Artiste – Fireboy DML
Album – Apollo
Producers – Pheelz, Type A, P. Priime, IamBeatz
Record Label – YBNL, Empire
Duration – 17 Tracks, (Approx. 48 Minutes).
It has only been 8 months since Fireboy DML dropped his debut album ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps’ which honestly still bangs, yet we have his sophomore upon us ‘Apollo’. He has rightly picked up his great work ethic from his boss and mentor Olamide. None of his peers has churned out two full-length albums in the space of about 9 months. None!
If you ask me, I’ll say Adedamola Adefolahan professional known as Fireboy DML has started building his legend…gradually.
The music star aptly named his second studio album after the Greek god Apollo, who is the deity of music and poetry among other things. The singer is making a bold statement with the title of that album.
‘Apollo’ the album by Fireboy kicks off with ‘Champion’ a braggadocious where the singer asserts he is a ‘…king, …a legend in the making’. This is a smooth intro to the LP as it preps your psyche for musical ecstasy. It is the kind of song you should listen to on a Monday morning as you set out to conquer your world.
‘Champion’ fades out and we have the heavy percussion from ‘Spell’ blasting through, there is so much Africanness in the tune. Fireboy DML and Wande Coal lift this track into higher realms with their amazing vocals.
‘Eli’ has this nostalgic Chinese movie soundtrack feel that brings back memories from your favourite Jackie Chan or Jet Li movie. Without being caught up in the nostalgia, Fireboy DML sings about a certain Delilah that has gotten the better of him and he needs saving.
The next track ‘Tattoo’ has to be Fireboy’s most sensual track there is. ‘When you need that bamboo just call on me’, you heard that. He does perfect justice to that Type A produced beat and it is worth hitting the repeat button here.
‘Favourite Song’, ‘New York City Girl’ follows earlier themes of love, passion and pure infatuation, however, they unveil different angles and a different approach on the subject matter.
Fireboy goes back to self-reflection on the next two tracks ‘Lifestyle’, ‘Airplane Mode’ how people now perceive him and the truth about his fame and celebrity status. His lifestyle is authentic with nothing fake about it sadly being in the spotlight can be mentally draining and there is always the need for alone time.
By the time you’re listening to ‘24 (Interlude)’, you are already halfway through the ‘Apollo’ album as Fireboys shares hard lessons about love and its reality.
There is a boost of new energy on ‘Dreamer‘ a love-themed song, the hopeless romantic in him returns albeit with regrets of unrequited love. The production from Pheelz blows you away at that perfectly-timed crescendo. The last collaboration on the album is with Olamide on ‘Afar‘ a warning about folks and their fake love. Fireboy wants them to keep a reasonable distance far away.
For a hard guy, falling in love is never the plan but that’s the state of mind now as revealed on ‘Far Away’. The singer wishes the feeling of love and mushiness could go away because he is definitely falling head over heels.
‘Shade‘ and ‘Friday Feeling‘, are party starters, just the right songs to get you into the ‘TGIF’ mode as you get off from work.
Fireboy assumes an almost spiritual vibe on the last three tracks of the ‘Apollo’ album ‘God Only Knows‘, ‘Sound‘ and ‘Remember Me‘. ‘God Only Knows’ is a song of lost love and a cry for a second chance at this love thing, it is a tale we are almost familiar with. The way Fireboy rides on the beat for ‘Sound’ would make one wobble on the inside, he married the beat birthing so much harmony. Then again comes ‘Remember Me’ as the album wraps up with a retrospective tune, there are a couple of ways the song would have been rendered, however, the singer added groove to consciousness. Fireboy lays out without mincing words how he wants his legacy to be told, you and I should also think about our legacy before it’s a wrap.
Fireboy DML throughout his ‘Apollo’ album showcases he is hands down one of the best songwriters in the Nigerian music industry at the moment. If you ever thought ‘LTG’ was beginner’s luck ‘Apollo’ should clear your doubts.
There was a lot of thought put into creating this album, it does not feel rushed because it is just dope.
‘Apollo’ has soul as many tracks would definitely resonate with the listeners. With the whole pandemic and everything that’s going on in the world, Fireboy relieves his pain, hope, love and many more into a beautiful musical body of work. He continues to build on the foundation laid by his debut album ‘Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps‘. Not many artiste would have back to back solid albums in about a time span of 9 months but here is Fireboy DML.
The album isn’t born out of hype but is a true testament of focus, talent and creativity fused into making something worthwhile. Fireboy expresses himself unhinged, unhindered with full artistic liberty. In a few years to come, we might just call the ‘Apollo’ a classic.