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Whewww! Hakuna Kulala extend an incendiary introduction to Lagos-based Aunty Rayzor across a barrage of ruff-to-sweet rap, raving Afrobeats, and neo-baile co-produced by Titi Bakorta, Scotch Rolex, DJ Cris Fontedofunk, Debmaster, Kabeaushé and more
Well, this is a lot. ‘Viral Wreckage’ is set to be the breakthru debut album by Bisola Olugbenga, aka Aunty Rayzor, who first rose to local Lagos acclaim with street anthem ‘Kuku Corona’ in 2021. Surely set to follow in the international footsteps of Kenya/Uganda’s MC Yallah, with whom she shares clearly fierce similarities, Rayzor’s sound is defined by a properly nagging knack for hooks and the ruggedest, upfront West African and US rhythms, with lyrics sung in Yoruba and english, and an effect bound to translate directly to ‘floors, whips, and cans across the world.
Nyege Nyege Tapes’ sibling Hakuna Kulala have done a brilliant job in bringing Rayzor’s vision to a broader audience here, supplying fresh co-producers and cherry-picking tunes that characterise the breadth and emotional register of her sound in a tight 10 track showcase. Between the upfront furnace blast of her vocal’s metric acrobatics and the tungsten-tipped drill rhythm to opener ’Stuttrap’, and the fusion of Congolese guitarist/producer Titi Bakorta’s lissom top-lines on ‘Sise’, she treats us to a rambunctious and at times romantic joyride between styles.
The bomb ’Nina’ comes hungry as heck like Cardi B needing to pay rent, and ‘Bounce’ lifts a leg on a rave-stabbed Afrobeats meets neo-baile flex produced by São Paolo’s DJ Cris Fontedofunk, while ‘Tobaya’ finely tempers the mode with a brooding late night slow jam. That lowkey feminine pressure is also felt strongly on the autotuned R&B of ‘You are not worthy of my love’ in duo with Kabeaushé, and the puckered Afrobeats lilt to ‘Tonedo’, saving a venomous sting in the tail for the rowdy soundsytem drama ‘Murder’.