If your hope in the Nigerian rap scene was beginning to dwindle, Blaqbonez is certainly here to revive it. In his short stint, he’s released two confident projects, which not only show off his undeniable talent but also mirror his larger-than-life personality.
Last year, the Chocolate City signee released his fantastic LP, Bad Boy Blaq — one of the multiple 2018 rap projects that was executive produced by M.I Abaga — and the 10-track gem helped introduce the confident rapper to a wider audience.
Then he kicked off 2018 with a remix album – Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up – where he enlisted a bunch of other gifted artists to help revamp some of the original project’s standout songs, and it resulted in a richer, more exciting body of work.
Speaking to Konbini about why he decided to release a revamped album, Blaqbonez said:
“I felt like the original project did a lot, and was very good, but I could see that there was more that could be done.
I just wanted to ensure that I was thorough with it before I moved on to something else. It worked because the original charted at number 5, but the re-up eventually got to number 1, so I was very glad.”
Given Bad Boy Blaq Re-Up‘s commercial success and overall acclaim, we at Konbini decided to sit down with Blaqbonez and have the rising rapper give us a track-by-track breakdown of the revamped project, and it was a very insightful conversation.
“No Longer Stupid”
I wrote this record after the original came out because I saw so many celebrities posting my stuff and showing mad support. Some of them were celebrities I had been disrespectful towards in the past, and it made me feel stupid ’cause after all I’d said and done, they were still rocking with my shit.
Even though that was in the past, I felt like it was important to let people know that I’m a different guy now and I’m no longer stupid.
“Denied” ft Dremo & PsychoYP
So, I wrote the original song after I had finished the original project. When I finished the album, I literally couldn’t deny that it was flames and I was very proud of the work – like, you can’t come and tell me it’s not a good song.
I also wanted to work with young rappers for the re-up ’cause we would all share the same sentiments. Well, both Dremo and PscyhoYP had things to brag about, so that positive energy was really needed.
“Nikes” ft D-O
I listen to a lot of musicians and they influence me, I’m always so intrigued by how artists like Santi and D-O infuse patois into whatever they’re doing and it sounds so beautiful.
I’m the kind of person who absorbs other people’s energies, and I tend to imbibe things about other people in myself, so I tried it out in “Nikes” and it sounded good.
I thought it was best to reach out to the people who inspired me and D-O just came with the fire. He was so good! I’ve never heard him rap like that, I didn’t even know he could rap like that!
“Play” ft Ycee
Ycee was an obvious fit for that song ’cause he was always vibing to the original, and one time he asked me to save him a verse, and that’s how it came about.
There are many ways to interpret the song, but it’s mainly about a guy who meets a girl who he knows isn’t good for him, but he still goes ahead with it, hoping to get out before he gets his heart broken.
“Good Boy” ft Ckay & BOJ
When Ckay and I were in a writing camp, M.I told us that we needed to produce a purple cow. Like if you see a black and white cow, it’s unremarkable, but if you see a purple cow it will gain your attention immediately – it’s still a cow, but there’s just something different about it.
So, while everyone is always trying to prove that they’re the freshest guy — talking about drinking, pulling up in the baddest whips, getting all the girls and all that kind of stuff — nobody really wants to brag about being a decent guy, and that’s what inspired my purple cow.
“Mamiwota” ft Vector & Moelogo
Before the original project came out, I wanted Vector on the song, but he didn’t send me his verse until after the original came out. Moelogo was also fucking with me on social media, so I was just like, let’s put him on and he was amazing.
This song is about falling deeply in love with someone and not even having any control over your emotions. Everybody came correct, but I have to say Moelogo definitely killed it.
I wrote this song for whatever my next project was, it wasn’t supposed to be on the re-up. It’s just basically a middle finger to everyone who doubted me and told me that I wouldn’t make it.
Like so many people said so many things that made me feel like shit, like I wouldn’t get anywhere but I’m here now, and I’m like “bitch, how you feeling?”
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