Panda by Desiigner literally became the number one rap song in the US after it dropped and I knew it was a matter of time before rappers the world over gave us their remixes. As a music
buff and rap head, I was more concerned with the cover African lyricists were gonna bring to the table.
Desiigner talked about Drugs, Crime, Violence and Money so it was important for me to know the message coming from Africa on this iconic beat. Sarkodie didn’t disappoint with his
‘KANTA’ version of ‘PANDA’ flowing in his trademark Ghana language while exhibiting great lyrical prowess but unfortunately he fell short of my expectations by reducing the message to
mere diss laced with vulgarities. Thats one thing I hate, giving me extra assignment to edit a song before putting it on air.
Then out of the blues
came another ‘PANDA’ cover offering. This time by Utown, Nigeria based rapper,
JUST6! He is about the same age bracket with Desiigner but his lyrical prowess has been well
known to South East Nigerian residents owing to the fact that his previous singles had made it to the playlist of prominent radio stations.
Just6 called his input FADA- Favoured And Distinct Altogether. The title gives one a first hand understanding of what to expect. He started with the usual generic rap cliches which he developed over time before rapping about hope, positivity, respect, love and Ultimately God. Something you rarely hear from homegrown rappers who fall for the temptation of the stereotype.
He infused the metaphors appropriately and deliberately led you on with rhythmic discipline. Just6 toyed with Antithesis, a dangerous style which some rappers fail at but he excelled, a pointer to the fact that he knows his literature well. ‘FADA’ is a relief and indeed a game changer.
A feel of good song that highlights the beauty of the Igbo language when creatively used in rap music. It’s one song you can be comfortable to put on replay even when your kids are around. It’s motivational and above all pure. A song that should be on your playlist. It was produced my super hit maker @dozzybreezy
Follow the young talent on IG and Twitter @Just6jneral
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