Crown Of Clay: Africa’s New Cultural Theme Song |Track Review

crown of clay

“Crown Of Clay is really a thing”!

Then, as a secondary school student, I’d always ponder on why RAP wasn’t a distinct genre of literature, after all, rhythm could be studied on literary terms. I’d console myself by suggesting to myself that it would happen when I got to the university, but guess what? You already know.
We study some critically acclaimed works like P. O. C Umeh’s “Ambassadors Of Poverty” (poem), Bakare Ojo Rasaki’s “The Gods And The Scavengers” (drama) and Amos Tutuola’s “The Palm-wine Drinkard” (prose). The world would not split up, if we took time to discuss the likes of Nasty C’s “They Don’t”, “Black Lives Matter” by Dax and “Crown Of Clay” by Vector and MI Abaga!

If you have had a taste of “Crown of Clay”, you will agree with me on many grounds that this is the best time for Vector and MI to have fried their beefs. While passing their message, they project a rule of thumb that everyone should deduce — that every track has its own power which may not manifest if the right contributions are not made.
The project sails perfectly on Pheelz ‘s craft as a producer, with his voice on it as he delivers the hook too — what I call the “waxed seal of a legendary project”.

Paddling on these flows which are deep enough for an average man to easily get lost in, I mean in truth, that it is very safe to say that this song will remain relevant till the end of Africa’ s struggle against oppression. From within and externally, it will serve as a reference point whenever we talk afro-infused prowess.
Closely, if C. O. C were to be a painting, you would see the feelings and emotions of a black man on canvas. You would see where he belongs, his story, the traits he inherits from his ancestors, what is expected of him and his strength to carry these things out. And then you would now see how ‘the society is getting in between’.
You would behold how the “representatives” barely care or listen to the people — their own kinsmen. Vector did not hesitate to check and balance these problems and their source.

MI extensively balances the talks of Vector’s black man perspective. He lets out a shower of praise on the black women who cover us with their black wings — a beautiful fact! Checking through history, to mention few like Moremi, Efunsetan, Queen Amina. Talking of recently, check the statistics of women during the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, the role of the Feminist Coalition.
MI went on to remind us what our land means to us, the beauty in our sound, the sacredness of our atmosphere.
One of my favorite parts is where he expresses in style, his anger over the documentation of Mungo Park as the discoverer of the River Niger — a river that had been flowing and serving the aboriginals before the famous discovery of Mungo Park.

Crown of clay is only a track of the joint EP that these OGs are cooking. Till then, it remains the’ new cultural theme song’.

ABOUT THE REVIEWER

Oladele Bello is an ardent listener and a Theatre and Media Arts practitioner. An actor for stage and screen, he surfs many aspects of the performative arts, not forgetting to ride deep into the craft of dance. He is also a creative writer, now exploring the depths of screenplay writing. He is passionate about filmmaking, content creation and psychology with its relation to creativity.

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