Nigeria has enjoyed a daring wave of entertainers including Charly Boy and Denrele Edun, whose edgy styles pushed the limits of acceptable Nigerian norms regarding appearance and sexuality. But the rise of eccentric musicians in modern Afropop began somewhere between the birth of Kokomaster, D’banj and the success of Akpako master, Terry G. These two men were popular not only for their music but their mannerisms, use of obscure, often suggestive language and a larger than life sense of self.
These days, we have Slimcase, a man who shot to striking levels of fame and relevance in less than two years. Fun fact: Slimcase didn’t have an official track of his own until last year. He doesn’t really sing in the real sense. In fact, his art mostly involves switching between rap-like verses and comically making social commentary with philosophical unseriousness.
His insights have both featured spiritual conversations with ‘Saint Sammi Ganja’, to commentary on the looted ₦36 Million ($100,000) allegedly swallowed by a snake from an office vault at examination board, JAMB’s (Joint Admissions Matriculation Board) headquarters. If you doubt his methods, then you should know this schtick has already landed Slimcase features with some of the biggest artists in Africa including Wizkid, D’banj and Tiwa Savage.
Hard to say if Slimcase is telling a story or just making stuff up, either way, his latest track, “Azaman” proves he is one of the most eccentric people in Afropop today. On his new track, Slimcase is once again mysteriously amidst season hitmakers teasing a woman about drinking beers about being more streetwise. DMW upstart Perruzzi is flanked by veterans 2baba and DJ Neptune, as well as Larry Gaaga, who is also credited as a collaborator on the track.
The premise for “Azaman” is not straightforward, but nothing ever is with Slimcase anyway. All you need to know is that, this is another hit for the streets, by the streets.
Stream “Azaman” by Slimcase below
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