Octopizzo must be living his best life right now. The Namba Nane rapper’s trademark calm demeanor has been recently replaced with a gleaming persona who appears frequently across his social media channels, his visibility at an all-time high.
Latest Eau De Vie video of him decked out in a luxurious setting on the lawn of a lavish chateau at the Hennessy Bagnolet in Paris, toasting to the good life, trickles newfound contentment.
It concurs with a new ripple of creativity, resulting in the birth of ‘Lamu Nights‘, a follow-up album to last year’s highly acclaimed ‘Feugo’, which solidified the lyrical titan’s position in the game.
From a listener’s perspective, the 32min 07 sec new album, comprising ten songs is more sonically focused. The delivery is not only smooth but precise from the first track, Vacation -a collaboration with Lisa Oduor-Noah having a chilling clarity taking you on a beautiful, calm sojourn.
The production ante on this whole project has been upped. Aware of it, Octo delivers solid verses all through and with an amazing cadence on the mic. All the features are on point but having Okello Max on Bad Vibes is godly and the golden touch of Achupa featuring Coster Ojwang proves this might be the Hip-hop mogul’s best body of work.
Even when he goes back to the basics with the production in favor of his No Signal collaboration with Buruklyn Boyz, Octopizzo isn’t thrown off-axis but proves his rank as one of the industry’s great.
In Zigi Zaga he describes his mental state while making the project: ”Illmatic, this is Nas on his prime.” (Illmatic, the first album by Nas is considered the most important and the greatest album in Hip-hop as a music genre).
Lamu Nights will move your soul if you appreciate the power of well-thought-out music delivered in such a wonderful art form.