In a recent study conducted by UK-based laundry service Zipjet, Lagos was ranked third most stressful city in the world, yet between the scorching hot weather, chaotic traffic jam and lack of electricity, there is an overwhelming influx of migrants on a daily basis. Gov. Ambode of Lagos state revealed that up to 123,000 people visit the state daily with no plans of leaving.
Lagos is the city of dreamers and hustlers; people troop in everyday in search of greener pastures and the steady influx is accompanied by a lot of drama and madness – people of different classes, religious beliefs and principles converge in one city to make something meaningful out of their lives.
What really happens in Lagos? What are the events that lead up to the success of a Lagos hustler? This is what Ajebutter 22 attempts to document in his new album titled What Happens In Lagos. Lagos is certainly an interesting city and there are a thousand and one stories that could be told about the multi-faceted contemporary culture in Lagos; from social status, relationships to work and money. These are indeed the key themes that sum up the album.
Koromone Koye opens the project with a poetic delivery of the contradicting demeanor of the Lagos lifestyle on ‘Good Place To Start’; ‘How do I begin the story about a place that can inspire and deflate you at the same time, how do I talk about Lagos?’ Koye spoke.
Ajebutter soon took over, highlighting some ironic realities of a Lagos hustler ending with reassuring verses that preaches hope to a discouraged dreamer; I’m lucky i’m a rapper, the job market is not not helping many, the runs market is accepting any, and we the youths are desperate, ashawo making more than a banker.
Anywhere there’s a problem, there’s an opportunity, awon temi have the creativity, shout out to my entrepreneurs, awon young business owners, those that walk around with all kind of proposals’, He rapped.
His intentions to address the various socio-cultural subjects in Lagos were very evident on each track – the infamous Lagos traffic was addressed on ‘4AM’ featuring Dremo, Dollar Ti Won and the pre-released ‘Bad Gang’ ft Falz the Bahd Guy shines light on those on the seat of power, sex hawkers and the ruggedness on the streets of Lagos.
Rich Friends addresses the temptations and fakery that comes with being broke in the company of the rich while Lagos Big Boy and We Are Bad Boys ft M.I Abaga is an ode to the Agbada, Beard gang and Extravagant Lagos boy.
With this album, Ajebutter 22 makes a laudable attempt at chronicling the sumptuous activities of the contemporary Lagos culture – honest storytelling was not traded for hits. What Happens In Lagos properly mirrors life in modern day Lagos.
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