ALBUM REVIEW: ILL BLISS’S ‘ILLY BOMAYE’

ALBUM REVIEW: ILL BLISS’S ‘ILLY BOMAYE’

Illbliss  have been married for 8 years without having a kid but  was recently blessed with a child for the first time, the veteran rapper decided to mark the special moment with a brand new album. Illy Bomaye. this will be  Illy’s 5th studio album and also comes just few  months after his last one Illygatti:7057

Illbliss normally uses personal monikers as  his albums names  something like his  alter egos and this time it wasn’t different he has used  Oga Boss, Illygatti, Dat Ibo Boy . Over a solo career spanning 12 years, the ex-Thorobred has introduced us to them one by one but the figures are so identical that there’s a distinction between them without there actually being a difference.

There’s a level of  constancy to Illbliss’ music,his  rhyming abilities and his  pride in his Igbo heritage. In previous albums, Illy has diluted this mix with glitzy features and crossover records but on Illy Bomaye, he unapologetically went all out by himself. With no  features only just additional vocals from Cynthia Morgan,Tha Suspect,Praiz,Bode Abiola.

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Illbliss adopted the nickname ‘Illy Bomaye’ from Mohammed Ali and the moniker is a nod to his own greatness. In the famous Rumble in the Jungle in 1974, Ali floored George Foreman as 60,000 fans chanted  “Ali, bomaye,” meaning “Ali, kill him” – Illbliss shares that same kill everything attitude on this album.

He punctuates the expletive-ridden “Fireworks!” with verbalized gunshots – pratatata!. Everybody’s getting sprayed on this song, from those who got rich and switched up on him, to those challenging his hip-hop throne.

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On “Iteriba”, he gets more in-depth on how he intends to manhandle his foes. ThaSuspect’s dingy production darkens the mood, while a  chorus by the Dance-hall Cynthia Morgan increases the song’s terror factor significantly.

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On “Be Yourself”, Illy shifts his ire to his haters, foolishness in youth culture. Just like in his previous work “Anam Achi Kwanu” where  he blasted  those wearing skinny jeans, dyed hair and bad manners, Well fast forward to  2017 and Illy’s squaring up against newer trends, hard drugs, fake lifestyles and mumble rap.He just advised that peeps should just be true to themselves and  don’t just follow trends.

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Be yourself, motherfucker be yourself

All the fake lifestyle bad for your health

When the veteran MC does put his gloves down, he puts his guard down too. He showed his soft side on “Over and Over” but my hardened hip-hop heart melted when I listened to his daughter’s voice introducing “DaddyLuvsYou”, and with that, Illbliss’ 5th got to be his  most personal project yet.

On “God Of Wonders”, the rapper narrates how passers-by stare at him and his 5 year old niece, while they move through the same streets in Enugu where he grew up. Her uncle is a rap star now but getting to this position wasn’t easy, Praiz delivers a glorious hook and joins Illy in giving thanks.

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In Summary,i must confess that this project is a must have for all Hip hop loving fans. Illy poured his heart on this one and i believe everyone can relate to this one.

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