Omah Lay ‘What Have We Done’ EP Review
Nigerian artist and new Warner Music Group signee, Omah Lay released ‘What Have We Done,’ his second EP in eight months on the 20th of November 2020. It’s also his first body of work under Warner after he signed through Sire Records.
His previous EP, Get Layd had over three smash hits and is arguably Nigeria’s hottest body of work of 2020 – with just five tracks long. The fact that Omah Lay and his team are releasing another body of work so soon after his last Ep is worthy of proper analysis.
As Detty December approaches, a lot of artists have been dropping and will still release lots of music and body of work in anticipation of Christmas gigs. As is known by everyone, December in Lagos is filled with performances, concerts, shows, etc and these artists are dropping singles and albums left and right in anticipation.
While we are still unsure on the status of Detty December in Lagos amidst COVID-19 and a vindictive central government, Omah Lay is definitely already booked up from now till December 31 as he is one of the hottest artists in Nigeria right now.
‘My Bebe’ has a great global appeal. With the right feature, this track could really catch on in mainstream Europe and other places with a strong nightlife culture.
‘Can’t Relate’ is very Afrocentric and has a strong Wizkid feel from Wizkid’s Made In Lagos sound – it’s built on beautiful guitar strings.
Interestingly, this EP showcases Omah Lay in a different light. In ‘Get Layd,’ he mostly sang about love, sex, and funny ‘demonic’ tendencies but on ‘What have we done’ he speaks about the grandeur and pressures of stardom on the pop record, ‘Can’t Relate.’
He was definitely not exactly complaining about the superstar lifestyle, he seems to want people to understand that they can’t understand him until they’ve actually been in his shoes. The song is just a commentary on his new reality. He sings, “I nor get time for talk and chill, nobody understands what I feel, no appetite for the point and kill, I put the Henny in my blood…”
On ‘Godly.’ Omah Lay and Tempoe created magic. Musically, it is the most Afrobeat song on ‘What Have We Done. Lyrically, Omah Lay refers to God as his protector, his father and his refuge amidst the madness of his new lifestyle. He is grateful for the Godly comfort that comes with having God as a father and overall protector.
He sings, “Man I thank God I Godly, say God nor ungodly, Oluwa nai comfort me when these people dey come bother me… This is why I jaiye sometimes, with a little Henny and ice, make I fit cool my mind, I just wan live this life…” Basically, the lyrics and the word plays are wild!
Finally, nothing truly separates this body of work from the previous one except that What Have We Done’ feels like a slightly better body of work to ‘Get Layd.’ ‘What Have We Done’ feels more like a body of work.
The Topical conversations in ‘What Have We Done’ feels more developed and on point, as well as the sounds on the EP.
Omah Lay, albeit sounding exactly like Nigerian superstar Wizkid on some songs on the EP, has shown exceptional growth and truly is a great lyricist.
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