Folarin Falana A.K.A Falzthebahdguy has been around for a while now and it doesn’t look like he’s leaving the scene soon. Die hards have been jamming Falz since his mixtapes while studying Law in the United Kingdom, starting with his Wazup Guy album. His Chemistry album with the songstress Simi, for much loved soldier. Stories That Touch also gave Falz a strong following. His last album 27 showed the stuff Falz was made of, starting with content, creativity, diversity and realness. Moral Instruction was released on January 15th, 2019. Featuring Demmie Vee, Sess and Chillz. The producers of this album really did a great job, every beat was perfect for each track. The producers are TMXO, Sess, Willisgivedem, and Chillz.
Here is an opionated review as submitted by my hearing instinct.
Track 1 – Johnny.
This track was Produced by TMXO. This song talks about the insecurity and reckless killings in the country and most especially, the corruption of our policemen. He addressed the story of a youth corper that was shot by the police in Abuja, just a day to her passing out in July 2018.
..johnny come, johnny go, johnny just complete him youth service. Passing out tomorrow, so the guys dem do party, for place wey the boys dem dey meet usually, one or two drinks to relax, no be say dem to shack.
Falz conveys anger on this song, with the expression of vulgar words.
…mad man, waka, you be bloody bastard, you waste a life and you tell that you sorry after.
Track 2 – Follow Follow.
Sess created his magic in this song. The introduction of this song started with Fela Kuti’s zombie song, bringing the full afro beat effect. This song talks about finding one’s identity amidst the distraction of social media and all it’s component in peer pressure, trending topics, followers and number of likes.
…me I want to rock the latest, shey you no dey feel my swag dey make sense, I dey tell the boys of how I go take spend, even when I know account dey red.
Track 3 – Hypocrite (feat. Demmie vee)
This song was also produced by Sess. This song is centered around the hypocrisy in the society from religion to voting in the same leaders every time. Demmie vee sang the chorus that sets tone for a song evoking so much emotion and perspective.
Track 4 – Talk.
The afro beat effect brings full circle on this song. Every ill conceivable from corruption to tribalism, Falz talked about them effortlessly on this song. But sadly, people termed him a misogynist because a part of his lyrics supposedly insulted women.
Track 5 – Amen.
Another track with the presence of Fela Kuti on the hook with sax, drum rolls and the ‘waka waka waka waka waka waka’ throughout makes for a very catchy tune. A song about the state of Christian churches and state of the congregation exploited by religion.
Track 6 – Brother’s keeper (feat. Sess)
This song sounded like a funeral song to me at first, starting with the melancholy effect. Sess and a group of choristers also joined in to add the sombre effect to this song. Talk about how the way people show their “I don’t care” attitude to humanity.
Track 7 – Paper (feat. Chillz)
This song started off slow with the hook then the piano keys introducing an afro fused hip hop type of beat. Centers on what people can and do for this money. Falz flows perfectly in between the changing tempo of the track.
Track 8 – E no finish.
Falz expresses anger as he explains the theme behind the song. He insists that he can’t finish saying all he wants because the same ills that Fela talked about are still happening and closing out with a saxophone solo plus the drums is all too befitting tribute.
Track 9 – After all said and done.
In this outro, Falz pointed out the shortcomings of the society and that everyone (including himself) has a part to play to correct this.
..if we can redefine love and remember the meaning of humanity, maybe we can restore sanity. If we remember to react and repeatedly refuse to be contempt with mediocrity, only then can we be free.
If there’s something to appreciate about this album, it is how falz has kept it real with the subject matter from the first song. At his best, he combines entertaining with lyrical profundity, be it exploring vacuous or substantial themes. Moral Instruction combines both attributes quite well to warrant attention and a collective thumbs up.
If I am to rate this album, I’ll give it a 7/10. Reasons because I would actually pay attention to the first 6 tracks. The remaining tracks doesn’t seem catchy enough and people wouldn’t want to put it on repeat (me especially). The album runtime is about 30 minutes, meaning you shouldn’t get bored before you exhaust it. Take your time to unpack the lyrics. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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