A project that differentiates the artiste’s past from his present.
Just towards the beginning of the final quarter of the musical year, CKay displayed resilience and established himself as one of the most hardworking artistes we know as he released a second EP titled Ckay The First. The project follows his 2017 EP, WTFiCKay.
— ckay, the first. (@ckay_yo) September 6, 2019
CKAY The First is an eight-track work that kicks off with the beautifully ambient “DTF” (“Down To F*ck”). On this song, he sings about having a secret affair with a friend-turned-sexual-partner. If there’s any song on the EP that shows off his vocal prowess, it is definitely this song. The smoothness of the track mellows the message of sex, which it contains.
“Love Nwantinti”, the second track on the extended playlist, is introduced by the acoustic guitar. We are tempted to say that it reminds us of a blend of Rema and Nonso Amadi, and just like these two, CKay never runs out of ways to express his emotions towards his lover. The track has him talking about the aesthetics of his lover’s body while leaving us with a really a catchy hook.
The third track, “Kalakuta” is obviously Fela-inspired track. The Choc City artist reproduces the Afrobeat genre with saxophones and trumpets playing in the background. As Fela was wont to do, Ckay talks about corruption in the country, specifically narrating his encounter with corrupt police officers. We can say that it’s a successful attempt by the Anambra-born artist.
“Way” has his labelmate and phenomenal female disk jockey, DJ Lambo. The perfect turn-up tune briskly shows his contempt for poverty. We have seen a number of Nigerian artistes sing about “haters hating” as they make their money. It is this same message that CKay briefly gives us on this track.
If you’re a sucker for samba and calypso vibes, well, “Ski Ski” is bound to touch you and possibly have you trying out some dance steps. We can already hear the song playing at beach night parties, exuding some jaunty energy. The three-minutes-and-seven-seconds track just owns a kind of melody that seeps into your brain.
Also on this EP, is “Like to Party”, which features self-acclaimed best rapper in Africa (BRIA) and fellow Choc City signee, Blaqbonez. Besides being our favourite track on the EP, it is also an addictive, turn-up jam that could get anyone hypnotized.
An evening under a tree or a walk in the park would do with “Oliver Khan”, featuring Boj. The singer delivers beautiful metaphorical verses on this song as he likens himself to the legendary goalkeeper. As Ckay effortlessly shows off his voice with a perfect backup, Boj comes in and blends into the melody as he sings about catching his lover whenever they fall.
“Beeni”, produced by Temple, features Barry Jhay, who was introduced into the music scene in 2018 with his popular song “Aiye”. He introduces his unusually striking and euphonious voice which excellently narrates his success story: “Butterfly wey you see today, only yesterday e be caterpillar wey dey crawl.”
Overall, the album is an expression of inner emotions, sexual fantasies, and the embodiment of what Burna Boy calls Afro-fusion. Looking for the safest place to get lost in? Crawl into this EP. Thumbs up.
Listen to the EP below: