Did you receive the Google alert? Have you taken a look at your sticker notes this morning? Oh, wait your calendar still hasn’t provided a buzz? Well, here’s a much-needed reminder that today is the D-day. You still don’t get it? Sigh, Falz has just dropped the album; the one he announced last week Friday (January 11).
Okay let’s take it slowly; rapper Falz the Bahd Guy has released his fourth studio album titled, Moral Instruction. The project comes after a school-themed private listening attended by select media persons, close friends, and colleagues. The album accommodates eight songs (and a half), runs about 22 minutes, and packs an overwhelming lot to talk about.
To help you make proper sense of Moral Instruction here’s a comprehensive guide, detailing vital information around the album.
What does ‘Moral Instruction’ mean?
“There is a dire need for us to redefine the concept of humanity and morality. There is a pressing need for re-education and re-orientation of the people. For this is the only way we can restore sanity”.
Those are the words on the album’s official website. Moral Instruction is a wake-up call (more like a wake-up command). It is a much-needed re-orientation that Nigerians need in the light of the forthcoming elections and overall social landscape. The album is value-driven.
How the hell did we get here?
It was all fun and games until May 25, 2018 when Falz the Bahd Guy released his first unapologetic, bold and insanely-collected politically-charged commentary in the parcel of a musical cover. It was a spin-off of Childish Gambino’s This Is America aptly dubbed This Is Nigeria.
The said song saw the rapper speak unflinchingly about the ill state of the nation. He addressed the government, with easy-to-discern references at the statistically-proven underperforming President, Buhari. He referenced the questionable operations of religious institutions, security operatives and made sure to not spare the everyday person who engages in one social vice or the other. Falz stepped on toes (for the right reasons) and offered no apology of any sorts. Go figure!
We (the common people which make up the country’s larger populace) were pleased. It was a timely record as it came in a year that Nigeria was declared the World’s poorest country. Unemployment remains a biting reality, insecurity continues to eat deep and of course the powers that be continue to operate in self-interest at the expense of the people’s well-being. Falz was instantly declared the activist of our time (Fela in the flesh as some people prefer to describe him).
Since the demise of the revered musician and activist, Fela Kuti, no contemporary Nigerian artiste has been quite able to strike that chord as Falz did. Although comical, Falz has always filled his music conscious sermons but This Is Nigeria was on a whole new level.
As the dust around This Is Nigeria settled, Falz makes a gutsy return with a new single that tows the same path. The record titled talk continues the mission that he started on the former. We simply described it as a bold social commentary. The song was also used to announce the Moral Instruction album.
What’s with the album’s cover art?
It very much significant cover. It was designed by legendary illustrator, Lemi Ghariokwu who handled 26 official and 3 unofficial illustrations for the late Afrobeat maestro, Fela Kuti.
Speaking to NET about the inspiration behind the cover, Lemi explained that the content of all eight songs in the album is what was translated into the cover art illustration. “The music that Falz is putting out is very social-politically conscious music. The album cover entails materials from all the eight songs – there is a common thread running through the songs. It’s from our political situation and the over-religiosity of our society”, he narrated.
Mr Lemi also tells us that every song also has an illustration dedicated to it hence a total of nine illustrations.
Who is on the album?
The album accommodates only three guests; Demmie Vee, Chillz and his frequent collaborator, Sess who handled much of the album’s production (Tracks 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8). The first track dubbed Johnny was produced by TMXO, Willis helmed the production responsibility of the fourth track, Talk and the seventh track ‘Paper’ produced by Chillz.
On vocal contributions, the fourth track (Talk) contains backing vocals by Chillz and Willis. Track six (Brother’s Keeper) contains backing vocals by Bamike ‘Bam Bam’, Chillz, Olawunmi, Deena Ade and Sess. Track eight (E No FInish) contains backing vocals by Sess, Seun Olufemi White, Simisola and Osagie Giwa.
The album also samples three Fela Kuti songs and an interpolation.
Now go listen to the album, and ensure to obey his instructions.
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