EP Review: Jidenna refixes “The Chief” album on “Boomerang” EP

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Posted on Nov 10 2017 - 5:41am by admin

EP – Boomerang
Artist – Jidenna
Record Label -Epic Records (2017)
Duration – 25 minutes

Jidenna’s major label debut was dominated by his connection to his roots in Nigeria with songs such as ‘Bambi’, and so it was right that he named it “The Chief.” The 32-year-old is back with a second effort at music, an EP called “Boomerang.”

In the past months Jidenna has collaborated with major brands and fashion houses in Africa to spread his music, and generate financial value for himself. In that time, he soaked up more influences from Nigeria. The rapper has also been effective in establishing a connection on and off the mic with some of the region’s most illustrious talents, and have found middle ground to collaborate. All that is part of this EP.

But that’s not to say this EP offers nothing else. The man has not creatively moved past his debut album, so this comes loaded with remixes and refixes of records from “The Chief.” All the production elements from his hit record ‘Classic Man’ are brought forward with Tiwa Savage to create a new record titled ‘Spice Candy.’ The Mavin Records singer taps into her Western R&B background to provide dynamism.

Jidenna and Tiwa Savage on the blue carpet at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards.play

Jidenna and Tiwa Savage on the blue carpet at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards.

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Critical favorite, ‘Bambi’ also received new life, coming through on this EP as ‘Bambi too’. It’s pretty much the same thing, except that there are verses from Migos member Quavo, Maleek Berry and Sarkodie. The poignancy is retained, but the syrupy melody is needlessly extended with all three guests stretching the record beyond its original form. “Girl you know I’m trying to be the king of the jungle..Bia bia Bambi, you know say I no get Plan B” Maleek Berry croons. A clear case of too many cooks.

Burna Boy improves upon “A little bit more’, supplying an insistent verse on the remix, but which does very little to change the overall shape, structure and appreciation. Original tracks ‘Boomerang’, and ‘Out of body’ lift up the project. They stand out for the obvious reason of being unfamiliar.

You get a feeling that just like the EP title projects, Jidenna sent out a boomerang with some singles off “The Chief” album. And on their return, they had managed to gather more elements, which he interprets as progress. To him, that is enough to form the basis of an EP.

Get ‘Boomerang’ on iTunes.

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