laudable project from Seyi Vibez.
Most of the songs are freestyle. He rarely writes his songs. On multiple listens Seyi Vibez’s restrictive lyricism comes into play. He is boxed into a corner and doesn’t sound like he would leave anytime soon.
Right now, I think a break away from album release is necessary for Seyi Vibez, he has too much music in circulation. He needs to sit down, live life, have fun and make a super good album. I have this belief that he has not fully explored his potential.