FIRST LISTEN ALBUM REVIEW: CDQ – “Quality”

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Artiste: CDQ

Album Title: Quality

Label: General Records

Release Date: 23rd of August, 2016

General Records wordsmith and yoruba-spitting rapper – CDQ has been around the the music industry for a while. From his Uni days in LASU, opening shows for A-listers like M.I and putting together social events in his time at the Uni.

His first noteworthy single was the Skales-assisted “Gbemisaya” that was released in 2014. He has since put out a slew of singles and guest appeared on a  substantial amount of songs. Notably the award-winning“Indomie” on which he co-featured with another indigenous rapper –Olamidie and his regular collaboratorMasterkraft.

Having taken time to hone his skills CDQ finally figured the time was right to put out his debut album riding on the success of his Wizkid-assisted club-ready single “Nowo E Soke” 

The album entitled “Quality” features a profound skit from VJ Adams heralding CDQ for the genuineness  of his lyrics and that’s what you will be served on the one hour-long LP.

The album opener “Shanawole” sees CDQ trade yoruba bars with the English-spitting Ice Prince, they both go braggadocios on head-bob-inducing number. The LP proceeds to the previously heard – “Salaro”.

On “Ferrari” Masterkraft works his magic as usual, CDQ ensures he laces street-tailored bars on the dance-ready tune.

If you’re a true Hip-Hop head “4Am” was created for you, though he claims it’s an off-the-cuff attempt,it sounds written and premeditated. CDQ toggles between English and Yoruba deftly on this one, he raps “Why drink and drive when you can smoke and fly”. 

CDQ caters for the females on “Odikwa Ok” with Banky W warbling and taking on hook duties, the rapper finds the love of his life on this love ballad.

One of the let-down productions on the album can be found on “Olowo” on which Reminisce was enlisted.

Apart from the fact that most of the songs on the album were previously released, this is a quality debut offering from the yoruba-spitter. The synergy between CDQ and Masterkfraft is evident. CDQ thrives on witty punchlines/bars and street-worthy slangs/catch-phrases and this LP is not short of any of these.

Rating:

3.5stars


 

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