Dremo and Mayorkun recently served a taste of what a joint project from the duo will sound like with ‘Dapada’, and like Oliver Twist, we are demanding for more.
Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) artist Dremo, became the first signed member of the label to release his solo body of work on Friday, July 20, with his EP titled, Codename Vol I.
Across the nine track EP, ‘Dapada’, the song with his friend and label mate Mayorkun is the obvious standout.
The track jumps at you from the first listen, with the potential of becoming an instant hit, even overshadowing the features with label boss Davido and singing sensation, Simi.
‘Dapada’ is a pretty good song, which is well executed both in commerciality and pleasant listening.
The song not only exemplifies the level they both are presently, but also brings to the burner the growth to Mayorkun’s music, and his understanding of how to deliver a hit song.
This is not the first time that the pair have made music that caught the eye as outside their groups project, they also have a history of working together as witnessed on earlier joints like ‘Izzokay’, ‘Alele’ and ‘Bolaji’.
They also appeared on Tim WestWood TV in 2017, where they delivered a freestyle session together.
On ‘Dapada’, Mayorkun comes off as one who has mastered the hooks, providing Dremo, whose verse packs enough energy to light up a street, with the right platform to thrive.
The synergy between the duo is quite evident and the result compelling as they both rub off each others strenght.
Over the course of their DMW careers, Mayorkun has grown closer to entering the superstar status, with successful singles, a nationwide university tour held in 2017 which came to a climax with the first edition of his ‘Mayor of Lagos’ concert and a recent concert in Ibadan.
He has also bagged a number of awards including the Headies 2018 Next Rated, but a masterstroke from the label sees Dremo take the lead in a lineup of releases expected from the gang in the second half of 2018, which puts him a yard ahead in the conversation.
While Mayorkun continues to steady his feet on the scene, Dremo’s development process have seen him imbibe singing into his raps, but the duo has conveniently remained two of the very relevant names on the label’s stable.
What makes a Joint album work?
Joint albums are not something that come often in the music industry, but there have been exceptional cases like Olamide and Phyno with the 2Kings project in 2015 and Falz and Simi‘s Chemistry in 2016, which opened the way for their individual albums the following year.
Thus, in an era where releasing singles reign supreme, artists still understand that a full body of work in the long term makes a more powerful impact than a number of occasional songs primarily aimed at making airwaves or placing you on concert line-ups.
Joint albums also have a way of acting as a catalyst to something greater for the individual acts, depending on how well it turns out.
For a collaborative album to work, a certain level of chemistry is essential, and the duo clearly have it.
The project also could serve as a springboard for their individuals career, and while technicalities like time and availability derails most joint projects, this is made easier for Dremo and Mayorkun as they belong to the same label.
At the fledgling state of their careers, and with their debut albums still to arrive, a joint project will be a win-win for both parties.