A few weeks ago, Mavin Records introduced us to their exciting new signee, Crayon. Following standout guest work on Mavin’s “All Is In Order” and Ladipoe’s “Based On Kpa”, the up-and-comer officially kicked off his career with an impressive 6-track debut project, Cray Cray.
Given that we’ve only known about him for a few weeks, Cray Cray is the clearest indication of his abilities so far, and it’s very clear why he was signed to the music behemoth. Speaking to Konbini about the why he decided to release an EP so early on, Crayon said:
“Selecting the EP was crazy. I was only supposed to drop one song, and then we increased it to four, and now, this is where we are.
Cray Cray was just a little taste of what I have in store for you guys. It was just a way for me to make my mark and let you know say, I no come here come sleep.”
So, in a bid to learn how the star-making project came together, Crayon has given us at Konbini a track-by-track breakdown of Cray Cray, discussing how each song came about, their respective subject matters and the messages he aimed to send to his rapidly growing fanbase.
I heard the beat first, when London sent it — he’s the youngest and hardest producer out there — and it was formerly an EDM beat. After listening for like two hours straight, we just turned it into an afrobeat kind of thing, and I just vibed on it, singing what came to my mind.
The way I approach music, I draw inspiration from literally everywhere and I tend to just go with the flow. Music no be office work, so there’s no strategy. I just decided to create something unusual so, that’s how this song came about.
This song wasn’t even supposed to be on the EP, but it got the most votes from the team. So, it’s basically just about my rise to prominence. I recorded it like two years ago, when I was still an underground artist in the hood, and I was kind of just telling people that I’m up now.
The beat of this song is just too sweet, and I went straight into it when I first heard it. This isn’t like the regular afrobeat you hear every day. Sometimes the beat inspires the melody of the song, and this is one of the songs I would say just kind of happened like magic.
When I came up with it, I was playing video games with my guys, and I just started the chant. Everyone told me to turn it into a song. I just want my fans to know that you can make it in life as long as you have confidence. You can only win when you have confidence in yourself.
This is a really special song, because Ozedikus and I created it from scratch. I wrote it while I was still in the hood. One day, I was fetching water from the well and it just came to me. If you’re feeling sad, listen to “Aye O” — it will remind you that as long as you have God, you go dey alright.
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