Straffitti’s SFN is an experiment gone well. The Thirsty Worldwide artiste who has created a hardcore Trap niche for himself since he kicked off his music career in 2016, releases Straff From Nigeria, a project outside his HipHop sound. The multi-genre EP is the artistes third body of work and is named after one of his earlier singles in the year titled Straff From Nigeria.
Straffitti, one of the major leaders of the Trap music movement in Nigeria takes us on a journey of 6 tracks consisting of HipHop and Afrobeats. It comes as not much of a surprise that the artiste leaves the heated rap booth and jumps on the Afrobeats wave. Earlier in the year, he released Everywhere, a soothing Afropop song which features Spaceship Record’s artiste – Buju. The song became a hit within days of release and features as the second song off the Straff From Nigeria EP.
The EP kicks off with Necessary, a melodic Afro-rhythm where Straffitti speaks about the necessity of possessing funds as a young creative. He preaches about putting relentless efforts in daily grinds and hustle, all to make ends meet. This might be coming out of personal experience, as a multitalented creative in Nigeria.
Straffiti jumps on the trending SA House sub-genre – Amapiano on Shanawole. It’s a catchy track and is a potential banger. Speaking about potential bangers, Lepa which actually gives early Wizkid vibes is another one. It’s a classic Afrobeats song with the ability of putting anyone in their dances shoes.
Aaliyah was really set out to kill the vibe from the first 4 songs. The heart break song tells a tale of Straffiti and an ex lover. He goes in emotional as he begs for her love and affection, and promises to give her all she wants if she decides to take him back.
For a bonus track, he brings back his 2019 HipHop release, Kuronbe, which features veteran rapper – Iceprince Zamani, Zlatan Ibile and PrettyboyDO.
Straffiti has shown too much versatility on this new project. He has given us another reason why he’s steps ahead of his peers. He’s made a risky attempt by trying totally new sounds not closely related to what he’s known for, but he’s not afraid to show the world what he can do. Maybe, just maybe, this is an attempt to reintroduce himself to the world, to reintroduce Straff From Nigeria.
Production Credits: Retro 5, GCL3F & Remy Baggins.
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