As the music scene in Nigeria gets more expansive, more niche genres are emerging with artists growing confident to experiment with different unique sounds. Ictooicy might seem your average rapper on songs like “Runnin Runnin Prod.weirdjason”, but as she describes on her Soundcloud page; she’s “not a rapper, just a poet with a flow”. Her latest single, “Balanced” finds her combining sparse washes of synthesizer, delicately rambling drum riffs and ghost-ridden vocals for a dream-pop number.
The results are as ephemeral as they are stunning, fitting for the 2-minute long song about romantic woes. Singing “Look at all the shit you put me through/ I could be your sad chic/ Tell me that you like me/ I think it’s kinda tragic” over the ambient beat Con produces, Ictooicy seems to acknowledge her questionable resolve to keep her relationship but would do it anyway. The airy beat leaves her to her vocal acrobatics while she exposes her own weaknesses, hitting the highest point of vulnerability as she pleads to be with someone who doesn’t seem as interested in the relationship.
Listen to Ictooicy’s “Balanced” below.
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