Artiste – Peruzzi
Album – Rum & Boogie
Genre – Afrobeats, Highlife, Amapiano, Reggae
Record Label – DMW worldwide
Duration – 20 tracks
So, in the past week, we saw DMW‘s Peruzzi serve us his long overdue sophomore album titled, Rum and Boogie.
Peruzzi had announced the album as far back as 2020, so it was to much anticipation that Rum and Boogie dropped. This anticipation partly due to the singer’s supposed influence on Davido’s hits, but mostly because the vibes machine really does bring the heat.
Given how well Gunshot & Lagbaja fared with the fans, the expectation for this body of work is unsurprisingly near fever pitch.
The 20 track album divided into two separate discs, Rum and Boogie, with each disc spotting 10 songs, spots premium features of the likes of Don Jazzy, Phyno, OBO to mention but a few.
So, lets dig right into Rum & Boogie and see what it’s all about.
The album kicks off with the more mellow Rum disc, see a rundown of songs from top.
Peruzzi starts off on a spiritual note with a beautiful opening song, Juba(Bow). Juba sees the singer thanking God for protecting him against his assailants and giving him victory over adversity. This mellow worship number will easily help you get your worship on.
Next up is salsa themed Telepot on which the artiste woos his love interest. He implores the object of his attention to give him a chance so he could telepot her to realms of premium pleasure. This one is definitely Rum, mellow and very relaxing.
The tempo picks up with up-beat, Afrobeats themed See Love, yet another love number. On this one, Peruzzi is unapologetically in love. This one is easily a hit already, bound to make you move and boogie.
Previously released Somebody Baby featuring Davido set the anticipation for the album high. It sees Davido and Peruzzi sing out their disappointment at a deceitful, two-timing lover who leads them on. It’s yet another hit.
Reggae fused Afrobeats ‘Murda‘ kinda sounds like Davido’s Risky. On Murda Peruzzi appreciates his lover just like she is, belly fat and all, he gives her Assurance. It’s a body appreciation song really. “Belly fat leave, it like that, tell everybody say e be like that” he sings.
Gunshot comes on next, and by this sixth track it’s obvious Peruzzi’s got nothing but love for the ladies. Peruzzi sings his fascination with his ‘chargie’ on this groovy piece.
Mid-tempo song, Girlie, follows up on Gunshot with the singer enthralled by a certain girl. He talks about them both getting down and having a good time.
Easily one of the favorites on the project, God Forbid is a song that portrays the singer as a ladies man with all the femme fatales (Domitila, Karishika) wanting a piece of him but he assures his woman he would rather stick with her. It’s mid-tempo Afrobeats beat is a win.
If you keep talking about love and don’t thrown in some talk about marriage it becomes a disjointed affair right? Peruzzi conveniently slips in upbeat, fuji-afrobeats fused wedding song dubbed Matrimony featuring Tiwa Savage. This is definitely one for wedding occassions.
And on to the last track on Rum, Lagbaja, another pre-released hit that paved the way for the album. This song talks about the drama that the singer somehow seems to be always caught up. It’s yet another banger and was used in so many challenges on Tik-Tok.
The second tape dubbed Boogie, heavily laced with Amapiano sounds, lives up to it’s name up to the last letter!
From this point on the album is just premium vibes.
Boogie kicks off with upbeat and especially groovy Afrobeats/carribean themed Kalakuta. This song brings Peruzzi the braggart to the fore as he lavishes praises on himself.
Next up on the tape is Phyno and Don Jazzy featured track, Baddest. The trio on this Speroach and lussh produced high life number sing the praises of a beautiful woman whom everyone present seems to want to win over.
Peruzzi enlists Wande Coal on ‘Available‘, and they don’t disappoint as this number has Boogie written all over it. It’s a must listen.
Feeling good sees the singer serve a banger on an Amapiano beat. It’s a feel-good song through and through with the singer recanting his trips around the globe and having a good time.
On Change Your Style featuring Boylexxy, Peruzzi exploits the Amapiano sound further and it doesn’t fall short of the Boogie essence. On it the singer invites the listener to boogie.
This next track dubbed ‘Call‘ takes the tempo up a notch. On a super groovy beat, the vibes machine beckons on his many women to come get down.
Following up ‘Call‘ is reggae themed Baba God featuring Patoranking. Baba God is a song of thanks to God for helping the duo surmount the hurdles they’ve faced in life.
Another obvious smash hit comes up next. Southy Love featuring Fireboy DML comes through with the Amapiano sound yet again, it has all the markings of a massive hit imprinted all over. On this nostalgic love song Peruzzi and Fireboy miss their loves and would give anything to bridge the distance between them. The message passes across beautifully over a very groovy beat. This is my personal favorite.
Second to the last is Color featuring Set up, another love song on which Peruzzi professes his undying love to his lover. Only thing he asks for in return is from his love is for to be real with him.
In conclusion, Isolova wraps up the project. Peruzzi ties up everything with this banger of a closing number. The jam transcends a number of topics, from a groupie who meets her waterloo, to someone trying to steal Peruzzi’s work.
It’s safe to say the wait was worth it as Peruzzi clearly brought the vibes on Rum and Boogie. Everything was near perfect, from the arrangement of the two tapes to the features down to the song writing.
As far as the album title is concerned, the album lived up to it’s title.
Although the album does not cut across too many genres, it is likely to appeal to a large cross-section of listeners especially those that like to have a good time. But then who doesn’t?
Overall, the album scores 8 out of 10.