You know when you are listening to an Outcast or a Black Eyed Peas album for the first time and you know you are in for a moment of good music from the first to the last track? So is IBK Spaceshipboi’s album. Simply put, IBK makes beautiful music but what is more is that he makes spiritual music! What more can a fan ask for?
Driven by the will to create distinct music guaranteed to move your spirit, soul and body, IBK slips into the music scene with a fictitious superhero figure from another dimension sent to earth with a message of Change and Hope to inspire this generation, he is definitely a force to reckon with.
He released his album earlier in November and has been the toast of the airwaves ever since with listening sessions on Gospel Radio stations and the likes.
IBK takes us on a journey of creativity and spirituality with the “I Come In Peace” album.
Nothing really out of the extra ordinary but most Nigerian song will not go down the route, especially Gospel so you have to credit IBK Spaceshipboi for the dramatization, scoring and vocal dexterity on display in this track.
Light in Me
“Light in Me” is a “statement song.” Little wonder IBK released it prior to the release of the album. Apart from the spiritual depth to the song, IBK displayed techniques that justifies his credibility that he is certified “dope!”
With such hard punch lines like “they hear my beat and they say that I’m a bad boy (Notorious) …No disrespect to Biggie but that’s a little small cos hommie I ride with the most glorious!”
Isn’t it just great to be holding it down on production and rap yet not slacking on the vocals either?
It’s always beautiful to know that despite the change in trend of the music of these days, the Gospel artiste can still – once in a while – go back to make undiluted-spiritual-old-time-religion worship song. The worship medley by IBK, though had its own aesthetics, the spiritual depth and purity of its true worship cannot be denied.
Not that I have anything against it but really, what is it with Gospel male artistes and having love songs on their album? (LoL). Like the song said; “If we go back to the 70s…” IBK went back to the 70s on this song and he did a good job. You would almost mistake this song for a Micheal Jackson, Ralph Trevant or Telvin Campbell song but what do you expect from a rapper who grew up listening to Nat King Cole, Chick Corea, Leo Sayer, Nina Simone and Kriss Kross.
At first, I couldn’t get the message of this song but on a 2nd listen, I realised IBK wasn’t talking about eating the food cooked in the real Kitchen but the one cooked in the beat Kitchen, spiced up with the word of God. According to him, “there is a need for quality but the change starts with you and me.” It also carried that 70s vibe with it like “Loving You.” you could mistake it for a Swissbeat, Just Blaze or Kanye West production but then, IBK was schooled by Cobhams Asuquo, should we expect anything less?
A strong message for the world especially Nigerians. The fusion of Rap and Soul Music combined with the Eulogy that ended the song makes it a wow! The percussion gave it that Afro vibe peculiar to contemporary urban African music
Stick & Stone
This is most commercial song on the album. (Commercial is used in the context of the urban dance genre peculiar to Nigeria). It features Bez and Stan Iyke. IBK’s lyrics on the song can raise some eyebrows amongst Gospel critics but trust me, the song passes a strong message and warning necessary for every lady out there. It completely deviates from the disco and soul trend noticeable in the album except for Bez’s voice that gives Soul music away naturally.
The title of this song is not far from what you will experience when listening to this song.
“Dansaki Oba… Dansaki Oba… Oba awon Oba,” the background vocals chant.
The 2:23 minutes song rounds off the 8 track album.
If this is the last album IBK Spaceshipboi drops and retire from music, the maestro can go and lay his head knowing fully well that he has fulfilled purpose but I bet he is already back in the studio working on new materials.
Big ups IBK! SelahAfrik rate this album a “8” – Very Good!
– Written by Alex Amos
Twitter: @Spaceshipboi @Alex_Amos
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